Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

This is a 3D (Imax added in some spots) animated movie based on the children's book of the same name. CWACOM was one of my kids favorite books. The illustrations were fun and it was a simple story. But if you are looking for a retelling, you are going to be disappointed in a good way. An entirely new story with a few elements of the book is how this unfolds. The adults loved it, the kids loved it and it was fun for everyone. It's mostly about food falling from the sky. Half of Saturday Night Live provide the voices, and Anna Faris and Bill Heder with James Caan are in the lead. You'll recognize Mr T also. The animation is fantastic- and 3D really is a refined art now. I think it was a little long, but no children got restless, so it must be the right length for them. As an adult, you have to be quick because the adult references are thrown right in there with the kid stuff. But you should see it because it is nice not to have to watch blood or gore or adultery for just a little while. Alex particularly enjoyed the monkey played by Neil Patrick Harris. Bring along a kid if you've got one!