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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Flint Lockwood, Sam Sparks, Tim Lockwood
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Sony Pictures Animation 2009
90 minutes

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is based on a children’s book of the same name.  It tells the tale of a young inventor, nerdy Flint Lockwood, and his many, many failures in the small island of Swallow Falls (a located just under the A in Atlantic).  Flint finally creates something that has potential to do some real good for his hometown – a machine that can convert water into ready to eat food - but things go way off track and we get to watch the hilarious results on this family DVD

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is really funny, with humour for children and adults alike.  Flint’s monkey – Steve- provides lots of little laughs.  There are lots of tongue-in-cheek moments as well (take for example the FLDSMDFR, Flint’s acronym for his food machine, poking fun at our love for trying to make acronyms for everything), that keep young and old watching from start to finish.

The animation on this family DVD is great, with vivid colours and lots of imagination.  The Jell-O house is just one example of the thought that went into making this movie. The actors do a fantastic job of creating emotion and bringing the characters to life.  Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood is sincerely funny, and Anna Faris really brings Sam Sparks to life.  James Caan as Flint’s unsupportive and uncommunicative father really hits home.  A surprisingly funny character is Earl the policeman, played by the (hilarious) Mr. T.

My kids loved this movie.  I know this because we have watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs roughly 5 times in the four days it has been in our house (it was a particularly cold weekend!).  They have been quoting from it and laughing about things they remember from the film.  I really liked this movie as well.  Although there is no really big moral lesson here – okay maybe follow your dreams – this is a really fun movie.  The creativity and imagination used to bring the book to life are amazing.  My kids are now at work trying to create inventions that can help their corner of the world.

The special features disc also gets the thumbs up – there is a lot of behind the scenes information, a fun and challenging game, as well as a music video.  

I would highly recommend this movie.  This is a great movie and a great addition to any family DVD collection – a great gift for a child of any age.

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