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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?


The film was produced by Sony Pictures Animation, who also made Open Season and Surf's Up, and was directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, the same two guys from the short-lived animated show Clone High, and would go on to make 21 Jump Street (and its sequel), The LEGO Movie, and fellow SPA film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Cloudy has had the biggest opening week for Sony Animation until Hotel Transylvania 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, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, was released on September 27th, 2013.

An animated series, co-produced by Sony, DHX Media, and Corus Entertainment and serving as a prequel to the film, first premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 20, 2017 and YTV in Canada on April 10, 2017.note 


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  • Actor Allusion: Officer Earl Devereaux is voiced by Mr. T, and his character sure acts a lot like him. One of his lines also includes a variation on "I pity the fool." He has a bald spot which is the exact opposite of Mr. T's bald head with Mohawk, and T-shaped facial hair. Not to mention that during the food flood as he's carrying his wife and son on a raft, he jumps through a fallen tortilla chip and comes out the other side, a "T"-shaped hole visible right behind him.
  • Adaptation Expansion: 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.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Remote Control television which runs off, and is then seen at various points throughout the movie doing its own thing. Also the FLDSMDFR 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.
    • Although it's destroyed, the food turns sentient in the sequel and begins to inhabit Swallowtail Falls.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: No one in the town (except his mother, but she's dead anyway) accepts Flint Lockwood and his Mad Scientist 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. 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 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.
  • All There in the Manual: 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.
  • Almighty Janitor: Manny. Doctor, pilot, nuclear physicist... and comedian. Because he was kidding about being a nuclear physicist... Every so often, he also dabbles at being a TV cameraman, as well.
  • Almost Kiss: Lampshaded repeatedly to great comedic effect.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Shoko Nakagawa wrote "Rainbow Forecast" as the Japanese ending theme, which is similarly upbeat like Miranda Cosgrove's "Raining Sunshine". If you picture the ending credits with this, the song actually fits pretty well.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: During the climax, in which Sam has an allergic reaction to peanut butter and is trying to keep Flint steady, he insists she go and get treatment, but she refuses, stating that she "likes, likes" him. And he responds that he feels the same way.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Toward the end, giant roast chickens and walking gummi bears appear. Also, the anthropomorphic food is key to the sequel film.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 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.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: This film depicts a storybook world that runs on the Rule of Funny. 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 explanation of how the FLDSMDFR 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. 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  which happens in the story. This might be partially intentional.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Not only does the food start getting bigger...
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: ... it starts fighting back!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "Oh, my gosh, a jaywalker!"
  • Author Appeal: Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the writer/directors, are total nerds, hence the whole film is about how awesome it is to be nerdy.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: The sole content descriptor for the film (rated PG) is "brief mild language." "Hellhole," "crabballs" and "crotch kick!" (when 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'.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Flint Lockwood" is a pretty badass name for such a geeky character.
  • 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.
  • Be Yourself: Flint encourages Sam to embrace the "nerdy" image she abandoned from childhood because that's who she is.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Especially gummy bears that act like Gremlins. To be clear, WWII airplane wrecking gremlins, not the other ones.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Parodied when Steve rips out Gummy Bear's "heart" and eats it.
  • Big Eater: The Mayor, to the point where he eats his own life raft.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Tim Lockwood, Flint's dad.
  • Big Red Button: 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When Manny first sees the Gummy Bears, he whispers "Was ist das?" which is "What is that?" in German, not Spanish...note 
  • Blah Blah Blah: "Here's what I heard: blah blah blah, science science science BIGGER."
  • Blinding Bangs: Flint's father. Though in his case, it's a blinding unibrow.
    • As well as Manny's blinding baseball cap.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Before putting on her glasses, Sam apparently sees Flint as a blurry, big-chinned, handsome man.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Flint's dad, who can barely send an email to his son (and ends up sending the wrong thing anyways).
  • Brand X: Averted. Jello-O is mentioned by name.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to Brent over the course of the film.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Brent comments "Glad I'm wearing a diaper.", upon seeing the giant meatball.
  • The Bully: Brent, especially to Flint.
  • Bungling Inventor: Flint.
  • Butt-Monkey: Flint. He got better throughout the course of the movie though.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: After falling into the Meateroid, only Flint, Sam, and Brent's eyes can be seen.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: done several times, and still remains fresh.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Flint's habit of announcing his actions and also adding his own sound effects and soundtrack for drama.
    • "Making! More! Awesome!"
    • "Saying what I'm doing!"
    • While Brent fights the mobile chicken defenses, at one point he shouts "Crotch-kick!"
  • Cheeky Mouth: Inverted; the animators deliberately altered the models so they would have a distinctive profile. See "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 Flint’s face it's terrifying, the skin is pulled back almost to his ear wrecking all the geometry on that side of his face. In the end it didn’t matter as long as you could see clearly through his mouth.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Every minor detail will show up again eventually, although some only as Brick Jokes.
