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Movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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.

16 thoughts on “Movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  1. 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.

    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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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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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 My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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