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[[caption-width-right:350:It's a MEATIER shower!]]
''Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'' is a 2009 CGI animated film loosely based on the children's book of the same name. In a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean named Swallow Falls, Flint Lockwood always dreams of "inventing something AWESOME," but his inventions never quite work the way he wants them to. Even when he grows up, he still prefers to invent more and more things instead of getting a suitable job at his father's sardine bait shop.

But when all the residents have to eat around the island are sardines, Flint becomes a hero when he invents a machine that can convert water into any kind of food the user wants! This makes him world-famous thanks to the coverage of junior anchor-woman Sam Sparks, who Flint forms a crush on. But can he keep the machine under control, get his father's approval, and win Sam's heart?

Created by Sony Pictures Animation, who also made ''OpenSeason'' and ''SurfsUp''. Written and directed by the same two guys from the short-lived animated show ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. ''Cloudy'' has had the biggest opening week for Sony Animation until ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' beat that in 2012, and it stayed in 3rd place in the box office after a month in theaters. It was also nominated for a ''Golden Globe'' award.

A sequel, ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'', was released on September 27th, 2013.

Now has a [[Characters/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs character page.]]

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[[folder:The Book]]
* BittersweetEnding: The people of Swallowfalls have to abandon the island they called home after the food weather grows unexpectedly out of control and too dangerous. But they manage to create a new town and learn to start shopping at grocery stores.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The flashback that takes up most of the book has barely any color.
* FramingDevice
* LevelAte
* GiantFood
* MonumentalDamage
* {{Narrator}}: A girl for the FramingDevice, and her grandpa for the main story.
* SceneryPorn: With a premise like raining food, and illustrations as detailed as these, it's expected.
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[[folder:The Film]]
* ThreeDMovie
* AdaptationExpansion: The book was a story about a grandpa telling a tall tale about an island that had significantly different weather where it rained food. The movie is about a scientist who invents a method that turns water into food, and it affects the weather across the world.
* {{Adorkable}}: Flint, in ''spades''. Also Sam.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Remote Control television which runs off, & is then seen at various points throughout the movie doing its own thing. Also the FLDSMDFR [[spoiler: at the end of the film won't allow anyone to interfere with its endless food production to the point of creating a massive floating food fortress around itself which is manned by sentient food programmed to defend it.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: No one in the town (except his mother, but she's [[MissingMom dead]] anyway) accepts Flint Lockwood and his MadScientist demeanor until he creates a machine that makes it rain delicious food, meaning that they no longer have to suffer through eating their disgusting sardines. [[spoiler: Flint must also use his mad scientist skills to save the town (and the world!) from this same machine when it starts malfunctioning in disastrous ways.]]
** Also applies to [[spoiler: Sam Sparks, who was teased for being a nerd when she was younger, but she reverts back to her openly nerdy demeanor just in time to save the world alongside Flint.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The mayor's name (Shelbourne) is only given in the credits, and Brent's last name ([=McHale=]) doesn't even get ''that'' much. Earl's last name (Devereaux) is only shown on a computer monitor for a few seconds, so you'd be forgiven if you had to look it up later.
* AlmightyJanitor: [[spoiler:Manny. Doctor, pilot, ''nuclear physicist''... and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers comedian]]. Because he was kidding about being a nuclear physicist.]]
* AlmostKiss: Lampshaded repeatedly to great comedic effect.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Shoko Nakagawa wrote [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Shoko-Nakagawa---rainbow-forecast/97ccb1ae1cf0c5ff169bed2768bfd646 "Rainbow Forecast"]] as the Japanese ending theme, differing slightly from Miranda Cosgrove's "Raining Sunshine". If you picture the ending credits with this, the song actually fits pretty well.
* AnthropomorphicFood: Toward the end, giant roast chickens and walking gummi bears appear. Also, the anthropomorphic food is key to the sequel film.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Almost literally. When we are first introduced to Officer Devereaux, he is stopping Flint from hooking up his food machine to the town's electric generator to power it. Flint distracts Devereaux with a jaywalker.
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay: This film depicts a storybook world that runs on the RuleOfFunny. Any scientific errors are probably as fully intentional as ''everyone'' in Swallow Falls being forced to eat sardines 24/7 just because the plant closed down.
** Flint's [[ItRunsOnNonsenseoleum explanation of how the machine works]] amounts to an announcement from the writers that they're not even pretending it's remotely plausible.
*** Water does not have a genetic code and thus can't mutate. Besides, most food is mostly made from sugars, and food made from water would have no nutritional value. [[SophisticatedAsHell Unless he's mutating the microbes IN the water, which is gross.]]
*** Mutating the water with microwave radiation is not possible as microwave radiation only speeds up the movement of atoms, causing it to heat up. However, it could be a form of elemental fusion/fission. Remove two protons from an oxygen's nucleus and you get carbon... but even this would still be failing physics unless [[note]] you consider "mutation" simply a change in basic structure or reasons of this structure and not necessarily DNA, then you can mutate water if you [[TechnoBabble employ strong electromagnetic field or somehow manipulate vacuum polarization effectiveness]] or even [[BeyondTheImpossible change universal constants]], but effects wouldn't generate meatballs, only possibly make existing ones inedible. However, if one would want to make food from thin air (or water), one would have to trans'''mutate''' a lot of atoms and combine a lot of molecules; the process could also provide enough energy to self-sustain the machine's work (if fusion and not fission is the dominating process), [[/note]] which happens in the story. This might be partially intentional.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Not only does the food start getting bigger...
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: ...it starts fighting back!
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: "Oh, my gosh, a jaywalker!"
* AuthorAppeal: Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the writer/directors, are total nerds, hence the whole film is about how awesome it is to be nerdy.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The sole content descriptor for the film (rated PG) is "brief mild language." "Hellhole," "crabballs" and "crotch kick!" (when [[spoiler: Brent first starts attacking the chickens]]) are probably what qualified the film for the rating.
** In the UK release, the language is still there, but the film is certified U (The UK equivalent to a G) with the content descriptor reading 'Contains one use of mild language and scenes of mild comic threat'.
* {{Bathos}}: The scene where Flint takes his father to the Roofless. It's a sad and serious scene, but you can't help but laugh when the steak lands on Flint's head, and the commentary to the movie reveals this was intentional.
** During several scenes in the film, the drama is interrupted by food falling everywhere. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight The characters usually just ignore it]].
* BearsAreBadNews: Especially gummy bears that act like Gremlins. To be clear, WWII airplane wrecking gremlins, not [[Film/{{Gremlins}} the other ones]].
* BeatStillMyHeart: Parodied when [[spoiler:Steve rips out Gummy Bear's "heart" and eats it]].
* BeautifulAllAlong: Flint encourages Sam to embrace the "nerdy" image she abandoned from childhood because that's who she is. Drops an anvil about the fact that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
* BigEater: The Mayor, [[spoiler: to the point where he eats his own life raft.]]
* BigOlUnibrow: Tim Lockwood, Flint's dad.
* BigRedButton: Flint installs one to activate the orders into the food weather machine, and of course, he HAD to make it big, bright, and glowing red.
* [[PotHole Bilingual Bonus]]: When Manny first sees the Gummy Bears, he whispers "Was ist das?" which is "What is that?" in German, not Spanish...
* BlahBlahBlah: "Here's what I heard: blah blah blah, science science science BIGGER."
* BlindingBangs: Flint's father. Though in his case, it's a blinding ''unibrow''.
** As well as Manny's blinding baseball cap.
* BlindWithoutEm: Before putting on her glasses, Sam apparently sees Flint as a blurry, big-chinned, handsome man.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Flint's dad, who can barely send an email to his son (and [[spoiler: ends up sending the wrong thing anyways]]).
* BrandX: Averted. Jello-O is mentioned by name.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to Brent over the course of the film.
* BringMyBrownPants: Brent comments [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Glad I'm wearing a diaper."]], upon seeing [[spoiler: the giant meatball]].
* TheBully: Brent, especially to Flint.
* BunglingInventor: Flint.
* ButtMonkey: Flint. He got better throughout the course of the movie though.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: After [[spoiler:falling into the Meateroid]], only Flint, Sam, and Brent's eyes can be seen.
* ByWallThatIsHoley: done several times, and still remains [[IncrediblyLamePun fresh.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Flint's habit of announcing his actions and also adding his own sound effects and soundtrack for drama.
** "Making! More! Awesome!"
** [[LampshadeHanging "Saying what I'm doing!"]]
** "SNOOOOOOBAAAAAAAAAAAALL!!"
** While Brent [[spoiler:fights the mobile chicken defenses,]] at one point he shouts "Crotch-kick!"
* CharacterBlog: Flint has a [[http://twitter.com/Flint twitter account]].
* CheekyMouth: Inverted; the animators deliberately altered the models so they would have a distinctive profile. See [[http://davidanthonygibson.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/cloudy-animation-now-with-more-meatballs/ "Cutaway Mouths" header]].
-->The idea was to achieve an extremely clean silhouette while treating the mouth as a two dimensional element. If you could see the other side of Flintís face its terrifying, the skin is pulled back almost to his ear wrecking all the geometry on that side of his face. In the end it didnít matter as long as you could see clearly through his mouth.
* ChekhovsArmoury: ''Every'' minor detail will show up again eventually, although some only as {{Brick Joke}}s.
** The peanut allergy, while it does come up, isn't as important as one would guess from the first time it's mentioned.
** Another example is the "Remote Controlled TV" Flint invented as a kid. In the opening, it kicks open the door and runs away. Later, during the giant food storm, a cherry smashes the window of a TV store and someone takes the opportunity to loot it. The RCTV then appears, smashes another window and steals the store clerk.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Sam's cameraman]], who doesn't even speak until the last third of the film, [[spoiler:turns out to be a doctor, pilot and ComicallySerious comedian.]] Parodied when [[spoiler:he jokes that he's also a nuclear physicist.]]
