Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational, and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
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A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.
Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.
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Boog, a domesticated 900lb. Grizzly bear, finds himself stranded in the woods 3 days before Open Season. Forced to rely on Elliot, a fast-talking mule deer, the two form an unlikely friendship and must quickly rally other forest animals if they are to form a rag-tag army against the hunters.
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
(At around six minutes) Before the power goes out when Flint tries his machine, the wires start sparking. See more »
(at around 1h 10 mins) When the clouds are seen approaching Manhattan, the city can be seen. The Empire State Building is located in Upper Manhattan, but yet is portrayed as being in Lower Manhattan, almost near what was then Ground Zero. See more »
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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A hilarious and imaginatively entertaining animated movie.
Although - as many people do - I generally prefer Pixar films to the
animated fare created by other companies, I can't deny that a film like
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is very hard not to love. Although it
isn't particularly complex, thought-provoking, beautiful or masterful,
it's a very entertaining, funny, cute-as-hell and effective animated
film. Children with definitely love it, and adults... well, that
actually depends on the adult in question. Although I certainly enjoy
all kinds of movies, there's always - for me - some satisfaction to be
had when watching something so obviously goofy and kiddy. Meatballs is
kiddy, and that's precisely what I loved about it. It may not be this
year's best animated movie - that honour goes to Pixar's Up - but it
certainly is better than the likes of Monsters vs. Aliens.
The film tells the story of Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader), a
young inventor who dreams of, someday, creating something that will be
loved by everyone and make him more popular and, most importantly,
improve the lives of everyone in town. Unfortunately, he hasn't been
able to do so, and his technofobic father (voice of James Caan) doesn't
really help at all. One day, though, he manages to invent something
that will change the lives of everyone in town forever: a machine that
makes food fall from the sky. Everybody seems to be happy with him now
including mayor Shelbourne (Bruce Campbell) and the by-the-book
police offer, Earl (Mr. T) - but, predictably enough, something goes
wrong: excess amounts of food start to overload the island where the
town is located, and now Flint, along with TV reporter Sam Sparks (Anna
Faris) has to try to solve their problem.
Yes, the plot is pretty predictable, and it certainly won't make anyone
above the age of 5 be shocked with surprise or anything of the sort,
but it certainly is very imaginative, and it should work in a very "oh,
it's sort of nice" kind of way. I liked the way Flint was portrayed -
Hader's wacky and not-so-recognizable voice is perfect for the
character - and the fact that, although most characters are either
archetypes or stereotypes - consider, for the example, Bruce Campbell's
greedy and - eventually - obese mayor - they are all voice so
professionally and characterized in such an naive and cute kind of way,
that one just doesn't care. I rooted for Flint the whole way, and I
actually thought that the romantic sub-plot between him and Sam was
cute and funny.
Visually, I don't think the movie is on par to the likes of Wall-E or
Up, but I think that comparing it to those productions would be a bit
unfair. Wall-E had a sort-of realistic kind of look, and Up, while a
little more cartoonish, had a very realistic flair to it. On the other
hand, there's something very old-fashioned in Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs' look and the way it is animated. Characters behave and move
the way old TV cartoons behaved forty or more years ago, and I like
that. They jump a lot, are very "agile" and are just... cartoonish.
Clearly, the animators didn't want the movie to give a palpable sense
of realism; in a way, they were trying to craft an old-fashioned
cartoon with the latest technological tools, and they have done it very
What else can I say about the movie? It certainly is very naive, and it
doesn't explore any deep themes or moral problems, but that's just OK.
While this year's mediocre Monsters vs. Aliens was terribly simplistic,
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is just simple, and there's nothing
wrong with that. Of course, there's nothing wrong with movies like
Wall-E having very significant messages and complex love stories and
such, but if a parent wants to go with their toddler to see a movie
that isn't very complicated but that isn't stupid or boring either,
then Meatballs is an excellent choice. After all, even if there isn't
much beneath the surface, I can't imagine a single adult maintaining a
straight face throughout the film's runningtime. The movie is
hilarious, - just remember Flint's father's eyebrows! -, it's
inventive, it's imaginative; it's also pretty gorgeous and it features
some effective voice acting and interesting, wacky characters. It's not
dumb and it doesn't pander to the least common denominator. Most
interestingly, though, it made me hungry. That's not a quality many
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