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What’s the best way to get people’s minds off of the fact that Mr. T didn’t come back for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2? By reminding people that he was replaced by the badassery that is football player-turned-actor Terry Crews. The Expendables 2 actor does a great job of playing over-the-top without dipping into straight camp, and this promotional clip utilizes those talents to the fullest. But I never trust a man wearing a neck tie and a smoking jacket at the same time.
It isn’t entirely clear why Sony Animation would choose to go this way with any pre-release ads, as barely anything new is shown, and it seems to serve only as a vehicle for and even more terrible food puns. Did I say terrible? Because “fruit cockatiel” makes me laugh. Exactly once, though. Crews comes close to selling me on it though, just by picturing him taking on a Sasquatch.. er.. a Sasquash. Okay, nothing is selling me on that one.
As soon as directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord – the guys who made MTV’s Clone High USA, one of the best animated series of the 1990s – came on to the original Cloudy… film, I was hooked, and the film did not disappoint in the least. It’s comforting that the sequel’s directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn were a major part of the story-forming process for the first film, but they have some large, weird shoes to fill, and not even Terry Crews can fill those. He can beat them up or blow them up, however.
In case you missed the first trailer, here you gouda. Food pun!