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Lots of mainstream animation either chases Pixar and Disney by tugging insistently on heartstrings, or chases Looney Tunes by having everyone chatter and run around and smack into each other; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs can lay no claim to equaling even a second-tier 90 minutes of Looney Tunes, but it does have some of that silly energy that a lot of DreamWorks stuff converts into empty dialogue. Phil Lord and Chris Miller of the short-lived MTV cartoon Clone High wrote and directed it, then switched to live-action for 21 Jump Street before moving back to animation for a Lego movie coming out next year (which looks surprisingly funny; their MO seems to be making good studio comedies based on materials that should not make for good studio comedies). The sequel's new directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron have more standard animation-world work on their collective CV, so I have no idea if this unnecessary follow-up will make a similar surprise. But the character designs are appealing, and I can't say I didn't laugh at many of the food puns in the trailer.