Oct 4th 2013 by cloudy2director • 45 Questions • 1187 Points
We are Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, the directors of Sony Pictures Animation's CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, now in theaters: http://www.cloudy-movie.com.
Cody started his career at DreamWorks Animation, drawing story boards and writing dialogue for the first three SHREK movies, MADAGASCAR and Aardman's CHICKEN RUN. I went on to direct OPEN SEASON 3 and THE CHUBBCHUBBS SAVE XMAS, and was a story artist on the original CLOUDY. I also get a kick of voicing characters as a side hobby like the Three Little Pigs and Pinocchio in the SHREK series, or Barry the strawberry in CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2.
Kris was a story artist on Sony Pictures Animation's OPEN SEASON and SURF'S UP, head of story on the first CLOUDY and story supervisor on Aardman's ARTHUR CHRISTMAS.
Here’s proof that it is us: http://i.imgur.com/vYOE98g.jpg
Now bring on the questions!
EDIT - Thanks for taking the time to send us all those questions! We had so much fun making those two CLOUDY movies and hope you did watching them. Thanks a ton for your support of CLOUDY 2. Byeeeeeeeee!!
I just wanted to thank you for making my daughter smile! You guys are awesome and make even better movies!
K Thank you!
C That's great, thanks!
Seriously cloudy with a chance of meatballs is the puniest movie I've ever seen. You must have broken some kind of record for most puns. And one quick question, what were the cantaloupes suppose to be? That's the only thing I coulndt figure out.
K Antelope + cantaloupe
C Will it be CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF TWO BALLS?
Just wanted to let you guys know that "Strawberry's my favorite!" from the first movie makes me crack up every time I watch it. Thank you for that :)
K That's our Neapolitan ice cream joke that strawberry always gets freezer burn coz no-one wants to eat it
C I think Chris Miller did the voice of that kid
Hey Cody. Any tips on maintaining a good voice and creating unique voices? I've been wanting to get into some voice acting, but my last few samples were a bust.
C Gargle with salt water. The main thing is to constantly being doing voices and trying different things, tying different accents. Stay creative. If you hear someone talking and the voice sounds interesting, try to mimic it. Impersonations are also a good thing to do--even if they suck!
Hey Cody. Any tips on how to be creative with voices? I've been submitting some demos from time to time, but nothing seems to interest the studios when looking for a VO.
C Put on a costume, do a funny voice, film yourself and put it on YouTube. And do that like 100 times!
Aside from your guy's work, what has been your favorite animated movie to come out recently?
K PARANORMAN for me!
C Yes, and I'd add DESPICABLE ME 2
Cody and Kris: Would you please tell us some of the inside jokes, Easter eggs or hard-to-spot things that are included in Cloudy 2?
C In the journey montage, there is the Noodle Guy is in an inner tube floating next to the Meatballrus
K Noodle Guy is also in a superhero outfit on a building in San Franjose
C In the animal escape in the third act, there is a Wild Scallion poking its head out of a cage when it is clearly too big to fit in the cage
I loved the book when I was a kid, I'm so glad it became a movie. Is a third movie a possibility?
C Too soon to tell
K Maybe if there's a good enough idea
C This one for sure
K ARTHUR CHRISTMAS because I really liked living in England and drinking a lot of beer!
Will there be another sequel with the guy that says "I've got this bro"? ;)
C Ha! Our little Terry-Thomas nod
K Performed by Matt Taylor. Is this you Matt Taylor?? Do you want your part back?
I just wanted to thank you. Cloudy 1 and 2 are our favorites and are the visual inspiration of the characters of our short animation "Mr. NightTime". It would be an honor if you watched.
Just, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for Cloudy.
EDIT : Thank you for watching, reddit. I can't believe how many people have seen Mr. NightTime today. You guys brought tears to my eyes. You're all awesome and amazing. Thank you.
K Thanks for your support! We just watched your short, really cool idea and we both loved the flipping the genres. That's really fun. Best of luck and keep going!
K Yes, there were a lot of leeks
I just saw this with my girlfriend and we both really enjoyed the movie, thanks. I was hesitant on how a sequel could be done but it worked great.
My question is does Chester V have any ties with Steve Jobs?
K Sure, there's one table spoon of Steve Jobs, an ounce of Richard Branson, a pinch of Carl Sagan, and a dash of Richard Attenborough
C Plus a sprinkle of Walt Disney. Take that food pun haters!
Why aren't there more unique movies in animation? Movies like Coraline need to come back...I agree with Henry Selick. What do you think?
K I agree too. Unfortunately part of the problem is the cost of making animation.
