The forecast is sunny side up for Sony Pictures Animation as the studio has reassembled the all-star, comedy voice cast of the animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, set for release in 3D on February 7, 2014. The first “Cloudy” film took in $243 million worldwide. The sequel is directed by Cody Cameron (whose story artist credits include Shrek, Madagascar, Surfs Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) & Kris Pearn (head of story on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and story supervisor on Arthur Christmas) and produced by longtime Sony Pictures Animation producer Kirk Bodyfelt.
The lead voice cast from the first film returns, including Bill Hader as inventor Flint Lockwood; Anna Faris as brainy weather girl Sam Sparks; James Caan as Flints technophobic dad, Tim Lockwood; Andy Samberg as Swallow Falls local celebrity Baby Brent; Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the gummy bear-loving monkey; and Benjamin Bratt as Sams mild mannered cameraman Manny. In addition, Terry Crews joins the cast to take on the role of Earl, the town cop.
Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers picks up where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left off. Inventor Flint Lockwoods genius is finally being recognized as hes invited by his idol Chester V (Will Forte) to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chesters right-hand-gal and one of his greatest inventions is Barb (Kristen Schaal), a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick.
Its always been Flints 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!
Commenting on the announcement, Sony Pictures Digital Productions President Bob Osher, said, ’Cloudy’ was a tremendous hit acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and were thrilled to be bringing everyone back together for ‘Cloudy 2.’ Sony Pictures Animations President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate added, Not only are we bringing the old gang back, we are introducing some hilarious new characters in a brand new adventure that matches the wit and freshness of the original. We have a great story and we love Cody and Kris’s take on the characters and material.
The film is executive produced by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. It is based upon characters from the book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. The screenplay is written by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja.