The action picks up shortly after the events from the delightful 2009 original film, with inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) discovering that his food-creating machine is now creating “food animals.” The key supporting characters are back to help Flint—including his meteorologist sweetheart Sam (Anna Faris) and sort-of-talking monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris)—plus Chester V, a Steve Jobs-esque tech pioneer-cum-guru whose slippery movements are echoed in Will Forte’s oily vocal performance. Mostly, though, it’s a fast-moving adventure patterned with a wink after Jurassic Park. Sure, 75 percent of the gags may be built around the pun-filled mutant hybrids like the fla-mangoes. But there’s also marvelous stuff like Steve’s battle with a novelty birthday candle—the kind of gags that makes Cloudy 2 feel like the rare animated film that’s genuinely fun for the whole family.
Director: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
Producer: Kirk Bodyfelt, Pam Marsden, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal, Cody Cameron, Melissa Sturm, Kris Pearn, Craig Kellman, Bridget Hoffman and Al Roker