Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Although not a huge blockbuster hit, this clever CGI film is actually
one of the better animated movies in the last few years. Cloudy with
a Chance of Meatballs may sound outrageously juvenile but just
because it’s based on the children’s book of the same name by Judi and
Ron Barrett, don’t just think it’s a kids movie. Because if offers
something for children and adults alike, just like the movie Up.
story follows Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), an inventor who has a knack
of getting both him and his inventions in strife. Of course when
something goes wrong, the repercussions generally flow onto the
inhabitants of the island of Swallow Falls but this is what the charm of
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is all about.
For those who
live on the island, their life is anything but exciting, especially
because their main diet revolves around sardines. This is due to the
fact that their sardine industry has collapsed and in order to survive
on this island, they must include sardines in everything they eat.
Flint and his talking monkey Steve who is voiced brilliantly by Neil
Patrick Harris are attempting to create a machine that can turn water
into a variety of foods. Of course the machine works and when it rains,
Swallow Falls is inundated with all sorts of food from cakes to hotdogs.
Joining Flint is Samantha “Sam” Sparks
(Anna Faris), a weather girl who is visiting the island to see what all
the kerfuffle is about However
when the machine goes haywire, Flint is turned from hero to zero, until
his assorted of colourful friends can rectify the problem. The movie is
quite “light” in terms of plot but the characters are very likeable and
the film involves, comedy, drama, action and a touch of romance that
truly made this a pleasant and memorable experience.
On the DVD, the
movie looks brilliant with bright colours, sharp images and animation to
die for. Add in Dolby Digital 5.1 and this is as cinematic as movies
come and certain scenes in the movie BOOM through our surround sound
system. Thankfully all the dialogue is perfect in terms of sound effects
and music, so there’s no need to keep adjusting your volume.
Commentary with Bill Hader
A Recipe for Success: The Making of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Key Ingredients: The Voices of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Flint's Food Fight Game
Early Development Scenes
Progression Reels with Introductions by Visual Effects Supervisor Rob
Interactive "Raining Sunshine" Sing-A-Long
Behind the Scenes of Miranda Cosgrove's "Raining Sunshine" Music Video
"Raining Sunshine" Music Video by iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove