Pixar Studios take the plaudits when it comes to modern day animation. The creators of such gems as Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and Wall-E have managed to blend child-like innocence, storytelling and humour in a way that captivates kids and adults alike. However, if you were to ask me what my favourite animated feature film is of recent years, I would have to say Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Flint Lockwood is a misfit. He’d rather be inventing spray-on shoes or rat birds than playing outside with his friends. His father wants him to take over the family sardine business on their island (which is under the A in Atlantic), and finds it hard to accept Flint’s enthusiastic, scatty way of living life. When teenage Flint stumbles onto an invention that changes the mood and colour scheme on his tiny island, the meteorological outlook suddenly looks a lot more…meaty.
There are multiple occasions during this movie that will make you feel like a giddy child. The character design, colour palettes, script, plot, adventure, tone, action and humour are almost perfectly executed. There is even a Wilhelm Scream (you have heard, I promise), which is a film history joke for the geeks! Even though you may begin to feel like a kid again, this is almost certainly a film made for adults wrapped up in a kids movie package. There are multiple levels of humour to the jokes, self-referential nuances, and a tone that is easy to revisit again and again.
I’m proud to say, even as a 25 year old male, this movie is firmly cemented in my collection, that I have watched it at least 5 times and intend to watch another 5 and some. What a story, what a film; I wish burgers would fall from the sky. Thank you, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, for making me laugh and making me feel 5 again.