A lackluster slate could bring Walt Disney Animation that elusive first Oscar win
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
Directors: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Voice cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
Pros: The first “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” film was surprisingly well received by audiences and critics, so its sequel enters the race with a higher profile and more industry goodwill than its predecessor. And with $110 million already in the bank in the US alone, audiences have lapped up this second helping.
Cons: It may have exceeded expectations, but the first “Cloudy” still couldn’t crack the 2009 Best Animated Feature race, even in a year of five nominees. It’s always hard for a sequel to succeed at the Oscars where its predecessor has failed, and reviews for the new film have been appreciably weaker, with many critics finding it a staler and more cynical piece of work.