Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film loosely based on the children’s book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett. It was produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and released by Columbia Pictures on September 18, 2009. The film features 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. It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It was a critical and commercial success, earning $243 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million. A sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was released on September 27, 2013. A television series based on the film with the same title premiered on February 20, 2017, on Cartoon Network.
In the film, based on a book that I had never heard of when I first saw the trailer, A young inventor named Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) invents a machine that turns water into food. After having it accidentally fly into the sky, the town of Swallow Falls, a sardine filled town, starts to have food falling from the skies and the mayor of the town (voiced by Bruce Campbell) asks Flint to make more food and make it bigger leading the town into chaos.
Anna Faris voices Flint’s love interest, Sam Sparks, a weathergirl from New York City, James Caan and Lauren Graham voice Flint’s dad and (deceased) mom, Andy Samberg voices Baby Brent, a former child star who modeled for sardines and has grown up, and Neil Patrick Harris is the voice of Steve, Flint’s monkey partner. Mr. T also provides the voice for Earl, the town cop and Bobbe J’ Thompson plays his son.
If it wasn’t for Up, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs would be my favorite animated film of the year.
The film offers some great moments, great voice casting especially from Hader, Faris, Mr. T, Samberg, and Patrick Harris, and the best 3D that’s even better than Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. I had a really great time with this movie even though, the chance of it grabbing the Oscar for Best Animated Feature are slim to none.
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