How Cloudy Became a Movie

You've probably read the book. And maybe you got a chance to check out the movie, which opened Friday. And like us, you might be wondering: what do the authors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs think of the film?

"I was so happy to see that they carried out the spirit of the book and rendered it so realistically, because that's what I tried to do with my illustrations," illustrator Ron Barrett said in an interview with the Web site Starlog. "I tried to render everything as meticulously as I could so that it all seemed plausible. And now they've taken the plausible and turned it into the extraordinary, which was truly thrilling to see."

The book, published in 1978, was written by Judi Barrett (illustrator Ron is her husband), inspired by the image of a meatball falling from the sky onto somebody's head. The title came next, followed by the story: a grandfather's tall tale about a town called Chewandswallow, where food replaces the weather.

Since the book's story leaves so much to the imagination, there's plenty of material for the film to expand upon. The big question: why is all this food falling from the sky in the first place?

In an early version of the film, according to Ron, the story included French chefs who prepared the fallen food - meaning that a few of the book's iconic images no longer made sense. "Every kid's favorite scene in the book is the pancake on the school!" said Ron, who was relieved when the original director was fired, the chefs were scrapped and the giant pancake could land on the school once again.

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