Genre: CG Animation
Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Bobb'E J. Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: http://www.cloudywithachanceofmeatballs.com/
Opening Day: 1 October 2009
by Ron and Judi Barrett's beloved children's book of the same
name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint
Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice
of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in
their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place.
Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Andy Samberg) relishes
in tormenting Flint like he did when they were kids, and Mayor
Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint's
latest invention -- a device designed to improve everyone's
lives -- for his own personal gain.
To all the educators who had been responsible in making me
who I am today (yes, I’m speaking to you too, the frumpy
teacher who confiscated my prank caterpillar in kindergarten),
I just want to tell you how you guys have not exploited the
power of visuals in your attempt to make me a better person.
I have just watched the latest movie from Sony Pictures Animation,
and I walked out of the cinema learning more than I ever did
in my 10-odd years of education.
course, undermining our teachers’ hard work and efforts
in moulding the future of our nation would be a terrible thing
for any Singaporean to do, but I would really like to advocate
all well meaning educators and parents to bring their students
and children to take this learning journey.
wowing the world with Open Season (2006) and Surf’s
Up (2007), the studio adapts Ron and Judi Barrett's book in
their latest feature into a wild and crazy ride where technology
brings imagination to life. Inspired by the children’s
book, the film (pardon the pun here) cooks up a picture of
a town bestowed with a phenomenon where food falls from the
sky like rain. Flint Lockwood is a young inventor who dreams
of improving everyone's life with his cranky inventions. His
brilliance becomes loathed when things go terribly wrong and
excess amounts of food overload cities and towns.
is only with animation that viewers will get an idea of how
audacious the idea behind this tale is – how would a
live action movie achieve that and not have cynical audiences
going “sigh”? And riding on the recent popularity
of 3D movies (cue those shouts and screams of “Wow!
The object is flying towards me!”), this Phil Lord and
Chris Miller directed feature goes along for the ride and
what a spot on – the colourful and snazzy visuals are
very apt for this fad, and viewers can be guaranteed a fantastically
fun journey. Imagine: cheeseburgers, hotdog buns, jellies,
pizzas, spaghetti and in a stroke of genius, Gummi Bear candies
– if we lived in a more technologically advanced world,
we may just get to smell these delicious food in the cinema
while watching the movie.
this is not why this movie works. In 90 minutes, viewers will
learn about what it means to stay true to yourself (that seems
like an obligatory theme in movies nowadays), what it means
to pursue your dreams, another theme which is somewhat tiresome),
and most importantly, what it means to realise when things
are in excess. The last message works on many levels in discussing
important life issues, but in the context of this movie, it
literally throws itself at viewers, making them think about
what it will be like if delicious food becomes a nightmare
that is out of control.
also goes to the witty lines written by the directors themselves.
Listen out for the play of words throughout the movie. Sure,
they may not be your usual slapstick comedy, but you can only
imagine the satisfaction you get by identifying those word
puns and chuckling to yourself over the ingenuity of the people
behind the screenplay. The cast providing the voices for the
main characters are not overshadowed by their star power.
Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg – these
are not names you’d expect to see headlining a big budgeted
Hollywood movie. Which is might as well, because a movie like
this one wouldn’t t be depending on A list voices to
make it shine.
all the educators who had been responsible in making me who
I am today (yes, I’m also speaking to you, the shrill
voiced teacher who repeatedly made me sweep the floor in primary
school), I just want to tell you how you guys should watch
this, and believe in the power of media and visuals.
(An entertaining and purposeful animated feature worth craving
Review by John Li