Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
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The charms of the first film somehow escaped me so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this sequel. I put this down to the satiric touches, the Jurassic pastiche and a constant flurry of visual silliness that often acts as a nice counterpoint to whatever characters are actually saying. Fun.
More or less the same feeling I got from the first film: The concept may sound ridiculous but surprisingly there are a lot of creative ideas and fun characters and situations that make it entertaining to watch. Yes, I think it's definitely more oriented towards children and it lacks the same ingenuity of the first film but its a fun movie to see nevertheless.
The pun-filled animals & Jurassic Park influence are the best parts of this frustrating sequel. the story ultimately becomes contrived as the villainous Chester gets increasingly annoying (though a few jabs at dot-com companies do land). Just the 1st film, it has a relentless stream of hit-or-miss jokes but lacks Miller & Lord's direction that controlled the chaos and made sure the emotional backbone was present.
While the director of Open Season 3 doesn't do a terrible job of trying to contain what made the first so delightful, Imageworks disappoints yet again in another fully-animated film where stylish cartoon CG overpowers wit.