* ChromaKey: Used by the mayor in his commercial for the unveiling.
* CirclingMonologue: Done very amusingly when the mayor, so obese as to need a cart, wheels around Flint and magically alternates whispering into his right, then left (then left again) ears. And then, slowly rises up from below(!).
** Justified by the fact that he's [[Creator/BruceCampbell Bruce Frickin' Campbell]]. He'll do whatever he wants, even in a cartoon.
* {{Crawl}}: Used every time the WNN is shown.
-->'''Crawl''': And we have temperatures in the 60's in --what the-- what the heck are those cheeseburgers falling from the sky?!
* ClosetGeek: Sam Sparks, though not in denial so much as repressing herself to avoid torment from her peers.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The reporter was more concerned with the change in Sam's appearance instead of the disaster that's befallen the town.
* CrazyConsumption
* CreativeClosingCredits: They are ''awesome''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Baby Brent when [[spoiler: he, Flint, and Sam are surrounded by mutated roasted chickens inside the giant meatball. After he gets eaten by a chicken, he bursts out of it, and starts to effectively fight off the other chickens around him and [[BigDamnHeroes carries Flint and Sam to safety]]!]]
* CuteKitten: Flint manages to divert Sam's attention with [[AscendedMeme a Flash animutation of these.]]
-->'''Sam:''' Can you believe I've been watching this for three hours?!
* DecadeDissonance: Swallow Falls seems to be a RetroUniverse in on itself, with elements of TheFifties and TheEighties mixed with the present day.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Flint's mom was loving and supportive of Flint's inventive ways. She died off screen before Flint grew up, leaving the more distant and less supportive father behind to deal with Flint.
* DevilInPlainSight: The Mayor.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: Subverted, as Flint clearly can see what's different about the mayor, but asks this anyway.
** [[DoubleSubversion Double-subverted]], as the Mayor DID get a haircut, too, and takes his question to heart!
* DirtyCoward: The Mayor. Sure, blame Flint for your ignorant meddling.
* [[DisturbedDoves Disturbed Ratbirds]]: Right when Flint cuts the ribbon, before the spaghetti twister hits.
* TheDitz: Baby Brent.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: During the massive food storm across the world, pies are seen striking the faces of Mt. Rushmore, except one that strikes the Lincoln head ''from behind'', which begins ''leaking custard out its eyes and nose''. Lincoln was killed by being shot in the back of the head.
** Swallow Falls seems to be based off of Flint, Michigan.
* DramaticCurtainToss: Almost as epic as the {{GASP}} below.
* DubNameChange: In the Latin American dub, Flint's surname has been changed from Lockwood to Loko (as in "Krazy" in English), while Officer Earl's name was changed to Elias.
* EiffelTowerEffect: Lampshaded when a news reporter mentions how all the national monuments are all getting hit before the rest of the world. Heck, the Eiffel Tower itself is turned into a giant sandwich!
* EinsteinHair: Flint.
* EldritchAbomination: When the Fldsmdfr [[spoiler: turns into a supermassive black hole made out of food. And that's just the OUTSIDE... The inside is some giant...[[BuffySpeak THING]] that repeatedly says, MARSHMALLOW in a distorted voice, before...well, it looks creepy, okay?]]
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: to Flint's lab, actually. It's also a porta potty.
* TheEndIsNigh: Two men with signboards in New York, one proclaiming "The End of the World is Today!" and the other "The End is Tomorrow!" [[spoiler:the second guy gets crushed by a giant hot dog, and the first guy gloats, "I was right!"]]
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: Flint Lockwood gets a mushroom cloud early in the movie.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys, especially if they can talk!
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: The opening and end credits, the jelly bean rainbow, not to mention the Spray-On Shoes spray out a rainbow.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The spray on shoes sparkle whenever used. Also, the upbeat montage at the end credits sparkle at various points.
* ExactTimeToFailure: Flint was smart enough to install a "Dangeometer", which measures how much use he has in the machine before everything goes horribly wrong.
* {{Expy}}: Compare Flint to [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife Flik]]. They even have similar names.
** Flint also looks a little bit like [[{{Rugrats}} Stu Pickles.]] And both are inventors, whose inventions never work as intended.
* EyeAmWatchingYou
* EyeScream: Flint gets accidentally kicked in both eyes at one point.
--> '''Flint:''' It's fine, it's just ''pain''..
** Flint's eyes again seem to go through this when attempting to look his father in the eye. In all fairness, Tim's eyes are creepy when he lifts his [[BlindingBangs unibrow...]]
** The mayor gets a chili pepper in the eye when [[spoiler: he fights Flint in the laboratory.]]
* FanDisservice: Brent, when stripping. Also, he has quite a bit of [[{{Gainaxing}} jiggling]] in the car.
* FatAndProud: While proclaiming to Flint, "Bigger is better," the mayor slaps his enormous belly.
* FatBastard: The originally svelte [[TheNapoleon and short]] corrupt mayor becomes morbidly obese after eating too many raining snacks, and remains that way through the end of the movie, [[spoiler: except during the [[CreativeClosingCredits credits sequence]], where he becomes skinny again.]]
