CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
About the Film
In Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Flint Lockwood and
his pals discover that something big was leftover on the island of Swallow Falls. The
action picks up just sixty seconds after the first film ends: Flint Lockwood has destroyed
his greatest invention, the Flint Lockwood Diatomic Super Mutating Dynamic Food
Replicator, or FLDSMDFR for short. That invention was a wild success, in that it could
turn water into food, and an unmitigated disaster, in that it unleashed a torrent of deadly
food weather that threatened to destroy the world. Flint blew it up -- or, at least, that's
what he thought.
"I love the world of Cloudy," says Cody
Cameron, who directs the film with Kris
Pearn. A story board artist on the first
three Shrek films, as well as the Sony
Pictures Animation films Surf's Up, Cloudy
with a Chance of Meatballs, Open Season
2, Open Season 3, and the short film The
Chubbchubbs Save Xmas -- the last two as
director -- Cameron says, "Of all the films I've worked on, Cloudy is my favorite. So to
get the chance to go back and revisit the characters in this new, crazy world that we
were developing made this a really exciting project for me."
"When we started the brainstorming process, we found a very rich amount of elements
to explore -- not just a new adventure, but also the characters," says Pearn, who headed
up the story team on the first Cloudy film. "On this adventure, all of the characters get
to express themselves more fully. For example, Earl, the town cop, wants to protect the
home he loves so much. Manny -- who was so silent through most of the first film --
reveals more and more hidden sides of himself. Sam, the one person who understands
Flint better than anybody else, is the one to see the island for what it is -- an expression
of Flint's creativity."
"Cody and Kris were both passionately involved with the first film," says Pam Marsden,
who produced both the original Cloudy and this new adventure. "Kris was head of story
and Cody was at the core of the story team. When it came time for the sequel, they
came up with creative ways to continue the adventure."
In the new film, Flint finds out that the FLDSMDFR is still active and is now churning out
food-animal hybrids -- foodimals! -- that have overrun the island. Soon, it's back to
Swallow Falls, with all of his friends in tow, to try to stop the food creatures before they
attack the world.
"At the end of the first film, the food started to come alive -- there were walking chickens
and threatening gummy bears," notes producer Kirk Bodyfelt. "We're now running
rampant with that idea in the sequel."
"But we've gone way beyond that," says Cameron. "When they arrive back at the
island, they find a huge, overgrown jungle that has overtaken the town -- and the food
has evolved. It's more than gummy bears and pizza slices. It's giant wild scallions, it's
watermelophants, strawberries, pickles. It's the Serengeti of food."
Adds producer Kirk Bodyfelt, "Once we'd settled on the idea
of the foodimals, Cody went to town with that idea; he even
went to the grocery store and starting buying up fruits and
vegetables and started to carve them into little critters.
There's a lot of love for the film here at Sony Pictures
Animation, and everyone was such a fan of the original that
we're all in tune with trying to keep the same look, feel, and
same level of energy, but also find creative ways to expand
the characters into new territory. It's a familiar universe, but also something completely
new and different as well."
Once it was decided that the movie would be about the foodimals, it was clear that the
sequel would be bringing all of
the favorite characters from the
first film back together. "Flint's
trip back to the island is
supposed to be a secret, but we
know Flint can't keep a secret.
He blurts it out right away to
Sam, and she says, 'You can't do this alone.' And before you know it, they're getting the
gang back together," says Pearn.
Cameron and Pearn were hand-picked to direct Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 by
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the writers and directors of the first film. "I worked on the
movie for 4 1/2 years -- the last 3 1/2 with Phil and Chris," says Pearn. "In the story
department, you tend to have a small crew and you spend a lot of time with the
directors. We got to know each other well and there was a lot of trust there. Cody and I
were on the movie pretty much until the end, which is unusual, because it's common as
a film winds down to let board artists move on to other projects. So, once Phil and Chris
decided they weren't going to direct the sequel, it was an organic choice to allow us to
take the reins -- and not only that, but I think they saw how important it was to us to
maintain the unique humor and quirkiness that made the first film so special as we
embarked on the sequel." Lord and Miller remain actively involved with the project as
For the look of the film, Cameron and
Pearn were able to draw not only on
the work done on the first film, but in
many cases, the same people who
did that work. "Justin K. Thompson,
the production designer on the first
film, is back. Pete Nash is back as the senior animation supervisor, bringing a lot of knowledge of the way characters act. A lot of the leads came back -- it's very
collaborative. On the first film, it says, 'A film by a lot of people' -- we're doing the same
thing, only it says, 'Another film by a lot of people.' It really is about team effort and
collaboration," says Cameron.
"On the first film, Phil and Chris were the first directors I'd ever worked with who treated
the film like a writer's room," says Pearn. "Anybody with a thought that could help the
film -- even assistants and PAs -- could pipe up. After all, a good idea can come from
anywhere. We found that very helpful, and we're keeping that going on this film. It's
very helpful when you can trust the crew and there's a give-and-take in how the show is
Lord and Miller say, "Kris and Cody were great collaborators on the first film and we
loved working with them to bring these fun, unique characters back to life. The final
result is a beautiful, stylized, funny film and we are thrilled that the Cloudy franchise has
continued on in the hands of so many great people."
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