Today! Because we’ve got a diem to carpe –
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, Will Forte, Laraine Newman, Ariel Winter, Neil Flynn
They had a few writing and producing credits, mostly on TV, before this, but Cloudy 1 would kick off the big screen careers of the great Lord and Miller, responsible for a number of solid comedies in the years since as directors/producers, including 21 and 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and Cloudy 2 as well as the entire run of FOX’s great The Last Man on Earth. They were also at the helm of the funniest Star Wars movie we’ll never see – Solo: A Star Wars Story – The First Two Weeks of Production, before Disney fired them, and the movie went on to be a colossal failure (I still liked Solo, but man, what might’ve been!).
Cloudy is legitimately hilarious absurdist madness, where the sky explodes in hot dogs and burgers, and things naturally turn dangerous, because why wouldn’t they? Based very loosely on the children’s book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett, the nugget of an idea about food falling from clouds is expanded into a fully rounded story about family and relationships and monkeys. The first rate voice cast is terrific, and the jokes are virtually non-stop. If only this was a Disney film, we might get to see the live action remake in twenty years, as the streets of ice cream already spring fully formed from my nightly dreams.
In addition to its Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature, I would again like to reiterate that it has the Best Ice Cream Architecture in the history of cinema. I think about this movie all the time. I’m watching it in my head right now.