Meatballs 2We want you to tell us which was 2013′s best animated film – and help decide the winner of the Animation category in this year’s Richard Attenborough Film Awards. You can cast your vote on the Movie Preview Network website but to help you make up your mind we’re posting brief reviews of the 10 nominated films over the next 10 days, first up is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

It’s no picnic when young inventor Flint Lockwood and the gang return to Swallow Falls to battle the plague of food monsters created by his malfunctioning machine in this sequel to 2009’s animated hit. Unbeknown to Flint, his invention that turned rainfall into junk food survived the events of the first story and the island is full of Shrimp-anezees, Melaphants and Taco-diles… Offbeat and quirky in equal measure, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill animation, but something a little more…tasty, with some great visuals and lively dialogue. One for all the family to tuck into.

Here’s the shortlist, with our potted intros to jog your memory.

And click here to cast your vote.

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