October 14

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (U) (3D)

Run time: 95mins
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Voice cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg

Synopsis: Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he had saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention — a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – “foodimals!” Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again!

The original film dealt with a machine designed by junior scientist Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) called The Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or FLDSMDFR, that caused giant food to rain from the sky, burying his hometown island of Swallow Falls under pizza, spaghetti, pancakes and hamburgers. This sequel deals with its after effects. Flint’s hometown is still buried under mountains of giant food, so he moves away from the island, to work for his hero, super-scientist Chester V (voiced by Will Forte), Chester runs a giant corporation called Live Corp. (read the first part of that title backwards!) and sends Flint and his friends back to the island to turn off the FLDSMDFR because the invention has started imbuing its gastronomical creations with sentience, leading to an entire edible ecosystem.

Amid this edible population, Chester’s main concerns are the cheespiders – large cheeseburgers with French fry legs that are learning to swim. If they can swim, they’ll reach the mainlands of Europe, Africa, and North and South America. It’s up to Flint to turn off his machine before it can do anymore damage. It doesn’t take long to understand what Chester is up to or the likely outcome. This doesn’t matter – Cloudy 2 is a visual delight, fun and imagination – worth a look whether you have kids in tow or not.

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Images courtesy of Sony