Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs poster
Directed by Phil Lord

Chris Miller

Produced by Pam Marsden
Written by Phil Lord
Chris Miller

Bill Hader
Anna Faris
James Caan
Neil Patrick Harris
Bruce Campbell
Andy Samberg
Mr. T
Bobb'e J. Thompson
Benjamin Bratt
Al Roker
Lauren Graham
Will Forte

Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Editing by Robert Fisher Jr.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release September 18, 2009
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross revenue $243,006,126
Followed by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated comic science fiction film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on September 18, 2009. The film is loosely based on the children's book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett.

The film features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham and Will Forte. It was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, both of whom and Forte are best known for the animated TV series Clone High.

It was a critical and commercial success, earning $243 million worldwide, on a budget of $100 million. A sequel, titled Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was released on September 27, 2013.


Flint Lockwood always wanted to invent something great. Despite his creativity and zealous enthusiasm, his inventions, including spray on shoes, a remote controlled television, rat birds, hair-un-balder, and a flying car, all end in failure. Flint lives in Swallow Falls, a tiny fictional town in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with Tim, his widowed technophobic father who misunderstands his son's talent. The town's only source of revenue is the Baby Brent Sardine cannery that has closed down, leaving the town only sardines for nourishment.

Along with the aid of his pet monkey, Steve, Flint invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" (FLDSMDFR for short). Flint turns on the FLDSMDFR in his laboratory, but ends up short circuiting the house. He decided to power the machine by hooking it up to the nearby power plant. When he turns the machine back on it ends up rocketing through town, destroying the newly opened tourist attraction Sardine Land, and shooting up into the stratosphere. While recuperating from his failure, he meets Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a weather intern whose big break was foiled by Flint's actions. Their conversation is cut short when rainbow colored clouds float over the town and begin to rain cheeseburgers.

Realizing the potential for the FLDSMDFR, Flint creates a communication device to send orders to the machine and order it to create different types of food. Swallow Falls (now renamed Chewandswallow) becomes a "food tourism" destination and attracts many tourists. Everything is going well until the townsfolk start greedily requesting food from Flint's machine. Flint notices that the food is beginning to grow larger in size. Although he is concerned that the food is starting to "over mutate," the Mayor (now morbidly obese and having to move with a scooter) sees it as a better outcome for him and the city and guilts Flint into continuing to making food rain for the city.

Citizens and worldly tourists in Chewandswallow are blissful until suddenly a large destructive tomato-tornado formed of spaghetti and meatballs threatens the town. Flint rushes to his lab to turn the FLDSMDFR off and attempts to send a 'kill code' to stop the machine, but the Mayor throws a large radish and destroys the communication device before the code is sent. A shocked Mayor then tells Flint that he ordered a Las Vegas style all-you-can-eat buffet, before fleeing in fear. With Flint unable to control the machine, a massive food storm is created that threatens the world. However, his father encourages him to fix the mess. Flint gains self-confidence, builds a new flying car, and places the kill code in a USB flash drive. Flint, Sam, her cameraman, Manny, Steve and Brent set out to deactivate the FLDSMDFR. As they approach, they find that the machine is now the core of a giant meatball, where clouds go in the top and a food hurricane goes out the bottom which sends sentient food to attack them. In the chaos, one of the windows on the flying car breaks causing Flint to lose the kill code when the flash drive is sucked out the window.

Back at Chewandswallow, the citizens and tourists, with the help of Earl, escape. Mt. Leftovers collapses, causing an avalanche of food—a foodalanche—to destroy Chewandswallow. The foodalanche covers Flint's Lab while Tim is still attempting to send the kill code to Flint's cell phone. Tim survives the foodalanche and is able to send the kill code to Flint. Flint goes inside the meatball, finds the machine, and jams the phone into the USB port. To his frustration, Flint discovers that Tim sent him the wrong document and he is unable to stop the FLDSMDFR. Flint manages to use his Spray-On Shoes formula on the machine and causes it to explode. With the machine destroyed the food storm subsides and everyone on the meatball is able to return safely to Chewandswallow. Tim finally shows his appreciation for his son and his inventions before Flint and Sam celebrate with a kiss. Meanwhile, as a comeuppance for his actions, the obese mayor is stranded in the middle of the sea, having eaten nearly all of his peanut butter and jelly sandwich boat, while muttering that his plans were not well thought out.

During the credits, there is traditional animation of the characters which even includes a part where Mayor Shelbourne has been slendered down and arrested by Officer Devereaux.


  • Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, an inventor. Hader also did the voice of the "FLDSMDFR" machine.
  • Max Neuwirth as Young Flint Lockwood
  • Anna Faris as Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a weather intern from New York City.
  • James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Flint's technophobic, widowed father.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the Monkey, Flint's pet Vervet monkey who communicates using a Speak and Spell monkey thought translator.
  • Bruce Campbell as Mayor Shelbourne, the gluttonous and egotistical mayor of Swallow Falls.
  • Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, an infamous celebrity mascot of Baby Brent's Sardines.
  • Mr. T as Officer Earl Devereaux, the town's athletic cop.
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson as Calvin "Cal" Devereaux, Earl's son.
  • Benjamin Bratt as Manny, Sam's Guatemalan cameraman and a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.
  • Al Roker as Patrick Patrickson, the anchorman of the weather station.
  • Lauren Graham as Fran Lockwood, Flint's mother who died ten years before Flint invented the FLDSMDFR.
  • Will Forte as Joseph Towne, a redneck citizen of Chewandswallow.
  • Peter Siragusa as Rufus
  • Angela Shelton as Regina Devereaux
  • Liz Cakowski as Flint Lockwood's Teacher
  • Neil Flynn as Weather Network News Producer

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Films vte
Films Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Anna Faris films

Scary Movie (2000)  · Scary Movie 2 (2001)  · Scary Movie 3 (2003)  · Scary Movie 4 (2006)  · Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)  · Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)  ·

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