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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  18 September 2009 (USA)
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A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flint Lockwood (voice)
Sam Sparks (voice)
Tim Lockwood (voice)
'Baby' Brent (voice)
Earl Devereaux (voice)
Cal Devereaux (voice)
Manny (voice)
Steve (voice)
Fran Lockwood (voice)
Joe Towne (voice)
Max Neuwirth ...
Young Flint (voice)
Rufus (voice)


Flint Lockwood thinks he's a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. However, he has the support of his mother but when she dies, he's left alone with his father who thinks he should give it up. When the community that he lives in is in an economic crisis because their primary source of income, a sardine cannery, was shut down, Flint decides to try his latest invention, a machine that can turn water into food. But something goes wrong and the machine ends up in the atmosphere. Later it starts raining food. The shifty mayor tries to use this as a way to help their community, but when Flint senses something wrong with the machine, the mayor convinces him to ignore it. However, as Flint predicts, chaos ensues. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,544 (UK) (18 September 2009)


$124,870,275 (USA) (22 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The door lock on Flint's laboratory is operated by a 1970s 'Simon' game. See more »


The GUI of the computer in Flint Lockwood's lab changes from either a Unix / Windows interface, with restore, minimize and close icons on the windows on the right initially. However, when his dad sends the email, the GUI is a representation of a Mac OS with the icons on the left and in standard Mac OS colours. See more »


[first lines]
Flint Lockwood: Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it. Then you know exactly how it felt to be me.
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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) See more »


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A Surprisenly Tasty Film
12 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sony Pictures Animation have had mixed success in comparison to the more established studios like Pixar, Dreamworks and Blue Sky with their films coming out at the wrong time with Open Season opening after the glut of talking animal films and Surf's Up which opened after Happy Feet but with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, SPA has finally found a hit film, the animation is stunning especially the water and the food weather and unlike say, Shrek the look is cartoony but works in its favour, the voice actors are equally as good with Bill Hader as Flint, Mr T as Earl and Anna Faris as Sam but it's Steve the Monkey who steals the film. The story itself works very well expanding on the original book and while the second half lags a bit, overall I left the cinema both with a smile and hungry.

If The Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania are half as good as Cloudy then Sony Pictures Animation will continue to thrive.

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