Cloudy With a Likelihood of Meatballs

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Pork chops keep fallin’ on my head ….
Flint Lockwood has been obsessed with science and inventing since grade college. He lives on an isolated island that has extended since lost its vitality when the sardine trade, its major business, went under. But Flint has a strategy that could change all that, with the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or, as Flint puts it, FLD SM DFR (flid sim difur) for short. It turns water into meals.

The invention accidentally rockets into the stratosphere, exactly where it remains fixed over the island, soaking up the plentiful water from passing clouds. Soon hamburgers begin to fall from the sky, full with all-beef patties, unique sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame-seed bun. And that’s just the beginning. At first it is manna—or at least Big Macs—from heaven, but items quickly spiral out of hand. The town’s ambitious mayor starts living massive in a lot more techniques than one and turns the town into an all-you-can-consume cruise ship bullet.

The audience for this film will most likely skew younger than either Coraline or Monsters vs. Aliens, but all animation fans will get pleasure from Meatballs’ quirky humor and clever visuals. There aren’t several jump-out-at-you 3D effects, but the film does not need to have them. There are burgers floating down from the sky, Flint’s amazingly detailed lab (with its Get Intelligent entry and Star Trek crossed with 2001 décor), the inside of a palace made from a giant mound of Jell-O (never ask), an action-packed final act featuring man-eating chickens and deadly peanut brittle, plus the usual Sony item placement that flashes by so swiftly you might miss it the very first time. By the end, your head will be swimming in 3D enhanced pasta sauce.

There’s a lot of bass on the energetic soundtrack, but not often exactly where you anticipate it. The mix is exciting, with aggressive but clean-sounding action cues, especially in that high-energy final act. The effects sound a tiny homogenized compared with Coraline’s open, translucent audio, but the total effect is enhanced by Mark Mothersbaugh’s outstanding and beautifully recorded score. Some could locate it overly dramatic for the movie, but I did not. Its principal theme, in distinct, is majestic, expansive, and cinematic. It really is worthy of a serious epic — which this, of course, is not.

This is the only one particular of the four Blu-ray 3D titles here that is at present available in wide release. Amongst the extras are sneak peeks for the upcoming Blu-ray 3D releases of Open Season and Monster House. There are burgers floating down from the sky, Flint’s amazingly detailed lab (with its Get Wise entry and Star Trek crossed with 2001 décor), the inside of a palace produced from a giant mound of Jell-O (do not ask), an action-packed final act featuring man-consuming chickens and deadly peanut brittle, plus the usual Sony solution placement that flashes by so quickly you may possibly miss it the 1st time. By the finish, your head will be swimming in 3D enhanced pasta sauce. The town’s ambitious mayor starts living large in much more ways than one particular and turns the town into an all-you-can-consume cruise ship bullet.

By: Francis David