Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 – Sony Pictures Animation

Cloudy-With-a-Chance-of-Meatballs-2The sequel to the animated comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a surprisingly successful follow-up from Sony Animations, with a Disney-style comedy that has slap-stick for children, whilst having more mature jokes for adults to enjoy. The plot cleanly follows on from the first film, where after creating and then defeating his gone awry invention, the FLDSMDFR, which converted water into food, scientist Flint Lockwood and the rest of the town are forced to leave their home of Swallow Falls so that a clean-up operation can begin by some Steve Jobs-esque scientists.

Complications to the clean-up see Flint and his friends as they return to an overgrown food jungle to put a stop to the still operational invention. When they arrive, a host of cute and frightening food monsters, such as the mighty Tacodile supreme and the Shrimpanzees are waiting to challenge Flint and his friends on their quest to find the FLDSMDFR (Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator). Whilst the giant Cheese-spider may intimidate younger audiences, adults can appreciate the cleverly thought-out food-imals, and squee at the cute marshmallows and a strawberry with a lisp called Barry.

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2Whilst the plot is slower in comparison to its predecessor, the quirky characters of Flint Lockwood, his monkey companion Steve, and Swallow Falls sheriff (voiced by Mr. T) amongst others manage to keep the audience engaged. To appeal to the main target audience of children, the screen is always filled with bright colours and lush jungle greens, and when seen in 3D this makes the experience all the more exciting, although you may be forgiven for taking it as a distraction technique to hide the fact that most of the film is the characters running around in the food jungle, with a slightly over-simplified “oh look another animal” feel. Perhaps all Jurassic Park needed were some cute Hippotatomus’ and Watermelophants.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has however unexpectedly topped the UK box office, perhaps more of a testament to the quirkiness of the first film, and the convenient release time of the UK October half-term may have had an impact; there’s nothing like a talking money and pickles with legs to amuse a child. Despite the obvious young target audience, adult humour such as the invention of the BS-USB makes it a worthwhile watch, especially if you enjoyed the characters in the first film, and want to see a neat and tidy ending to the story.

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