'Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2' at Comic-Con: Foodimals and watermelephants, oh my

Sony and Screen Gems closed out a big day for attendees in Comic-Con 2013's enormous Hall H with a single long panel that focused on four upcoming films:  "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," and "RoboCop."

The panel began with "Cloudy" before getting to the more serious films. Bill Hader (Flint Lockwood), Anna Faris (Sam Sparks), Terry Crews (Earl Devereaux), Kristen Schaal (Barb), Andy Samberg ("Baby" Brent), and Will Forte (Chester V) arrived by way of a film in which they got dressed in their animated characters' costumes. Unfortunately when Crews, Farris and Hader appeared onstage they were dressed in normal clothes.

Directors Cody Cameron and Chris Pearn, who served as writers on the first film, took the lead during the panel. "When the studio got really interested in [the sequel] they called us," Pearn says. "And we were dumb enough to do it."

"I'm glad they thought of me," Hader jokes about returning to his role. Crews, who takes over the role of Earl from Mr. T, said he and his family were big fans of the show even before he got the role. "I want to do the Terry Crews Earl," he says, comparing himself to all the actors who've played Batman in the past.

In the first film, Lockwood created a machine that turns food into water. The sequel picks up right where the first ends. Lockwood finds himself working at a company called Live Corp., where he hopes to improve the world with science. A clip played at Comic-Con shows his arrival at his new job, a fantastical island building shaped like a massive light bulb. He's greeted by Schaal's Barb, an orangutan with a human brain. It seems every scientist on the island is addicted to caffeine. 

Another clip shows Lockwood gathering the characters from the first film to contend with the new threat of deadly food monsters called "foodimals," while still another showed off some of the creatures themselves, like walking, talking pickles and something called a "watermelephant."

"Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" is in theaters Sept. 27.

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