While maybe not as narratively rigorous as the best of Pixar but frequently as funny and as visually inventive, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs works it charms from the opening credits, with the possessory card "A Film By" not given solely to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller but to "A Lot Of People". Loosely based on a picture book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this stomach-centric comic adventure revolves around a water-into-food device cooked up by struggling inventor Flint (Bill Hader) that results in all manner of edible delights falling from the sky: be it steaks, spaghetti, pizza, snow ice cream. For the kids it all adds up to a winning mix of silly slapstick and food related gags. For the adults there's a dash of wry humour and a sprinkling of subtext regarding obesity and greed. The animation style is highly graphic and effective, the characters a real delight, particularly Flint's dad, voiced by James Caan, whose eyes are constantly covered by his eyebrows, except when he's surprised. I'd be happy to visit this bunch once again.
Here's an interview with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.