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(2009), PG [PG*] (1hr 20.5min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2009), PG [PG*] ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Sony Pictures Animation  •  Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  •  Director(s): Phil Lord, Chris Miller  •  Producer(s): Lydia Bottegoni, Chris Juen, Yair Landau, Pam Marsden, Andrea Miloro, Ron Barrett  •  Book: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett  •  Screenplay: Phil Lord, Chris Miller  •  Music: Mark Mothersbaugh •  Casting: Mary Hidalgo  •  Production Design: Justin Thompson  •  Art Direction: Michael Kurinsky  •  Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

This analysis is sponsored by the generosity of E&HP. The DVD for this analysis was provided by the courtesy of Blockbuster as a gratuity of their family-friendly operations.

The final score of 73 places Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs close to midpoint in the scoring range earned by PG-rated movies in the comparative baseline database, making the overall "effect" of the movie equivalent to many PG films. However, in matters of the violence nature and the impudence nature (which includes matters such as crude humor, profanity, lying, arrogance and rebellion), the content of the film pushes the envelope into being equivalent to the content in the same areas in some R-rated movies, not in terms of extremeness or boldness but in the sheer number of examples of assault on morality and decency. It is the relaitvely high scores in the other investigation areas that kept the final score in the PG-equivalence realm.

Flint Lockwood (voice of Max Neuwirth then Bill Hader) is a nerd. All the kids in his school called him names after he demonstrated a new invention that would alleviate the universal problem of untied shoes -- the laceless alternative foot covering, "spray-on shoes." The spray-on invention was marvelous ... except he could not get them off his feet.

Running home to momma Flint was emotionally destitute, believing he would never amount to anything. When similar social hurts happened later in the film, Flint threw himself in the trash barrel. But as mothers do, Fran Lockwood (voice of Lauren Graham) soothed young Flint's pain and made him feel good again.

Flint went on to make invention after invention. While still wearing his spray-on shoes Flint invented the remote control TV that sprouted legs and walked up to the user so the user could change the TV controls (too bad the TV runs off), a spray-on hair unbalder that covered the entire head with hair, a flying car that flew right into the ocean, a monkey thought translator and ratbirds. Flint's dream was to help his home town on "a tiny island under the 'A' in 'Atlantic'" on the map, Swallow Falls, a town famous for sardines until the sardine factory closed. Now there are sardines everywhere.

Everyone had to eat sardines. Sardines this. Sardines that. Sardines poached, dried, boiled, fried, candied and juiced, even in baby formula. No one was happy and the whole town was as hopeless as it was flavorless. But Flint was not going to let hopelessness crush the spirit and livelihood of his home town friends. Still wearing his spray-on shoes, Flint vowed to invent a machine to make food out of water.

The machine, the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, FLDSMDFR for short, had a "chow plopper" that looked a great deal like the weapon portal door array of the alien ships in Independence Day. With his FLDSMDFR (pronounced 'Fliminadifiser' or 'Fliminubahdibferer') which uses "a principle of hydro-genetic mutation" Flint created a solution to the boredom with sardines. Too much of a solution. The Fliminubahdibferer's 'dangerometer' is climbing.

I've already spoiled the first part of the film and any discussion of the plot and story would spoil the entire film. So, I'll stop here.

The writers used a number of clever quips such as "Looks like things in Swallow falls are 'sardine' to get better" and "You may have seen a meteor shower but you've never seen a shower meatier than this" that will amuse the young and old alike.

Animation graphics keep getting better every year. This film is no exception. Even the shattering of the huge fish bowl and the movement of the water in it, the sinking of the slice of cheese and the pickle slice were about as realistic as photography. And the colors were strong and dazzling.

Now to the matters for which most of our visitors come to our pages. While the summary discussions per investigation area below are useful, the listings in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis mode) are the best accountings of the content of the film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 46 out of 100
Most of the violence content was of the slapstick nature. But a few sequences of chaos and disaster were probably more violent than the Buggs Bunny, Road runner™ cartoons which have been on the unnecessary violence controversy carpet more than once. One adult character gets eaten by a giant chicken. Another character, a child, gets carried off by a large predator bird. During one of the disaster sequences adult characters loot one of the local electronics stores. While slapstick violence and most of the other issues of violence indeed seem innocuous, it might be that God does not see them that way. He is rather stern about the influence of violence and other aggressive influences on us. [Prov. 16:29] He knows that violence is "catching."

