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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Bobb'E J. Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Rating: G
Year Made: 2009




- Flint's Food Game
- "Raining Sunshine" Music Video by Miranda Cosgrave
- Interactive "Raining Sunshine" Sing-A-Long
- Behind the Scenes of "Raining Sunshine" Music Video Miranda Cosgrave
- Commentary with Director, Writer and actor Bill Hader
- Key Ingredients: The Voices of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
- Progression Reels with Introductions by Visual FX Supervisor Rob Bredow

- Extended Scenes
- Early Development Scenes
- A Recipe for Success: The Making of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs


Languages: English/Mandarin/
Subtitles: English/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




When Flint Lockwood’s latest contraption accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Then something amazing happens as delicious cheeseburgers start raining from the sky. His machine actually works! But when the machine starts to run amok, it's up to Flint, with the help of weather girl Sam Sparks to find some way to shut down the machine and save the day.


Its food, glorious and gallons amount of succulent food dropping from the sky. "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" marks the second time we seen food rendered in amazingly rich CG graphics on the big screen after Pixar’s "Ratatouille". While the latter offers delicious French cuisine, Cloudy offers you everyday food such as ice-cream, eggs, pancakes, bacon, pizza, Jell-O and many more.

Loosely based on a 1978 children book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this charming CG animation from Sony Animation Studio tells the story of a misunderstood inventor, Flint Lockwood (the up and coming SNL comedian Bill Hader) who lives with his dad (James Caan from "Las Vegas") in a small town famously known for its sardines called Swallow Falls. Other than Flint’s late mum, no one in his town including the local cop Carl, (an amusing Mr. T) and even his dad has much faith in Flint’s inventions which include the disastrous spray-on shoes and ratbirds for example. Until one day, Flint invented a machine that has the capability to convert water into food. Does Flint finally succeeds in his inventions or the sinister Mayor Shelbourne (Bruce 'Evil Dead' Campbell) has other plans for him?

While it can be a chore expanding the original material into a full-length feature, directors/writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller did a wonderful job innovating the children book into an entirely new entity that could fit into the taste of today’s generation. There are meaningful life lessons to be learnt here such as the undeterred Flint who refused to give up his dreams despite the insistence of his dad to give them all up and work alongside with him in his sardine store. Is appearance more important than one’s ability? The movie doesn’t seem to think so as Flint finds his true confidant (in the form of weathergirl Sam Sparks voiced by "The House Bunny" Anna Faris) even more pretty with her putting on her glasses back and hair tied up instead of drabbing in fancy clothing, hairstyle concealing her inner geekness.

The humour here can be both boisterous and tender at times especially the ones between Flint and his dad. And it’s incredibly entertaining seeing Flint and his sidekick, Steve the mustache-tearing monkey (apparently voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) mouthing chockfull of scientific jargon even if most of us have little sense of what they are talking about. Even the constant 'Baby' Brent (Andy Samberg) gags and the evil mayor are a delight to watch. Parents should be glad the movie is devoid of any fart jokes or cheap laughs to cater to the kiddos, what it has in place is lots of joy, laughter and lush CG details that will captivate your eyeballs. Though still a distance away from Pixar, Sony has turned in a marvelous feat this time and the technical aspects of "Cloud" are right on par with any recent DreamWorks production.

"Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" surprisingly offers more than you can imagine. Fulfilling on the fun factor, wonderful array of characters you root for and gorgeous servings of CG food, this is the perfect adventure movie for children and adults alike. There’s a good chance you might feel starving after the show has ended. Anyone wish to join me for donuts and meatballs?


Flint's Food Game –
Food is your ammo as you are tasked to battle with the F.L.D.S.M.D.F.R. in this fun-filled game.

If you are a huge fan of the theme song, you get not one but three features including the "Raining Sunshine" Music Video by Miranda Cosgrave, Interactive "Raining Sunshine" Sing-A-Long and Behind the Scenes of "Raining Sunshine" Music Video Miranda Cosgrave.

Commentary with Director/Writer Christopher Miller and Phil Lord and actor Bill Hader – This is a fun, rowdy track that offers plenty of insights to the whole production process including the voiceover, story, music and many more.

A recipe for success: The Making of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs – The 10 minutes feature interviews with Bill Hader, Anna Faris and the directors in which they discussed briefly the story and design/effects work.

Key Ingredients: The Voices of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs – More interviews with Hader, Faris and Andy Samberg in which they talked about doing the voiceovers and stuff.

You get to watch 2 brief Extended Scenes, one elevator joke scene with Flint & Sam and two, Twister with awesome food fight scene.

Early Development Scenes - Watch 2 hand-drawn sequences one involving Flint writing a letter to Super scientist Vance Lefleur and the other, an early storyboard version of the Twister.

Get to know more about the animation progress such as coloring, lighting technology in Progression Reels with Introductions by Visual FX Supervisor Rob Bredow

Trailers – Open Season 3 (Coming 2011), Open Season 2, Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island, The Spectacular Spider-man animated series and Michael Jackson’s This Is It.


This visual of this DVD is no doubt impressive from the character to food rendering to the various backdrops. The colours are bright, crisp and marvelous to ogle at not forgetting minor details on the spaghetti and burgers as well (ya it’s the food again). The Dolby Digital 5.1 is an active track that consists plenty of zany surround effects while the music and dialogue is almost flawless.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 4 February 2010


. Cloud With A Chance of Meatballs (Movie Review)

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