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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

About the Foodimals
In returning to Swallow Falls, Flint and his pals discover that the food machine is still active and is now churning out food-animal hybrids... foodimals! "If you can find a good mix of an animal and a food that not only gives you a great design but also a cringe- worthy pun, that's what we wanted," says Cameron. "One of the first missions we gave to Craig Kellman, our lead character designer, was go forth with those directives and show us what you got -- in a weekend, he came up with a library of ridiculousness, a lot of which is still in the film: a taco plus a crocodile equals a tacodile, a watermelon plus an elephant is a watermelophant. We had to make sure we covered all of the food groups -- the fruits, the vegetables, the meats -- and we had certain action pieces in the film... the tacodile is one of the larger threats in the movie, and the cheespider -- half cheeseburger, half spider -- became the main large threat of the island, the one where you realize that something is wrong on the island. As the story developed, we came up with more and more. They're going down the river, we found river creatures like the hippotatomus and the flamangos and the lemmins and the wild scallions."

Cameron says, "The development of sentient food started with a conversation that Kris and I had about what type of food we wanted in the film. After talking about pickles and strawberries, I spent a Sunday sculpting some produce and posing them in scenes in my back yard. I wanted to show what real fruits and vegetables would look like photographed in a natural environment, under sunlight," he says. "We used that as part of our pitch."

But that was just the beginning. "Kris and Cody came to me with the idea of the food puns -- inspired by Lewis Carroll's bread-and-butterflies -- and they wanted me to see if I could come up with a bunch of those," says Kellman. "I don't know how many they were expecting, but in that first weekend I came up with a list of over 100 of them -- and the guys laughed a lot. Some of the foodimals were created by other artists -- Cody invented the watermelophants and the bananostriches, and our head of story, Brandon Jeffords, came up with the shrimpanzees. I did a lot of the really punny ones -- the fruit cockatiels, the flamangoes, the susheep, the kiwi birds, the tacodile. There was no pun too stupid for me."

"As much as they could, Cody and Craig kept the original identity of the food intact as much as possible," says the film's production designer, Justin K. Thompson. "We didn't want to lose the texture and the detail that real food has -- the watermelophant has the texture of a watermelon and the cantalope has the texture of a cantaloupe. As obvious as the puns are, that's the fun -- kids can recognize their favorite foods in the foodimals and be able to name them."

"That comes from a mandate set in the first movie," says Kellman. "Real world food can look unappealing sometimes, but all of the food in the world of Cloudy was idealized, like you see in commercials. So even though my original designs were kind of simplistic, children's book renderings of the foodimals, we knew that in the end, the animators would bring them through that filter and come out more realistic -- tasty and appealing, but with legs and arms and mouths and eyes."

Since then, the foodimals have taken on a life of their own. "It's been fun watching the animators get a hold of the foodimals," Cameron continues. "Like the bananas -- do they slip a lot? The pickles -- they don't have legs, they have little tassels that come out of the bottom, like walking on two mops. When the hippotatomus opens its mouth, steam comes out, like a baked potato. Every character, we try to find a different way to locomote -- lots of variety in motion."

"The foodimals are my favorite part of the movie," says Faris. "The cheespiders, the hippotatomuses, the cantalopes. It's really inventive and fun, how they gave these food creatures personalities."

"I think Barry is the funniest character in the movie," says Hader. "There's a scene in which Flint is trying to rally the troops, and Barry is behind Flint, translating what Flint's saying, and it's really, really funny." Of course, that's Cameron voicing the role of Barry in the recording booth.

There are 39 foodimals in the film, including:

  • Apple Piethon
    The cold-blooded reptile with a delicate crust and fruit filling.
  • Bananostrich
    Yellow banana with ostrich legs added.
  • Barry
    The shy, young strawberry that befriends Flint and his friends upon their arrival on the transformed island of Swallow Falls. He's a sweet little guy!
  • Blueberry
    Barry's smaller cousin. Blue and juicy!
  • Buffaloaf
    A buffalo meatloaf with horns (onion rings) and a thick coat...of ketchup.
  • Buttoad
    Burpy, buttery frog-like critter who lives on pancake lily pads in the Breakfast Bog.
  • Cantalope
    An antelope made out of a cantaloupe.
  • Carrot
    Organic, orange, observant. Doesn't have much to say.
  • Cheespider
    A cheeseburger, turned into a French fry-legged spider -- eek!
  • Crabcakes
    A birthday cake with frosting turned crustacean.
  • Cucumbirdy
    A flying cucumber.
  • Eggplanatee
    A sea-dwelling manatee turned eggplant.
  • Flamangos
    Mangoes turned into part bird from the everglades.
  • Fruit Cockatiel
    An exotic bird with pear body, pineapple-cherry eyes, and banana peel feathers.
  • Hippotatomus
    Potatoes with butter tongue and chive teeth that live in the river.
  • Hot Dog
    Goofy, moonwalking resident of the abandoned Swallow Falls Drive-In theater. Likes to hide against billboards.
  • Jellybee
    Colorful jelly beans with wings and stingers...watch out!
  • Jellyfish
    The favorite sandwich of childhood with tentacles of peanut butter & jelly.
  • Kiwi Birds
    The green fruit transformed into squat birds.
  • Leek
    The living vegetable, rich in iron and grown from a bulb...harmful to boats.
  • Lemmins
    Sour yellow citrus creatures that follow each other in packs.
  • Marshmallows
    Friendly versions of the sweet white puffy treat.
  • Meatbalrus
    Breadstick-tusked meatball with thin pasta whiskers and bow-tie pasta feet.
  • Mosquitoasts
    Browned bread slices with raisin eyes and cinnamon stick beak.
  • Pickle
    One of the various tribes of the friendly living brined cucumbers. With different sizes and individual personalities, including Dill, Sour and Sweet (and Sweet has a pet onion called Pearl).
  • Piece of Cake
    Pink frosting, layers of chocolatey goodness, and a nonchalant attitude
  • Pizza Man
    Giant pepperoni pizza, with arms, legs...and grouchy attitude.
  • Sasquash
    The legendary mountain-dwelling creature created from...squash.
  • Shrimpanzees
    Chimpanzees with shrimp arms and body.
  • Strawberries
    Barry's loyal clan. A wide variety of shapes, sizes, and attitudes.
  • Susheep
    Gentle sheep with shrimp, carrot, cucumber, crab, avocado & sticky rice.
  • Tacodile
    The Latin American entrée turned river carnivore. Ole!
  • Tomato
    Is just a tomato...
  • Watermelophant
    A pachyderm of the living summer fruit...with babies.
  • Wild Knish
    Non-domesticated versions of the Eastern European snack.
  • Wild Scallions
    Gentle Jurassic herbivore giant made of long green onions. 25
  • Wildebeets
    The red root vegetable version of the African antelope.

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