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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.07 /10
Voices: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan
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Directed by: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Written by: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Released: 2009
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 89

Fun for children, tolerable for adults.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Fast, frenetic and spasmodically funny, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated comedy is about Flint (pictured left, voiced by Bill Hader), a wacky young inventor who lives on an island in mid-Atlantic, despised by his sardine-fishing community. He’s an embarrassment even to his father (James Caan), who’s all eyebrows and moustache, and talks only in fishing metaphors.

But then the sardines run out, and Flint comes to the rescue with a machine that can turn water into food, and rain-clouds into a source of tasty and increasingly gigantic burgers, pizzas and ice cream.

The film is adapted from a well-loved children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, but feels as though it’s stretching out a pretty thin story.

Children may be less than riveted by a ho-hum love story that develops between Flint and the rookie weather-girl (pictured right, voiced by Anna Faris) sent to cover the man who’s put the meat into meteorology. Adults may notice that the plotting is shambolic, and the dialogue is nowhere near as witty as the visuals.

Most of all, the film is a feast for the eyes, especially in 3D. It is harmless, entertaining fun for under-twelves, and a worthy follow-up to Surf’s Up from Sony Pictures Animation. They’re not challenging Pixar just yet, or even Warner Brothers, but they’re heading in the right direction.

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