    • The peanut allergy, while it does come up, isn't as important as one would guess from the first time it's mentioned.
    • The Spray-On Shoes are the first thing that Flint invented and they end up being the only thing that stops the FLDSMDFR.
    • The Ax-Crazy ratbirds that were invented in Flint's invention montage return to help the second Flying Car gain enough aerodynamics to actually fly, and after the colossal meatball exploded are exactly what save him from his near-death experience.
  • Chekhov's Gag: 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.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Sam's cameraman, Manny, who doesn't even speak until the last third of the film, turns out to be a doctor, pilot and Comically Serious comedian. Parodied when he jokes that he's also a nuclear physicist.
  • Chroma Key: Used by the mayor in his commercial for the unveiling.
  • Circling Monologue: 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(!).
  • 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?!
  • Closet Geek: Sam Sparks, though not in denial so much as repressing herself to avoid torment from her peers.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The reporter was more concerned with the change in Sam's appearance instead of the disaster that's befallen the town.
  • Consolation Backfire: After the FLDSMDFR goes haywire at the unveiling of Sardine Land (featuring Shamo), and Flint is arrested by Officer Earl:
    Earl: You're under arrest, Flint Lockwood! Thank goodness you only casued minimal damage to Sardine Land.
    • A moment later, Shamo's tank tips over, ruining the grand unveiling of Sardine Land, and Shamo gets captured by a Ratbird.
  • Crazy Consumption: The Mayor manages to devour entire hot dogs, burgers, and other foods in one or two bites, even stacking them at some points. Understandably, this turns him quite obese, but he still consumes every bit of food he can get his hands on.
  • Creative Closing Credits: They are awesome.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Baby Brent when 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 carries Flint and Sam to safety!
  • Cute Kitten: Flint manages to divert Sam's attention with a Flash animation of real-life kittens singing and dancing to "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy.
    Sam: Can you believe I've been watching this for three hours?!
  • Decade Dissonance: Swallow Falls seems to be a Retro Universe in on itself, with elements of The '50s and The '80s mixed with the present day.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: 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.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: The Mayor.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: Subverted, as Flint clearly can see what's different about the mayor, but asks this anyway.
    • Double-subverted, as the Mayor DID get a haircut, too, and takes his question to heart!
  • Dirty Coward: The Mayor. Sure, blame Flint for your ignorant meddling and excessive appetite.
  • Disturbed Doves: Well, ratbirds. Right when Flint cuts the ribbon, before the spaghetti twister hits.
  • The Ditz: Baby Brent.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: 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.
  • Doing In the Wizard: In the book, the food weather was pretty much an anomaly all its own that grew out of control without warning. In the film, the cause is a food making machine that got accidentally suspended into the air and soon went haywire from data overload.
  • Dramatic Curtain Toss: Almost as epic as the GASP below.
  • Dub Name Change: 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. Sam's whole name was instead directly translated as "Sam Chispas".
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: Flint's ringtone is a rap of "Flint, you have a call / Flint, you have a call," though he insists someone must have changed his ringtone. Later, it somehow becomes a viral video of a kitten seen earlier in the film.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: 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 serves as the cocktail stick for a huge club sandwich, olive included!
  • Einstein Hair: Flint.
  • Eldritch Abomination: When the Fldsmdfr turns into a supermassive black hole made out of food. And that's just the OUTSIDE... The inside is some giant... THING that repeatedly says, MARSHMALLOW in a distorted voice, before... well, it looks creepy, okay?
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: To Flint's lab, actually. It's also a porta potty.
  • The End Is Nigh: Two men with signboards in New York, one proclaiming "The End of the World is Today!" and the other "The End is Tomorrow!" the second guy gets crushed by a giant hot dog, and the first guy gloats, "I was right!"
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: Flint gets a mushroom cloud early in the movie.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Steve, especially since he can talk thanks to a translating device.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: The opening and end credits, the jelly bean rainbow, not to mention the Spray-On Shoes spray out a rainbow.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: The spray on shoes sparkle whenever used. Also, the upbeat montage at the end credits sparkle at various points.
  • Exact Time to Failure: Flint was smart enough to install a "Dangeometer", which measures how much use he has in the machine before everything goes horribly wrong. Unfortunately, finally getting respect for once in his life leads him to ignore the warning signs until it's too late.
  • Expy: Compare Flint to Flik. They even have similar names.
    • Flint also looks a little bit like Stu Pickles. And both are inventors, whose inventions never work as intended.
  • Eye Am Watching You
  • Eye Scream: 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 unibrow...
    • The mayor gets a chili pepper in the eye when he fights Flint in the laboratory.
  • Fan Disservice: Brent, when stripping. Also, he has quite a bit of jiggling in the car.
