The world of animated movies, you might think, revolves purely around what Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks are up to. But then along came Sony with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
and shook things up. For here is one of the most charming, imaginative animated films of 2009, and it looks sensational in high definition.
Its story is actually quite slight, and arguably the film’s biggest weakness is that it stretches it a little too thin. Based on the book by Judi and Ron Barrett, the charming story is of a young inventor by the name of Flint, whose track record leaves plenty to be desired. Yet one day, he comes up with a machine that manages to, via a series of circumstances, make it rain food. That’s cheeseburgers one day, drumsticks the next, cakes on another, that sort of thing. Inevitably, this attracts the attention of the world, and inevitably, problems start to arise.
In spite of its slight problems, however, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a bright, vibrant, colourful triumph. Bless with a superb voice cast and some sparkling visuals, the film has broad family appeal, and plenty of rewatch value. Plus, as you might hope, its broad colour palette looks simply sumptuous in high definition. It’s a cavalcade of striking visuals, superbly transferred to 1080p. Matched up to a very active surround-sound track, the combination of terrific main feature and equally strong transfer make Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs one of the very family Blu-rays on the market. And the likes of Disney and DreamWorks? There’s very much a new competitor in town… --Simon Brew
Family animation featuring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Mr T. Flint Lockwood (Hader) is a fairly unsuccessful amateur scientist who appears to have developed a device that will bring an end to world hunger. Unfortunately his invention, which causes food to rain out of the sky, ends up causing more trouble than good as his town is flooded with more food than people know what to do with. Flint and weather girl Sam (Faris) must try and figure out what has gone wrong and save their town from disaster.