Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (film)

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs theataposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Lord
Chris Miller
Produced by Pam Marsden
Written by Phil Lord
Chris Miller
Based on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 
by Judi and Ron Barrett
Starring Bill Hader
Anna Faris
James Caan
Neil Patrick Harris
Bruce Campbell
Andy Samberg
Mr. T
Bobb'e J. Thompson
Benjamin Bratt
Al Roker
Lauren Graham
Will Forte
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Editing by Robert Fisher Jr.
Studio Columbia Pictures,
Sony Pictures Animation
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release dates
  • September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million[1]
Box office $243,006,126[1]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American Computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on September 18, 2009. The film is loosely based on the children's book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett.

The film features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Will Forte. It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are best known for the animated TV series Clone High, which also featured Forte.

It was a critical and commercial success, earning $243 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million.[1] A sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was released on September 27, 2013.

Plot[edit]

Flint Lockwood is a wannabe-scientist who lives in Swallow Falls, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that has sardines as the base of its economy. Flint lives with Tim, his widowed technophobic father who misunderstands his son's talent, and his pet monkey, Steve. Despite Flint's zealous enthusiasm, his inventions, including spray-on shoes, a remote controlled television, rat birds, hair-un-balder, and a flying car, all ended in failure.

One day, the Baby Brent Sardine cannery, the town's only source of revenue, closes down, leaving the town only sardines for nourishment. Flint then invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" (FLDSMDFR for short). Flint turns on the FLDSMDFR in his laboratory, but ends up overloading the house's electrical supply. He then decides to power the machine by hooking it up to a nearby power plant. When he turns the machine back on, it ends up rocketing through town, causing various damage, ultimately shooting up into the sky. While recovering from his failure, Flint meets Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a weather intern whose big break was foiled by Flint's actions. Their conversation is cut short when rainbow colored clouds float over the town and begin to rain cheeseburgers.

The town rejoices in their renewed food choices, and Flint creates a communication device to send orders to the machine and order it to create different types of food. Swallow Falls (now renamed Chewandswallow) suddenly becomes a successful "food tourism" destination. Everything is going well until the townsfolk start greedily requesting food from Flint's machine. Flint notices that the food is beginning to grow larger in size. Although he is concerned that the food is starting to "over mutate", the now morbidly obese Mayor, sees it as profitable for him and the city, and guilts Flint into continuing to make food rain.

Citizens and worldly tourists in Chewandswallow are blissful until suddenly a large tornado formed of spaghetti and meatballs threatens the town. Flint rushes to his lab to turn the FLDSMDFR off and attempts to send a "kill code" to stop the machine, but the Mayor destroys the communication device before he can do it. With Flint unable to control the machine, a massive food storm is created which threatens the world. When Flint's father encourages him to fix the mess, Flint gains self-confidence, places the kill code in a USB flash drive, and builds a new flying car to reach and deactivate the FLDSMDFR, with the aid of Sam, her cameraman Manny, Steve and Brent.

As they approach the machine in the sky, they find that it is now at the core of a giant meatball, where clouds go in the top and a food hurricane goes out the bottom which sends sentient food to attack them. In the chaos, the flash drive with the kill code is sucked by the wind out the window.

Back at Chewandswallow, the citizens and tourists escape as Mt. Leftovers collapses, causing an avalanche of food that destroys the town. Despite the avalanche ravaging Flint's Lab, Tim manages to re-send the kill code to Flint's cell phone from there. Flint then goes inside the meatball, finds the machine, and connects the phone to the USB port. To his frustration, Flint discovers that Tim sent him the wrong file, so he is unable to stop the FLDSMDFR. Flint then uses his Spray-On Shoes formula on the machine and causes it to explode. With the machine destroyed, the food storm subsides and everyone is able to return safely to Chewandswallow. Tim finally shows his appreciation for his son and his inventions before Flint and Sam celebrate with a kiss. Meanwhile, the obese mayor is seen stranded in the middle of the sea, having eaten nearly all of his peanut butter and jelly sandwich boat, while muttering that his plans were not well thought out.

During the credits, Mayor Shelbourne is shown slendered down and arrested.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On May 9, 2003, a year after establishment, Sony Pictures Animation announced its first animated slate, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a film adaptation of the book. The Brizzi brothers were brought to direct the film, with Wayne Rice adapting the screenplay.[2] In 2006, it was reported that the film had been helmed by new directors and writers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.[3]

On September 18, 2008, Variety announced that Bill Hader and Anna Faris had signed on to voice the two lead characters, with James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham and Will Forte also in the voice cast.[4]

Co-writers and co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said later that year that it would be a homage to, and a parody of, disaster films such as Twister, Armageddon, The Core, and The Day After Tomorrow.[5]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the second film (after Monster House) made using animation rendering software, Arnold,[6] and the open source image toolkit OpenImageIO.[7]

Music[edit]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Soundtrack album by Mark Mothersbaugh
Released September 15, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Film score
Film soundtrack
Length 65:16
Label Sony Pictures Entertainment
Producer Mark Mothersbaugh
Mark Mothersbaugh chronology
Fanboys
(2009)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
(2009)
Ramona and Beezus
(2010)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a soundtrack to the film of the same name, released under Sony Pictures Entertainment on September 15, 2009. The music of the film and this album are both credited to be composed and produced by American composer Mark Mothersbaugh.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, except where noted.

