Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was my favorite kids book growing up. I still have my copy of it somewhere.
If you haven't read it, you should. Especially if you have kids. They'll love it.
And how can they not. It's the story of a place where the weather is food. So the townspeople know what they'll be eating each day based on what falls from the sky. But then the weather goes nuts...
I always thought it was the perfect story for a movie. And it finally will be on September 19th.
Problem is, it seems the only thing the movie really has in common with the book is the title. Based on this animated trailer, they've decided the weather needed a back story and a cooky main character/inventor who creates the machine that causes food to fall from the sky.
Hilarity will ensure I'm sure. Especially now that they've added "Steve" the wacky pet monkey/friend who'll join the high-jinks and help save the day.
Yawn. Boo. Hiss.
"Inspired by the famous children's book.," says the official movie site. They should add "Very loosely" I think.
Of course Andy Sandberg and Bruce Campbell are lending their voices, so I'm sure it'll be up for an academy award.
I know, I know, I need to adjust my expectations. I'm sure it will be fine, funny and cute for today's youth animated gene pool.
At least they kept the bit with the pancake falling on the school. Here's the trailer.