This movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, is an underdog movie. It’s by an underdog studio, with an underdog production team, starring underdog characters. I didn’t give it much of a chance when it was in theaters, because the commercials were all terrible. I did remember the story from when I was young, and I wasn’t quite sure if such a simple premise could carry across an hour and a half motion picture.
The strength of the movie is in its comedic writing. It takes the low road very few times and isn’t written as a straight up kids movie. There’s a lot of multilevel stuff going on here. It also has an art style that takes a lot of stretch-n-squash from traditional 2D animation and takes some great liberties. Jim, the protagonist’s father, is like a Muppet with his eyebrows that obscure his eyes. Even without eyes, the character face is very expressive (and the old trick of showing the eyes when necessary for emotional impact works quite well).
The plot’s solid (if a bit fantastical) and the characters actually develop. Plus, the end credits are visually stunning and show great 2D animation power. I wish I had more time to write about this, but for today we’ll leave it at this – rent the movie if you like comedy. It’s very funny.