  • Fat and Proud: While proclaiming to Flint, "Bigger is better," the mayor slaps his enormous belly.
  • Fat Bastard: The originally svelte and short corrupt mayor becomes morbidly obese after eating too many raining snacks, and remains that way through the end of the movie, except during the credits sequence, where he becomes skinny again.
  • Fat Idiot: "Baby" Brent.
  • The Film of the Book: ... Sort of.
  • Finagle's Law: There's a few.
  • Flung Clothing: Brent somehow manages to pull off his entire tracksuit in one swift motion.
  • Flying Car ... this time, with wings!
  • Food Porn: The food in the film is portrayed in much detail, and it all looks delicious. It's understandable why the citizens of Swallow Falls love it so much...until it starts to become a problem.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the many that immediately comes to mind is the Mayor wanting to become big... and he does. He gets really big.
    • Gaze upon the sunset cresting over Mount Leftovers, 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 via voice-over in the beginning, there's a short scene that shows the present-day Flint, and can be written off as drama. That same screenshot can be seen at the climax of the movie, when Flint stops the FLDSMDFR.
      • And another, even more subtle, from the same moment: Flint's exact line in the voice-over is "I stared at defeat...and found hope". When the scene is repeated at the end, Flint stares at "da feet" (his own feet, to be exact) and finds hope in the form of his Spray-On Shoes.
    • Sentient Pizza, broiled chickens and Gummy Bears are sent to stop the heroes. This foreshadows the fact that the next film has living food.
  • Former Child Star: "Baby" Brent is a parody of this. At least, he is until his climactic rebirth as Chicken Brent!
  • From Bad to Worse: Since the giant meatball appears, the entire end of the movie proceeds through this course. It Gets Worse at least five times. It's almost as if the writers DON'T want Flint to win or something.
  • Funny Background Event: Too many to count.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Flint's food-weather machine. Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or Fldsmdfr - and Flint actually pronounces it. Sam does too by the end.
  • GASP: Easily one of the most well-known scenes of the movie. Flint, Sam, the entire population of Swallow Falls as well as Steve and a ratbird do this after the FLDSMDFR succesfully demostrates its primary function by causing multiple rainbow-colored clouds to rain cheeseburgers on the island. The only exception is Flint's dad, who reacts to the sight by raising his fuzzy unibrow and showing his eyes staring in awe at the whole thing.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Considering all the things Flint was able to make, failures or not, he definitely counts.
  • Geek Physiques: Flint Lockwood is of the skinny variety.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Sam gets some love at first sight from Flint when her Obfuscating Stupidity slips looking at his spray-on shoes.
  • Gelatinous Trampoline: Flint takes Sam to a large castle made entirely of Jell-O, and they have fun bouncing around inside.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The "SWALLOW FALLS" on top of the sardine factory after the "S" in falls starts to sag and Flint knocks the "F" off.
    • There's also a background character who mouths "What the fuck?" during one crowd scene. The producer didn't think it was funny, but it stayed in the completed film.
  • Gingerbread House: Both the book and the movie feature a house made of Jello.
  • Glasses and Ponytail Coverup: Played with. Sam was a bit of a geek as a child, and she had glasses and a ponytail. When people made fun of her for her demeanor, she started trying to hide her intelligence, and stopped wearing glasses and putting her hair in a ponytail. When she meets Flint and begins to reveal her true colors, he appreciates her for who she is, convincing her to regain the glasses and ponytail.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Inverted when Flint convinces Sam to embrace her nerdiness. He prefers her with the glasses.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The FLDSMDFR converts water into delicious food, and there's a lot of water in clouds...
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: ... unfortunately the machine has limits and when it reaches them the results aren't pretty.
  • Good-Times Montage: Once "food weather" becomes the norm for the town, there's a montage of Swallow Falls becoming a colorful wonderland of food, with everyone sporting ear-to-ear smiles.
  • Groin Attack: Surprisingly effective considering it was done to a mutant roast chicken.
  • Hammer Space: 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.
  • Hartman Hips: Sam Sparks and a lot of background female characters.
  • Heroic BSoD: After he has a falling out with his dad, drives Sam away and the FLDSMDFR malfunctions due to the mayor's meddling and begins creating devastating food weather, which leads to the Chewand Swallow folks ostracizing him once again, Flint throws himself into a trash can with many of his failed inventions, utterly heartbroken.
    • Earlier on, after he and Flint have an argument at a restaurant over whether Flint should turn off the FLDSMDFR, Flint's dad, hurt by his son's anger, quietly returns to his home where he beings to solennly grind sardines into chum.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Flint pretty much. Don't worry, the ratbirds saved him, somehow.
  • Homage:
  • Homemade Inventions: 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.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Tim.
  • Hope Spot: When Flint destroys Sardine Land, Shamo, 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, Flint's dad survives the flood of food and sends the e-mail to Flint, only to send the wrong file by mistake.
