Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (U)

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Posted: Tue Sep 15 2009

The Pixar crew have been smugly ensconced as kings of their computer-animated castle for a while now, secure in the knowledge that while the other animation houses – with their sass-talking sloths and farting ogres – might amuse the little ’uns for a couple of hours, they’d never trouble the pantheon of cartoon greats. Sony Pictures’s ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ may not scale the artistic heights of a ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘Wall-E’, but it’s the most satisfying and original non-Pixar CG animated movie to hit screens in a while.

On a remote island principality in the mid-Atlantic, the populace have been living on sardines since the canned-fish market dried up. So plucky young scientist Flint Lockwood, inventor of overactive hair-unbalder and spray-on shoes (which you can never remove), commits himself to solving the problem. His answer is a machine which turns water into food, creating anything from sliced pizza to ice cream with toppings. It’s a success – until a freak accident happens, the machine goes berserk, and it starts to rain cheeseburgers.

The makers of the film are not remotely interested in pop-culture references or celebrity cameos: the voice cast favours stalwarts like

Anna Faris

and

James Caan

over inappropriate A-listers. Banishing such petty distractions frees director

Phil Lord

to focus on more important issues, like story and character: the plot is wonderfully twisty, building to an eyeball-frazzling culinary climax of truly epic proportions. The characters are equally well drawn, from self-absorbed, overambitious doofus Flint to his expressionless but somehow heartbreaking sad-sack dad, Tim.

But the film’s greatest pleasure – and the element that sets it apart from its smarmy, in-jokey predecessors – is its bizarre sense of humour. Fusing snappy one-liners with a kid-friendly seam of slapstick incorporating everything from talking monkeys to homicidal Gummi Bears, the script provokes comparison with comedy from The Marx Brothers to ‘The Mighty Boosh’. This sense of unpredictability, coupled with some breathlessly paced and visually stunning action scenes, makes this the animated success of 2009… at least until ‘Up’ opens next month.

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U

UK release:

Fri Sep 18, 2009

Duration:

89 mins

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Jenna Wilson

I love this film I am a teacher and I teach year 3. This film is great for kids and my children loved it. We did discussions about if we could choose any food to fall out of the sky what would it be and why? As a teacher I had to ask my children what they thought and most of them said 5 and some said 4 . So I give it 5/5 THANKS

Jenna Wilson

I love this film I am a teacher and I teach year 3. This film is great for kids and my children loved it. We did discussions about if we could choose any food to fall out of the sky what would it be and why? As a teacher I had to ask my children what they thought and most of them said 5 and some said 4 . So I give it 5/5 THANKS

BC

Annie darling, youi are so missing the point. It is totally sending up excess with a morbidly obese and greedy mayor and the "biggest is best" shown to be soooo very wrong. I think perhaps you are a humourless vegan. I am a happy one!

annaleah

i think the movie is a great movie.since i thought it was so great i wanted to see it again.everything is great in the movie.the characters,people,voices,and a lots of other things.

wolves rule

the music is dramatic, the characters are fun, the voices are great, and the music is legendary. You'd be missing out on not seeing this.

wolves rule

the music is dramatic, the characters are fun, the voices are great, and the music is legendary. You'd be missing out on not seeing this.

Joanna

i've watched the film and i thought it was amazing and funny , i loved it when it was raining food lol . its a must see film , recommend this film to younger kids tho :) x love joanna x

Joanna

i've watched the film and i thought it was amazing and funny , i loved it when it was raining food lol . its a must see film , recommend this film to younger kids tho :) x love joanna x

Annie

Think: animation does burgers, cheese, spaghetti, pizzas, donuts - basically the most hideously fatty and carbohydated food of the Fast Food Nation of America pumped into a boring old formula. What were they thinking? We thought dull and felt nauseous.

Jade

I absulutely loved it! A fab kids animated film with tromendous comedy! A MUST-WATCH film!

Jade

I absulutely loved it! A fab kids animated film with tromendous comedy! A MUST-WATCH film!

Mark

I took my 10 year opld nephew and we both loved it. Great bits for kids and some funny lines and ideas for adults too. A really enjoyable film.

Mark

I took my 10 year opld nephew and we both loved it. Great bits for kids and some funny lines and ideas for adults too. A really enjoyable film.

beth

i havent ever seen it but is it good for a 28 year old to see with too children 10 and 3? x

Flint!

I saw this movie last night and can confidently say it's as good as Up (definitely more entertaining) and WAY better than the overly-hyped Wall-E. My daughter was bored during Up but loved every minute of Cloudy and keeps asking to see it again. After Up all she asked for was a balloon.

Flint!

I saw this movie last night and can confidently say it's as good as Up (definitely more entertaining) and WAY better than the overly-hyped Wall-E. My daughter was bored during Up but loved every minute of Cloudy and keeps asking to see it again. After Up all she asked for was a balloon.