Exclusive: In 'Cloudy 2,' giant tacos bite back
05:00 AM, Jun 26, 2013
Who cares about calories? In Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, the tacos have actual bite.
The animated sequel (out Sept. 27), finds inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) despairing that his beloved Swallow Falls has turned into a head-scratching incarnation of Jurassic Park, thanks to that finicky FLDSMDFR (Flint Lockwood’s Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator).
The raining cheeseburgers in the original 2009 film are now problems of the past. “In the new film the food has mutated,” says Hader, who reprises his lead role in the tale, inspired by the popular children’s book.
Flint must return from his new job working alongside his idol, Chester V, to combat the massive amount of food-animal hybrids, or ”foodimals,” threatening his home turf. Willy Wonka would be proud of the creatures Lockwood has inadvertently created: plodding pickles and buffaloafs, plus cucumbirds, fruit cockatiels and swinging shrimpanzees. Not to mention those temperamental giant tacodiles.
For directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron, coming up with food puns was the fun part. In early days, “we spent a Sunday carving up some food with map tacks for eyes and photographing them in the sun as kind of a pitch for the studio,” says Pearn. “From that we started coming up with other food-based puns.”
Famous humans (at least their voices) invade the sequel, too. Hader’s Saturday Night Live pal Will Forte, who voiced Joe Towne in the first film, takes on the character of Chester V, the Steve Jobs-meets-Richard Branson inventor Flint has always looked up to. “The way he and Bill play off each other is just really fun to listen to,” says Cameron.
Also returning are Anna Faris as Sam Sparks and James Caan as Flint’s dad, Tim. Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show) plays Chester V’s sidekick Barb, “a very intelligent orangutan who’s got a human brain inside of her ape brain like a turducken,” adds Cameron. “She’s Chester’s No. 2.”
But the foodimals steal the screen this time. “You record all of the voices for the movie and you only see stills or drawings of the food-imals. You don’t see them in action until a year and a half into the process,” says Hader. “They’re pretty amazing.”