  • I Am What I Am: Flint convinces Sam to embrace her nerdy side, telling her, "This is the real you."
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Flint.
  • In Name Only: Somewhat averted. This is what many thought the film was going to be once they saw the trailer, but despite inventing a completely new plot, 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.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: There's a crudely animated internet video of a DJ cat and a bunch of ducks singing "Fight the Power!". When Sam and Manny try to question Flint about the means of controlling his food-creating invention (which he wasn't able to control yet), he uses this video to distract them while he hastily puts together an appropriate device.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: A possible aversion: 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:
    Sam: If either one of us touches it, we'll go into anaphylactic shock!
    Flint: Actually, I'm not entirely allergic to peanuts. I... might've just said that to get you to like me.
    Sam: ...So you really thought having allergies would make you more attractive?
    Flint: Eh...
    • It might not fit perfectly, but the question of why Flint thought the Ratbirds would save the town comes to mind.
  • Kick the Dog: 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.
  • Kids Are Cruel: And woefully uncreative: Sam: "They made a song about me; it wasn't even clever!" "Four-eyes, four-eyes, you need glasses to see!"
  • Kiss Diss: When Flint tries to complete the Almost Kiss earlier in the film; a bitter Sam stops him flat.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: 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.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Brent's first appearance involves this.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Throughout the entire film. Any plot twist or action has at least one character (often more) do this. They also enjoy Playing with a Trope, mainly those usually seen in animated comedies.
  • The Last Straw: 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.
  • Level Ate: The clouds rain all kinds of food, which cover the town of Chewandswallow (previously "Swallow Falls").
  • Like a Son to Me: The mayor uses this line on both Brent and Flint. 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 against his better judgment.
  • Limited Animation: More like Limited Character Models, as some minor characters (such as the "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 Clone High and the eponymous MacGruber.
      • According to the writers, Joe is meant to be the voice of the town, hence the name.
  • The Load: Baby Brent. So much. 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!"
  • Ludicrous Gift Request: The mayor once wishes for a "pizza stuffed inside a turkey and the whole thing deep-fried and dipped in chocolate".
  • Mad Scientist: Flint.
  • Magical Computer: In Flint's lab.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Me too, but about you."
    • "When it rains, you put on a coat..."
  • Meaningful Name: Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks.
  • Meganekko: Sam Sparks
  • Messy Hair: Flint's hair never seems to stick straight. Even when he has it down, there's still a cowlick that sticks out.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The first scenes show Flint (and Brent) at eight-years-old, before skipping ahead to present day.
  • Miraculous Malfunction: Flint hooks up his FLDSMDFR 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.
  • Missing Mom: 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.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The ratbirds.
  • Moment Killer: Overlaps with Almost Kiss. Flint gets a call when he and Sam are about to kiss inside the Jell-O structure.
  • Monumental Damage: Lampshaded when the news broadcast points out that the disastrous food weather is weirdly prioritizing famous landmarks before turning into a global catastrophe.
  • Mood Lighting: 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 slightly warm purple-pinkish color, and when the Mayor come in with a stark contrast of threatening Orange-Blue Lighting.
  • Most Definitely Not Accompanying Us: When Flint makes the plan to stop the Meateroid, Brent's role is "President of the Back Seat." Brent decides to go with them anyway, causing problems for them almost immediately.
  • Mountain of Food: The huge pile of leftover food made after a month of food weather (affectionately called "Mt. Leftovers").
  • Mouthing the Profanity: An animator deliberately had a background character mouth "what the fuck" after seeing Flint fly past a crowd while trying to keep the FLDSMDFR in control. The director wasn't pleased, but kept it in.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Flint's habit of dramatically announcing even his most trivial and insignificant actions.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Baby Brent.
  • National Stereotypes: 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.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Not only does Flint invert the Beautiful All Along plot with Sam, he seems to have several Geeky Turn-Ons.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: 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.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Minor animation and editing tweaks in some shots were changed after the trailer was made.
  • Nobody Can Die: 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 Cal, Earl's son, going into a "food coma" from eating too much candy. (He's revived by waving celery under his nose a la smelling salts, thanks to Manny.)
  • Noodle People. Not just for the pun.
  • Noodle Incident: Clearly something happened the last time Steve had gummi bears, but the audience is never told what. Given how adamant is about Steve not getting his paws on gummi bears, though, it's pretty clear that whatever happened, it was interesting.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Averted at ground level, but the destruction of the FLDSMDFR creates a shockwave that apparently clears out the red sky across the whole planet.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Probably for the better.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Steve the Monkey
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sam in order to fit in.
  • Official Couple: After The Big Damn Kiss 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. The sequel confirms this.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: A minor example, when Flint and 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 and forth between them. When Sam says Jello, he sidles up to her from off camera and Sam briefly looks puzzled glancing from him back to in front of her where she was addressing a second before.
