Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an American 3D computer-animated film, directed by Cody Cameron and Chris Pearl. It is the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the second installment in the franchise. It was released on September 27, 2013.
After Flint Lockwood and his friends save the world from the food storm in the first film, super-inventor Chester Vesen, the CEO of Live Corp and was Flint's childhood idol, is tasked to clean the island. He relocates Flint, his friends, and the citizens of Shallow Falls (temporarily) to San Francisco. Unbeknownst to Flint and his friends, the FLSDFR survived the explosion and has landed in the center of the island, and Chester is determined to find it. Chester invites Flint to work at Live Corp, where he meets Chester's ape assistant Barb, and she sends Flint on a very fast twisted elevator ride (with some other Live Corp members) to his own "work and study" room. Six months later; during the promotion ceremony, Flint accidentally humiliates himself when his newest invention, the "Celebrationator", explodes with paint and glitter after he didn't get the inventor promotion. Sad, upset and lonely, Flint walks back to the apartment and quickly leaves a recorded message to Sam. Meanwhile; Chester is back at the stage where the promotion ceremony was and Barb informs him that his search-parties W and Y have lost sign of the FLSDFR for his new 8.0 food bar update, Eventually Chester realises that he needs someone "expendable", some who "knows an island from the inside out", someone who is "smart but still naive", someone who "plays hip rock bottom" and "would do just about anything he asks for". When Barb asks him where will they find someone very desperate, Chester turns her attention towards the paint and glitter explosion mark area and says "I think we already have". When Flint arrives at the apartment, he begins to lie down in bed and sadly breaks down in tears.
Chester invites Flint to his office in Live Corp to discuss a meeting. When Flint arrives at Chester's office in Live Corp, Chester shows Flint that the clean up back at Shallow Falls, Three days later; after the clean up began, the island has been attacked by food creatures called cheespiders (a combination of a cheeseburger and a spider) which are trying to learn how to swim. Seemingly fearing the world's invasion, Chester missions Flint to find the FLSDFR and shut it down for good using an orange USB. Despite Chester's warning to keep the mission a secret (temporarily), Flint recruits meteorologist Sam, her camera-man Manny, Earl Deverauk, Steve, and Brent who now gets called "Chicken Brent". Much to Flint's dismay, his father Tim joins the crew and they travel back to Shallow Falls on his boat (which he mostly goes fishing on it).
Once arriving at Shallow Falls, they notice that a jungle-like environment made of foods has overgrown the island. Tim stays behind while Flint and the others investigate, once as they enter the deserted town, they find a Live Corp lab which was the same lab that was seen on the hologram screen when Chester invited Flint to his Live Corp office earlier, covered in spider webs made out of cheese. once they enter they find a large Strawberry, but it's alive in which it eats the orange USB that Chester gave Flint earlier. Tim, searching for sardines at his abandoned bait and tackle store, encounters a group of pickles and bonds with them by teaching them fishing. Chester discovers that Flint allowed his friends to join him on the mission, so he travels to the island with Barb and his holograms, to separate Flint from his friends. When Chester's helicopter arrives just in time to save the group from a Cheespider. Flint then finds his old house and lab. Flint, Chester, Steve, Barb and Sam climb up the orange pipe-tube that leads to the front door of Flint's lab, once in, they find out that the lab's computer died. Immediately, Chester discovers that Flint wears wedgie-proof underwear just like he does, which reveals that they have both been wearing the same underwear ever since they were younger kids. Barb's job was to hold onto Flint's and Chester's wedgie-proof underwear (which she was annoyed with) while Flint and Chester go bungee jumping to grab equipment to build a tracking device to use so Flint can contact the FLSDFR's location, After the bungee jumping work is done, the scene ends with Flint and Chester heading out the lab while Barb was still holding onto their wedgie-proof underwear and then releases their underwear back at Flint and Chester.
The next day, After escaping a Tacodile (a combination of a taco and a crocodile) attack, Sam notices that the foodimal was sort of protecting it's family, and begins to suspiciously suspect Chester is up to no good. Sam attempts to convince Flint to spare the foodimals, but Flint is somehow intent on Chester. Sam leaves depressed, and Flint's other companions go with her (including Steve). In the jungle, with Flint separated from his friends, The Cheespider shows up against the group and realise the reason why the Cheespider tried to attack them earlier was because the backpacks they had were Live Corp backpacks. Manny notices Sam's suspicious suspects when he reverses the Live Corp logo on his camera to reveal the "Live" as "Evil" but spelled backwards. In addition, Sam realises that the foodimals really meant no harm. They also learn that the foodimals have already known the truth about Live Corp the whole time. Upon realising what Chester is really up to, just has the group is about to go inform Flint, the group gets ambushed by the Corp employees. Barry (the Strawberry) and his family members see this and Barry gets prevented from trying to go save them, Barry knew they had to go get help.