* FatIdiot: "Baby" Brent.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ...''Sort'' of.
* FinaglesLaw: There's a few.
* FlungClothing: Brent somehow manages to pull off his entire tracksuit in one swift motion.
* FlyingCar ...this time, with wings!
* FoodPorn
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the many that immediately comes to mind is the Mayor wanting to become ''big''... and he does. He gets [[BalloonBelly really]] big.
** Gaze upon the sunset cresting over Mount Leftovers, [[spoiler:from which we are protected by a ''presumably'' indestructible dam!]]
** And one that's easy to miss if you're not paying attention: When Flint is speaking voice-over in the beginning, there's a short scene that shows the present-day Flint, and can be written off as drama. [[spoiler:That same screenshot can be seen at the climax of the movie, when Flint stops the FLDSMDFR.]]
** [[spoiler:Sentient Pizza and GummyBears sent to stop the heroes. Foreshadows the fact next film has living food.]]
* FormerChildStar: "Baby" Brent is a parody of this. [[spoiler: At least, he is until his climactic rebirth as ''Chicken'' Brent! ]]
* FromBadToWorse: Since the [[spoiler: giant meatball]] appears, the entire end of the movie proceeds through this course. It Gets Worse at least five times. It's like the writers DON'T want Flint to win or something.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Too many to count.
* FunWithAcronyms: Flint's food-weather machine. '''F'''lint '''L'''ockwood '''D'''iatonic '''S'''uper '''M'''utating '''D'''ynamic '''F'''ood '''R'''eplicator, or Fldsmdfr - and Flint actually pronounces it. Sam does too by the end.
* {{GASP}}
* GadgeteerGenius: Considering all the things Flint was able to make, failures or not, he definitely counts.
* GeekPhysiques: Flint Lockwood is of the skinny variety.
* GeekyTurnOn: Sam gets some love at first sight from Flint when her ObfuscatingStupidity slips looking at his spray-on shoes.
* GelatinousTrampoline: Flint takes Sam to a large castle made entirely of jelly, and they have fun bouncing around inside.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The "SWALLOW FALLS" on top of the sardine factory after the "S" in falls starts to sag and Flint knocks the "F" off.
** And a literal version too.
** There's also a background character [[http://davidanthonygibson.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/cloudy-animation-now-with-more-meatballs/ who mouths "What the fuck?"]] during one crowd scene. The producer didn't think it was funny, but it stayed in the completed film.
** That's not chocolate ice cream the monkey is throwing. (Squick)
* GingerbreadHouse: both the book and the movie feature a house made of Jello.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Inverted when Flint convinces Sam to embrace her nerdiness. He prefers her ''with'' [[{{Meganekko}} the glasses.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: The machine converts water into delicious food, and there's a lot of water in clouds...
* GoneHorriblyWrong: ...unfortunately the machine has limits and when it reaches them the results aren't pretty.
* GoodTimesMontage
* GroinAttack: Surprisingly effective considering it was done to [[spoiler:a mutant roast chicken.]]
* HammerSpace: Brent shoves the giant golden ceremonial scissors somewhere behind his back. Subverted when they don't disappear, but are shown to be in his pants when he turns around. Double subverted when the viewer realizes that the blades seem to have vanished.
** Sam spends about half the movie carrying a bulky glasses somewhere on her, despite wearing tight clothing.
** Flint shoves a can into his lab coat, and it immediately vanishes.
* HartmanHips: Sam Sparks and a lot of background female characters
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Flint pretty much. Don't worry, the [[ChekhovsGun ratbirds]] saved him, some how.]]
* {{Homage}}: The whole film is an homage to disaster movies, particularly ''Film/{{Twister}}'', ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/ThePerfectStorm'', and ''''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''. The main characters are based on archetypes frequently found in the genre.
** The looming shadow from ''Independence Day'' also counts as an homage.
* HomemadeInventions: Flint's inventions are functional some of the time, but they are all clearly a conglomeration of household accessories, with the exception of the DNA-spliced rat-birds. His lab is also functional, but looks like an 80's-style futuristic computer made of flat cardboard in his own backyard, which he enters and exits through a porta-potty.
* HopelessWithTech: Tim.
* HopeSpot: When Flint destroys Sardine Land, the world's biggest sardine screams "Yay!" as it falls from its tank, through the flaming hoop, into the ocean to freedom... just before a ratbird catches it in its talons.
** Also, near the end of the film, [[spoiler: Flint's dad survives the flood of food and sends the e-mail to Flint, only to send the wrong file by mistake.]]
* HotScoop: Sam Sparks.
* IAmWhatIAm: Flint convinces Sam to embrace her nerdy side, telling her, "This is the real you."
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Flint
* InNameOnly: Inverted. This is what many thought the film was going to be once they saw the trailer, but it actually retains many elements from the story book!
