Cloudy 2 Directors to deliver closing keynote at VIEW Conference

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Directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn to deliver closing keynote at VIEW CONFERENCE 15-18 October.

21 August, TURIN, Italy: VIEW Conference 2013 is delighted to announce that directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn of Sony Pictures Animation’s tasty feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will present a keynote address at this year’s gathering of computer graphics luminaries, students, and professionals. They join keynote speaker John Knoll, Industrial Light & Magic’s chief creative officer, on the roster during the October 15 to 18 conference in Turin, Italy.

“I can’t wait to see the keynote presentation by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, ” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “I know they will be inspirational, entertaining, and fun. And, I’m excited they can give our Italian attendees a sneak peak of this new animated feature. “

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 builds on the delicious success of the 2009 pun-filled hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, also from Sony Pictures Animation (SPA). The animated comedy releases September 27 in the US and December 25 in Italy.

Prior to Cloudy 2, co-director Cody Cameron helmed SPA’s Open Season 3 and “The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas. ” He was a story artist on SPA’s Surf’s Up, and on Dreamworks’ Shrek, Shrek 2, and Madagascar. The talented director is also an actor, providing the voices for Pinocchio and the Three Pigs in Shrek, Mr. Weenie in Open Season, and an Elf in Arthur Christmas. Cameron received a Hugo nomination in 2002 for his contributions to Shrek.

Cloudy 2 co-director Kris Pearn has served as a storyboard artist on eight previous animated features including SPA’s Hotel Transylvania, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Arthur Christmas, Cloudy with a Chance f Meatballs, Open Season, and Surf’s Up. He received Annie Award nominations for his work as a storyboard artist in 2007 for Open Season, and in 2012 for Arthur Christmas.

Cloudy 2 brings back Flint Lockwood again voiced by actor Bill Hader. When Lockwood learns that his infamous machine is now creating menacing food-animal hybrids, he knows he must rescue the world from the strange-looking foodimal monsters. Also starring as voice actors in the film are Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and Andy Samberg who play characters terrorized by the more than 200 foodimals, hybrids such as shrimpanzees, gorilla-cheese sandwiches, and octopuddings that populate the foodie environments.

“One of the amazing things about the Cloudy films is how the artists make the CG food look so appealing, ” Gutierrez says. “I know our attendees are hungry to know more about the whole creative process. “

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is Sony Pictures Animation’s ninth animated feature film. The studio’s features have received numerous Oscar, Golden Globe, Annie, and Visual Effects Society nominations and in 2012 Arthur Christmas won the prestigious BAFTA award for best animated feature.

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Sony’s ‘Cloudy 2′ May Have Chance of $40 Mil. Weekend

Sony is hoping that its new animated sequel, Cloudy 2 will have a chance of a $35 million weekend, although box office observers are expecting the colorful 3-D pic to cross the $40 million mark. Directed by Sony veterans, Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron, the movie opens four years after the firstCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which grossed over $245.8 million worldwide. The super hip voice cast includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris and James Caan! The sequel will also open in Central America, Chile and Vietnam this weekend.

The movie is currently scoring a solid 62% on Rottentomatoes.com. Here is what some of the top reviews had to say about it:

“It’s another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around.” – Tom Russo, Boston Globe

“Sometimes so strange, colorful and wildly cute that it may end up becoming a “Yellow Submarine” for a new generation.” – Miriam Bale, The New York Times

“Kids will chuckle, for sure. But parents who were pleasantly surprised by the original film’s intelligence will miss Lord and Miller’s guiding hands, as what once felt so funny now leaves a stale taste.” – Sean O’Connell, Washington Post

“The filmmakers see no imperative beyond the desire to entertain here. As weird as the world they’ve created can be, it’s ripe to the point of rupture in the imagination department. Where the previous film pushed technology to make everything look edible, this one has concentrated less on texture than design, inventing dozens of funky foodimals and a robust tropical environment for them to…What Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s script lacks in lingering nutritional value, it compensates for with amusing food puns. If nothing else, the pic’s zany tone and manic pace are good for a quick-hit sugar high.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“Swapping the disaster-flick motif of the original for a monster-movie overlay, they [directors] lend the proceedings a zippy visual energy and get fine support from their energetic voice cast. But they can’t gloss over the uninspired plotting, convoluted exposition (especially in the clunky setup that gets the characters off the island) and truly pun-ishing dialogue credited to Erica Rivinoja (South Park) and John Francis Daley amp; Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses). And although the 3D barely computes, few will likely notice -what with all those flocking Flamangos and wide-eyed strawberries providing ample distraction.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

The film’s talented co-directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron will deliver the keynote at VIEW conference in Italy next month (Oct. 15-18). (www.viewconference.it)

You can read more about the making of the movie here:

www.animationmagazine.net/features/save-room-seconds/.