Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
When I was preparing for Comic-Con, I chuckled the most at Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 being on the list. I know Comic-Con has morphed from being this comic book convention to a nerd convention to basically a pop culture symposium, but still, it felt off. With that being said, I was happy to see the movie get some preview time in during their Sony & Screen Gems panel Friday night. In a panel with Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, and directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.
In the panel, they introduced various slides and three clips from the movie. Some of it had been seen before, but there was some new stuff, too. Also, the crew answered a few questions, both about the creative process and the story in general.
The first clip had the newest stuff, and the directors explained how Live Corp and Chester V (Will Forte) fit into the movie. Apparently, Live Corp is an organization where Flint (Hader) goes to work. During the panel, we found out that the movie takes place literally 60 seconds after the first one.
In clip 2, Flint gets the crew back together. There wasn’t a whole lot to it, but it did show Earl working at a cupcake factory and leaving it all behind to go back to Swallow Falls.
That’s where clip 3 picks up as everyone discovers the different “foodimals” (more on these later). The clip was full of the food puns that dominated the trailer I’d seen before, including a piece of cake, cutting the cheese, and discovering shrimpanezees and waterlphants.
Speaking of “foodimals,” that was what I found most interesting about the panel because the directors showed us various slides. At first, they were essentially just stills from the movie. However, they did go into the creative process of creating their characters with real photographs of “foodimals.” They also revealed that all the food is supposed to look delicious, and I think they succeeded in this regard.
That about did it for the panel as there was no Q&A. Overall it was a short but sweet (pun intended) look at Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which releases September 27.
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews
Release Date: September 27
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