CALM DOWN. No one's raping your childhood.
In fact, the creative team behind the new movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has the utmost respect for the children's book you loved as a kid. You'll find nods to the original in their beautiful, imaginative adaptation, even as the source material is transformed into something wholly unexpected and new.
Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have imagined a backstory to the book that explains why, exactly, hamburgers and pancakes rain from the sky above the town of Chewandswallow: A young inventor, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), develops a machine that transforms water into food. What in the book was a mystery here becomes a subtle parable for the dangers of over-consumption—one with a gorgeous visual style that borrows from '80s Atari games and Skittles commercials.
Cloudy defies the rule that when it comes to kids' movies, funny actors do not guarantee funny movies: Bruce Campbell, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Mr. T, and more lend their voices here, and they're just as funny as you want them to be. The movie's sophisticated, fast-paced humor owes more to The Muppet Show and Arrested Development than to most of its CG contemporaries, and the whole thing's so offbeat and original that it makes even Pixar look conventional. So don't worry, dear: Your childhood remains intact.