Friday, October 23, 2009


By D.E.Levine

Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Writers: Phil Lord and Cris Miller (screenplay) and Judi Barrett and Ron Barret (book)
Producer: Pam Marsden
Executive Producer: Yair Landau
Co-producers: Lydia Bottegoni and Chris Juen
Animation Executive Producer: Andrea Miloro
Cast (voices): Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobbie J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, Will Forte, Max Neuwirth, Peter Siragusa, Angela Shelton, Neil Flynn, Liz Cackowski, Isabella Acres, Lori Alan, Shane Baumel, Bob Bergan, Cody Cameron, Marsha Clark, John Cygan, Ann Domric, Paul Eiding, Jess Harnell, Gary A. Hecker, Phil Lord, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Chris Miller, Laraine Newman, Jan Rabson, Grace Rolek, Jeremy Shada, Will Shadley, Melissa Surm and Ariel Winter
Original Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Running Time: 81 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Animation/Adaption, Kids/Family

This is a 3-D animated comedy based on a popular children's' book. The central character is Flint Lockwood, a boy who is an amateur inventor and lives on an island in the Atlantic where the central industry is catching and canning sardines.

With the collapse of the sardine market, and the disillusionment of island inhabitants with eating their own sardines, Flint creates food-flavored weather when his latest invention which converts water into food, launches itself into the sky and starts producing all types of edible food that falls to earth.

Hailed as a hero, Flint basks in the celebrity status until weather-girl Sam Sparks questions how much of a good thing is too much.

Between candy, ice cream, pancakes and hamburgers, with plenty of pizza and other child desired edibles, the island is pummeled with a down pouring of food until the machine goes out of control and the island is deluged with edibles.

With a tornado cloud made of spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs fall out of the sky and rain down upon the town. There is also the possibility that the town will be swept up in the spaghetti and meatball tornado.

Flint is torn between the adoration and the real threat of imminent demise, and it's up to him and Sam Sparks, with a little help from their friends, to rescue the island and the town.

Overall, the film is a wonderful, funny, straight-forward telling of a tale that has at it's core the story of an "oddball" who finds acceptance at the sacrifice of his core values.