** Those who really know the book will be able to see illustrations lifted directly from the book during the good times montage.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: A possible aversion: [[spoiler:In order to win Sam's affections, Flint says that he is allergic to peanuts like she is. Later, in the Radioactive Meatball, they encounter a cavern full of peanut brittle:]]
--> [[spoiler:Sam: If either one of us touches it, we'll go into anaphylactic shock!]]
--> [[spoiler:Flint: Actually, I'm not entirely allergic to peanuts. I... might've just said that to get you to like me.]]
--> [[spoiler:Sam: ...So you really thought having allergies would make you more attractive?]]
--> [[spoiler:Flint: Eh...]]
** It might not fit perfectly, but the question of why Flint thought the Ratbirds would save the town comes to mind.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Flint tells Sam to "report the weather" when she tried to warn him about the weather during the ribbon cut. In his defense, he wasn't really thinking clearly at the time, since he was already angry and frustrated about his dad not appreciating him.]]
* KidsAreCruel: And woefully uncreative: [[spoiler: Sam: "They made a song about me; it wasn't even clever!"]] ''"Four-eyes, four-eyes, you need glasses to see!"''
* KissDiss: When Flint tries to complete the AlmostKiss earlier in the film; a bitter Sam stops him flat.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: The Mayor's commercial for Sardine Land. The animators went the extra mile to make it look as cheap as possible, even faking the worst blue-screen effects possible in a medium that doesn't even require it.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Brent's first appearance involves this.
* LampshadeHanging: Throughout the entire film. Any plot twist or action has at least one character (often more) do this. They also enjoy PlayingWithATrope, mainly those usually seen in animated comedies.
* * TheLastStraw: [[spoiler:A cherry descends from the sky, lands on top of the leftovers pile... and makes it heavy enough to break the dam and flood the town.]]
* LevelAte: The clouds rain all kinds of food, which cover the town of [[PunnyName Chewandswallow]] (previously "Swallow Falls").
* LikeASonToMe: The mayor uses this line on both Brent and Flint. [[spoiler: Subverted in both cases as the mayor feels no actual affection for either of them. With Brent, it was solely to placate him after the mayor insulted the populace of the town. With Flint, it was to manipulate him into going along with the mayor's desires.]]
* LimitedAnimation: More like Limited Character Models, as some minor characters (such as the [[RunningGag "Remote Control TV"]]) reappear throughout the film, albeit on different situations.
** Joe, the redneck citizen, is particularly guilty of this,as he appears in ''almost every scene'' of the movie.
*** This may have been intentional, as he's one of the few background characters to get a last name: Joe Towne. Joe is also the only extra to be voiced by a celebrity: Will Forte, who played Abe in ''CloneHigh'' and the eponymous ''MacGruber''.
*** According to [[WordOfGod the writers]], Joe is meant to be the voice of the town, hence [[MeaningfulName the name]].
* TheLoad: Baby Brent. '''So''' much. [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInBadass Chicken Brent, however...]]]]
* {{Lolcats}}: Flint has a video of cats singing "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy on his computer, which he uses to distract Sam.
-->"I can't believe I've been watching this for ''three hours!''"
* MadScientist: Flint.
* MagicalComputer: In Flint's lab.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Man And His Monkey]]: It appears that Steve was Flint's only friend in the beginning.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler: "Me too, but about you."]]
** [[spoiler: "When it rains, you put on a coat..."]]
* MeaningfulName: '''Flint''' Lock'''wood''' and Sam '''Sparks.'''
* {{Meganekko}}: [[spoiler: Sam Sparks]]
* AMinorKidroduction: The first scenes show Flint (and Brent) at eight-years-old, before skipping ahead to present day.
* MiraculousMalfunction: Flint hooks up his machine to the town's power station to give it enough electricity to create food from water. Instead, the extra power makes the machine take off like a rocket and start orbiting in the lower stratosphere, creating food that comes down in showers using moisture from the clouds. Later, being overworked makes the machine start overmutating the food and it eventually gains sentience.
* MissingMom: Flint. She did have a brief scene with him as a kid, and they mentioned she died. We just don't know how. She even appears as a ghost during the end credit montage.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The ratbirds.
* MomentKiller: Overlaps with AlmostKiss. Flint gets a call when he and Sam are about to kiss inside the Jell-O structure.
* MonumentalDamage: Lampshaded.
* MoodLighting: Mentioned in the Audio commentary that the Flint's lab changes color lighting based on the mood of the scenes; example includes when Sam comes into the lab with a slighty warm purple-pinkish color, and when the Mayor come in with a stark contrast of threatening Orange-Blue Lighting.
* MostDefinitelyNotAccompanyingUs: When Flint makes the plan to stop the Meateroid, Brent's role is "President of the Back Seat."
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Flint's habit of dramatically announcing even his most trivial and insignificant actions.
** "ROLEPLAYING!"
** "HANGING UP!"
** "RE-PSYCHING!"
** "Engage Coffee Break!"
** "[[LampshadeHanging Saying what I'm doing!]]"
** And from Steve, "[[BlatantLies HELPING!]]"
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Baby Brent.
