The animation film, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, was released by Sony Pictures in 2009. The hero of the movie is Flint Lockwood who is a genius but not much of a success. When his island town, Swallow Falls, slumps into an economic crisis, he decides to try out his latest invention, the diatomic super-mutating dynamic food replicator, which can mutate water molecules into food. However, when Flint connects the machine to the power station it gets supercharged with power and flies high into the stratosphere. The result is that it starts raining food over the town. Flint brings the situation under control and he succeeds in tuning his machine to rain down a-la-carte food items over the town at his command. Flint becomes an instant celebrity. The town has a local weather channel with its own TV weather broadcaster, Sam Sparks, and she keeps reporting the unusual atmospheric developments very professionally using even satellite and Doppler weather radar data. As days go by, Flint and Sam fall in love.

For some time everyone is happy and the town becomes a popular tourist attraction. But soon thereafter, life takes weird turns and people become greedy, lazy and sick. There is an ever increasing demand on the machine to rain down more and more food made to order. Finally a great food storm develops in the atmosphere and it threatens to destroy the whole town. Flint feels helpless but eventually he manages to save the town from total disaster.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a thoroughly enjoyable film that keeps one engrossed. Of course, the story and its depiction is a figment of imagination. It is primarily meant to entertain children. However, it has a grim thought-provoking lesson for adults as well. The film gives a glimpse of what could happen to the real world if weather modification or geo-engineering is allowed to be carried out by unscrupulous people and if no legal, scientific and environmental restraints are imposed on such experiments.

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