‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ Getting Animated on Television Next

By October 9, 2014

Dynamic directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller brought the beloved children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the big screen with a twist back in 2009, and it resulted in a sequel just last year. Now the property will expand to TV, too.

EW has word that Sony is teaming with DHX Media to turn Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs into a TV series with a 26 episode order for 22-minute installments, though there are conflicting reports about whether these tasty new adventures will be computer generated animated (like the films) or “traditionally animated.”

Sony and DHX Media intend to chronicle the high school years of Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) before he invents The Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or FLDSMDFR, but as we’ve seen in the movies, Flint has been an inventor all his life, and we’re sure he’ll come up with some crazy inventions that will get him into trouble (maybe like “Dexter’s Laboratory”).

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As of now there’s no talent mentioned for writing or executive producing, but we’re pretty sure the original film’s director and franchise producers Phil Lord & Chris Miller won’t be anything but consultants on a series like this. It’s no surprise that Sony wants to bring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to television since there are plenty of animated feature films that have gotten their own series in recent years, including Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

However, it’s not likely the series will have the same charm or quality storytelling that the feature films had. And we wouldn’t count on any of the cast members from the film – which also include Anna Faris, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, James Caan and more – to reprise their roles. However, their characters from the films will likely be involved in the series.

This could be a fun show, but since DHX Media is behind the series (they produce very kid-friendly shows like “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and “Caillou”), this probably won’t be for kids of all ages. But at least the kids will still have something to keep the wacky inventions of Flint Lockwood alive…at least until the next Cloudy movie hits theaters.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.