  • Only Friend: It appears that Steve was Flint's only friend in the beginning.
  • Opening Monologue: Flint introducing his Spray-On Shoes.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • The chain of people turning their heads and gasping.
    • At the end, everyone excitedly calling out each other's names.
  • Override Command: the Kill Code.
  • Papa Wolf: Officer Earl Devereaux loves his son Cal so much that when the leftover food dam breaks and his son is directly in the food avalanche's path, Devereaux runs all the way back from the ocean's edge while carrying the giant food raft to rescue him. 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.
  • Parental Bonus: Oh so many...
  • Parental Abandonment: Pertaining to the series; Gil is nowhere to be seen, and Mayor Shelbourne clarifies Brent as his son.
    • Genius Bonus: Sam describes events as an "amuse-bouche" compared to what's to come. You can hear someone in the background asking what that is.
  • Photographic Memory: The Mayor is able to memorize the FLDSMDFR commands after watching Flint enter them once.
  • Plan B Resolution: Flint has to install a kill code to stop his machine, but the USB drive gets sucked out the window of his flying car, so he asks his father Tim to send it via e-mail. After much difficulty Tim sends the e-mail, and Flint is about to downloaded into the machine when it turns out to be the wrong file (a cat video). As a last resort, Flint uses his Spray-On Shoes to plug up the machine, causing it to explode.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Flint has posters of famous scientists in his room and puts up a picture of himself as a scientist.
  • Precision F-Strike: The aforementioned Mouthing the Profanity moment, quite likely to be the only time someone drops the F-bomb in a PG-rated animated film in the 21st century.
  • Present Company Excluded:
    Mayor: Otherwise I'm just a tiny mayor of a tiny town full of tiny sardine-sucking knucklescrapers.
    Brent: But not me, right?
    Mayor: Oh, not you, Brent, no. You've always been Like a Son to Me.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: At first Subverted, but then played straight between Flint and The FLDSMDFR.
    • "Sorry old's closed!" (jams his phone into the FLDSMDFR, but it's the wrong file.)
    • (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.)
  • Product Placement: The video equipment in the weather van and the ads in the production magazine all all Sony equipment. It is a Sony film.
  • Professor Guinea Pig and Guinea Pig Family: 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.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: The tiny town of Chewandswallow never got normal weather, but instead all their food came from the weather via Weather-Control Machine, usually falling like rain, but things occasionally blew in.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Flint
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The sky turns a dark pinkish-grayish when the FLDSMDFR goes haywire and unleashes disastrous food weather all over the world.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Flint's inventions tend to go wrong in ways he doesn't expect, but he creates an AI out of a television, makes a hair restorer that's too effective, does a little genetic engineering and hybridization to combine animals from two different classes into a hybrid that thrives in the wild, and creates a spray sealant that makes Flex Seal look like Elmer's glue, several of these when he's barely old enough to cross the street alone. If he wasn't on some "rinky-dink island in the middle of nowhere" and actually had someone to direct his efforts productively, he'd be rich.
  • Reformed Bully: Brent. He harassed Flint quite a bit during his childhood and part of his adulthood. However, after Flint takes over the position of town hero, meaning he can no longer sit on his laurels, he begins to think about who he really is. Ultimately, he winds up becoming Flint's friend.
  • Relax-o-Vision: 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.
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: The Mayor has Chewandswallow, now with features like a nacho cheese pool and junk-food mountains for children, turned into a tourist destination for global citizens eager to take part in the food weather. There's a ceremony wherein Flint cuts the ribbon, but right as he does so, the weather finally turns chaotic.
  • Road Apples: That's not chocolate ice cream Steve is flinging. Ewwwww...
  • Rocky Roll Call: Almost taken to an extreme towards the end, similar to the scene in Shrek 2.
    • This is probably the most drawn-out version of this trope in cinema history.
  • Rubbery World: The Jell-O Castle.
  • Rule of Cool: In universe example. Flint adds Tron Lines (in paint) and computer voices to his stuff for no reason other than because they're cool.
  • Running Gag: All of Flint's previously-failed inventions: the ratbirds, 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".
  • Runs with Scissors: Brent, with the ceremonial scissors:
    Brent: I really shouldn't be running with these!
  • Same Language Dub: In-universe example - Sam's weather report on the food tornado going out around the world is dubbed over in Britain with a British-sounding voice - even her line "A town that is truly a la mode" is changed to "A town that is truly topped with ice cream."
  • Scary Black Man: Parodied by Officer Devereaux's devotion to his job.
  • Science Is Good: Unusually for a film with the premise "new invention nearly dooms the world". Yes, Flint creates an untested machine with the potential to become dangerous, but he's wary of not pushing it past its safety limits (perhaps not as wary as he should have been due to Acquired Situational Narcissism) and when he first notices it's about to go critical, he immediately goes to shut it off. Unfortunately 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; science ultimately saves the day.
