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No person who thinks of him- or herself as a “maker” should miss Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which is loosely based on Judi and Ron Barrett’s eponymous 1972 children’s book. I don’t have kids, but I loved it, and this movie kind of made me want to have an adorable little nerdy maker-child, at least for a day, so I could watch it with her. The scene where Flint is curled up in a waste barrel, lamenting all his failed inventions (“Spray-on shoes!” “Ratbirds!”), while his relentlessly uncreative father looks on helplessly, is particularly choice.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. andyL says:

    Similarly, all should watch Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. GREAT MOVIE.

  2. joe says:

    Any maker should see this movie. Although silly and far fetched, it has a good message which is to admire those that succeeded, and realize you have to fail to succeed.

  3. vangelion says:

    ‘eponymous’ is misused here. If the book were eponymous, it would be called “Judi and Ron Barrett” or something including their names.

    1. Actually that page you link to says this, starting at the third sentence:

      “Something eponymous is named after a particular person, e.g. Julian’s eponymous restaurant. Eponymous also means simply having the same name.”

      And I think the usage here is legitimate under the loose “same name” meaning. However, having said that, I agree that the “looser” usage should probably be deprecated.


  4. jeff-o says:

    I love this movie! Definitely worth owning.

  5. Nick says:

    I still think the best MAKER film ever was “Primer”

  6. david orchard says:

    i thought it was possibly one of the worst movies ever. Meet the Robinsons was far, far better. I am not trying to offend but i don’t think the message or humor of the film was well thought out. The tinkering side was neat, but the rest was poorly done.

  7. emonk says:

    I don’t really understand how the system works but to me, you guys really have done a very great job. Honestly, I’m almost laugh to death watching the movie until the very last end of it. Compare to other 3D movie, I’ve never experienced such a serious laugh before!! Especially when the father start to show both of his eyes. That’s what happen when a sardine producer & a scientist adapted together. Great work you guys!!

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