Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

{5/5} “I have a macaroni on my head!”

Flint is an inventor, but his inventions don’t work out the way he originally intended. One day he invents a machine that can turn water into food. The machine is accidentally sent into the clouds, and it starts raining food. The town embraces their new weather phenomenon, inviting people from around the world to visit. Then the food falling from the sky starts to get bigger and more dangerous.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was released in 2009.

It’s an animated movie that you might think is just for kids, but it’s not. The premise is silly, of course, but it’s very funny and there are lots of references and things going on in the background to keep you entertained. It doesn’t have the seriousness of Mary and Max but it’s brilliant in its own way.

There are many wonderful characters in addition to Flint, who says what he’s doing while he’s doing it. There’s his pet monkey, Steve, who has a device on his chest that allows him to talk. His father, who has an increasingly irrelevant tackle shop and has trouble expressing his feelings. Sam, the newly appointed weather reporter, who pretends to be something she’s not in order to get along. And more.

There is some slapstick but it’s much more clever than the average slapstick.

The computer animation is superb, with the scenes where they try to stop the water-into-food machine being particularly outstanding.

A sequel is scheduled for next year.

I didn’t really notice the music during the movie but Miranda Cosgrove’s “Raining Sunshine” (played over the final credits) is very catchy.

Bill Hader (Superbad) provides the voice of Flint and Anna Faris (FAQ About Time Travel) the voice of Sam. James Caan (Elf) provides the voice of Flint’s dad and Bruce Campbell (the TV show Burn Notice) provides the voice of the greedy mayor.

Mr. T (the TV show The A Team) provides the voice of Earl, a police officer, in an inspired bit of casting.

The movie was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who also together directed 21 Jump Street).

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