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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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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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Phil Lord (written for the screen by), Christopher Miller (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Hader ... Flint Lockwood (voice)
Anna Faris ... Sam Sparks (voice)
James Caan ... Tim Lockwood (voice)
Andy Samberg ... 'Baby' Brent (voice)
Bruce Campbell ... Mayor Shelbourne (voice)
Mr. T ... Earl Devereaux (voice)
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Cal Devereaux (voice)
Benjamin Bratt ... Manny (voice)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Steve (voice)
Al Roker ... Patrick Patrickson (voice)
Lauren Graham ... Fran Lockwood (voice)
Will Forte ... Joe Towne (voice)
Max Neuwirth Max Neuwirth ... Young Flint (voice)
Peter Siragusa ... Rufus (voice)
Angela Shelton ... Regina Devereaux (voice)
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Storyline

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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Prepare to get served


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sony Animation's last film of the 2000s and the last film of Sony Animation's before Columbia Pictures officially bought it in 2010. See more »

Goofs

(at around 23 mins) The FLDSMDFR breaks the water molecules to hydrogen and oxygen, and recombines them to create bacon. However, food consists mainly of carbon, which can be derived from water only by nuclear fusion, and it can't be done by the machine microwave energy. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

When Columbia Pictures logo appears and banana kicks off the torch lady to take of her place, and the dust of clouds appears to forms Sony Animation Studios logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio C: Episode #9.7 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Raining Sunshine
Written by Matthew Gerrard, Jay Landers and Charlie Midnight
Produced by Matthew Gerrard
Performed by Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda Cosgrove appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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Superb animation, wonderful story
15 June 2010 | by mrmac-1See all my reviews

Truly great animation, with the expressions of the eyes reminiscent of anime. A story that is about the child within each of us, yet all the while considering the risks involved during the whole of life. This is a story about innocence, in the true meaning of "knowing oneself completely" and all that this implies. It is also a story very much about the importance of imagination and creativity.

I am a child and an adult. What I've been taught, not entirely by just my fellow human beings, is that judgment is never productive. At its best, it is a desire to share with others something we do or do not appreciate. At its worst, it is a shutting down of the connection we have with each other. Perhaps a more productive way of sharing opinions about anything might be making distinctions between what is appreciated about the thing, and what is not, and the reasons for both aspects of these thoughts/feelings. This story actually addresses this tough issue, while entertaining us with a romp and a grand adventure.

My appreciation of this film is that it inspires me to laugh at myself (it's quite funny), at us, and my culture. And all the while, it is kind. The story and animation are tremendously imaginative, a quality I've found missing in many stories, animated or not. One of the themes, if not the main thread of the story, is that we humans are creative beings, and that, while this involves risks, we must express our imagination or take the greater risk of becoming stuck, stale and static, living only in the past tense.

The greatest compliment I can give this film is that I want my 2-year-old granddaughter to see it, for I am absolutely sure she will enjoy it almost as much as I have at age 61.

Greg Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,304,648, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$124,870,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,006,126
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2.35 : 1
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