Exclusive Peek at Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!

A foodalanche hitting Chewandswallow was one of the most memorable scenes in the highly creative and beloved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Fans will be excited to hear that the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, will arrive in theaters September 27, starring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, and Kristen Schaal. We spoke exclusively to directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn about their motivation for doing the next chapter, what new inventions we can look forward to, and the message behind the madness. Epicurious: Chester V’s Live Corp Company employs the world’s best inventors to create technologies for the betterment of mankind. What technologies, like turning water into food, would you want to create in our world? Kris Pearn: Well living in L.A. I would say the teleporter is long overdue. I’m also still itching for x-ray glasses and a jet pack. My sense of wonder pretty much peaked when I was 8 and I’m still clinging to it. Epi: Inventor Flint Lockwood’s machine was destroyed because it led to things like meatball storms unleashed upon the world. Now it has created food-animal hybrids, called Foodimals like tacodiles, which are trying to take over the world. What foods inspired you and how did you come up with the living food creatures? KP: On the first film, we wanted to escalate the disaster from just stuff falling from the sky and bring it to a weirder place so we invented a whole food monster ending where the island of Swallow Falls was beset by an army of living food. The townsfolk fought back with forks, spoons, Saran Wrap and such and it turned into a silly “Animal House” style food fight. But we couldn’t make it fit. In the end, all that remained was a little vestigial sentient food action (Gummy Bears on the wings of Manny’s plane, roasted chickens, etc). Cody Cameron: And I had a scene in the first film in which pickles popped from the walls to make food faces. I knew going into the second film I wanted pickles so I started by making sculptures and photographs in my back yard! KP: So coming back into this film, we had that itch to do a monster movie. Since the first film was about “what could fall on your head,” it felt very natural to tell a story about “what was hiding in the bushes.” As far as inspiration, we definitely came at it from the perspective of the types of food. We knew we wanted a Cheeseburger since that was Flint’s first food invention; we knew we wanted various world foods, like sushi, tacos, knish etc… and we also knew we wanted to represent different types of meals: breakfast, roast dinner, dessert, pizza night etc. Combining that with what we learned from designing food from the first movie we hit the most iconic, visually pleasing foods. Beyond that, we…

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