Our lead item today is a special edition of a ten-year-old film, but one that stands along side A Knight's Tale and Can't Hardly Wait in the pantheon of films that will stand the test of time. Yes, it's just that good.
While this movie varies in style and story wildly from its simple original children's classic about a small town that has a food-related weather phenomenon, it's still a surprisingly well done tale. I was initially skeptical, based on the fact that this film boasts vivid artwork, instead of the book's softly muted color scheme and features the goofy inventor with a monkey instead of just charming small townsfolk. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised how very much I enjoyed this film. While it isn't as perfect as a film like Up, it succeed in entertaining audiences of young and old with funny jokes and a few moral lessons thrown in about following dreams, listening to your parents, being yourself and avoiding gluttony. That's a lot to squeeze into 90 minutes.
Sony Pictures Animation has announced a new project in the form of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be SPA's first release in stereoscopic 3-D digital. Bob Osher, president of Sony's Digital Production division, described it as a movie about "food weather" and says that "food falling from the sky lends itself so well to 3-D." I'm sure this is supposed to be a kids' movie, considering that the article also makes mention of Open Season and Surf's Up, but I think this sounds like it has the makings of a Saw-like horror movie. [It's actually based on a kids' book, but I want to hear this. - Zach]
Whether or not you've read the children's book it's based on, you're probably as curious as I am to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the upcoming animated film from Sony. I mean, come on -- it's a movie about food falling from the sky! Even if you don't consider the more horrific aspects of what that implies, it's something that's never been seen on film before -- although Adam Sandler's new movie Bedtime Stories apparently features a hail of gumballs. But does it feature as amazing a cast as Cloudy?
This weekend Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs takes its weird weather from the page and brings it to the big screen. Next month, Where the Wild Things Are will be arriving in theaters. These are hardly the first children's books to make the transition (even Shrek started as a simple tale without any pop-culture references), but neither book is especially verbose. Hollywood seems to be plucking the kernel of the idea from the written page (and with Cloudy, not even attempting to recreate the original look and feel) and turning that into a full-length movie. It's actually not a terrible idea, so I've come up with some other kiddie classics that producers might want to tackle next.