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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs can be found here.
The town is fed up with eating sardines all the time so Flint Lockwood invents a machine that turns water into food and rains it down on the world three times a day. Unfortunately, Flint's machine has a mind of its own, and Flint must stop it before it destroys the world.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 1978 children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. The book was adapted for the animated movie by Philip Lord and Christopher Miller who also co-directed the film. It was followed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).
Yes, in fact as early as 1965 American scientists held an experiment in which, for 4 months, they fed 24 men nothing but synthetic chemicals created in a lab (amino acids, vitamins, glucose, salts, and the fat ethyl linoeate), in the form of a tasteless goo. But food made in a lab is much more expensive than food produced in the normal way. However, Flint's methods as presented in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are not meant to be taken seriously - you would need more than water to create synthetic food, and making it into something that looked like real food would be extremely difficult.
However the plot was heavily changed: (1) Changed from fantasy to slight science fiction, (2) They never actually try to stop the food weather, (3) The weather was isolated to the island without any part of the world knowing about it; in the movie, it becomes a tourist attraction and the food even spreads around the world, (4) Flint Lockwood, the girl meterologist, the corrupt mayor, and most of the other characters in the movie don't exist in the book, (5) The island had no association with sardines; it always rained food at the island, (6) There was no mount leftovers, (7) They never ever come back to the island, (8) The kids don't get excited with the no school, and (9) The book plot had nothing to do with many themes in the movie i.e. fame, family, individuality.
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