"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," the sequel to the 2009 surprise hit, reunites Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his food-making machine with his buddy Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and a whole lot of walking, talking edibles. This time around, Flint's machine is creating weird and scary monsters that are part animal and part delicious foods.
The latest trailer gives us a good look at the wacky creatures Flint, Sam, and their crew will be fighting, such as tacodiles (terrifying taco crocodiles), hippotatomuses (potato hippos), watermelophants (watermelon elephants), and cheespiders (cheeseburgers with French fry legs). There are good monsters, too, like Barry the Strawberry, a big-eyed strawberry ripe for plush toy tie-ins, and assorted friendly-faced veggies and fruits known as foodimals.
Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and James Caan are among the returning voice actors; the sequel also adds the hilarious Kristen Schaal ("Bob's Burgers") and Terry Crews to the mix. Crews is taking over for Mr. T as Officer Earl Devereaux.
The original "Cloudy" writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are busy with other projects like "The Lego Movie," so "Cloudy 2" has a new writing and directing team. John Francis Daley (of "Freaks and Geeks" fame) and Jonathan M. Goldstein collaborated on the screenplay; the two also wrote "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "Horrible Bosses." Erica Rivinoja, whose credits include "Up All Night," "South Park," and "Clone High," worked on the screenplay as well. This is co-director Kris Pearn's first feature-length film, and Cody Cameron's second.
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" will be raining all over theaters in 3D on September 27, 2013.