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First look: 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2'

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USA TODAY - Well, it's no longer raining cheeseburgers.

That's because in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (out Sept. 27), a far more fearsome food-based fate awaits young inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), and his now official girlfriend Sam Sparks (Anna Faris).

The animated sequel "picks up very closely after first film ended," says Hader, whose character boasts a reformed relationship with his father (James Caan) and can now be found working for his idol, Chester V at the Live Corp Company, alongside the best and brightest inventors in the world. "They've won the battle but they haven't won the war yet," warns Hader, laughing. "The war against food," that is.

The new problem awaiting Flint? His FLDSMDFR invention, which last turned water into an uncontrollable buffet of food raining upon Swallow Falls residents, "hasn't been destroyed like we thought it had," says Faris. Rather, "it's been working away," producing food-animal hybrids. "There's been an evolution happening," she says.

"It's created these living food creatures that have basically taken over Flint's home, the island where he lives. That island is kind of like Jurassic Park," says Hader. The punny food-animal hyrids, or food-imals, include the likes of tacodiles, fruit cockatiels, cucumbirds, bananostriches, flamangoes, wildabeets and watermelophants.

"I love the shrimpanzees," says Faris. "They're my favorite. They're sort of these wildly beautiful, giant shrimp that move like a chimpanzee. They sort of lope along with these huge shrimp arms."

The Daily Show's Kristen Schaal joins the cast as Barb, a lipstick-wearing, highly evolved chimpanzee. "I really love the addition of Barb," says Faris. "She's kind of a snarky, know-it-all chimpanzee, and aggressive. Sam and Barb sort of go at it a little bit."

Hader and Faris have extra incentive to keep the FLDSMDFR serving up trouble. Hader's 3-year-old, Hannah, is a vocal fan. "My daughter now loves it," he says. "It's like, Toy Story and Brave and How to Train Your Dragon, and then there's Daddy's Movie."

Faris, calling in with her "little infant son in my hands," wonders if Baby Jack, now five months, will be impressed one day. "He probably won't care at all that it's Mommy's voice coming out of Sam Sparks. But it's nice that I have a little built-in audience," she says, laughing.

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