Impudence/Hate (I) - 46 out of 100
There is only one use of profanity in the entire 80.5 minutes of programming but there is a number of matters of disrespect, encouraging disrespect and defiance of father, abuse of father's trust, gross humor such as chucking manure balls, lies, belittlement of the image of police plus a couple others (see the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete itemization). Granted this is all clearly fantasy but as parents we need to realize two things: 1) a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly and 2) it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to be able to fully separate fantasy from reality or to be able to fully anticipate the consequences of personal actions: such skills usually do not plateau until the early 20s.

Our Lord does not want us to embrace crude and rude humor any more than profanity. In a sense they are nearly the same. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 54 out of 100
The overall intensity of the sexual content was close to the magnitude of the violence content. The first encounter with sexually-oriented content was the use of two female characters as toys or possessions by an adult character named Brent who also stripped down to a diaper which was supposed to be commemorative of his role when a baby as the "Baby Brent" on the label of the sardine cans (which looked an lot like the baby on the early Coppertone™ suntan lotion bottles). The writers even had other characters show disdain at the display. Maybe it would not have been so bad if he had not spent most of his screen time in a diaper only.

As with some other cartoons for kids, the filmmakers had the lead female character, weather girl Sam Sparks (voice of Anna Farris, in my opinion the perfect voice for the part), drawn as a rather callipygian lady, dress in form-fitting clothes, more than other female characters and often posed her in positions to display ghosting and outlining of her anatomy, once in slow motion. Much the same as Elasti-girl™ in The Incredibles® only slimmer.

It is hard enough for our youth to develop a healthy respect for sexual purity when at such an early age they are filled with images like these that challenge sexual humility as is accused of the Barbie™ doll (do a serach on <+Barbie +inappropriate> and you'll se what I mean). As many social engineers of the past knew, changing the outlook of youth will change the population ... in one generation. Such sexual re-engineering that has been going on since the bisxual pedophile zoologist Alfred C. Kinsey [Luke 17:2] has taken its toll -- and is still strong with entertainment imagery such as in this film which would have rightfully been verbotten before Kinsey corrupted the sexual morés of so many with his "if it feels good do it" mentality. I was there! At Indiana University. The state agency I worked for rented space from the Indiana University Poplars Research and Conference Center which housed Kinsey's Institute for Sex Research under the banner of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). I was not in any way a participant of such a pansexual outfit but I was there.

And to fortify my anathema for stealing childhood from children with such sexual imagery and your embracement of what I am telling you, if you watch this show note Sam+ as she hangs in mid-air with her legs spread out ... in slow motion. [1 Ths. 4:7, 1 John 2:16] Granted, this is all animation but it is still suggestive, and suggestion can, at times and for some, especially the young, be more powerful than overt display.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
This investigator found not one instance of illegal drugs, alcohol possession or consumption, abuse of prescription drugs or anything of the kind.

Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
Unfortunately, Flint uses a euphemism of Jesus's name twice but that is all that was found. [Deut. 5:11] Such disrespect for Jesus may not be important to the MPAA but it is to God.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
Not one instance of murder or suicide was noted in the entire 80.5 minutes of the program.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness [akatharsia: the impurity of lustful living, of impure motives], but unto holiness.
  • 1John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh] , the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 46 out of 100
  • slapstick violence, frequent
  • long sequence of mishap and disaster violence, repeatedly, some intense for animation
  • other action violence, repeatedly
  • looting
  • consumption of a character by another
  • great falls, one with implied death
  • child character abduction by a "ratbird" ostensibly for a meal

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 46 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • crude comment
  • name-calling
  • rude behavior to ridicule
  • belittlement of police image
  • lie to look cool in girl's eyes, repeatedly
  • "nothing" lie
  • crude humor - chucking manure balls
  • disrespectful talk to and about father, encouragement to disrespect father, encouraging defiance
  • abuse of father's trust; lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 54 out of 100
  • women as toys, possessions
  • adult in diaper only, frequent
  • exaggerated female anatomy and ghosting/outlining of it throughout
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • crotch kick

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 92 out of 100
  • euphemism of Jesus' name, twice

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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