Cloudy with a chance of a meatball movie

Well, I guess technically it’s more of an eventuality than a chance—I already told you over a year ago that the beloved silly kids’ book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was being developed into an animated film by Sony. But with a scheduled 2009 debut, little was known at the time other than that it was under development.

A few days ago, however, the MTV Movies Blog revealed that a couple of big names have signed on to voice roles in it:

Between their big-time work on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Friends,” and twisted characters in such films as “Just Friends” and “Hot Rod,” Anna Faris and Andy Samberg have proven themselves to be two of our most animated funny people. Now, both are about to become real-life cartoon stars.

Be sure to check out the link to see a video of Anna Faris talking about the film. She’s so… so… well, so delightfully blonde in that clip, I could instantly see her as an animated weather girl. Good call by Sony, methinks.

On the other hand, you already know how I feel about adaptations of books our kids love. They never (for me) truly live up to the greatness of the original written word, and so I’m not sure whether this infuriates me or makes me relieved:

“It’s actually only loosely – very, very loosely – based on the book,” Faris explained. “But it’s about a small town that rains food, basically. So hamburgers come down, and ice cream, and [the residents] have to figure out a way [stop it]. Eventually, it gets more and more dangerous, and they have to figure out a way to stop the satellite machine that’s raining food.”

Maybe it’s a semantic quibble more than anything else, but if it’s only loosely based on the book, why don’t they call it something else…? Because, you know, if they did, I might not whine so much about how it’s not nearly as good/detailed/funny/captivating as the original, when it comes out.

Why the big studios aren’t consulting me on these things, I’ll never understand.

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