When we left Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks on the island in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, they had just saved the town from Flint’s creation and everything seemed like it was going to work out. Four years later, no time on the island has passed and we pick up right where we left off in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
During our early look at the film last week, held at the Sony Animation Studios in Los Angeles, besides watching footage and hearing from the directors of the project, we also got to sit down for a roundtable interview with three of the actors that put voices to these loveable characters.
Bill Hader (Flint), Anna Faris (Sam), and Benjamin Bratt (Manny) were eager to share some of their favorite things about the film and fill us in on the challenges that voice acting presents. And yes, there was a lot of talk about food.
Check out the interview below!
We were talking earlier with directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn about the influences in this film. Could you speak a bit more about that?
Bill Hader: There’s definitely the Jurassic Park element to it. The first movie’s a lot like Armageddon to me, like a disaster movie, and this one is a lot like Jurassic Park – or the being chased in the jungle by monsters genre.
Benjamin Bratt: Which of course, kids love!
Bill Hader: Now just make those monsters food, and you’ve got it.
Do you think this film is going to encourage kids to play with their food?
Benjamin Bratt: Do they need that encouragement?
Bill Hader: I think kids are just born with it. I have a one year old, and it’s like out of the womb as soon as they see food they’re just like “yeahhhhhh!”
Anna Faris: It’s made me appreciate my dog for the first time because my baby’s throwing food everywhere.
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