What do you get when you cross a taco with a crocodile? A tacodile, of course! If you see shrimpanzees swinging from trees and cheesespiders crawling underfoot, you must have entered the wacky world of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
"The concept of ‘foodimals’ is so much fun," Anna Faris told TFK. She voices Sam Sparks, the peppy reporter. "We've created a whole new world where food is now moving and becoming recognizable animals. I think kids will enjoy exploring this huge universe of strange animals that the characters encounter."
Flint vs. Foodimals
When we last left Flint Lockwood, he had destroyed his FLDSMDFR, a machine that turns water into food. The sequel begins 60 seconds after that.
Flint, along with everyone else from Swallow Falls, has left the island and moved to the city. He takes a job with world-famous inventor Chester V. Everything is great until Chester tells Flint that the FLDSMDFR was never entirely destroyed. It is creating strange, food-animal combinations that have taken over the island. Flint gathers his friends and sets out to destroy the machine once and for all.
"Kids dug Jurassic Park and there's an element of that movie in it," says Benjamin Bratt. He voices Manny the cameraman. "Once Flint and his friends enter the world of these food hybrids, they don't know what awaits them around the next corner."
Will they run into a Meatbalrus? That’s a breadstick-tusked meatball with thin pasta whiskers and bow-tie pasta feet. Or will they come across a watermelephant? Keep your eyes peeled because there are 39 foodimals to discover in all.
No Place Like Home
While creating food-creatures was fun, the directors realized they needed something to hold the story together and move the plot along. That’s why they added an extra layer to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Underneath all the zaniness, the movie explores the meaning of home and friendship.
"All of our characters have become fish out of water in a bigger world,” says Kris Pearn, one of the directors of Cloudy 2. “Their journey is really a journey to discover the answer to the question: What is home?" (For more with Pearn and co-director Cody Cameron, click here for a Q&A.)
Bill Hader voices Flint Lockwood. He adds: "Flint has a choice between going with his friends or going with Chester V, who is his hero. His alliances are kind of split.”
The super-sized sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs hits theaters on September 27. Will you come back for seconds?
Below, watch Amelia interview Cloudy 2 stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Terry Crews and Andy Samberg. For more, click here to watch Amelia make foodimals with a chef and click here to read an interview with the film's directors.