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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

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


8 Responses to New Review: Movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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

  2. 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 on said:

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

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eponym

    • 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.

      Thanks!

  4. I love this movie! Definitely worth owning.

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

  6. david orchard on said:

    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. 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!!