Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Comical prequel series is fun for fans of popular movies.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Much of the applied science in the stories departs from reality (an oversized light bulb machine inspires Flint's ideas, for instance), but it's a good reminder of the potential that exists in identifying a problem and hypothesizing solutions to it. Sam's interest in meteorology introduces kids to some basic weather-related terminology.

Positive Messages

Some affirming messages about being comfortable with who you are even if it means you're different from other people. Dreaming big doesn't always yield success in the traditional sense, but there's something to be learned from every experience, good or bad. Supporting characters' behavior warns against greed and selfishness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Sam and Flint are geniuses in their own rights, but Sam tends to be more realistic in her applications of her science prowess. Through their friendship, each learns the value of following what inspires you.

Violence & Scariness

Many of Flint's inventions have explosive side effects. Some are extreme (he's charred by molten lava, for instance), but none results in lasting injury.

Sexy Stuff

Flint has a crush on his classmate Sam, who is mostly unaware of the attraction.


Rarely "stupid."


The show is inspired by two movies and a book and joins a franchise with much kid-geared merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an animated series that's a chronological prequel to the movie of the same name and its sequel. Here Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks are teens muddling through high school and following their shared passion for science, Flint through his inventions and Sam through aspiring to weather reporting. There's much silliness to the show's humor, usually tied to some kind of mishap wrought by one of Flint's machines. Expect a lot of cartoon violence (crashes, explosions, falls) but predictably nothing that bothers the characters for long. Some favorite characters return to delight fans of the movies, who will enjoy seeing them in their younger years.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFnafPlayer335 December 11, 2018
Adult Written byTommypezmaster April 18, 2018

Don't listen to any positive reviews or I'll find you.

This show is one of the most UNGODLY animated shows I have ever seen. It's even SCARIER than Courage the Cowardly Dog (which is a show I love). This show i... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 26, 2019


not very good cloudy with a chance of meat balls 2 was way better. my brother loves it my mom agrees with me and my dad has not watched it yet.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCoolpool785 November 13, 2018

Boring, stupid, overall worthless cartoon is best avoided at all costs

I saw the trailer for this show and thought: "Whoa, that looks terrible," and I should've just left it at that. But my curiosity got the better o... Continue reading

What's the story?

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is an animated series set prior to the timing of the feature-length film of the same name. The stories follow teen inventor extraordinaire Flint Lockwood (voiced by Mark Edwards), a town misfit until he meets his new classmate Sam Sparks (Katie Griffin), who shares his passion for science and has a particular passion for meteorology and TV reporting. Together these fast friends face the ups and downs of high school in their small town of Swallow Falls and cope with the inevitably hilarious fallout from Flint's many unusual inventions.

Is it any good?

This franchise add-on will be on the must-see list of every kid who loves the movies' goofball humor, but it doesn’t charm quite like the CGI versions did. Duller animation and a less remarkable voice cast detract a bit, but it's never lacking in the science-related slapstick that helped make the movies a hit. A select group of familiar faces make returns here, including Flint's dad, Tim (Sean Cullen); his sidekick, Steve the monkey (Edwards again); and Earl (Cle Bennett), who's Flint's boisterous gym teacher in his pre-law enforcement days.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs doesn't attempt to lead directly into the movies and in fact presents a major inconsistency for the later stories by introducing Sam to Flint during their teen years. Of course this is only a concern for those who have seen the chronologically later stories first; new viewers without a history with these characters won't have a problem and likely will want to follow up with the movies at some point. A big plus to the show? Even though the science often isn't realistic, the hero and heroine make nerdiness seem pretty cool. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fitting in among peers. Is it ever OK to change who you are in an attempt to be accepted? How willing are you to befriend people who don't fit a certain mold?

  • How does Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs portray science and technology? What applications do you see in play here? How might their realistic counterparts lead to results different from Flint and Sam's experience? What is the value of trying something and failing?

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