Dave Feiss ( Cow and Chicken) directed Earl Scouts, a 2D short with CG wraparounds, as a tie-in for Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2. The 2D animation was produced by 6 Point Harness. While slickly made, the humorous personalities of the film’s characters have been discarded in favor of a warmed-over Ren & Stimpy sensibility. Officer Earl is unmistakably modeled on George Liquor, minus the necessary timing that makes the latter character funny, and pickle and strawberry have obtained the generic over-the-top expressions of countless other post-R&S characters. The ‘dry brush’ rendering of pickle and strawberry is an attractive design choice, but the characters’ personalities and humor pales in comparison to the feature film.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.