  • Serious Business: Flint gets way too aggressive about the concept of "snowball fights", even breaking into a random family's house just to pelt them with ice cream.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    Devereaux: And my eye represents my eye!
    Flint: Everything's made of Jello! This piano, those sconces, that ghetto blaster, that Jello...
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted on Sam.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The ending credits use a style inspired by Yellow Submarine. 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" [1]
      • During his first action montage, Flint appears to be throwing a Hadouken.
      • The first scene with the Ratbirds may be based on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, 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 The Day After Tomorrow.
      • The plan to attack the giant meatball surrounding the FLDSMDFR - Death Star II anyone? A Sarlacc pit of peanut brittle 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 like a certain species of xenomorph.
      • Towards the end, the FLDSMDFR is on the end of a tentacle and behaving like the alien probes from The War of the Worlds.
      • When the Gummi Bears attack, it's just like when the Buzz Droids attack in the first ten minutes of Revenge of the Sith''. When the Flying Car Mark II blasts off there's a familiar-sounding music sting as well ...
      • The Gummi Bears ripping up the wing on the flying car: "There's a thing on the wing of this plane!!!"
      • No way was the explosion of the Fldsmdfr looking exactly like the Death Star's explosion unintentional.
      • Finally an insanely obscure one. The Remote Controlled TV strongly resembles the titular monster from the obscure 50's B-Movie The Twonky, a killer alien that resembles a TV set with legs.
      • Flint labels the FLDSMDFR's physical data port as the "Welcome to Moose-PORT". note 
      • The sequel has Sam dressing as Dr. Ellie Sattler from Jurassic Park.
  • Skewed Priorities: 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.
  • Sleazy Politician: The mayor. According to the directors, the sleazier they made him, the more people liked him.
  • Snowball Fight: Done with ice cream.
  • So Proud of You: Tim tells this to Flint at the end of the movie, though it takes the help of a thought translator for him to say it.
    • But he does finish by saying "I love you, son" himself, instead of letting the thought translator do it for him.
  • Souvenir Land: Sardine Land, and later, the entire town of Chewandswallow.
  • Spaghetti Hurricane Of Puns: Sam Sparks uses puns whenever reporting the food weather.
    • This leads to a Funny Moment 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 "truly topped with ice cream".
    • The mayor gets one too. "Nice to beet you!"
      • "That's a radish!"
  • Spider-Sense: Officer Earl's chest hairs... which are really creepy when you actually look at them.
  • Spot of Tea: During the destruction of landmarks around the world, London experiences a rain of fresh hot tea. Needless to say, they take it rather well, running around in delight with teacups and teapots to try and catch as much as they can.
  • Suit with Vested Interests: The Mayor's the Suit and his Vest is the town's grand re-opening.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: 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.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: After 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.
  • Still Got It: So says the mayor of Baby Brent.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: 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.
  • Strawman News Media: WNN
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream is in here!
  • Take That!: 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.
  • Tempting Fate: 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...
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Flint, when he throws himself away. Dawwwwwww
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Earl. In practically every scene he appears in.
  • The Theme Park Version: 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.
  • Thing-O-Meter: The Dangeometer.
  • Title Drop: Played around with but never actually said.
  • Toilet Humour: When Flint confesses he's never been in a snowball fight, Sam reacts with surprise and says "Even Steve is throwing chocolate snowballs!" Cut to Steve on a patch of vanilla ice cream throwing "chocolate snowballs." Sam reacts with appropriate disgust.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Brent, after his transformation into Chicken Brent.
  • Toon Physics: 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.
  • Too Upset to Create: Flint Lockwood feels bad about all of his inventions backfiring and potentially putting everyone in danger by accidentally making it rain Giant Food. He wants to quit being an inventor and calls all his inventions, and himself, "junk".
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Officer Devereaux, Tim Lockwood and "Baby" Brent.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Throughout the film Steve wants Flint to make it rain gummy bears, but Flint refuses because "We know how you are around gummy bears!" 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. Steve subsequently goes into a frenzy, tearing apart/devouring them the whole time.
  • Trade Your Passion for Glory: Flint goes through this, until his machine goes out of control.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Some previews showed When the FLDSMDFR went horribly wrong. Subverted as they didn't give details on it, but still.
  • Tron Lines: 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 are aware of what they're doing anyway, pointing out the ENTIRE Chekhov's Armory in the audio commentary.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Flint's father finds Flint in this position in a trashcan containing all his previous failed inventions, suffering a Heroic BSoD due to his food machine causing disastrous food weather and him feeling powerless to stop it. Flint is in the trashcan since he now considers himself "junk", like all his failed inventions.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: 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".
