Parents with young children can tell you that the most precious thing on the planet isn't gold or diamonds. It's the animated family film that kids can enjoy and grown-ups can endure. For reasons no adult really understands, kids love to watch their favorite animated movies over and over. And over. That means when the movies cycle to home video, parents watch them over and over, too.
As such, quality kids movies are a genuine commodity for the whole family. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," opening today in theaters, is the kind of film that can keep both parents and kids enjoyably occupied. The film chronicles the continuing adventures of stalwart scientist and inventor Flint Lockwood, creator of the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" (FLDSMDFR for short).
The movie is a lot of fun, with plenty of laughs and some genuinely inventive use of 3D visuals. It's also a film with decidedly pro-science subtexts for kids. Flint is a pure scientist at heart, and his gang of ragtag pals have a simple goal: to establish their own start-up laboratory and make gadgets to help all of mankind.
After a recent advance screening of the film in Los Angeles, co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn sat down with Discovery News to talk about pop culture, presenting science to kids, and the art of naming foodimals.