Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is a would-be inventor with a string of disasters behind him. But when he invents a machine that turns water into food, and that machine goes a bit haywire in the upper atmosphere, he seems to have hit on salvation for his depression-struck fishing town.
There’s manna from heaven, and then there’s pizza tornadoes. Based on a popular kid’s book, this blockily animated but witty film sees a depressed fishing town saved when mad scientist son Flint Lockwood (Hader) invents a machine that creates food from water.
Sly social commentary on media hype and binge eating follows as the black sheep nerd becomes a golden boy. The inclusion of Gen X icons like Bruce Campbell and Mr. T in the flawless voice cast suggests that the dialogue’s aimed squarely at parents leaving tots to be hypnotised by the giant ice cream drifts (in effective 3D).
Aside from a few overly familiar narrative themes – another American male with a father complex? – that slow the second act, the story races along to a satisfyingly filling conclusion. No Pixar, but a lot of fun.
Bright, silly and a good shout to entertain the whole family.