Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
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.
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 .