* NationalStereotypes: When the populations of various countries around the world are shown, all of them are wearing the same hats respective to their nation; i.e. the English wear bowler hats, the French wear berets.
* NerdsAreSexy: Not only does Flint invert the BeautifulAllAlong plot with Sam, he seems to have several [[GeekyTurnOn Geeky Turn-Ons]].
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: One of Flint's failed inventions is "Hair Unbalder." A little bit squirted on the scalp causes his dad to burst out with hair on his entire face.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Minor animation and editing tweaks in some shots were changed after the trailer was made.
* NobodyCanDie: You'd think that food raining down at terminal velocity would hurt someone even ''before'' it got worse, but despite spaghetti tornadoes and avalanching leftovers, the only serious injury in the entire movie is a child going into a "food coma" from eating too much candy. (He's revived by waving celery under his nose a la smelling salts.)
* NoodlePeople. Not just for the pun.
-->"THERE'S A MACARONI ON MY HEAD!"
* NoOntologicalInertia: averted at ground level, but the destruction of the machine creates a shockwave that apparently clears out the red sky ''across the whole planet.''
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Probably for the better.
* NonHumanSidekick: Steve the Monkey
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sam [[spoiler: in order to fit in]].
* [[spoiler: OfficialCouple: After their BigDamnKiss and judging by some of their scenes with them in the credits, it's safe to assume that Flint and Sam are now in a relationship.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: A minor example, when Flint & Sam are talking about what kind of food the machine can produce, they are standing facing each other about a yard apart with the camera cutting back & forth between them. When Sam says Jello, he sidles up to her from off camera & Sam briefly looks puzzled glancing from him back to in front of her where she was addressing a second before.
* OpeningMonologue
* OverrideCommand: the Kill Code.
* PapaWolf: Officer Devereaux loves his son so much that [[spoiler: when the leftover food dam breaks and his son is directly in the food avalanche's path, Devereaux runs all the way back from ocean's edge while carrying the giant food raft to rescue him. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then he outruns the food avalanche back to the ocean while carrying the raft containing his wife and son on in AND going through various food obstacles to safety.]] ]]
* ParentalBonus: Oh so many...
** GeniusBonus: Sam describes events as an "''amuse-bouche''" compared to what's to come. You can hear someone in the background asking what that is[[labelnote:*]]It's an appetizer[[/labelnote]].
* PhotographicMemory: The Mayor is able to memorize the FLDSMDFR commands after watching Flint enter them ''once''.
* PosterGalleryBedroom: Flint has posters of famous scientists in his room and puts up a picture of himself as a scientist.
* PresentCompanyExcluded
-->'''Mayor''': Otherwise I'm just a tiny mayor of a tiny town full of tiny sardine-sucking knucklescrapers.
-->'''Brent''': But not me, right?
-->'''Mayor''': [[BlatantLies Oh, not you, Brent, no.]] You've always been LikeASonToMe.
* PreMortemOneLiner: At first Subverted, but then played straight between Flint & [[spoiler: The FLDSMDFR.]]
** [[spoiler: "Sorry old friend...kitchen's closed!" (jams his phone into the FLDSMDFR, but it's the wrong file.)]]
** [[spoiler: (While hanging under the machine with it preparing to blast him with food) "When it rains, you put on a coat...of Spray-On Shoes!" (blocks the machine's output hatch with the spray.)]]
* ProductPlacement: The video equipment in the weather van and the ads in the production magazine all all Sony equipment. It is a Sony film.
* ProfessorGuineaPig and GuineaPigFamily: Flint is shown testing out his inventions himself (and spraying his own feet to demonstrate the spray-on shoes), but his dad is also involved with the Remote Control Television and Hair Unbalder.
* RapidFireTyping: Flint
* RedSkyTakeWarning: The sky turns a dark pinkish-grayish when [[spoiler: the food machine goes haywire and unleashes disastrous food weather all over the world.]]
* RelaxOVision: Patrick cuts from Sam reporting on the storm to a shot of a puppy scampering in the background while weather forecasts scroll down the screen.
* RibbonCuttingCeremony
* RoadApples: That's ''not'' chocolate ice-cream Steve is flinging.
* RockyRollCall: Almost taken to an extreme towards the end, similar to the scene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}''.
** This is probably the most drawn-out version of this trope in cinema history.
* RubberyWorld: The Jelly Castle.
* RuleOfCool: In universe example. Flint adds TronLines (in paint) and computer voices to his stuff for no reason other than because they're cool.
* RunningGag: All of Flint's previously-failed inventions: the rat-birds, the "remote-control television".
** When people surprise Flint, he always does a silly kung-fu pose. It's pretty easy to miss the first time you watch it, but he does it every single time.
** "Saying what I'm doing".
* RunsWithScissors: Brent, with the ceremonial scissors:
-->'''Brent:''' I really shouldn't be running with these!
* ScaryBlackMan: Parodied by Officer Devereaux's devotion to his job.
