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‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ Tastes Right For All Generations

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CHICAGO – Proving that you should never judge an animated film by its cover or its typically predictable brethren, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a very funny comedy with one of the best voice casts in years, an enjoyable visual aesthetic, and even a heartwarming message that doesn’t come off over-cooked.

As someone who sees nearly every animated film released in the ’00s, I can tell you that most of them are disposable, interchangeable, and predictable. For every “Up” or “Coraline,” there are a half-dozen “Barnyard” or “Open Season”s. So, it brings me great, surprising pleasure to say that “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” defies all expectations and I doubt any animated film will be as purely entertaining this season. Young kids, older brothers, babysitters, parents, and even grandparents will find something to like here.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” in our reviews section.

Only based on the set-up for Judi & Ron Barret’s beloved children’s book (but fully capturing the spirit of a book designed around food weather), the story opens on the island of Swallow Falls, a dull, gloomy setting known mostly for being hidden under the ‘A’ in Atlantic Ocean on most maps and for its killer sardine industry.

Inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) refuses to give in to his depressing surroundings and works to come up with one great, world-changing invention. Previous attempts include the ill-conceived rat-bird hybrid and a device that translates monkey’s thoughts. It turns out that most monkeys think of only their name and what they want to eat. (In a typically surreal move, the end credits reveal that Neil Patrick Harris voices the monkey Steve even though he has nearly no dialogue.)

StarContinuing reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” review.

‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ features voice work by Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Mr. T, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, and Neil Patrick Harris. It was written and directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller. It opened on September 18th, 2009. It is rated PG.


Sam Sparks voiced by Anna Faris and Flint Lockwood voiced by Bill Hader in Columbia Pictures’ animated film Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs might be prophesied by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. (We aren’t kidding. There is such a thing – at least as the Church of it, not necessarily the spaghetti monster.) All joking aside, it was the top movie at the box office, and one of the few films reviews were kind to. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is based on the classic children’s book, wherein breakfast lunch and dinner rain down from the sky in a small town, until it causes problems and the townsfolk leave. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one film that won’t have trouble making back any short term loan for production.

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