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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2(2013)
Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
For more about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray release, see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on January 15, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt
Directors: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray Review
Color! 3D! Food! More color!
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, January 15, 2014
There's no such thing as small science...only small scientists.
Nothing is small in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, a buffet of color and oversized food products that have not merely descended onto Swallow Falls but overrun it, literally, now that it's all sprouted legs and minds of its own. Sony Animation has now squeezed two feature films out of Author Judi Barrett's 32-page 1978 children's book, a staple of Elementary school libraries and now filling two spaces on the family home entertainment shelf. The sequel, as sequels are prone to do, doesn't quite live up to the magic of the original, that film a also spectacle of multicolored food products and filled to the brim with charm and heart. The sequel features more of the former but less of the latter, telling a story that's a little less filling but tasty nonetheless, a quick and easy desert to the first film's gourmet main course. Core audience members -- young kids who fell in love with the original -- will find just as much to dazzle the eyes and delight the ears here. It's a big adventure with all the old characters and a few new ones in tow, and even absent that innate charm, most parents will find in the movie enough pleasure to make it worth sitting down as a family to give it a watch, or ten.
Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) has just put an end to the FLDSMDFR's madness and saved Swallow Falls and all his friends. And the fun has only just begun. To Flint's amazement, his childhood science hero, Chester V (voiced by Will Forte, channeling Hector Elizondo) arrives with orders from the United Nations to clean up the land. That means evacuating everyone to San FranJose, California, except Flint. Chester invites Flint to come to work for him at Live Corp, the leading scientific company in the world. Flint's amazed at the opportunity and even more excited to work with some of the smartest caffeine-driven scientists known to man. When he's passed over for a major workplace prize, he's dejected, but the secretly nefarious Chester V has other plans for him in mind. He recruits Flint to return to Swallow Falls and put an end to the FLDSMDFR, again. It's apparently still operational, mutating its food into living organisms that Flint will have to destroy if he wants to save the world. With his father Tim (voiced by James Caan), his trusty sidekick Steve (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris), his girl Sam Sparks (voiced by Anna Faris), the bully-turned-comic-releif Brent (voiced by Andy Samberg), Cameraman Manny (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), and officer Earl (voiced by Terry Crews, replacing the dynamic Mr. T) accompanying him, Flint sets out to win the heart of his hero, but at what personal cost?
While Cloudy 2 definitely delivers plenty of family fun, it fails to capture the wide-eyed, here-comes-the-sparkling-birthday-cake excitement, anticipation, and novelty of the first. This sequel can't quite escape the feeling that it's more a retread than it is an original idea, more last week's leftovers rather than a freshly cooked meal. There's precious little meat to the plot, and the side stories that work in lessons on friendship, hero worship, and the good in doing the right thing even under unusual pressures and circumstances are nicely implemented but don't break any new ground. The plot arc and angles can be seen coming faster than a pizza delivery driver with a minute left before the pie becomes free. Yet there's enough sugary goodness here that even the most hardened audiences will not reject the entire movie but will nevertheless come to quickly see all the base unoriginal elements presented therein.
Yet none of that really matters at the end of the day. Cloudy 2 is infectiously humorous and packs on the jokes -- and jokes that actually work, for that matter -- as quickly as hot fudge sundaes pack on the pounds (Flint really needs to invent a machine that removes all the bad stuff out of food but leaves the taste behind). It's colorful almost to a fault, an explosion of bright globs of eye candy -- literally, in some cases -- that can effectively and temporarily, at least, blind the audience to the lack of real substance underneath. It's the sort of movie one watches to truly watch, to see what sort of visual antics the filmmakers can think of next. The various "foodimals" are cleverly designed and utilized in every scene, the picture a bastion of Frankenstein-like creativity. Everything form plopping eyeballs onto strawberries and marshmallows to creating a giant spider-like creature out of a hamburger and french fries gives the movie a wonderfully unique flavor and shows audiences something that, gasp, they've never seen before and, frankly, probably never even imagined. That's where the Cloudy movies really work, in creating a wonderfully dynamic and creative universe where anything goes and everything's game.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray, Video Quality
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 looks about as one might expect on Blu-ray 3D, sporting a stunning general picture quality and a strong 3D support presentation. As for the former first, the picture excels, as it does on the standalone 2D image. If there's a drop-off in color vibrancy, as there sometimes can be on the 3D side of transfers, it's nearly imperceptible here. Sony's 3D transfer retains the dazzling array of bold, brilliant colors and never fails to dazzle even through the filter of the 3D glasses. Image clarity remains rock-solid, too, and the 1080p presentation showcases every last millimeter of digital detail around the food-infested world of Swallow Falls. The 3D elements are nearly as impressive. While there aren't a lot of moments that explode out of the screen -- the most prominent being a literal explosion of color when a "party box" bursts prematurely or, perhaps better said, accidentally and at the wrong time for poor Flint -- the transfer does showcase continuous and believable depth of field, whether spacing between distant objects within larger, open spaces or more intermediate and intimate room between subjects. Titles float off the screen naturally at the beginning for a quality 3D effect. The 3D image never goes too dark, either. This is a hugely impressive effort, perhaps not a truly dazzling 3D image but easily one of the better animated presentations out there.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is right there with the video, beat for beat, in terms of quality throughout. It does everything very well, filling the stage with a variety of interesting elements and musical notes, all presented with pinpoint accuracy and clarity. Musical numbers are lively and naturally spaced, spreading evenly across the front and finding just the right amount of surround support across the back. The low end is never truly dominant but it's nicely supportive and full when necessary. The food- and foodimal-infested world of Swallow Falls comes to life with a wide variety of nuanced and front-and-center elements alike. The stage often fills with dynamic sound effects and environmental supporting pieces to better define the environment and add some spice to the film. Even the heaviest sound effects, such as stampeding "bananas," power through the listening area with an exciting presence and high sonic accuracy. Dialogue plays evenly from the center and is the finishing touch on a dominant and dynamic listen.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2's 3D release contains all of the following supplements on the included 2D-only disc. The 3D disc contains only the commentary and previews in 3D.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 won't cause any indigestion, but neither is it a feast for anything but the eyes. The story lacks originality but certainly not creativity as Flint and company embark on an adventure quite unlike anything moviegoers have ever seen, or even imagined, before. The jokes come quickly and seem to always hit, but that's abut it. The movie feels terribly superficial, dabbling in themes that are nothing but staples of the modern animation genre. Still, that's enough to call the movie a success, something the young ones in the audience will eat up while still suitably palatable for the adults accompanying them. Sony's Blu-ray 3D release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 features reference video, strong 3D, excellent audio, and a nice little assortment of extra content. Recommended.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray, News and Updates
• Blu-ray Sales, Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Cloudy Covers the Number One Spot - February 6, 2014
For the week that ended on February 2nd, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 rose to the top of the Blu-ray-only and overall media rankings. This animated comedy sequel was a solid success with audiences last fall - it grossed ...
• Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray - November 28, 2013
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the 3D and 2D Blu-ray releases of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The animated sequel features the voice talents of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil ...
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