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The book

  • 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.

The movie

  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme Raining Sunshine sung by Miranda Cosgrove.
    • The Japanese theme "Rainbow Forecast", sung by Shoko Nakagawa is similarly upbeat and catchy.
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    • From the film's score, "Introducing Flint" and "Meatier Shower" count, as does the music during the island's grand re-opening (before the spaghetti twister hits) which is unfortunately absent from the official soundtrack.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Flint's already in his Corner of Woe when Sam kicks him in both eyes. Of course it'll be funny.
    • "NO SCHOOL!!"
    • Flint taking the Snow Ball fight a little too seriously, breaking into a family's house just to pelt them. The camera angle in the latter scene is made to resemble a Third-Person Shooter.
    • Meta-example - the climax of the movie if you're familiar with The Day After Tomorrow or 2012.
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    • 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!"
    • Mount Rushmore gets hit by giant pies. Only Lincoln's statue gets hit in the back of the head, and immediately starts gushing fluid out of its eyes and nose.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Subverted. You would think that the destruction still on several places, mainly the tourist attraction areas, might be this, but they dealt with this in the end credits.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A small one with fans of Rick and Morty popped up in mid-2018. When the subject is brought up, fans of Meatballs frequently proclaim that Flint Lockwood is a better scientist than Rick will ever be (and also how much better Chicken Brent is than Pickle Rick). It's not certain how much of it is legitimate and how much of it is purely intended to enrage Rick and Morty fans.
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  • First Installment Wins: A more minor example. Though most fans prefer the first film, the second film is still loved and considered a prime example of a good animated movie sequel.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Flint mentioning he has an allergy to peanuts stops being a funny little aside when you realize that his voice actor, Bill Hader, has the same thing.
  • Genius Bonus: Some viewers might have predicted the dam shattering due to it being shaped the wrong way (convexed AWAY FROM the load of food, not towards it like real dams).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bruce Campbell playing a character that became fatter and meaner over time, while also (albeit unintentionally) putting several lives in danger? Hmm...
  • Hype Backlash: When this 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 aficinados, Mat Brunet being the most prominant example, have come out and make their case for it being a bad film. The Cloudy movies haven't gained a large outright Hatedom or are Deader Than Disco but they do have more vocal critism in comparison to 2009-2010.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Plenty of fans of Clone High went to see this movie just because Phil Lawrence and Chris Miller were directing it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Earl running to apprehend Flint as Flint desperately tries to activate the FLDSMDFR unexpectedly exploded in popularity in April 2019 and was subjected to remixes, memes (especially ones describing racing to do something or away from something), and Earl being edited into various "running" scenes (such as various Sonic the Hedgehog levels).
  • Moe: Sam.
  • Nausea Fuel: If 90 minutes of food doesn't eventually make you feel sick to the stomach, the mayor will.
    Mayor: "Everybody is going to love these new portion sizes." *shoves a giant hot dog into his mouth* "I know I do."
    • Speaking of which, the obese version of the Mayor is constantly glistening with sweat.
      • The hot dog in question was almost as tall as he is and the end is still visible as he speaks!
  • Ugly Cute: The ratbirds
  • Uncanny Valley: Of food, amazingly enough. It's very detailed, but it's strange to see it so big. Also true of some the characters, particularly Flint with his blank eyes and huge mouth, and the sequel’s Chester V, who, on top of having the same problems as Flint, also has unnaturally fluid movements (but then again, it's probably justified in Chester's case).
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Inverted. Sam wears her glasses and puts her hair in a ponytail for the last half of the movie. Plays straight, though, as Flint is more attracted to her after the change.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Admit it. You might not see it the first time you see the movie, but you will eventually realize how real some of that stuff looks.
  • What an Idiot!: The Mayor. Thanks for threatening the entire world just so you can have an all-you-can-eat buffet, jackass!
  • The Woobie: Flint. Though he was a Jerkass Woobie during the second act by not paying attention to what was going on and only caring about fame.

TV Show

  • Harsher in Hindsight: The original movie starts with Flint being bullied and belittled by almost everyone in his town, until the ending where he finally earns some respect. However, the show is a prequel to the movie (well, in theory, anyway), meaning that all the developments in the movie are undone for the sake of comedy.
  • Sequelitis: Or Prequelitis in this case. The show got a lot of negative reactions from fans, mainly due to its cheap, uninspired humor, many of the characters undergoing Flanderization and/or becoming outright unlikable, most of episodes' plot tending to come off as unoriginal or dumb, the unappealing character designs, and, above all, the lack of concern for continuity with the two movies despite, in theory, being a prequel series. The show does still have fans who can forgive said flaws, though.
  • 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.

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