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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Flint Lockwood lives on the small island of Swallow Falls which flourished during the times when sardine business was booming but ever since the rest of the world realised sardines are gross, the island has been in an economic downturn. Flint always wanted to become an inventor who made great things that would make Swallow Falls prosper but his inventions up to now have had mean side effects. Rat-birds tend to pick kids up and fly away with them, the walking TV ran away and the monkey thoughts translator showed that his pet monkey Steve didn’t have much interesting to say.

His latest invention is a machine that can make food out of water, but right before the town opens its latest attraction, the machine rockets into the sky and the opening ceremony gets completely disrupted. Little later, it suddenly starts raining cheeseburgers!

Sound and Vision:
Perfectly rendered animation, bright colors, deep and dark blacks, fine detail, … Yes, this one is definitely one to show off your TV with.

The surround speakers and subwoofer get plenty of action and this while dialogues never suffer from the plentitude of effects swirling around your ears. Good stuff!

Extras:
– Audio Commentary track
– A Recipe for Success: The Making of ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’
– Key Ingredients: The Voices of ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’
– Progression Reels with Introductions by Visual FX Supervisor Rob Bredow
– “Raining Sunshine” Music Video
– Behind the Scenes of Miranda Cosgrove’s “Raining Sunshine” Music Video
– Extended Scenes
– Interactive “Splat” Feature
– Flint’s Food Fight Game – Enhanced for Blu-ray

A very nice package of extras that perfectly complements the movie.

Conclusion:
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is the latest animated movie to come from Sony and although it doesn’t match up to Pixar’s recent films on the emo-scale, it does manage in cleverness. There are plenty of subtle jokes and witty dialogues present and while some animated movies are truly made for kids, this one might appeal more to adults despite its very cartoony look. The comedy is at times so subtle that kids may have difficulty understand the full scope but adults won’t.

The voice acting is done terrificly, the animations are good and the images just jump out of the screen. Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs may not be one of the best and most memorable animated movies there will ever be, but it sure does what it needs to do and will need several viewings before you get all the jokes. Pixar better watch out as Sony is cranking up the competition.

Our Score:
9.0

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