Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) – 5/10 queasily animated science fiction movie review

Cast / crew
Writer for the Screen and Director: Phil Lord
Writer for the Screen and Director: Christopher Miller
Producer: Pam Marsden
Writer (Original Book) Cloudy With a Chance of: Judi Barrett
Illustrator (Original Book): Ron Barrett
Bill Hader: Flint Lockwood
Anna Faris: Sam Sparks
James Caan: Tim Lockwood
Will Forte: Joe Towne
Head of Story: Kris Pearn
Senior Animation Supervisor: Peter Nash
Supervising Animator: James Michael Crossley
Supervising Animator: Derek Friesenborg
Supervising Animator: Alan Hawkins
Supervising Animator: Jayson Price
Supervising Animator: Chris Williams

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Permanently disastrous scientist Flint Lockwood finally hits the big time when he invents a machine that converts water to food and accidentally launches it into the clouds.


While it is crisply paced and technically efficient (it made me forget to drink my drink, the voice work is excellent and the epilogue works emotionally), this movie suffers from a conceptual error that audiences would enjoy seeing lots of giant, realistically animated food for eighty minutes and not feel rather queasy. To make sure they are truly nauseous, the third act sees a naked overweight man wear the carcass of a man-size cooked chicken.

This movie contains mild bad language.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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