GREAT FILMS: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (USA, 2009)
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg
When a given genre or medium becomes dominated by two major players with opposing approaches, it can be very difficult for a new, alternative talent to muscle in and take some of the glory. Film fans can be a tribal and contradictory bunch: we demand the moon on a stick in terms of innovation, and yet complain when a given director or studio doesn’t meet their usual standards (i.e. producing the same thing over and over again). The increasing conservatism of Hollywood compounds this problem; there’s no shortage of formulaic work out there, and truly novel films struggle to fight for their share of the oxygen of publicity. Since the late-1990s, mainstream animation in the west has been divided into two camps: PIXAR, which believes in making films which all the family can enjoy on the same level, and Dreamworks, whose films have one set of j…

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