September 18, 2009

TODAY’S WEATHER: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

CloudywithachanceofmeatballsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 

The forecast is in. Sunny? No. Cloudy? No. It’s calling for cloudy. . . with a chance of meatballs! At least according to the new movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (rated PG), which happens to be based on the beloved children’s book by Judith and Ron Barrett! We got the inside scoop for you from the folks at Sony, AND Judi Barrett herself.

First, a bit about the story. Welcome to the town of Chewandswallow. (Get it? chew and swallow). Meet Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of curing world hunger. But like all his past inventions, something goes extremely wacky and his latest invention causes bizarre weather patterns. We’re talking raining spaghetti. Snowing mashed potatoes. Giant hot dogs dropping out of the sky. A culinary delight to some, but a messy nightmare for others!
Now it’s up to Flint to stop his machine from destroying the world in a huge food storm, with Chewandswallow in the epicenter. Can he do it? Grab your popcorn and watch the official trailer.

Hungry for more? Well, Scholastic Kid-Reporter Shoshana recently spoke with book author Judi Barrett (who also has a new food-inspired book out called The Marshmallow Incident.)

Q: What inspired you to be a writer?
BARRETT: I’ve always liked to write. I’ve been both an artist and a writer from the time that I was a tiny kid. I used to write little stories and I would make characters out of boxes and all kinds of things that were part of the stories that I wrote. So, I’ve been doing it ever since I was able to write, and in school, and obviously after school.

Q: What’s it like to see your book turned into a movie?
BARRETT: It’s breathtakingly exciting!

Q: Is there a particular scene from Cloudy that you liked seeing in the movie?
BARRETT: I loved the roofless restaurant where the stuff came crashing down. And, of course the Jell-O mold is wonderful. [The characters go "swimming" in a pool made of Jell-O.] It’s just great. And the hamburgers falling down and rolling on the dock, which is of course a little different than the book, but that is so wonderful.

Q: What food would you want to fall from the sky?
BARRETT: What food would I like? Oh. Probably pizza!

And we found someone else who is also a fan of the book! None other than iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove. Maybe that’s why Miranda did the DELICIOUSLY delightful music video for the movie titled “Raining Sunshine.”

There you have it. That’s the forecast! So if you’ve got an appetite for adventure, check out Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs AND Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 coming in September 2013. Leave a comment back and let me know if you think it’s yummy or yucky! I’ll be standing by.

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

Original motion picture artwork and video materials © 2009 Sony Pictures

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  1. katrina

    I can’t wait to see cloudy with a cance of meatballs! with the comershals it looks funny when Flint gets in a tornado full of spegety and meatballs!

  2. Ceirra

    I really love you’re book know I want to see the movie and guess what I have the book know when the movie comes out I am going to by the movie.I love you’re book and movie.

  3. Mike

    I am very excited to see this movie. I loved reading the book. I hope that no one in my town ever designs an invention like this one.