By Jack Rico
Rated: PG for brief mild language.
Release Date: 2009-09-18
Starring: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/cloudywithachanceofmeatballs/
Gluttony to the umpteenth degree is what parents should expect from this farcical 3D animation that is strictly for kids’ excessive and hyper yearnings. I’d like to say, “fun for the whole family”, but the story is too infantile for adults to be truly bothered. Watch out for Mr.T’s character throughout the film – he is hilarious for all ages.
‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ is based on a children’s book from Judy and Ron Barrett which follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and brainy weathergirl Sam Sparks (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped while food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Adam Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint just as he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint’s latest invention–a device designed to improve everyone’s lives–for his own personal gain. Mr. T. voices by-the-books cop Earl Devereaux, and James Caan voices Flint’s technophobe father, Tim.
For those of you that might be going for the 3D animation experience, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” produces a sharp, crisp picture, with no visible imprecision between the matches of the images. There is clear definition between closer and further elements. In terms of technical quality, this is the best I’ve seen so far along with G-Force from Disney.