First Installment Wins: Readers of the second book, Pickles to Pittsburgh, don't think of it as highly as they do the first. Tellingly, the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has nothing in common with it, aside from the basic premise of returning to Chewandswallow after the storms.
"Sirius" by The Alan Parsons Project gives an epic yet eerie atmosphere to the island's grand reopening, perfectly capturing both the glory of Flint's big moment as well as a sense of foreboding dread before the spaghetti twister hits.
Base-Breaking Character: Out of an otherwise beloved cast of characters, Steve has the most divisive fanbase. With one part praising his ability to talk, his comic relief status, and ripping apart gummy bears while others criticize him for being a "useless" sidekick and find his antics annoying.
Crazy Awesome: Earl. And you know, arguably Manny(?). But, you know, mostly Earl.
Two guys are shown holding signs reading "The world ends tomorrow" and "The world ends today", respectively. Food falls and crushes the guy whose sign reads "the world ends tomorrow". The other guy throws up his sign in delight, shouting "I WAS RIGHT!"
Moral Event Horizon: If Mayor Shelbourne didn't scoot across this after overloading Flint's machine to generate as much food as possible, and fight Flint to keep him from deactivating it, resulting in him accidentally destroying the computer needed to give it the kill code and go out of control, putting the entire world at risk, then he definitely did after deciding to set Flint up as the scapegoat to turn the town against him and protect himself.
Though the actual animation of the food is fantastic, looking at so much of it for 90 minutes may make you start to feel queasy after a while.
The Mayor himself. For one thing, he is constantly glistening with sweat. Then he's shoveling food into his mouth with every scene he's in. At one point, he eats a hot dog about as tall as he is, and when he talks to Flint after, the hot dog is still visible in his mouth.
One of the attractions of the new Chewandswallow is a nacho-cheese hot tub. As in, people are supposed to sit in the melted cheese, and then eat it. It's hard to tell what's grosser, the idea of sitting in a batch of melted cheese, or eating it when it's been filled with who knows how many people.
After he snaps out of his "food coma", Cal vomits from all the candy he's eaten. Thankfully, that part is censored, but then Earl kisses him on the mouth...and gets vomit on his lips.
Reviews Are the Gospel: When the movie was initially released in 2009, it was fairly well-liked and successful at the box office. In the years since it came out, particularly when the sequel came out, several animation aficionados, Mat Brunet being the most prominent example, have come out and made their case for it being a bad film. While the Cloudy movies haven't gained an outright hatedom, they have received more vocal criticism (justified or not) in comparison to 2009-2010.
Uncanny Valley: Most (if not all) of character designs fall into this, especially Flint with his enormous nose.
What an Idiot!: "Flint's Biggest Flup". Flint invents a horn which takes whatever goes in one end and multiplies it out the other end. He gives one to everyone (in fact using a flup to replicate one into dozens in front of everyone) and they all use it.......in every way except in the way its supposed to be used.