I identified my love of the first film with the humorists par excellence Lord and Miller. The Clone High creators having moved on to another plaything, could this sequel possibly live up to the hilarious foodventure?
Almost. As evidence of the highly collaborative nature of mainstream animation – a faux title screen touchingly opens “another movie by a lot of people” – Cloudy 2 retains the original’s absurdity, sense of aesthetic (that immediately puts it ahead of other… efforts), and invention. The basic premise exists as a (literal) creative generator – tossing wacky food-creatures into the mix, with matching puns. In heightened contrast, and a possible dig at Pixar, there’s the Steve Jobs-esque villain and his sleek, stylish, wildly popular, mundane corporation.
Were there a funnyometer at hand, the film would score highly. I say that with a caveaty-hyphen – the kids in the audience seemed entertained by the colourful adventure but didn’t laugh nearly as much as me. If you’re looking for something to make your children go apeshit, pick up The Croods. But, honey, you’ve got to treat yourself. Cloudy with a Chance of Delight.