When “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was a hit at the box office, it was only a matter of time before a sequel happened. That day has come, as “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is at Comic-Con to give attendees a taste of what to expect from the animated sequel.
Before that, stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris and Terry Crews, along with directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn are getting together with the press to talk about the movie.
Pearn and Cameron, who are new to the series say the main goal was to make sure the characters grow organically, while also striving to make it look less like it came out of a computer. Pearn says they wanted to make the scenery resemble paintings as much as possible, which they think makes for an interesting image alongside their “muppet-like” characters.
Faris recalls getting the call about the first movie and thinking it would be a piece of cake, not realizing the undertaking you go through when voicing a character in a movie and conveying the excitement solely through her voice. Crews was a whole different story. “I needed to be calmed down,” he says, “I’m very physical.”
Hader didn’t have that problem.. “I have to have a whole pot of coffee,” he explains, “I thought this was going to be a very easy job, but it’s so hard.” Faris agrees, calling it stressful, before correcting herself, “It takes a different kind of concentration.” Hader remembers talking to Tom Hanks about voicing a cartoon when he landed the first movie. Tom told him being Woody in “Toy Story” was the hardest thing he’s ever done. “You were in f***ing ‘Castaway’,” Hader counters.
Because it couldn’t end any other way, Crews graced the assembled press with a reenactment of his pec-popping Old Spice commercials, yelling “I still got it!”
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” will be in theaters September 27.