Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a 2009 American animation film, with a scifi & comedy theme, produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is loosely based on the children’s book of the same name by Judiand Ron Barrett. features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Will Forte. It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Flint Lockwood has been interested in science and wanted to be an inventor for as long as he can remember. As a young boy he invented spray on shoes that comes in a spray can to counteract the problem of untied shoelaces but the problem is that it can’t be removed. Flint lives in Swallow Falls, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that has sardines as the base of its economy, with his widowed father (who mostly communicated using fishing analogies) and his pet monkey Steve. Flint is overly enthusiastic despite the failures – a a remote controlled television, rat birds, hair un-balder, flying car and the thought translator that Steve uses to communicate. He is spurred on by the words of encouragement that his mother had given him before she died.

When the town’s only source of income, the Baby Brent sardine cannery, closes down the town is nearly broke and basically only have sardines for nourishment. Flint then invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the “Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator” (FLDSMDFR for short) but he ends up overloading the house’s power supply. His father asks him to work with him at their small store but on the day that the mayor is launching their Sardine themed park, to be inaugurated by the grown up Baby Brent, Flint sneaks out to the power plant and hooks up his machine to it. When he turns it on it ends up rocketing through town, causing various damage, ultimately shooting up into the sky. It manages to also foil the onscreen debt of Samantha “Sam” Sparks, a weather girl who was covering the inauguration. Sam and Flint meet each other and their conversation is interrupted when a cloud caused by the FLDSMDFR floats over the town – and it starts raining cheeseburgers (which is what Flint had programmed it to do).The town rejoices in their renewed food choices, and Flint creates a communication device to send orders to the machine and order it to create different types of food. Swallow Falls (now renamed Chewandswallow) suddenly becomes a successful “food tourism” destination but the town’s greedy choices starts to overwork the machine.

Not to mention the now morbidly obese Mayor, sees it as profitable for him and the city, and guilts Flint into continuing to make food rain. Flint is also romancing Sam by making her a large castle of her favourite – jello – as she is only one to not make a personal food request. However Flint notices the food has started to grow in size which initially worries him but a steak dinner out with his father turns disastrous for the two of them and they part. As tourists pour in on food cruises, Flint inaugurates the town’s new theme day but a storm of large sized spaghetti & meatballs threatens to destroy the town and the people. Flint rushes to his lab to turn the FLDSMDFR off and attempts to send a “kill code” to stop the machine, but the Mayor destroys the communication device before he can do it. Flint copies the kill code onto a USB drive nd builds a new flying car to reach and deactivate the FLDSMDFR, with the aid of Sam, her cameraman Manny, Steve and Brent. As they approach the machine, a core of of a giant meatball, where clouds go in the top and a food hurricane goes out the bottom which sends sentient food to attack them. In the chaos, the flash drive with the kill code is sucked by the wind out the window. Flint contacts his father to send him the file via an email which he can access on his mobile. Despite the avalanche ravaging Flint’s Lab, Tim manages to re-send the kill code to Flint’s cell phone from there. Flint then goes inside the meatball, finds the machine, and connects the phone to the USB port. To his frustration, Flint discovers that Tim sent him the wrong file, so he is unable to stop the FLDSMDFR.

Flint remembers his Spray-On Shoes formula and uses the spray on the machine and causes it to explode. With the machine destroyed, the food storm subsides and everyone is able to return safely to Chewandswallow. Tim is finally able to communicate his feelings for his son, via the thought translator, and Flint & Sam finally kiss as celebrations erupt all around them. It’s a fun filled, entertaining movie that is perfect for an afternoon. 8 outta 10 for the laughs!

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