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
"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.
Yellow banana with ostrich legs added.
The shy, young strawberry that befriends Flint and his friends upon
their arrival on the transformed island of Swallow Falls. He's a sweet
Barry's smaller cousin. Blue and juicy!
A buffalo meatloaf with horns (onion rings) and a thick coat...of
Burpy, buttery frog-like critter who lives on pancake lily pads in the Breakfast Bog.
An antelope made out of a cantaloupe.
Organic, orange, observant. Doesn't have much to say.
A cheeseburger, turned into a French fry-legged spider --
A birthday cake with frosting turned crustacean.
A flying cucumber.
A sea-dwelling manatee turned eggplant.
Mangoes turned into part bird from the everglades.
- Fruit Cockatiel
An exotic bird with pear body, pineapple-cherry eyes, and banana peel feathers.
Potatoes with butter tongue and chive teeth that live in the
- Hot Dog
Goofy, moonwalking resident of the abandoned Swallow Falls Drive-In theater. Likes to
hide against billboards.
Colorful jelly beans with wings and stingers...watch out!
The favorite sandwich of childhood with tentacles of peanut butter &
- Kiwi Birds
The green fruit transformed into squat birds.
The living vegetable, rich in iron and grown from a bulb...harmful to
Sour yellow citrus creatures that follow each other in packs.
Friendly versions of the sweet white puffy treat.
Breadstick-tusked meatball with thin pasta whiskers and bow-tie pasta
Browned bread slices with raisin eyes and cinnamon stick beak.
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
- Piece of Cake
Pink frosting, layers of chocolatey goodness, and a nonchalant attitude
- Pizza Man
Giant pepperoni pizza, with arms, legs...and grouchy attitude.
The legendary mountain-dwelling creature created from...squash.
Chimpanzees with shrimp arms and body.
Barry's loyal clan. A wide variety of shapes, sizes, and attitudes.
Gentle sheep with shrimp, carrot, cucumber, crab, avocado &
The Latin American entrĂ©e turned river carnivore. Ole!
Is just a tomato...
A pachyderm of the living summer fruit...with babies.
- Wild Knish
Non-domesticated versions of the Eastern European
- Wild Scallions
Gentle Jurassic herbivore giant made of long green onions. 25
The red root vegetable version of the African
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