* ScienceIsBad: Unusually for a film with the premise "new invention nearly dooms the world", mostly averted. Yes, Flint creates an untested machine with the potential to become dangerous, but [[TheJorEl he's wary of not pushing it past its safety limits]] (perhaps not as wary as he should have been due to AcquiredSituationalNarcissism) and when he first notices it's about to go critical, he immediately goes to shut it off. Unfortunately [[spoiler:the Mayor, blinded by the economic boost the machine is providing the town, gets there first and pushes it way beyond capacity.]] In short, science provides a good for humanity; politics ruins it; [[ScienceHero science ultimately saves the day]].
* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Devereaux:''' And my eye represents my eye!
-->'''Flint:''' Everything's made of Jello! This piano, those sconces, that ghetto blaster, that Jello...
* SheCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler:Inverted on Sam.]]
* ShoutOut:
** The ending credits use a style inspired by ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. As a nod to this, they feature a short scene of the central characters dressed as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
** Shout outs to other sources include:
*** The Baby Brent mascot may be based on the famous "Coppertone Baby" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppertone_girl]]
*** During his first action montage, Flint appears to be throwing a [[StreetFighter Hadouken]].
*** The first scene with the Ratbirds may be based on Creator/AlfredHitchcock's TheBirds, including the part where one crashes into the camera.
*** During the Spaghetti Twister sequence, Flint runs into his own billboard, reminiscent of a scene from ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''.
*** The plan to attack the giant meatball - [[StarWars/ReturnOfTheJedi Death Star anyone?]] A Sarlacc pit even forms inside the giant meatball.
*** There's a Simon (the toy) next to the elevator door leading to Flint's lab, which he uses as a security keypad.
*** The giant chickens inside the meatball flock together on the ceiling [[Film/{{Aliens}} like a certain species of xenomorph]].
*** Towards the end, the machine is on the end of a tentacle and behaving like the alien probes from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
*** When the Gummi Bears attack, it's just like when the destructo-bots attack in the first ten minutes of [[StarWars Revenge of the Sith.]] When the Flying Car Mark II blasts off there's a [[JohnWilliams familiar-sounding music sting]] as well ...
***** The Gummi Bears ripping up the wing on the flying car: "[[Series/TwilightZone There's a thing on the wing of this plane!!!]]"
*** No way was the explosion of [[spoiler: the Fldsmdfr]] looking exactly like the [[StarWars Death Star's]] explosion unintentional.
*** Finally an insanely obscure one. The Remote Controlled TV strongly resembles the titular monster from the obscure 50's BMovie ''The Twonky'', a killer alien that resembles a TV set with legs.
*** The sequel has Sam dressing as Dr. Sattler from JurassicPark.
* SkewedPriorities: The news anchor laughs at Sam looking like a nerd in the midst of a giant food storm. Later, the station would rather broadcast "Otters get wet" rather than what's happening to the weather.
* SleazyPolitician: The mayor. According to [[WordOfGod the directors]], the sleazier they made him, the more people liked him.
** Being voiced by Creator/BruceCampbell couldn't have hurt.
* SnowballFight: Done with ice cream.
** During which Flint goes [[AxCrazy Snowball Crazy]].
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler:Tim tells this to Flint at the end of the movie, though it takes the help of a thought translator [[CannotSpitItOut for him to say it]].]]
** [[spoiler:But he ''does'' finish by saying "I love you, son" himself, instead of letting the thought translator do it for him.]]
* SouvenirLand: Sardine Land, and later, the entire town of Chewandswallow.
* [[HurricaneOfPuns Spaghetti Hurricane Of Puns]]: Sam Sparks uses puns whenever reporting the food weather.
** This leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny during the ice-cream day when she describes Swallow Falls as being "truly a la mode". This is shown being translated into several other languages in various places until it is translated in London as Swallow Falls being [[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish "truly topped with ice cream"]].
** The mayor gets one too. "Nice to ''beet'' you!"
*** ''"That's a radish!"''
* SpiderSense: Officer Earl's chest hairs... which are really creepy when you actually look at them.
* SpotOfTea: During the destruction of landmarks around the world, London experiences a rain of hot tea. Which leaves the Londoners in muddle of terror and delight running around with cups held to the sky.
* SuitWithVestedInterests: The Mayor's the Suit and his Vest is the town's grand re-opening.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Flint, with Sam's explanations of the Fldsmdfr.
-->'''Sam''': So when you shot it up into the stratosphere, you figured it would induce a molecular phase change of the vapor from the cumulonimbus layer?
-->'''Flint''': That's... actually a really smart observation.
-->'''Sam''': I mean, the clouds probably have water in them, which, uh, I guess is why you shot it up there in the first place.
-->'''Flint''': Right, right, that's why I, I did that... on purpose... right.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: After [[spoiler:falling out of the spaghetti twister, Flint grabs around for anything to break his fall, only for each successive thing he gets hold of to blow away or fall apart seconds later.]] Eventually he notices he's three feet off the ground, and just climbs down the flying ladder he's standing on.
