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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
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02.02.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs order
Director:
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Actors:
Bill Hader
Anna Faris
Bruce Campbell
Mr. T
James Caan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is the town misfit. A wannabe inventor, Lockwood's always dreamed of the day he'd invent something that would win him the respect of his fellow townspeople, who think he's a joke. Lockwood thinks he's finally hit the jackpot with his latest invention, a machine that turns water into food. When a demonstration goes awry, the machine ends up trapped in the sky, meaning that every time it rains, it rains food.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'm truly amazed at how much I enjoyed CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. Having never read the children's book it's based on, there was no nostalgia factor at play for me when I popped it into the BLU-RAY player. Happily, I had a blast and a half watching this cute and creative flick.

The thing that really makes this film work is that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller really found the right tone, with this walking a fine line between slapstick and Pixar-ish sentiment. It's such a good hearted film, that it's virtually impossible to dislike it, even if some of the jokes fall flat.

Another thing in the film's favour is the top notch voice cast that's been assembled. Bill Hader is terrific as Lockwood, and with those incredible pipes, and gift for mimicry, it's incredible that he hasn't been used in more animated films. I also thought Anna Faris was wonderful as the love interest, and it's sad that probably the best film she's been in for year is one where we only get her voice. She's a truly talented comedienne who deserves better roles. Fans will also get a kick out of Bruce Campbell, who's great as the greedy mayor, who balloons in size once the town starts raining food. Keck, even Mr. T puts in an appearance as the town cop, who thinks Lockwood is up to no good.

THE EXTRAS
This is a pretty loaded Blu-Ray, packed to the gills with extras. Starting things off, we get Commentary with writers/directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord and actor Bill Hader , which is light, informative and never boring, with Hader keeping things on the right tone throughout.

Next up, the video based extras, with A Recipe for Success: The Making of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs a 10-minute EPK in HD. Key Ingredients: The Voices of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a look at the voice cast. Up next are some Extended scenes running just over two minutes. Then we get some pre-viz, Early development scenes running just over five minutes. Next, 5 Progression reels with introductions by visual effects supervisor Rob Bredow , Behind the scenes of Miranda Cosgrove's "Raining Sunshine" music video , the Make It Rain Food PSA, and finally some trailers .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is one top-notch family film that truly works on all levels. The kiddies will love it, and so will the grown-ups.
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