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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Prepare to get served.
Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was something of a revelation back in 2009. Produced by Sony it looked like it would turn out to be another lacklustre animated feature for the family that couldn’t possibly compare with the then peerless Pixar. However, rather than attempting to beat Pixar at their own game, Lord and Miller, created a very different family film, one that was deliriously silly, frenetic and surreal as Flint Lockwood, a failed local inventor, creates a machine that causes food-based meteorological phenomena. Soon his sleepy town is a new tourist hotspot but his invention and fame come at a price.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is frankly ridiculous. From…
Dad! I want to choose what to watch!!
No! I want to choose!
Quit yer yapping. I'm picking.
(Many grumbles of disagreement)
What are we watching dad?
Het regent gehaktballen. (It's raining meatballs)
Yeah right. (whispers to brother) He's totally making that up.
This is boring. When are they gonna stop talking, dad?
Haha. A small fish in a giant ball. So hilarious.
Hold on. It's raining cheeseburgers. OK. That's pretty funny.
BWAHAHAHA!! LOOK AT ALL THE FOOD FALLING FROM THE SKY!! HIS DADDY HAS NO EYES!!! I WANT A MONKEY!! HAHA HAHA FAT MAYOR!!! PUDDING!! PUDDING!! I WANT ICE CREAM HOUSES FOR MY BIRTHDAY!! PIZZA BOATS!!! LOOK AT THOSE MEATBALLS!!! HAHA HAHA!!!!
Driving! Entering! Renting! Driving Back! Activating microwave popcorn! Waiting!
Dinging! Pouring! Sitting! Watching! Enjoying! Cheering! Laughing! Crying!
My four year old daughter could have thought this up.
And I mean that in the best way possible.
I can't think of a single thing wrong with this movie.
The story is unique and told exceptionally well. The screenplay is a masterclass in set-ups and pay-offs. The characters are all fully developed with their own traits, personalities, goals, and fears, and pretty much everyone is likable. Every joke works. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. The animation is stunning, and the blu-ray presentation is nothing short of magnificent. This is one of most colorful movies ever made. It's always visually interesting and creative. The voice acting is just perfect, and Mr. T steals the show. Yes, I said Mr. T. But above all, the movie has a heart and soul not frequently found outside of Pixar, and I'm not speaking only of animation.
My appetite for exceptional cinema has been sated.
OH. MY. GOD.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can do no wrong.
The animation here is dazzling and the voice of Anna Faris is a most perfect fit.
The writing is surprisingly hilarious and sometimes moving.
I also may have shed a tear within the first three minutes.
Lord and Miller are officially my heroes.
"It's a solid! It's a liquid! It's a viscoelastic polymer made out of polypeptide chains, but you eat it! I mean...it tastes good!"
Only an animated family film from the dementedly genius minds of messrs Phil Lord and Chris Miller would have an out-of-nowhere Abraham Lincoln assassination gag involving giant cream pies.
The voice cast.
Bill Hader. Anna Faris. Andy Samberg. James Caan.
Bruce frickin' Campbell.
MR. FRICKIN' T.
And Neil Patrick Harris as a talking monkey.
It's just wall-to-wall vocal perfection.
It's blimmin' phenomenal.
The food all looks SO sumptuous and mouth-watering.
Like, 'Ratatouille' levels of amazingness in food animation.
SO MANY MANY PUNS.
ICE CREAM FOR MORE OF THEM!
DON'T LET THEM SPAGHETT-AWAY!
A wonderful animated gem. Full of imagination and all the silliness that comes with it.
Grinned until I pulled a muscle.
Charming animation and a great twist of the coming-of-age story.
Boasting the best performances by Mr. T AND Bruce Campbell I've ever seen. That's actually meant as praise.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a really nice and funny animated film with a wacky concept and lovable characters.
There is a lot of creativity and heart on display here.
Θα μπορούσε να ήταν μικρού μήκους και να τελείωνε εκεί που ο κόσμος κατακλύζεται από burgers και ο επιστήμονας με τη ρεπόρτερ ζουν για πάντα ευτυχισμένοι.
Esta entretenida e irreal historia te lleva fuera de tu mente dandote mucha hambre pero igual se deja ver una poco de la tipica historia de Disney,pixar,Dream Works etc.
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. -Pv 10.3
In The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, there is a scene in which a greasy-haired, grinning John Lennon shovels spaghetti onto an obese woman's plate. That scene appealed to me as much as this movie. Given the choice, I would've opted out of this experience, but I was held hostage in a bus full of teenagers. I'm sure that didn't enhance the experience, but I really can't think of any remedies that would redeem this profoundly dull and predictable movie.
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