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Robyn Morrison reviews the family animation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

This month, the popular children’s animation ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ has returned for a second helping. The original hit, released in 2009, was a surprise success – a cheery film about inventor Flint Lockwood as he attempts to create a machine that turns water into food.

The sequel is thankfully equally as inventive in its storytelling. In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, inventor Flint Lockwood is finally beginning to be recognised for his genius and is invited to join the Live Corp Company by his idol, Chester V. This elite group unites the very best inventors who are tasked with creating technology for the good of mankind.

Flint Lockwood dreams of becoming a great inventor. However, everything goes to pot when his most infamous machine, the Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (or machine that turns water into food, to you and I), starts creating food-animal hybrids, or ‘foodimals’!

With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint is sent by his new boss Chester V to destroy these new food beasts before they cause havoc and destroy the Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator once and for all.

Flint and his friends are sent on the dangerous mission to fight weird and whacky animal-food hybrids: from the likes of tacodiles and double bacon cheesespiders to apple piethons, flamanges and shrimpanzees, amongst others!

As it turns out, Chester V is in fact a malevolent character with sinister motives who, aided by his side-kick Barb - an ape with a human brain, only wants the Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator for himself.

The film brings back beloved characters from the first animation as the lovely Sam and gruff pop join forces with Flint’s monkey Steve, Officer Earl, Chicken Brent and cameraman Manny.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an energetic animation full of foolery and foody jokes that will cause a fair few belly-laughs from both children and adults. It’s light-hearted, silly and guaranteed to leave you with sore cheeks from smiling throughout.