  • Vanity License Plate: The 2nd Flying Car doesn't even disguise it. The license plate outright states, in big glowing letters: AWESOME.
  • Verbal Backspace: Sam does this a lot, whenever she accidentally blurts out something incredibly smart.
  • Villainous Glutton: The mayor's various hungers end up endangering the world.
  • Visual Pun: The dam holding Mt Leftovers is shattered, by a single cherry.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Once Cal is revived from his "food coma", his father gives him a big hug. Cal loudly vomits, but his father's body conceals it.
  • Weather-Control Machine: The Fldsmdfr.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: 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 "Well Done, Dad!" Guy.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The Mayor refuses to believe that the food becoming too big could be a problem, and manages to convince Flint of the same. The two of them soon learn the consequences when the food weather gets out of control.
  • Womb Level: The inside of the Meateroid definitely invokes this feeling
  • World-Healing Wave: After disabling the FLDSMDFR.
  • Worthless Foreign Degree: 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.
  • X-Ray Sparks: When Flint connects a jumper cable to the power station, the electricity flows through him, showing his skeleton briefly.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Chicken Brent holding off the roast chickens

    The Show 
  • Abusive Parents: Or "Parent" in the case of Mayor Shelbourne to Gil. Gil is largely used as a personal aide to the Mayor and is only given things if the mayor can profit off doing so, such as the Sardine drop in one episode so he can keep the winnings knowing full well it will end in a tie.
  • Amusing Injuries: Often. For example, in "Spoiler Orb" Old Rick (an old bum) meets his doom by drowning, being hit by lighting, and then battered by boats that drove right in the way.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Flint made an A.I. version of himself to "bounce off ideas" for his inventions.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: A lot of Flint's inventions such as the Chainsaw Washer, a dishwasher with chainsaws that spin on the outside, or the less lethal shower-chair.
  • Babysitting Episode: With "Baby" Brent of all people, just so Sam and Flint can make up the money for a board game they want in the episode "Baby Brent Sitter".
  • Balloon Belly:
    • Flint starts cloning bananas, and Steve, being a monkey, eats all of them throughout the episode until he's enormous.
    • Sam gets one alongside Steve after eating a giant jello mold to free Flint, who's been trapped inside.
  • Berserk Button: Sam freaks out at the mention of pandas in "The Pandas are Coming".
  • Big Fancy House: Mayor Shelbourne has a big mansion that's clearly more expensive than a mayor of a small town can afford on a regular paycheck, even if he's also a principal teacher.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Flint and Sam. No matter how hard they try to succeed, the town will always treat them harshly.
    • Gil Shelbourne is a spineless wimp who gets into all kinds of pain.
  • Boring, but Practical: In "Invent This", all of Tim Lockwood's "inventions" such as putting a piece of gum on a pencil so it'll sick behind the ear (which turns out to be Flint's idea that he forgot about) or shaking salt and pepper shakers a the same time.
  • Canon Foreigner: Gil Shelbourne, the son of Mayor Shelbourne, is new to the series.
    • Old Rick, as well.
  • The Chew Toy: Flint (even for stuff he didn't do wrong).
  • Clucking Funny: Flint's rooster-alarm clock-robot turned out to be a bad idea when it wakes anyone and everyone who tries to sleep.
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dawn: Flint built a robot-chicken-alarm clock in order to wake himself up for school but it runs amok but crowing at everyone who tires to fall asleep.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Sam believes that pandas couldn't possibly be real animals, but aliens:
    Sam: I have a very good reason entirely rooted in science: Pandas are not of this world! For hundreds of years, scientists have considered the panda an evil alien invader. Consider the following: Pandas have six digits on each paw, unlike any other bear. So what did they evolve from? Spoiler alert: Nothing on this Earth. Pandas' digestive tracts are designed for meat, but they only eat bamboo, and they only digest 8% of that. And why are they black and white? Nothing around them is black and white! What are they blending into? Nothing on this earth!
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The various punishments the mayor puts Flint and Sam in.
  • Cousin Oliver: For whatever reason, the Mayor has a wimpy son that never had shown up in any of the movies.
  • Counterfeit Cash: Baby Brent's "Brent Bucks", just novelty cash with his face on it. The only place that accepts them as actual currency is the mayor's terrible "Shakespeare" plays.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The town refuse to listen to Flint and Sam's statement that the panda the mayor had brought from another zoo is an alien because the panda is just too cute. The whole town (except for Sam) soon falls under its spell.
  • Dean Bitterman: Mayor Shelbourne is also the school principal, and he treats it the same way as being a mayor.
  • Demoted to Extra: Manny is now relegated to minor roles and occasional cameos as the focus is more on Sam and Flint's daily adventures.
  • The Ditz: Brent, Shelbourne and Gil, Shelbourne's son.
