Genre: Family animation, cartoon
Running Time: 95 minutes
Director: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn
Writers: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt
Synopsis: It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids – “foodimals!” With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!
Release date in Malaysia: October 3rd 2013
Distributor / studio(s): Sony Pictures Malaysia / Sony Pictures Animation
Verdict: This direct sequel proves that it’s possible for Hollywood to make a followup to a successful first film without being an absolute one-trick pony. Although not as thoroughly amusing as the first film, the newly introduced “foodimals” are highly creatively thought out and almost every character in the film are hilarious, thanks to the comically excellent voice-acting performance by the former SNL members and the rest of the cast. Perhaps the only let downs are the reduced nonsensical/slapstick humour (probably caused by the change of directors), the unoriginal storyline (remember Robots from the year 2005?) and the lack of inspiring heartfelt magic that Disney-Pixar (used to) have in their animations. Nevertheless, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has the sufficient ingredients and spot-on formula to entertain all ages.
Girlfriend’s opinion: “Not bad; very funny and the food-animals are so very cute!”
To watch in 3D? Didn’t catch it in 3-D but I believe it may add more flavour to the already deliciously looking visuals.
Malaysian censorship: Needless to say, nothing’s cut at all as it is a clean family animation. If our local film censorship board still somehow censors something from a cartoon like this, we’d probably need to request Bersih 2.0 to add one more demand to their list (ha-ha).
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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Favourite foodimal: There brilliant brand placements such as Taco-dile, Sub-whales but it’s hard not to like the incredibly cute strawberry, which they named “Berry” in the film. Both my girlfriend and myself felt that it resembles the Mort, the mouse lemur, from the Madagascar franchise.
What happened to FLDSMDFR’s defense? In the predecessor film, the machine seems to know how to protect itself from harm or is protected by mutated foods. In this sequel, it’s left all by itself, defended by nothing by the cuteness of living marshmallows. It’s weird, considering that the entire population of foodimals know that there’s threat from Live Corp., shouldn’t all of them be defending their creator? Just saying, I know nothing should be looked as a plot hole in a comedic cartoon like this.
The ending: Live Corp.’s evil intention in the story is to trick the naive protagonist Flint (Bill Hader) to show where the FLDSMDFR is located at. Chester V (Will Forte) tells Flint that the spider-burgers are learning how to swim and will eventually come leave the island and terrorise the while world. This isn’t so much of a lie ’cause if you think about it, the population has quickly grown from 100k to over 600k and will continue growing unless they shut down FLDSMDFR. When they run out of space and resources, they will be forced to leave the island. Where’s the US government here anyway?
Steve Jobs references? The evil Chester V character seriously reminds me of the Apple co-founder. He sort of looks like him, he’s into copying other people’s ideas and call it his company’s invention, he’s an asshole and his employees love him.