Heads up: The forecast is calling for meatballs once again this fall.
In "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), Brent McHale (Andy Samberg), Steve the (mentally unstable) Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris) and the rest of the team reunite for a battle of epic pro-portions September 27.
We got a special sneak peek of the film -- including never-before-seen footage and a presentation from directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn -- so we're serving up five nuggets we digested from the experience. -- By Christopher Rosa and Jacqueline Lem
1. This movie is pun-tastic.
Every other line in this film looks like it's going to be a pun, and we are perfectly okay with that. The main source of the verbal fiesta stems from the names of the foodimals (see #2 to get the dish on those cute creatures). What do you call a PB&J sea creature? A jellyfish, of course. Also, be on the lookout for watermelophants, shrimpanzees and mosquitoasts.
2. Food is a main (and totally adorable) character.
Foodalanches are no match for the characters in "Cloudy 2." This time around, Flint and the gang have to save the world from foodimals, food-animal hybrids that have been created by Flint's FLDSMDFR machine. Some of the foodimals, such as Barry the Strawberry, are an integral part of the film. Voiced by director Cody Cameron (see #4), Barry guides the humans along their journey to stop the food-filled invasion. Some of our other (pun-tastic) favorites? Susheeps, apple pie-thons and cheespiders. Mmmm.
3. It's almost like the creators are trying to get us to eat healthy...
The flick's main villain is an living cheeseburger (natch) with red, blood-thirsty sesame seed eyes and a bone to pick with Flint and his gang. Oh, and the other bad guy is a crocodile in the shape of a taco (or tacodile... see puns, #1). Meanwhile, pleasant watermelon elephants and strawberry munchkins make the gang feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Hmmm, do we sense a little bit of healthy eating social commentary? Well played, Sony. You scared the desire to eat a Big Mac right out of us... for now.
4. Directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn lend both their minds and voices to the film.
Cameron and Pearn — who both worked in the story department on the first "Cloudy" — have returned to collaborate on "Cloudy 2," but they do more than directing. In this sequel, Cameron lends his voice to the adorable foodimal, Barry the Strawberry, as well as to three human-friendly pickles. The co-director is no stranger to voiceover work; he previously voiced Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs in the "Shrek" series and Mr. Weenie in the "Open Season" films. Pearn, meanwhile, tests his acting chops by giving life to the aerobatic shrimpanzees. He previously voiced an elf in 2011's "Arthur Christmas."
5. The sequel cast list is a hodgepodge of the first movie.
"Cloudy" actors are playing different roles, new voices are replacing old, and some brand new players are welcomed. It's a good ol' Hollywood match-up game in "Cloudy 2." Notably, Terry Crews replaces Mr. T as teddy bear Officer Earl Devereaux; Will Forte, who voiced Joseph Towne in the first film, plays Flint's idol Chester V in the sequel; and "30 Rock" star Kristen Schaal makes her "Cloudy" debut as Barb, a fast-talking orangutan with a human brain. But we’re most excited to see Neil Patrick Harris bring Steve, Flint’s lovable and mindless pet monkey, back to life.