My daughter Amanda remembered reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in school. She and Kyle were both looking forward to the movie, and she was anxious to introduce him to the books. When I looked for the book at the library, I noticed that there was a sequel. Pickles To Pittsburgh, while not credited in the film, actually addresses some of the issues brought up in the film and is a great complement to the first book, whether you see the movie or not.
The movie’s storyline departs quite a bit from the books, which deal with a grandfather telling stories about the land of ChewandSwallow where meals fall from the sky. Whether it is made up or real — we never quite know.
However, taking the movie at face value — we enjoyed it. My kids (5 and 11) liked it, and the man sitting next to me laughed out loud throughout the show.
The movie looks back at the life of the inventor of the machine that causes food to fall from the sky. The film highlights some important themes such as not giving up on your dreams, the importance of parental love and support, and the dangers of excess.
If nothing else, this much-publicized movie will hopefully serve to remind people of the classic picture book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett.
The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie website is pretty cool — containing games, extras about science and more.
Jennifer Donovan writes about the ups and downs of sharing life with her kids and husband at her blog Snapshot.