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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

by Kevin Taft
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Sunday Feb 9, 2014
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While it’s a cloudier sequel to the utterly charming original, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" still has a lot of inventiveness and heart. It’s also pretty weird. The jokes and gags come fast and thick - so much so you start to miss them. The best part about the film is that once our favorite characters end up in their old hometown after Flint Lockwood’s FLDSMDFR has began working again does the film truly take off. This is when we are witness to the amazing Foodimals (familiar animals make from food) and a sort of humorous monster movie begins.

While the plot is overstuffed, the film’s message is a sweet and important one, so for the kiddies it’s good. Adults will be amused by a few of the gags and the creativity of the creature designs, but it still falls short of the original. So for kids, they’ll be dazzled by the colors alone. For adults, it’s more of a useful babysitter.

There is a ton of special features that do feature some interesting tidbits.

  • Audio Commentary - A good education for kids who want to go into animation.
  • Mini-Movies - Four movies featuring the characters from the film.
  • Deleted Scenes- Three very short scenes cut from the film.
  • Production Design: Back in the Kitchen - A basic featurette about the conception of the sequel and how the final product came to be.
  • Cloudy CafĂ©: Who’s on the Menu - Cast and Directors look at the characters in the film.
  • Anatomy of a Foodimal - Looks at the creation of the cool creatures in the film.
  • Awesome End Credits - A look at what went into making the end Credits of the film.
  • >"La Da Dee" Music Video by Cody Simpson
  • Making of "La Da Dee" Music Video
  • Building the Foodimals - Shows the development of the Foodimals from conception to screen.
  • Delicious Production Design - Production Designer Justin Thompson talks about the film’s style and visual appearance.
  • The Mysterious Sasquatch - A tour of the background surprise character appearances and backstory.
  • DVD and UV Digital Copy

    CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
    Blu-ray / DVD / UV Digital Copy
    $40.99
    www.sonypictures.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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