Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated/CGI animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animationand loosely based on the 1978 children's book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett.
It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in their directorial debuts, and stars the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Will Forte.
The film would receive a sequel in 2013 entitled Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Flint Lockwood thinks he's a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. However, he has the support of his mother but when she dies, he's left alone with his father who thinks he should give it up. When the community that he lives in is in an economic crisis because their primary source of income, a sardine cannery, was shut down, Flint decides to try his latest invention, a machine that can turn water into food. But something goes wrong and the machine ends up in the atmosphere. Later it starts raining food. The shifty mayor tries to use this as a way to help their community, but when Flint senses something wrong with the machine, the mayor convinces him to ignore it. However, as Flint predicts, chaos ensues.
Why It Rocks
- The concept of food falling from the sky is awesome.
- Some smooth animation for the food.
- Nice voice acting, especially from Bill Hader and Mr T.
- The design of the overall feature, be it the characters, mutated foods or even the townsfolk's distinct movements, is amazing, taking full advantage of its cartoon nature.
- A great score from Mark Mothersbaugh.
- The ice cream snow and jello castle scenes are highly memorable.
- The film is absolutely hilarious, almost perfectly satirising the disaster genre.
- The mayor of Swallow Falls is a very entertaining and actually kinda threatening villain.
- The characters are all equally charming and fun.
- Despite the main conflict being food, the film holds a surprising amount of suspense.
- There is a nice subplot regarding Flint's relationship with his father, which leads to some rather sweet moments.
- The film does indeed follow the plot of the book with entire illustrations recreated for the movie with stunning nods to Ron Barret's artwork.
- It spawned a TV Show which wasn't well received by audiences.
- The subplot betweenness Flint and Sam is a little cliched.
- It has the "main character is bullied for being different" cliche.
- Despite the film being good, it was a bit weak compared to its peers.
- Brent can be a bit annoying.
- The 2013 sequel, while still decent, felt a bit lacking.
- The film received very positive reviews, and was a modest box office success, earning $243 million worldwide.
- Rotten Tomatoes gave a film a 86% "Certified Fresh" rating. Metacritic scores a film a 66/100 "Generally favorable reviews" while IMDB scores a film a 7/10 rating.