Flint, Chester and Barb arrive at the candy mountain and find the FLSDFR, but Flint notices a family of friendly marshmallows and becomes hesitant to shut down the machine. Immediately, Chester seizes the control of the FLSDFR and announces his plot to make his food bar 8.0 update out of the foodimals. After Flint and Chester fight, the orange USB flies thru mid-air and lands into the machine and automatically re-programmes the machine. Immediately, Flint gets crushed and is knocked off and lands into the river but rescued by the marshmallows. The marshmallows take Flint to his father, and Flint explains to his father about Chester's plan. So Flint, his father and the foodimals all work together to build a giant fishing rod to send Flint and Barry into the unfinished part of the Evil Corp factory building that was still under construction on the island. Barry frees the trapped foodimals and battles the Corp employees, while an angry Flint fights Chester and his holograms, who reveals that he will make his friends into foodbars for the 8.0 update. Chester uses is numerous holograms of himself to beset Flint, but Flint uses the Celebrationator by getting Steve to break free and press it's button, making the real Chester get covered in paint and glitter, allowing Flint to grab the remote and rescue his friends. Chester was still not giving up, he goes and grabs the FLSDFR and when he is about to escape, A massive army of foodimals led by Barry (in a robot suit) arrive and fight Chester by surrounding him with Flint and his group. Chester eventually tries to getaway with the FLSDFR, but gets thwarted by Barb, who has absorbed a change of heart from Flint and his friends and she snatches the machine right out of Chester's arms, causing Chester to fall into his mega-sized food bar machine getting bounced around and just as he reaches the exit, Chester gets devoured by the Cheespider spitting out his orange vest which leaves the group with a disgusted groan. The next morning, with the island free from the Corp's control, Flint returns the FLSDFR to the rock candy mountain and frees it from the orange USB's control and the fruit animals continue to live in peace as more are produced. The film ends with Flint fishing with his father, finding it enjoyable and Flint actually catches his first fish.
In a post-credits scene after the scrolling credits, Barb was trying to ask Steve if he would like to go on an outing and he was trying to eat a banana sandwich.
- Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, a young teenage inventor.
- Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, a weather intern and Flint's main friend.
- James Cana as Tim Lockwood, Flint's widowed father who has a hobby in fishing.
- Andy Samberg as Brent Mchale, an infamous celebrity who used to be the mascot of Baby Brent's Sardines, but now a mascot known as Chicken Brent.
- Will Forte as Chester Vesen, a world-famous super-inventor and the Manager of Live Corp.
- Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, Flint's monkey sidekick who communicates using a Speak and Spell thought translator Flint made for him; however, he only has a limited-time vocabulary and mostly says his name, says a few random things, and reminds Flint whenever he's hungry.
- Benjamin Bratt as Manny, Sam's Guatemalan camera-man, former doctor and co-pilot.
- Terry Crews as Earl Deverauk, the town's competitive non-clever cop who always uses his own hands as an imaginary gun.
- Kristen Schaal as Barb, Chester's lipstick-wearing ape assistant with clever-like intelligence.
- Khamani Griffin as Calvin Deverauk, Earl's son.
- Al Roker as Patrick Patrickson, the anchorman of the weather station.
- Kody Cameron as Barry and Dill Pickles
- Melissa Sturm as Stental Louise and Live Corp Scientist
- Kristen Pearl as Shrimpanzee, Sentinel Peter, and Lab-coat Jenny
- Craig Kellman as Fabio McKallabin and Idea Pants Boy
- Six Months Later
- Three Days Later (mentioned)
On April 12, 2011, the website reported that there was a sequel in development. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone are writing a draft of the script, which will be based on an original idea, and not on Pickles to Pittsburgh, Barrett's follow-up book. In December 2011, it was reported that the film is not yet green lit, and that Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn are set to direct it.
It was initially set to be released on March 7, 2013 but was later moved to September 27, 2013.
On review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 70%, based on 116 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's consensus reads: "While not as clever or inventive as its predecessor, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 compensates with enough dazzling visuals to keep younger viewers entertained." Another aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a score of 59 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". But, one Reviewer Mat Brunet AKA Animat made a review about and hated the film so bad he called it one of the worst animated Films in history (until Where the Dead Go to Die that he give 1/10) giving it a 2/10 and The Animat Seal of Garbage. Here's the review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9AZc_PyuFM He also put it in #1 on the worst animated films of 2013.
- This was the last Sony Pictures Animation film to feature a 5.1 surround sound audio format.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the third/fourth Sony Pictures Animation film to become a franchise, after Open Season and The Smurfs.
- The last film to have the Sony Pictures Entertainment byline saying "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" during the Columbia Pictures logo. The next film will feature the 2014 Sony Logo and the 2014 "a Sony Company" Byline during the Columbia Pictures logo.
- The fourth Sony Pictures Animation film to be released in September, after Open Season, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania.
- Wilhelm Scream - When the Celebrationator explodes during the promotion ceremony, this famous sound can be heard.