When it comes to childhood food fantasies, what could be better than having your favorite meals just fall from the sky? That's the premise behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. This imaginative tale of life in the town of Chewandswallow is the latest children's book to make the transition to the big screen as an animated feature.
Flint Lockwood, played by Bill Hader, dreams of being an inventor, but always seems to miss the mark. Success comes at last when he discovers a way to turn water into food. Like so many fantasies though, this one doesn't quite work out in real life...the machine malfunctions. Weather forecaster, Sam Sparks, played by Anna Faris reports on the story of a lifetime...storms of spaghetti and schools buried in pancakes complete with butter and syrup. When trouble escalates, Sam joins Flint as he strives to stop his out-of-control invention before it's too late.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has been a read-aloud favorite with children and adults for years and has sold over a million copies. The movie will be in theaters on September 18, 2009.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Teacher's guide.