loudy With a Chance of Meatballs "may be the funniest animated film of the year," said Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation and based on the popular children's book about a man who invents a machine that causes clouds to rain food, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (watch the trailer) is "a delicious farce and a backhanded slap at America the Obese."
Sony's new movie promotes "nerdy intelligence over bland conformity and gastronomic moderation over supersized gluttony," said Nick Schager in Time Out New York, and "serves up vibrant animation in tune with its spirit of rollicking comedic abandon." But it doesn't quite have the "heart or subtle artistry" of Pixar's Up.
"The animation of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is truly a joy to behold," said Thomas Leupp in Hollywood.com. But the source material is "relatively thin," and on the big screen "the story still feels weak at times." It may be "engaging enough to keep you interested, but not quite enough to make a lasting impression."
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