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Staying for Dessert: The End Credits
For the end credits, the filmmakers wanted to do something a little different -- something that would express the spirit of the film and show off a little personality. So, how about a sequence that moved beyond a traditional 2D end-credits sequence -- one that employs 2D flash animation, CG animation, stop-motion, puppets, and more in a wild, fun sequence that brings the foodimals to life in all kinds of new ways?

To plan the sequence, the directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn and the production designer Justin K. Thompson turned to Craig Kellman, who had served the film well as a character designer of the foodimals as well as Chester and Barb.

"At the beginning, Cody and Kris and Justin and I were batting around ideas about different mediums and styles we could try to differentiate our sequence from the original movie's end credits," says Kellman. "Should we try to do it with costume characters, or puppets, or stop motion -- we love all of these ideas -- which one should we do? And as my co-designer Pete Oswald and I started looking at everything we were storyboarding, we thought, 'We should do all of them: start with the 2D Flash animation as our base, then make a couple of scenes stop-motion, some other scenes CG, and another scene with puppets.' And miraculously, everyone said yes -- and Pete and I had complete control over where we used each of the different mediums and what we wanted each of the individual scenes to be."

Kellman and Oswald worked with Screen Novelties to bring the sequence to life. "They're mainly a stop-motion company, but they can do it all," Kellman says. "They've worked on all sorts of stuff, from 'Robot Chicken' to 'Celebrity Death Match,' a million commercials, a SpongeBob Christmas special. I've known them for almost 20 years, but the last time we worked together was 12 or 13 years ago and we've been looking for a project to work on together since then."

The elaborate sequence shows the virtue of planning in advance -- though it took 18 weeks to plan the storyboard and get the appropriate approvals, the sequence took only 12 weeks to design, animate and composite from beginning to end.

Kellman also got a chance to resurrect some of his favorite foodimals that didn't make the final cut of the film. "The Matzo Bull is my favorite -- maybe because I'm Jewish," he says. "But I also like the Tyranno-s'more-us Mess: a T-Rex made out of s'mores."

The sequence is set to the tune of "La Da Dee," a single performed by Cody Simpson. Lia Vollack Sony Pictures' President of Worldwide Music, says, "'La Da Dee' is a bright, fresh, fun song that strikes the perfect tone to end Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Cody is a wonderful and talented recording artist who appeals to kids and their parents alike -- he's a perfect fit with the world of the film."

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