aired Jan 30, 2019
First published in 1978, Judi Barrett's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has become a classic that's inspired 2 movies and a Netflix series.
The story is imaginative and fun. But really sets it apart are the wonderful illustrations done by Ron Barrett. They bring the story to life and are fun to search for different details every time you read.
The story is very simple, with no major characters to follow. The book actually frames the story as a bedtime story being told by a grandfather to his grandkids. He tells the story of a place where instead of regular weather it rains food 3 times a day. But the food starts coming down giant one day! What will the people do?
The movie expands on this story, taking out the bedtime story aspect and making the town a real
place where it rains food. It gives the food rain a backstory with the main character Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader). The movie adds in themes that aren't in the book, such as, dealing with difficult relationships, changing yourself to fit in, not giving up on yourself, feeling different from others. My favorite character is the meteorologist Sam Sparks (voiced by Anna Faris). She loves weather but hides her brains to make people like her. She even changes her appearance. But she comes around to understand that the unique things about her make her stand out. I love it.
The movie pays great homage to the book. Although the animation style will never be as good as the illustrations in the book (in my opinion anyway) the scenes presented in the book appear in the movie.
The movie, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures Animation Studios. They slated the project in 2003. Directors and screen writers were hired and fired until Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were rehired to fix the movie. In the end they succeeded (with the urging of Amy Pascal to add more relationships to the movie). The movie was a success and made a big profit.
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