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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is based on the children's storybook created by author Judi Barrett & illustrator Ron Barrett in 1978. The sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, follows in 2000. The animated feature film is a 3D rendered, CGI creation produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures in 2009 with a budget of $100 million. The movie was shown in 3D using RealD Cinema, IMAX 3D, and Dolby 3D.
When the town's only claim to fame (the local Sardine cannery) closes, Flint Lockwood decides to try and invent a machine that converts water molecules into food. Seeking out enough electricity to make this possible, Flint hooks up his device to the local power plant. This causes it to explode, sending it up into the clouds. Later large purple clouds form and rain down cheeseburgers. Soon word leaks out of the FLDSMDFR (Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator) and the greedy Mayor wants to profit on the idea of breathing new life into the local economy, changing the town's name from Swallow Falls to Chewandswallow and cranking up the setting on the device. Flint, along with a little help from his pals, sets out to destroy the device and save the town.
Music is composed by Mark Mothersbaugh while "Raining Sunshine" performed by Miranda Cosgrove is the hit single from the movie.
Meet the Characters
Flint Lockwood is a young inventor who captures Samantha's heart and is voiced by Bill Hader.
Fran Lockwood is Flint's mother who always believed in him and is voiced by Lauren Graham.
Tim Lockwood is the old-fashioned, technophobic, but supportive father of Flint who wants his son to work at his Bait N' Tackle shop and is voiced by James Caan.
Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a cute, young weather intern from New York City dreams of a chance to become a professional TV weather reporter and ultimately Flint's love interest. She is voiced by Anna Faris.
Manny is Sam's uncommunicative, Guatemalan TV cameraman with a very special skill set (doctor, comedian, pilot) and is voiced by Benjamin Bratt.
Steve the Monkey, Flint's best friend and colleague, can speak through the Monkey Thought Translator, although nearly every thought is "Hungry! Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!". He is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris.
The self obsessed & cruel Mayor Shelbourne wants to become famous and pushes Flint's food weather machine over the limit causing epicurial harm and mayhem for the town below and is voiced by Bruce Campbell.
Brent "Baby Brent" McHale was the celebrity mascot of Baby Brent's Sardines, Flint's rival in school, and is voiced by Andy Samberg.
Officer Earl Devereaux is the town's athletic, always strictly by-the-book cop and is voiced by Mr T.
Cal Devereaux is Earl's adorable young son and is voiced by Bobb'e J Thompson. Cal frequently doesn't obey many rules.
Patrick Patrickson is the anchorman of the local weather station and is voiced by Al Roker.
Joe Towne is the ubiquitous redneck citizen of Chewandswallow and is voiced by Will Forte.
Trivia: Some of the writers and directors have said the motion picture was thought to be a parody & homage to now classic modern disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow, Twister, and Armageddon. Feel free to look around a bit.