Video:Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs-Andy Samberg and Directorswith Rebecca Murray
Andy Samberg joined writer/directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con to talk about the animated family film, 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,' based on the bestselling kids book.See Transcript
Transcript:Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs-Andy Samberg and DirectorsColumbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Writer/Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord
How tough was it to adapt a children's book into this big movie?
Chris Miller: "It's actually kind of great because you start out with this wealth of incredible material. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is our favorite kids book from growing up. It's got this incredible, unique story that you can't find anywhere else. It was a great springboard to come up with more insane ideas."
Why was it your favorite story?
Chris Miller: "It has this whimsical, weird idea at its core, which is food raining down from the sky - and food of enormous girth."
Phil Lord: "The scale and the size of the screwing up is really extra funny. That, I suppose, and Steve Martin were probably both of our influences in our absurdist sense of humor growing up."
How do you make a children's book into something the whole family is going to want to see, and not just for kids?
Phil Lord: "That was a big, important thing for us. We wanted to make a movie that we would want to go see so we got a cast of our favorite comedy stars and friends, with Bill Hader and Anna Faris and Andy Samberg and Mr. T and Bruce Campbell, and a whole host of other funny people and we were able to do a lot of jokes and a lot of really funny things that we think everybody's going to enjoy."
Did you allow them to improvise?
Phil Lord: "Oh, absolutely. That was the best part was letting them go nuts."
Andy Samberg - The Voice of 'Brent' in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
What can you say about this movie? Give us a sound bite.
Andy Samberg: "Best movie ever made. No questions asked."
What's your voice like in it? What do you have to do?
Andy Samberg: "I yell a lot. I screech yell and those are my two vocal ranges in the film."
What attracted you to the script - the yelling?
Andy Samberg: "That, and I grew up on the book. And my friends were the writer/directors of the movie so it worked out nicely."
So did you stick to their script or did you go off of it?
Andy Samberg: "We did a little improvising, a little shenanigoogles in the booth as everyone always says."
Who do you play? Tell us about your character.
Andy Samberg: "I play a dude named Brent, who was sort of a local celebrity in the sardine town where it takes place. He grows up to be kind of obnoxious and when Bill Hader's character creates the food machine, people kind of turn their back on him."
Best thing that's happened this summer - what's going on?
Andy Samberg: "Let's see...the best thing. Probably the day after the MTV Movie Awards when I slept like 18 hours."