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In 2009, Sony Pictures proved Pixar wasn't the only studio capable of animated greatness. 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' took a popular children's book and turned it into a clever, heart-warming movie with plenty of material to appeal to the grownups in the audience as well. Earning over $243 million worldwide, it was a cinch that we'd be getting a sequel. Last December, it was announced that Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn would be taking over directing duties from the original's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. We still weren't sure, however, which members of 'Cloudy's expansive cast would be returning and who might be added for the sequel. The forecast has changed a bit. News has just broken that not only are Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Andy Samberg expected to reprise their roles in part two, but the production has also added Kirsten Schaal ('Flight of the Conchords,' '30 Rock'). The sole detail that has been released about her character is that she is an orangutan. In addition, a few plot details have been revealed. Apparently 'Cloudy 2' will see Flint Lockwood and his friends forced to return to Swallow Falls when sentient food monsters threaten the safety of the entire world. 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' is shooting for a February 7, 2014 release date.
I've said this before, but I can't wait to see the 'Cloudy' sequel. The first was such a great movie and a phenomenal surprise, and I am incredibly intrigued by the concept of adding food monsters to the equation; so many jokes about who's eating who. I hope the bit about Hader, Faris, and Samberg is at least mostly set in stone, but that barely scratches the surface of 'Cloudy's overwhelmingly awesome cast. What about James Caan? Neil Patrick Harris? Mr. T?! In any event, I think Schaal is a great addition to the roster. Not only is she a funny lady in general, but she's proven her exceptional voice acting skills on the underrated Fox animated series 'Bob's Burgers.' My guess is that the orangutan she's playing is a character created to serve as a compliment to Steve the talking monkey (voiced by NPH). The only thing that has me a bit uneasy is the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. I love 'Clone High,' the series they worked on before 'Cloudy,' and '21 Jump Street' was another surprise win. Hopefully Cameron and Pearn will be able to gather that same lightning for a second strike.
What do you guys think? Do you like the plot concept for 'Cloudy 2?' Is Schaal a wise addition?