Whatever you do, DON'T go to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on an empty stomach (you'll walk out absolutely famished). And whatever you do, DO go and see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (henceforth to be referred to as simply Cloudy 2). As sequels go, it's up there with Godfather 2 and Bride of Frankenstein. Yes, it's a GREAT sequel.
With most of the voice cast returning to their roles (except for Mr T as Earl, who is replacd by Crews), Cloudy 2 picks up where Cloudy left off. Swallow Falls has been left an utter mess after the food storm, and the global conglomerate Live Corp, run by super-inventor Chester V (Forte), is brought in to clean the island up. The islanders are relocated to San Franjose in California, and Flint (Hader) gets his dream job with Live Corp. Unbeknown to Flint, the FLDSMDFR survived the explosion and landed in the centre of the island, and Chester is determined to find it and use it for his own nefarious purposes. But when search parties on the island are attacked by giant spider-like cheeseburgers, Flint and his friends are sent in to find the FLDSMDFR and destroy it.
The beauty of Cloudy 2 is that the makers don't just try to repeat what they did in the first film. It ups the game, taking the spirit and chaos of the first film and embiggening it i the most delightful way possible. The food on the island has come to life, and the creatures that have evolved are wonderfully imaginative. It's a brash, busy and weird film, full of fun and laughs for both kids and adults. There's a great running gag involving a leek, and the baby strawberries are sure to make you go "awwww". There are the requisite messages, to be sure – environmentalism, the sanctity of life, the dangers of rampant consumerism, the curse of global corporations (Live Corp is a clear parody of Apple) and more – but they're nicely sugar coated and not rammed down the throat. Cloudy 2 is a tasty treat, and like many sequels, it doesn't feel like warmed-up leftovers.