Review By Patrick Challis
Written By Tracey Miller-Zarneke
Published By Titan Books
Art, Movie Tie In
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left off. When inventor Flint Lockwood discovers that his most infamous machine — the FLDSMDFR — is still operating and is now creating giant mutant food beasts that threaten to destroy civilization, he knows he's the only one who can stop it.
With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint and his friends must embark on a dangerously delicious mission battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world . . . again!
The Art of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 celebrates the artistic collaboration of artists to create a fascinating movie that is sure to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
If you're a regular reader of this site then you will know just how much I love reading art books of all shapes and sizes. I love ones about art itself, ones about the concept art of computer games and of movies and pretty much anything in between.
I've read and reviewed some great ones and some not so great ones so this one had a lot of expectation riding on it after some of the absolutely fantastic ones that I have read in the past but would it live up to it?
While I wasn't all that sure about wanting to watch the movie after seeing the trailer, after reading this superb book I now really want to see it. The book here does a great job of showing the reader the gestation of the movie from the very beginning right up to the finished project.
One of the main strengths of the book is that the sheer amount of information here is just astounding. They really couldn't have fitted in anymore information than they have here yet they do so without battering you over the head with it all.
Another one of the strengths is that the writing is so easy flowing that it is definitely a book that you would want to come back to again and again. It's so interesting and the stories behind the characters and the movie itself told in such an endearing way that it hooks you in from the very start and before you know it, you've read the whole thing.
There are some gorgeous illustrations and the concept art so beautifully rendered that it's superb to see the evolution of the movie. It's almost as if you are seeing the movie grow in front of you as you read the book itself.
Even if the movie itself doesn't live up to the standards that the book sets it at, this book is still absolutely fantastic and well worth picking up for fans of concept art. Also the sheer amount of the information here will have even the hardest to please movie nerds gripped on every page.