Three years after the yummy animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (in which inventor Flint came up with a machine that turned weather into food) comes this slightly less delicious sequel.
It seems Flint’s (Hader) machine never stopped working, and now it’s creating food/animal hybrids in the abandoned town of Swallow Falls including tacodiles, shrimpanzees, baby-faced strawberries and giant spider cheeseburgers. Under the instructions of his new boss, multimillionaire inventor Chester V (Forte), Flint realises he has to return to his hometown with his pals to save the world.
While this has the bright, colourful animation of the first movie, great vocal casting and the inventiveness of the food/animal creatures, there’s a disappointing amount of humour here – as if the writers spent so much time on cooking up the pun-tastic hybrids that they forgot to add enough jokes and witty moments into the recipe. The plot’s a little thin, too, but it does zip along at a decent pace even if it’s not up to the scrumptious heights of the original.
Is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Small children (under 6) may find some of the food-animal hybrids scary – especially the cheeseburger spider, which is huge and seen at close range about halfway through the film.