Talking Food

Everyone loves it when inanimate objects talk

I thought Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was redundant and terrible, but it made $243 million worldwide and must have done pretty well on home video, which is why Sony is bringing us another one. Aptly named Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the first poster has premiered and the trailer drops tomorrow.

Apparently this time around the found will come to life with things such as a walking, gibberish-talking strawberry named Barry, shrimpanzees, giant, french-fry-legged bacon cheesespider, tacodiles, flamangoes and living pickles. What is it about us humans that loves to see inanimate objects brought to life?

The film arrives September 27.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Poster

Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs 2 features the voicework of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte and Kristen Schaal and picks up where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left off, with inventor Flint Lockwood's genius finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V (Forte) to join the Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right-hand-gal – and one of his greatest inventions – is Barb (Schaal), a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick.

It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine – which turns water into food – is still operating and is now creating mutant food beasts. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint and his friends must embark on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world... again!

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  • OYID

    I once read a post somewhere about some sort of psychological theory, which said that most people have some sort of disorder where they humanize inanimate objects. It said this craziness begins at childhood, when our parents say something or other is "happy" or "sad" or something.
    I realize this may not be the best comment, but if I find that thing I'll post a link to it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Wow..this sound awful.

  • bill

    Cloudy with a chance is one of my favorites, thought it was hilarious, cant wait for this

  • Robbie B

    I'm a bit surprised by your reaction to the first. I thought it was fresh and funny and sincere. And genuinely odd. Which bizarre cutting and a real individual stamp of style and director choice. It was the guys who did the 21 Jump Street film and they used the same oddness there and to great success. I look forward to this new one but wish they were more involved.

    • Joao

      And it was really smart too!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Matt/ Matt

    I actually really enjoyed the original. That being said, this new sequel sounds terrible and from what I understand Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren't involved with this sequel. So, I don't particularly care about this.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a wonderful book I used to read over and over as a child. Then the first movie came out and I felt violated by it's mind-numbing awfulness, good to see Hollywood raping my childhood once again.

  • Paul

    Seriously? Wasn't the first one eye-stabbing enough? As Elijah said, Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs was a great children's book. It could have been translated into a straight up-film easily, more elaborate (one page could've easily been five minutes of "bad weather), and the ending was almost like apocalyptic weather. In some sense, it was like a disaster story with food. It should've been a disaster film that was still PG or a very light PG-13. Give me the script, we'll let Christopher Nolan direct and let Alexander Witt do the special effects parts.

    No living food or yelling "Jello!!!", just a flood of spagetti...