We gave it a B-
STARRING Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Writers and first-time directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been working together for 16 years on TV shows like How I Met Your Mother and the animated MTV series Clone High, but it wasn’t until they met with Sony for another project that their careers got a surprising new forecast. During the meeting, the duo learned that the company owned the rights to one of their favorite children’s books, Judi and Ron Barrett’s 1982 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. ”We grabbed them by the lapels and forced them to let us make it,” jokes Miller.
The story follows a wannabe inventor (voiced by Bill Hader) who builds a machine that turns water into food and then watches as the out-of-control contraption shoots out spaghetti tornadoes and giant falling pancakes. For his part, Hader says he didn’t expect that voicing the lead in an animated film would be so demanding. ”You repeat everything you say in different ways,” says the SNL veteran. ”It was the most exhausting acting job I’ve ever had. I have a whole new respect for Tom Hanks in Toy Story.”