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Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:00pm Saturday Movie - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a children's book (mostly pictures) written by Judi and Ron Barrett in 1978. To many, the book may not have seemed voluminous enough for a full-length movie interpretation. Now, however, based on - and expanded from - the original story, Sony Pictures has taken a shot at the Pixar dominated world of CGI animation. The result has become a solid hit for Sony. Nationwide viewer responses, tracked by Internet Movie Data Base, have given this film a solid "thumbs up".

In the story, the film's hero is a young dreamer who, while highly inventive, never seems to get his creations just right. Among other impractical products, he manages to make a machine that showers his city with foodstuffs. At first, everyone is delighted, but as time goes on they find out that for some reason the machine can't be shut off. Needless to say, the film's characters must unite to stop this manna from heaven. How they go about it is pure fun.

Taken from Internet Data Base, the typical comments about this film have been:

  • "Fun and well-written."
  • "A fascinating story, and probably the funniest animated movie I've ever seen."
  • "A visual delight, with real heart."
  • "A bowlful of fun."
  • "Whether you've read it or not, go see it! And then buy the book."
  • "A delicious comedy of giant proportions."
  • "As action packed as any more adult action movie."
  • "Big food and big fun in (an) animated adaptation of (a) beloved book."

The library's showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is open to everyone. It will screen at 2 pm on Saturday, November 27. Bring the whole family.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer

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