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Watch “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2” End Credits

Among the abundant visual delights of last year’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was the expertly executed end credits sequence, which has now been posted online. The mixed media sequence, directed by Craig Kellman and Pete Oswald, combined stop motion (produced by Screen Novelties) and Flash in a peppy Cartoon Modern-influenced package.

Bill Hader, the voice of the lead Flint Lockwood, appeared on Conan a couple nights ago to promote Cloudy 2′s DVD/Blu-ray release. Hader and Conan O’Brien, who appears in the end credits as Cornan, didn’t exactly do a good job of promoting the efforts of the people who worked on the sequence, with Hader even going so far as to call the stop motion models ‘disgusting.’ Here’s their exchange:

Conan O’Brien: The movie company sent us the actual model for it. And I was like thinking, I’m ok with it. I just don’t know what’s going on with Andy.
Bill Hader: Candy Richter.
Andy Richter: It looks like a molar that was found outside an auto crash.
O’Brien: It’s also clearly they’re using my real hair here. It’s always nice—they’ve got the real Conan effect.
Hader: [laughing] A molar outside a car crash.
O’Brien: It’s very upsetting. It’s so nice that someone went to all that trouble to build that.
Hader: Here’s this disgusting thing.
O’Brien: Yeah, enjoy that.

Direction and design: Craig Kellman and Pete Oswald
Animation: Screen Novelties (Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh, Christopher Finnegan, Kelly Mazurowski)
Flash Animation: Eric Pringle, Nick Bertonazzi
Clean-Up: Mahesh Bhosale
Additional character design: Andre Medina
Additional background design: Justin Thompson, Aaron Spurgeon

  • siemasko

    That was super fun to watch but also actually surprising and funny.

    Amazing work from everyone involved!

  • YunLiam

    The credits are gorgeous, but in the form that they’re in.I really don’t know if I would want to watch this art style for an hour and a half. I would start to crave a bit more substance and a bit less style.

    Remember folks, you can talk about 2D without subtlety insulting CGI in the process.

    If gamers can talk about the new graphics in Bioshock without saying “Wish it was in 16-bit.”, I’m sure we can talk about visuals for the way they are, not for what they aren’t.

    • Max W

      Are you saying the style of a film’s rendering dictates its substance? Sometimes a film with the simplest rendering can have the densest substance.

  • Steven Bowser

    Conan was just joking, it’s no big deal.

  • Roberto Severino

    Craig Kellman’s a genius. If there’s an animated TV series based on this movie and the book, it should be drawn, animated and designed just like in these credits IMHO.

  • TinTina

    Yeah, they definitely would need to punch up the animation to keep the style. If they kept the style with the same type of limited movement animation, it might feel very limiting for a big-projected movie.

    That bit with the veggie-dino at the very beginning looked amazing, not sure if that was CGI or stop-motion. It moved like a claymation model but the textures on it looked kind of perfect like it was CGI.