The first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs got a great success with $30 million back in September 2009 scoring the second-biggest September Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie debut of all time at that time and ending its leggy run with $124m. The movie is well-liked and there hasn’t been an animated movie that kids and parents could get excited about since Despicable Me 2.
Aside from the goodwill leftover from the first movie, the most important marketing element is the presence of the “foodimals” – food-animal hybrids that rear their not-so-ugly heads in the second act of the movie. These characters do not only be a hit with the younger audiences but also offer that needed element helping a sequel to avoid feeling like a retread of the first go-around. You are going to have Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 filled with “foodimal” running around.
As far as plot goes, the movie is quite similar to The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Flint’s (Bill Heder) hometown is deserted with everyone being forced to relocate. In a meanwhile, the seemingly benevolent Chester V (Will Forte) offers to handle the process of cleaning up the food that rained down on the citizenry as a result of Flint’s food machine. Still, as they say, “something has survived”, therefore Flint and his friends have to take on a journey to find his machine and turn it off before the food population escapes the island and wreaks havoc worldwide. They are shocked to discover not just food but food-animal hybrids that have basically begun to form their own ecosystem. However, the movie doesn’t end with food monsters attacking San Diego. For those not interested in the moral underpinnings of the movie, rest assured since it is filled with visual eye-candy and high comedy. Like the first movie, the jokes, food puns and all are clever enough that they frankly don’t get old.
The movie’s core idea is one of taking responsibility for the changes you cause to the environment around you, even if its solution requires us to forget certain plot details in order to qualify as extra-happy. While delivering that idea to audience, the filmmakers have made a movie beautifully animated, liberated from the bounds of physical realism with 3D that actually enhances the experience.
The picture flirts with having Flint learning the same lessons he did in the first movie, but once the plot gets rolling he gets a new arc that expands on the relationship between him and his father (James Caan) that was somewhat mended in the first movie. Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) is less Flint’s girlfriend this time around so much as his conscience, and it’s refreshing that their relationship is one where science is the primary goal, not love. The rest of the supporting cast is mostly there to earn laughs. None of this is high art, but this is quality animated sequel.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie will surely be a hit its target younger audiences with the “foodimals” becoming popular stocking stuffers this holiday season. Parents will also enjoy the narrative and the visual delights as well. There is ample room to grow and expand this series, but the future installments that may be mimicked the later pitch-black of Planet of the Apes sequels as lacking the emotional devastation of Toy Story 2 or the long-range myth-making of Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie.
There are moments of visual humor in the movie that are so inventive that they feel like a glimpse of a cartoon masterpiece Jerry Lewis might have made. Most of the best scenes eerily capture the pink light of the Bay Area. These scenes also sum up the tech culture there of shiny white start-ups and endless lattes.
Language in the movie is also interesting. Cute is used as a noun, as in a “car powered by cute.” There is a bizarre instance of a strawberry translating the baby-talk of the foodimals, and the rampant puns begin to feel like linguistic pranking.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie successfully rains down a successful franchise continuation. This is a film for everyone who enjoy occasional bits of nonsensical, psychedelic plotting. People who are partial to adorable things, like pet strawberries and a family of kawaii-style marshmallows, will also enjoy the movie.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 full movie seems to challenge Pixar’s decade-long reign, but that promise wanes.