Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 35 min.
Our Advisories (1-10): Violence 3; Language 1; Sex-Nudity 0
Our star rating (1-5): 2
This animated sequel finds young inventor Flint Lockwood going to work as an intern for his hero Chester V in a Silicon Valley-like corporation called LIVE Corp, only to have to take off to combat the menace he thought he had destroyed in the first film, his Diatomic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator that had once threatened the world with a gigantic spaghetti and meatball storm. It seems the machine is now creating and spewing out dangerous food monsters reminiscent of Jurassic Park— taco-diles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheesepiders, banan-ostriches and, my favorite, fla-mangoes.
He finds himself up against the not so benevolent after all Chester V who wants the machine so that he can dominate the world (what does LIVE spell backwards?). The crazy creatures will be enjoyed by young and old, though oldsters might soon tire of the plot. Although enjoyable, this is that rare animated film that I would not have minded missing.