* StillGotIt: So says the mayor of Baby Brent.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: At the start of the movie, Flint introduces his Spray-On Shoes explaining that they'll "end the untied shoelace epidemic". When Sam takes notice of them the first time they meet and Flint explains them, she says the exact same thing in response.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: [=WNN=]
* StockScream: The Wilhelm Scream is in here!
* TakeThat: At the end of the film, when ''most'' of the damaging weather is being undone, we get a view of London as the shockwave passes over it. Beforehand, it's dark, grey, raining, and generally looks depressing. Afterwards, it's... dark, grey, raining, and generally looks depressing.
* TemptingFate: Far more examples than can readily be listed, with almost every form of this turning up at some stage. Put simply, seconds before anything remotely construed as negative happens, someone will suggest everything is great or that nothing can go wrong.
** "This is a ''great'' idea."
** "Thank goodness you only caused minimum damage to Sardine Land!" Cue the rolling fish bowl of death...
* TenMinuteRetirement: Flint, [[spoiler:when he throws himself away]]. ''Dawwwwwww''
* TestosteronePoisoning: Earl. In practically every scene he appears in.
* TheThemeParkVersion: The major cities of the world (and their inhabitants) as seen in the film are deliberately simplified, exaggerated stereotypes. It fits with the storybook illogical logic seen throughout the entire movie.
** {{Lampshaded}} when the newscaster announces that [[MonumentalDamage "recognizable monuments" all over the world are being destroyed first]], ''then'' the rest of the world.
** Not to mention the mayor, twice, attempts to make mini-theme parks within his town based off of sardines and later, raining food.
*** Although, to be fair, the second one did look like it would do well. But then [[FromBadToWorse shit happened]].
* ThingOMeter: The Dangeometer.
* TitleDrop: Played around with but never actually said.
* ToiletHumour: When Flint confesses he's never been in a snowball fight, Sam reacts with surprise and says "Even [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Steve]] is throwing chocolate snowballs!" Cut to Steve on a patch of ''vanilla'' ice cream throwing "chocolate snowballs." Sam reacts with appropriate disgust.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Brent]], after his transformation into [[spoiler:Chicken Brent]].
* ToonPhysics: Flint survives many things that would kill a normal human, such as the electric jolt from the substation and crashing into many things. He also shows incredible reflexes when he reaches the tornado.
* TopHeavyGuy: Officer Devereaux, Tim Lockwood and "Baby" Brent.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Throughout the film Steve wants Flint to make it rain gummy bears, but Flint refuses because "We know how you are around gummy bears!" [[spoiler: When our heroes journey to the giant meatball in the flying car to stop the food machine, at one point giant, living gummy bears appear and attack the flying car. [[CrowningMomentOFAwesome Steve subsequently goes into a frenzy, tearing apart/devouring them the whole time.]] ]]
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Flint goes through this, until his machine goes out of control.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Some previews showed [[spoiler: When the machine went horribly wrong.]] Subverted as they didn't give details on it, but still.
* TronLines: Parodied. Flint deliberately paints them all over his lab and inventions, entirely because it looks cool. "Coolness enhancement... complete!"
* {{Troperiffic}}: Despite the {{homage}} listed above, ''Cloudy'' takes the cliches of family films and makes them so blatantly obvious, toddlers could potentially understand what's going on! The directors themselves [[GenreSavvy are aware of what they're doing]] anyway, pointing out the ENTIRE ChekhovsArmory in the audio commentary.
* TroubledFetalPosition: [[spoiler: Flint's father finds Flint in this position in a trashcan containing all his previous failed inventions, suffering a HeroicBSOD due to his food machine causing disastrous food weather and him feeling powerless to stop it. Flint is in the trashcan since [[TearJerker he now considers himself "junk"]], like all his failed inventions.]]
* UltimateAuthorityMayor: Lampshaded. The mayor mentions spending the entire town budget on Sardineland "without consulting anyone", and later funds the revamping of Swallow Falls as Chew'n'Swallow by taking out a "very high interest loan".
* VanityLicensePlate: The 2nd FlyingCar doesn't even disguise it. The license plate outright states, in big glowing letters: [[spoiler: [[RuleOfCool AWESOME]].]]
* VerbalBackspace: Sam does this a lot, whenever she accidentally blurts out something incredibly smart.
* VillainousGlutton: The mayor's various hungers end up endangering the world.
* VomitDiscretionShot
* WeatherControlMachine: The Fldsmdfr.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Flint keeps trying to get his father's (and the town's) approval.
** Also Inverted, Flint's father seeks his son's approval as well, which is why he was so desperate to get Flint to work in his shop, making him a WellDoneDadGuy.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* WhooshingCredits
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The inside of the Meateroid definitely invokes this feeling]]
* WorldHealingWave: After disabling the machine.
* WorthlessForeignDegree: [[spoiler:Manny, Sam's cameraman, was both a doctor and a pilot back in Guatemala. Also a nuclear physicist. Oh, and a pretty good comedian too.]]
* XRaySparks: When Flint connects a jumper cable to the power station, the electricity flows through him, showing his skeleton briefly.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Chicken Brent holding off the roast chickens]]
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