No. Title Performer Length
1. "Raining Sunshine" (Matthew Gerrard, Jay Landers, Charlie Midnight) Miranda Cosgrove 3:44
2. "Swallow Falls"     0:47
3. "Introducing Flint"     4:16
4. "The Latest Invention"     1:23
5. "The Mayor/Earl Warns Flint"     1:17
6. "Sam's Big Break"     0:50
7. "Powering Up"     1:05
8. "Failure Again"     1:54
9. "Meatier Shower"     3:10
10. "A Father's Love"     1:19
11. "Ice Cream Wonderland"     1:22
12. "Snowball!"     1:15
13. "The Mayor's Big Plan"     1:16
14. "Activation and the Jell-O Dome"     1:39
15. "Sam and Flint Bond"     2:00
16. "Doubting Dad/Mutations"     2:57
17. "The Spaghetti Twister"     3:08
18. "Aftermath"     2:26
19. "Flint's Determination"     2:44
20. "The Food Storm"     2:08
21. "The Mission Begins"     2:36
22. "Outside the Meatball"     1:57
23. "Inside the Meatball"     1:39
24. "Earl Takes Charge"     2:00
25. "Sentient Chickens"     2:42
26. "Worldwide Chaos"     0:57
27. "Anaphylactic Love"     1:41
28. "Attack of the Gummi Bears"     1:40
29. "Here's the Cheese"     1:25
30. "The Heart of the Meatball"     1:17
31. "Spray-On Triumph"     1:55
32. "Flint Returns"     3:31
33. "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows" (Marvin Hamlisch, Howard Liebling) Lesley Gore 1:37
Total length:
65:16

Release[edit]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray and PSP UMD on January 5, 2010 in the United States and Canada.[8][9] A 3D Blu-ray was released on June 22, 2010. It was the first 3D Blu-ray sold individually in the United States.[10]

Art book[edit]

In August 2009, Insight Editions published a companion book to the film called The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.[11][12]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of critics gave positive reviews based on 137 reviews with an average rating of 7.3/10. The consensus statement reads, "Quirky humor, plucky characters and solid slapstick make this family comedy a frenetically tasty time at the movies."[13] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, which normalizes a rating from mainstream critics, gave the film an approval rating of 66 based on 24 reviews.[14]

Ernest Hardy of LA Weekly stated the film "is smart, insightful on a host of relationship dynamics, and filled with fast-paced action". Hardy also applauded the 3-D effects which "are wonderful, full of witty sight gags that play out both center-screen and on the periphery".[15] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a mixed review stating that "Crazy doesn't always equal funny, and the gigantism of this 3-D offering's second half puts a damper on your enjoyment. But look: This film wasn't made for you, or me. It was made for dangerously, easily distracted 9-year-olds."[16] Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film two stars stating that the animated film "greatly expands on the kids' book on which it's based in a clever and engaging first half. But the second half leaves a foul aftertaste."[17]

Animator John Kricfalusi, known for his generally negative opinions on modern animation, did a review of the movie on his blog, saying that "[The movie] was an optimistic portent of what could be. It's basically an undirected film—but one that allowed many of the artists to take nothing scenes and add some kind of cleverness, design and action to the formulaic events being told by the story."[18]

Box office[edit]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was a box office success, earning a total of $243 million on a reported budget of $100 million. Of the gross 51%, or $124,870,275, came from the domestic market, while the rest, $118,135,851, from other territories.[1]

The film earned $8,137,358 on its opening Friday, and ranked #1 at the box office with a total of $30.3 million for the first weekend.[19] On its second weekend, it remained at #1 with a decrease of only 17%.[20] It currently holds the record for third largest-opening weekend in the month of September.[1]

Accolades[edit]

Group Category Recipient Result
Annie Awards[21] Animated Effects Tom Kluyskens Nominated
Best Animated Feature Nominated
Directing in a Feature Production Phil Lord and Chris Miller Nominated
Writing in a Feature Production Phil Lord and Chris Miller Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards[22] Best Animated Feature Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[23] Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Satellite Awards[24] Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards[25] Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Nominated

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, titled Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was released on September 27, 2013. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, and it is based on an original idea, where Flint and his friends must again save the world from the food machine, this time producing living food beasts.[26] Most of the main cast reprised their roles, with Terry Crews replacing Mr. T. New cast also includes Kristen Schaal as orangutan Barb, and Will Forte in his new role of Chester V.[27]

See also[edit]

Real life food spill disasters

References[edit]

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