In the old green farm house I grew up in, we had a hallway just at the top of the stairs that was lined with bookshelves filled with children’s books. Most of the books I’m sure over time were donated or sold at garage sales. I have only a couple left, one of which is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I’m not even sure what possessed me to keep it, or how or when I even packed it up in one of our many moves. Of course if was one my favorites-I think I liked the absurdity of it and I resonated with the illustrations filled with pancakes, clouds, and friendly faces, especially the old man’s.
When I saw this on Serious Eats this weeks I was nostalgic for time when the only books that became movies were Disney (and in that case, I’m not sure what came first). My only hope is that they don’t f*&k it up.
‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ The Movie
Opening the Chewandswallow Digest this morning, we learned of spaghetti storms in our stars—but not until 2010. Ron and Judi Barrett’s classic children’s storyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will become a 3-D IMAX film by Sony Pictures Animation, starring Andy Samberg and Anna Faris. Beyond pasta, the town of Chewandswallow will also be deluged by Gorgonzola snow flurries, toast hurricanes, and pea-soup fog.
Since an illustrated 30 pages can only lend so much film fodder, the plot invents a scientist who instigates the edible meteorology in hopes of ending world hunger. (If you remember, the book begins with Grandpa accidentally whacking his grandson with a pancake while flipping one for breakfast, then explains how normal this is in Chewandswallow.) Similar to Twisterand Backdraft, the film will have a Mother Nature–gone-wrong twist.
Now, if only we could squeeze our childhood beds into the theaters for ultimate viewing pleasure.