Embrace the Colorful New World of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
|"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (2013).|
|Flint and Sam remain an item.|
The changes basically are only those essential for continuity and adaptations from the first film to make this one smoother and more audience-friendly. That should satisfy the many viewers of the first film, though it also means the follow-up isn't as clever or inventive as the original "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."
|Just like in the original, Flint uses modern technology.|
The entire town of Swallow Falls, in fact, has had to move there (it's a bit unclear why they all wound up in the same place) while crews from Live Corp clean up its Atlantic island. Live Corp is a kind of think tank, full of scientists and inventors who work tirelessly to make the world a better place "for the betterment of mankind." It is run by the world-famous and eccentric Chester V, who is aided by Barb, Chester's orangutan assistant.
|Sam holds Barry the Strawberry.|
|The FLDSMDFR has created a whole new world.|
|"Oh no, it's a strawberry!"|
There are cheeseburger bullies that run around on spider legs composed of French Fries, lettuce-spitting taco-dile supremes, bananostriches, PB & jellyfish, melonheads, shrimpanzees, moquitoasts, watermelophants, applie-pie-thons, and, in fact, 39 different new species of foodimals which inhabit mountains, rivers, swamps, and jungles all created by the FLDSMDFR.
|The animation really is superb in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2."|
|Flint and his sidekick, Steve the Monkey.|
|Officer Devereaux becomes a "foodie" for a while.|
|There are many scenes of characters with open mouths.|
|Neil Patrick Harris holding his character, Steve the Monkey.|
Now, the best-animated films - make that, the best films in general, not just animated - focus on and explore relationships. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" is not about exploring relationships at all because those were all established and run through in the first film. The sequel simply inserts a generic bad guy who replaces Flint's naivete with guile as a foil for Flint and his cronies to battle, and we've all seen that before. The undemanding younger crowd is probably going to like "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" the most. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" will be dynamite, by the way, when played in the Blu-ray player right after the original - who needs that pesky character development anyway?