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|Originaltitel:||Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2|
|Genre:||Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Children's Movie|
|Regie:||Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 95 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Young Flint Lockwood and his friends are faced with the chaos that Flint's ingenious invention, the FLDSMDFR (pronounced: Flitzen-deför), has left behind in his hometown on the monkey rock. The remains of oversized food produced by the FLDSMDFR are to be found everywhere - and these must now be eliminated. The ingenious scientist Chester V, Flint's childhood hero, offers his help for this. While his team makes the monkey rock habitable again, Flint is supposed to work for him at the Live Corp Company. Of course, Flint doesn't want to miss this chance. But even after a few months at his new job, his inventions met with little approval from Chester V. Just when it seems that Flint has once again failed, his boss gives him an important and dangerous order: he has to return to the monkey rock to deactivate the FLDSMDFR with the help of a special USB stick. Because the device is still in operation, which means that dangerous animals such as tacodiles, shrimpanzees or frittantulas have developed from the leftover food. And before they acquire the ability to reach the mainland, Flint must stop them. Together with his girlfriend, reporter Sam Sparks, and the faithful helpers of his last adventure, Flint returns to his old home - unaware that he's about to become a puppet in a diabolical plan…
"Cloudy with a View of Meatballs 2" begins exactly where Part 1 left off. While this first movie was characterized by a quite loveable mixture of original ideas, a bit of wacky humor and very colorful pictures, the makers of the sequel of course go even further. The new adventures of Flint Lockwood are even shriller, weirder, louder, more colorful and faster than its predecessor. This has a certain show value and offers a lot of funny ideas especially in the second half. However, the whole thing is clearly at the expense of the charm, which in the first part ensured that the attack of the giant meatballs did not degenerate into complete chaos.
Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, who took their seats on the director's chair for the sequel to the film adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett's children's book, seem to have picked out the aspects which, in their opinion, had the biggest laughs in the first film. Whether the not exactly subtle reactions of the characters to the various incredibilities, which is expressed in their wide open mouths, or the hectic movements of policeman Earl, the quirks of laboratory monkey Steve and of course the stupid dumb-ass Brent, all this reappears in intensified form in Part 2. That's pretty funny in small doses, too. But after half of the movie at the latest, the hyperactive humor just gets on your nerves.
In addition, the new characters Chester V and the really ugly animated orang-utan lady Barb don't really enrich the story. Chester V is much too overdrawn with his rubber males movements. And for Barb the fact that she was dubbed much too intrusively by Cindy von Marzahn in the German version has a particularly negative impact. In both cases, a somewhat more subtle approach to character drawing or dubbing would have been absolutely advantageous.
It is to be credited to the makers that they tried to develop the story further and to win new sides for the concept. But unfortunately they bury many of the pretty and funny ideas under gags, hectic animations and exhaustingly colorful pictures that are served too intrusively. And so "Wolkig mit Aussicht auf Fleischbällchen 2" also falls into the typical continuation trap: the cramped effort to increase the things that worked well in the predecessor robs the whole thing of its soul and makes it more intolerable than a spaghetti tornado. However, for viewers who especially liked the over-twisted humor in the first part, the sequel offers enough successful moments to justify the purchase of a ticket. But if you liked Flint Lockwood's first appearance just because of the more subtle gags and the story, you'll probably spoil your stomach with this meatball. Therefore: only conditionally worth seeing!
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