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Raking in critical acclaim and more than $243 millions worldwide, the animated adventure Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs whet Sony Pictures' appetite for more movies centered on the shortsighted inventor Flint Lockwood and his plucky ladylove Sam Sparks. So the studio hired Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein to spin a new story based on the beloved children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett.
Set shortly after the events of the first film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 reveals Lockwood's FLDSMDFR machine - which transforms water into various food items - was not destroyed as we all thought. Instead, it has been hard at work making curious new animals that are part animal, part vegetable (or cheeseburger or pastry) that are becoming a threat to the little island of Swallow Falls. Last summer we learned that this delectable menagerie would include creatures like watermelephants, tacodiles, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. Now USA Today offers a first look at these munchable mutants and you can see them below:
In the image above you can spot established characters Lockwood (Bill Hader), Sparks (Anna Faris), the talking monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), and Officer Earl Devereaux (Terry Crews, stepping in for Mr. T). And beyond them a bunch of new characters including bananostriches, hippos that appear to be part baked potato, an owl I'm going to guess is called a pina col-owl-da, and a lively, gibberish-spouting strawberry named Barry.
Even from this brief glimpse it's easy to see why Hader has likened the transforming town to Jurassic Park. And there's even more wild animals in store, ranging from fruit cockatiels, cucumbirds, flamangoes, and wildabeets, to a lipstick wearing and very chatty chimpanzee name Barb, who will be voiced by breakout comedienne Kristen Schaal. Hopefully, the next image released will give us a look at this last character, who Faris describes as a antagonist of Sparks', explaining, "She's kind of a snarky, know-it-all chimpanzee, and aggressive. Sam and Barb sort of go at it a little bit."
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 storms into theaters on September 27th.