C Basically it's a business and studios have to make money to stay in business. You have to make sure it's appealing to a wide enough audience. I loved CORALINE
K I'm optimistic that there will be an audience for that sort of material some day. Every now and then filmmakers find a way to make interesting movies. Look at TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE or WALTZ WITH BASHIR, or everything Miyazaki makes... In North America it's more of a challenge because of the business cycle but it's not impossible
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was my favorite childhood book, I read it every night when I was in 4th grade! I have brought both my kids up reading that book and my oldest has taken a liking to it in the same way I did. We both loved the first movie and cannot wait for the second!
My question is, can you send my son something from the movie? His birthday is Tuesday and it would make his day!
C Send your info and your son's to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you something. And don't forget to go to Sprouts and get a toy too!
I feel a trend in animated sequels catering to a younger crowd, as opposed to the original movie may have catered to a more broad audience. Will this be dumbed down for the kiddies? Or something a 20 something will enjoy just as much?
K Wow! Our ambition was to not do that. There's always studio pressure to pay attention to a wider audience. There's more focus groups on a second movie so more characters you have to pay attention to.
C We do feel there are jokes for the older audience as well. We sure tried!
As someone who hasn't seen Cloudy 2 yet, why is it better than the first one? Because I LOVED the first one.
K It's not better, it's different.
C It is a great companion piece.
K After working on the first film, we decided to flip our genres from a disaster movie to a monster movie. Hopefully people like it but that's the big conceit
Hi, Cody & Kris! Thanks for doing this.
When there are two directors on the film, how is the work normally divvied up between them? For example, does someone focus more on the comedic aspects, while the other focuses more on the story's emotional beats?
C We are in every meeting together, the only time when we were not together were the last 6 months when we had to divide and conquer. We'd go to different departments and then flop so we'd be able to see everything.
K We both come from story so it's nice having somebody to brainstorm with. And it's nice to be able to get sick and see your kids and know that the machine keeps getting fed!
Just out of curiosity, why is it so hard for most book to movie adaptions to stick with a source material instead adding their own creative spin. Wouldn't writing be easier?
C Here's the thing: the book was much smaller. So usually when you make a feature film you have to come up with more story and characters, otherwise you'd be making a short.
K In our case, we didn't have any characters in the book, we just had an event. Now if you're making THE HUNGER GAMES, you have too much in the book and have to make shorter.
Hi guys! :D
Ever since CwacoM 1, there's been a trending theory among fans that Flint Lockwood has Asperger Syndrome. He shows a lot of the quirks and strengths with it as well as some selective social problems in both films (here's a fan-made list of traits that apply to Flint the most:http://www.flintlockwoodslab.proboards.com/thread/13?page=2#page=1 ) .
Whether or not you guys intended this, what do you think of this theory now that you think about it? I have Asperger's myself, and I think Flint is a huge inspiration for those struggling with the disorder. :)
P.S. I also think Sam is an Aspie, except she had more social skills training in NY. Swallow Falls has been stuck in the 1980s, a time when AS wasn't fully recognized yet, so it'd make sense that Flint wouldn't be diagnosed until he was all grown up.
P.S.S This wasn't on the fan-made list, but the fishbowl scene in the 1st film is the perfect AS visual metaphor. You live in your own world, people have trouble communicating with you, and when something goes wrong, you feel like your world shatters all around you (since the fishbowl literally shattered into a million pieces.) Tugs my heartstrings every single time
K I got a couple of kids who are friends with my kids who have Asperger. I've noticed the same thing. They're sweet kids and they remind me of Flint. We didn't deliberately made Flint that way but a lot of artists have similar traits so there is a lot of us in Flint.
C We weren't thinking of Asperger when we made Flint as quirky as he is but it's an honor that he is received that way and provides inspiration. Thank you for your note!
Hi guys! Seeing as how these movies have mass amounts of food in them, what are your favorite foods?
PS - Loved the first one! Definitely will be seeing the next one soon!
C I like tacos
K Roast beef. And beer
If someone hasn't watched the first Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, would they be able to follow the second movie?
K There's a recap at the beginning of CLOUDY 2
Hey guys, enjoyed the first film. I seen earlier that the healthy foods on the island are friendly whereas the scary ones are unhealthy. Is that something you thought was important to have in the film? Do you think it could positively affect a child's diet?
K We did go down that road for a little while and then we simplified in that [spoiler alert] all the food is good. But with moderation, there's more healthy food than unhealthy food in our movie
How do you feel about obvious adult humor in the storyline of films made for children?
C We make these films for grown-ups and kids
Are you using the same sound effect people? I saw a show about them.
K Yes, Geoff Rubay, Jason George and their amazing team are back. Love those guys