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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…
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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.
My four year old daughter could have thought this up.
And I mean that in the best way possible.
This is the best film I've ever seen from Sony Pictures Animation. Once I warmed up to the many updates and additions necessary to stretch out the much-revered children's book to feature length, this tale of an inventor who becomes a hero in his hometown when he designs a machine that can turn water into food quickly became a solid visual feast with a well-conceived screenplay supporting it. The voice talents are impeccable, from Bill Hader and Anna Faris as the inventor Flint and meteorologist Sam, to supporting players James Caan, Mr. T and Neil Patrick Harris. The animation is superb, and the dialogue crackles with zingers like "You've heard of meteor showers, but I'll bet you've never heard of showers meatier than this." Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a wild, fast-paced, inventive ride with an obvious but well integrated message about greed and the age-old warning against meddling with mother nature
"Come on, Steve. We have diem to carpe."
The most underrated movie of all time. I think the reason why is because so much of the humor is very subtle and sort of in the background. Like when the mayor announces sardine tourism and it shows a bunch of pictures of grey, drab buildings. Or when the newscaster says "Cute story" and the banner on the TV says "Otters get wet." Or when they reference "Eraserhead" with the man-eating chicken (it probably wasn't a reference, I'm just projecting). Or when Earl kisses Cal right after he throws up and he gets a little puke mustache. All of this comes together, along with fantastic animation and a hefty amount of feels, to create a masterpiece of modern animation.
Also, this will sound pretentious as fuck, but this film has fantastic frame composition.
Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) é um jovem cientista que sonha criar algo que faça com que seja reconhecido pela população de Boca Grande, uma pequena ilha no Atlântico. Um dia ele consegue descobrir uma forma de transformar água em comida, só que precisa de bastante eletricidade para colocá-la em funcionamento. Ao tentar usar a energia da geradora local, ele perde o controle da invenção e ela ruma para o céu. Para piorar, a confusão que ele cria destroi um parque de diversões, o grande trunfo do prefeito Shelbourne (Bruce Campbell) para melhorar a economia local. Flint acredita ter perdido a máquina, mas repentinamente começa a chover hambúrgueres em toda a cidade. Com o apoio de Sam Sparks (Anna Farris), uma estagiária de jornalismo que foi enviada à ilha para ser a nova "garota do tempo", Flint logo vira uma celebridade local.
A hilarious animated film that feels more like a disaster film than actual kids flick. Some of the jokes fall flat but it's highly enjoyable.
A perfect little gem of a film. Shows that silly humour can be pitched at both kids and adults at the same time.
Some good laughs, awesome animation and fairly entertaining. It has some very "for the kids" type of comedy and situations but I still found it all in all amusing. Couldn't believe Mr T was in there.
A Movie a Day: Day 27
Basic thought of the film:
Well it took almost 5 years for me to see it, but finally knocked this one off my list. Now other then the name giving me kinda an idea about the film, i had no clue what this was about. I had originally seen the trailers but since the second just came out, thats all i could remember was the trailers for the second installment.
I was surprised at the full celebrity cast that was attached to a kids movie. Yet glad that they made that choice. The film was honestly rather funny and all around great family film. With quirky jokes and great animation, where can you go wrong?
Super Animationsfilm. Einfach süß gemacht <3
Clever animation. Good water FX. Lots of puns. Pretty funny. Okay story.
Put this on to fixate the attention of my sick boy as well as an opportunity to revisit directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller s' directorial debut as well laying the foundation for "The Lego Movie".
There are definitely parallels between the 2 animated features including the under-appreciated protagonist aspect and their longing for a sprightly female character than came into their lives.
The world creation is equally impressive as in "Lego" with the island town of Chewandswallow seems like a place to wander around leisurely.
The manic manner of the action sequence from the start to finish is no way jarring and I like how they did not build a lot of exposition and come straight to the crux of…
I remember being a bit baffled by the title of this film when it first came out. It didn't exactly make me want to see it. What did, however, was The Lego Movie and the unexpected realisation that these were the same creators.
Having said that, Cloudy isn't anywhere near that standard. I still wasn't expecting it to be, but I thought it might be more humorous or charming than it actually is. It starts reasonably well, but it doesn't take long for it to lose its way. This feels like a 60-minute plot/idea (max) stretched out for another half hour.
Though the design and action scenes are done quite well, there's only so far this can take it. They…
- Celine and Julie Go Boating
- City of Life and Death
- City of God
- Spirited Away
- Toy Story
- The Iron Giant
Damn, I was hoping for an even 50, but sometimes it just doesn't work out, does it?
A big thank…
- Blind Date
- Boogie Nights
- The Burning
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid