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Rain to Pasta The movie is about a story that an elderly grandfather tells to his grandchildren about the town of Chewandswallow, where the weather comes three times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is always food and beverages. The rain is juice and soup, the snow is ice cream, and the wind brings hamburgers. Because of this phenomenon, there are no grocery stores. However, when floods and storms of giant food come, the population is forced to leave Chewandswallow on boats made of bread, and adapt to their new lives in the world where the sky doesn’t bring food. The follow up of the story, Pickles in Pittsburgh, tells of the kindly grandfather’s journey back to Chewandswallow, to help rebuild and restore the town, plus give away all the food to the other cities of the world who need it most. Devising a machine to produce “food weather” – hotdog hail, ice cream snowdrifts – would be any child’s dream solution to global hunger, not to mention his or her own. But what if this edible precipitation only came down in one place, and that place was in the USA? The 3D animated comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has a lot of supersized fun with the premise, from a 1978 children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, but it also takes after Pixar’s Wall·E as a witty parable about excess consumption. A killer script is its trump card: as a food storm brews on the horizon, it’s hard to resist the line: “That spaghetti twister is just an amuse bouche compared to what’s on the way.”

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