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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.2009.Phil Lord, Chris Miller

November.30.2009

Who would’ve thought that a children’s book written in 1978 can still be good if it was shown in moving pictures today? The film is such a delight that most of the characters and scenes in the film are probably hopped-up on goofballs, in a good way of course.

When the film started with Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) as a kid inventing a lot of “useless” inventions, it occurred to me that this looks like one of Wes Anderson’s introductions. I wouldn’t want to give out what I’ve seen but let us put this way, the silliness at the start defined the whole film up until the end.

For a change, there is an animation that can be appreciated by every one. With its non-stop comical scenes, it might outshine the serious Neil Gaiman-written Coraline or even the visually incredulous Up, in terms of the smart wit of the script. I guess I was able to find a new animation I like after the film Cars.

I guess the geekiness of the film is one of the amusing points on why this film is effective. Even if we had Dexter’s Laboratory on Cartoon Network, there’s a great difference with their personalities. Put it this way, it was watching Dexter and Johnny Bravo without the addiction for women.

The film also features voices from some of the SNL actors with the likes of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Will Forte. We also have Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell, and Mr. T.

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