  • Expy:
    • The Mayor now basically like the Adult Party Cartoon version of Ren Hoek.
  • Evil Old Folks: Hector Evilman, who's an "inventor" and Mayor Shelborne's father ("Evilman" is the mayor's grandmother's name).
  • Eye Beams: When Principal/Mayor Shelbourne gets really really angry he's somehow able to shoot laser beams from his eyes. And despite the episode being about Flint's chicken-alarm clock-robot making everyone sleep deprived this isn't a Dream Sequence.
  • Flanderization: Flint is both completely obsessive and oblivious, Sam has a knack for inventing, Earl is Properly Paranoid about Flints bungling, Brent is much more obnoxious and stupid and constantly wears a diaper, and Manny is much more goofy (but no less competent) and prone to smiling, Mayor Shelbourne now has an actual son to use and neglect.
  • Fat Bastard: Baby Brent, except even more stupid and callous. The Mayor also seems more portly, probably due to the art style, and is completely willing to abuse his authority for small-term gain or convenience.
  • Fat Idiot: Most of the time Baby Brent is stupid. Really stupid.
  • Grumpy Old Man: "Old Rick", a crotchety old homeless man.
  • High School A.U.: The show is about Flint's stories "before he made it rain meatballs", according to promos. It's an A.U. because both Sam and Manny are students at Cannery High School.
  • Idiot Ball: A few times such as "Inventors Only" with Flint believing everything and doing an Obviously Evil "inventor" says and tells him to do just because Flint wanted to meet another inventor in the town.
  • Kafka Komedy / Sadist Show: Flint and Sam just can't catch a break.
  • Laugh Track: Parodied by Hector: "And this is something I call Mice TV, the only sustainable future of entertainment! What makes it funny is the laugh track telling you it's funny."
  • Mad Scientist: Hector Evilman in "Inventors Only" but he's not some much of a scientist as a crazy old guy in a lab coat with no way of making his own inventions.
  • Mayor Pain: Mayor Shelbourne as per the movie is callous and self-centered and focus soley on pooling as much money as he can into his wallet.
  • Messy Hair: Or as Flint calls it "expressive".
  • Never My Fault: Nothing is ever Mayor Shellbourne's fault. No matter how obvious it is to everyone around him, Shellbourne can and will blame everybody else, usually his son, for things that are his own fault.
    • The school is falling apart and has zero funds to repair it. Shelbourne asks his son where all the money went, and Gil goes over a long, long list of expensive, uneeded luxury items that Shelbourne himself has bought with the budget, finishing it off by bluntly stating his father isn't fiscally responsible. Shelbourne says it's entirely the fault of overdue library books. Not anything he did.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Sam launches a sardine into Zang-Zang the panda's mouth, using a bamboo shoot as a blowgun launcher, she reveals the panda to be an alien. Unfortunately, she interrupts the dance of eternal life, and the panda aliens who find sardines disgusting, withdraw their offer of turning Swallow Falls into a paradise, and the townspeople are upset with her for ruining their chances at better lives.
    Panda Alien Mother Ship: Foolish Earthlings! We showed you the adorable panda dance of eternal life, but you rejected it! Swallow Falls was to be transformed into an everlasting paradise, but forget it now! We don't like you or your sardines!
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: One episode has Sam confronting her fear of pandas and coming to the conclusion that pandas are aliens. She's right.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • Flint to Oficer Earl. "Flintlockwoood!"
    • Gil to his dad Mayor Shelbourne. "DAAADDY!"
  • Robot Me: Mayor Shelbourne made a robot version of himself in "The Boy who Cried Robot" to avoid going to his openings.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mayor Shelbourne makes everyone's lives hell.
  • Sucky School: Cannery High. The teacher are pricks and the students are no better.
  • Toilet Humor: Not very often but it happens like in "Baby Brent Sitter" where Baby Brent belches, farts, and tries to get Sam and Flint to clip his toenails with their teeth.
  • The Unfavorite: Played with, in the case of Gil Shelbourne, who despite being the only son of Mayor/Principal Shelbourne, is barely appreciated by his dad.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: During the halloween episode Mayor Shelbourne bemoans his 'greatest pain' in life. That he didn't have all the halloween candy as a child. Not that he didn't get any candy, he got a room full of that. He literally wanted 'all' of the candy for himself. He was upset because other people had candy instead of 'only' him.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In "Spoiler Orb". Flint and Sam skim through all of the books they never read when the titular orb tells them that one of them will meet their doom. The last book they read is about "giant food fall[s] from the sky". They find the topic hilarious.
  • Wolf Man: In the halloween episode "Mayornormal Activity", Mayor Shelbourne turns into a werewolf before getting sucked up by one of Flint's inventions, a halloween bag with a vacuum attatched to it. He is actually seen as a werewolf again, only for a second, in the episode "Swallow Fails".


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