VIDEO: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Joey watches the wacky adaptation of one of his favorite children’s books growing up. We suggest not watching this review on an empty stomach, though, because you might get really hungry!

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  • danbreunig

    Favorite animated book-to-movie adaptation? The original 1954 Animal Farm. (HATED the 1999 live-action remake.) Otherwise it would be collectively the Rankin/Bass & Ralph Bakshi Lord Of The Rings. Shudder to think those really were the definitive LOTR movies until Peter J. cleaned up shop many years later. Kinda makes you think what the next adaptation will be like twenty to thirty years from now.

    Or did you mean favorite animated *children’s* book-to-movie adaptation?

    • tedzey71

      More like anything adapted to animation. Books, comics, etc.

    • JD

      I realy thought Coraline was very well done.

    • E.Buzz Miller

      The Iron Giant beyond a doubt.

  • Spocksbro

    I’m too old and out of touch to be familiar with the newer animation but I’d have to vote for the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas (w/ Boris Karloff) or the Rankin/Bass adaptation of The Hobbit (though their adaptation of The Return of the King gets a nod if only for giving us “Where There’s a Whip, There’s a Way.”

  • Cheshire Cat

    I loved Watership Down as a child. Though not a childrens’ movie, I always found it a beautiful story even when I was young(er).

  • Joelkazoo

    As a child of Reagan, I can fully understand and embrace the bleakness and gentle humor of “When the Wind Blows”. Won’t put you in a good mood, but it’s mixture of live action and backgrounds with traditional animation is beautiful, and it pulls off its anti-nuclear war message without feeling the least bit preachy.

  • MephLord

    I think I must’ve become pretty jaded. I didn’t really care for Toy Story and Madagascar, and find the concepts kind of ‘meh’. The only CGI show I’ve ever really liked was Iron Man: Armored Adventures because of how dynamic the fight scenes and mecha designs were. Heck, I didn’t even like Reboot or Beast Wars. I used to like anime but now I have a lot more appreciation with the quality of western Animation and the skill needed to make it look as good as it does. Now if only the storytelling of the new DC and Marvel shows could reflect how good the shows look…

  • Dennis Fischer

    Sorry, Joey, but you misuse the word consensus, which means a general agreement of opinion among several people, not an overall conclusion or summation.
    As far as my favorite animated adaptation, I think I have to plunk for BAREFOOT GEN as working rather well for me, though AKIRA is also very impressive.

    • tedzey71

      Yeah… well… I make your ass a consensus! HA!

      Nah, man. Thank you for pointing that out! I do love Akira, though I can see why people wouldn’t put it on the tops of their list.

  • Going by the title alone, I thought that “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was some kind of live-action indie film, not an animation. :D
    MY BAD!

    • tedzey71

      If the book hadn’t been written, who knows? Could’ve been a Jim Jarmusch flick!