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Flint and Friends Back for Eco-Friendly Animated Adventure

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

DVD Review by Kam Williams

 

When we first met Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), he lost control of a contraption which turned water into food and triggered a foodalanche which wreaked havoc all across Swallow Falls before being turned off. At the point of departure of this worthy sequel, we find the young inventor being duped into relocating from his 91G2d99uefL._SL1500_hometown to the impersonal confines of San FranJose based on a promise of employment as a “thinkquanaut” from his idol, Chester V (Will Forte), the Chairman of Live Corporation.

Flint is so gullible that he is initially blissfully unaware of his new boss’ secret agenda. But Chester has emptied Swallow Falls entirely of its residents under the guise of cleaning up the once idyllic island.

Truth be told, the conniving CEO has managed to get Flint’s food machine going again, and has hatched a diabolical plan to repopulate the place with about 40 varieties of sentient creatures. Each of these “foodimals” has a name which is a punny play on words, such as shrimpanzees, watermelophants, cheespiders, hippotatomuses, pb & jellyfish, flamangos, buffaloaves and wildebeets, to name a few.

Eventually, Flint wises up to the fact that he’s been manipulated and that something evil is afoot. Soon, accompanied by his pals and his meteorologist girlfriend, Samantha (Anna Faris), he returns to Swallow Falls where they find themselves attacked by tacodiles and stampeded by a flock of bananostriches.

Will Flint and company figure a way to subdue the menacing, manmade menagerie before their beloved city is totally ruined? That is the question at the heart of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, another inspired animated adventure with an eco-conscious theme.

Co-directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, the film features the distinctive voice work by a veteran cast which includes returnees Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Will Forte and Benjamin Bratt, as well as a critical new addition in Terry Crews as the motor-mouthed Earl Deveraux.

A dazzling and delightful sequel every bit as charming as the original!

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG for mild rude humor

Running time: 95 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

DVD Extras: Filmmaker commentary; Anatomy of a Foodimal; Production Design: Back in the Kitchen; Awesome End Credits; Cloudy Café: Who’s on the Menu; Building the Foodimals; The Mysterious Sasquash; Delicious Production Design; Cody Simpson “La Dda Dee” Music Video.

 

To see a trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNiVB_d_z4k

 

To order a copy of on DVD, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001UV4XY2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

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