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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.
Being a fan of the book long ago, I had to see this. Overall, it was an "okay" film, nothing breaking boundaries about it. Typical story, although, it's hard to take anything in this seriously.
A really fun film with good music and fun slapstick. The story is both simply and insane. A great voice cast. These a lot to enjoy in this one.
Great idea, terrible title
It's not perfect but the voice cast is excellent and the animation holds it's own against that of Pixar.
This movie had me rolling on the ground. My friends and I quoted this at least once a day throughout high school because it was so good! It was just the random comedy that we weren't used to, and it caught us off guard.
Endearingly goofy family entertainment from Lord and Miller. Like their later Lego Movie, Cloudy is stuffed with clever sight gags and rapid one-liners. Kids probably love the silly premise and colorful design, while parents and other adults will be taken in by its emotional sweetness and often very funny screenplay.
This hasn't earned the love of Lego Movie for some reason, but I thought this was the better picture: it has a somewhat more original story, and doesn't feel quite so much like a very long commercial.
"FLINT LOCKWOOD!" - Mr. T.
Day-Off-Day Part III: A Return To Quality
Lord & Miller’s initial feature film oeuvre. Still falls on the lower end of their personal spectrum, but ends up as one of the better things to come out of Sony Pictures Animation. Brilliant on a technical level (gorgeous) and underscored by an exuberant score from Mark Mothersbaugh (melodic).
The voice-cast is works wonders in an unorthodox fashion, with a surprise attack from an unexpected James Caan, and an impossible to predict Mr. T (how? why? who cares!). Also of note is the perpetually ill-served Anna Faris, who is always great and should be in more things, dammit!
Honourable mentions go to the Lord/Miller script (so many jokes, so little space between them, most of them great) and a perfectly exploited element of James Caan’s character’s design. Best. Visual gag. Ever.
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