Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2009. Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation. Screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, additional screenplay material by Rob Greenberg, based on the book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. Produced by Pam Marsden. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by Justin Thompson. Film Editing by Robert Fisher Jr.. Golden Globe Awards 2009.
Highly imaginative Flint (Bill Hader) has spent his entire life being shunned by his community on the tiny Atlantic island of Swallow Falls (it resides just below the “A” on the map). While the rest of the town works in sardines, Flint dreams of being an inventor, but unfortunately his attempts to create rat-bird hybrids or moving televisions turn out to be cataclysms rather than solutions to life’s frustrations. By the time he is grown up, his town is living under a cloud: the world has discovered that sardines are “super gross” and they no longer sell, destroying the local economy. Perfect time, then, for Flint’s latest invention to actually work: he has found a way to convert water into food and, luckily, his invention has somehow made its way into the sky where it provides tasty treats of all sorts to rain like manna from heaven upon the entire populace. Just as the newly renamed town of “Chew&Swallow” is about to become a huge tourist attraction, however, Flint and his new lady love Sam (the always wonderful Anna Faris) discover a problem. The food is getting bigger, and the effect is becoming dangerous for human survival as giant bananas and enormous steaks start plummeting down on the earth. This delightful children’s film lacks enough irony to really hook an adult audience in, but the animation is lovely and the story is diverting.