Parents' Guide to

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Comical prequel series is fun for fans of popular movies.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

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 is like if Courage the Cowardly Dog was REALLY scary, even without the dark humor.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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age 7+

Super strange, not great.

My nine year old daughter enjoyed it but my six year old son found the ending scary. A group of headless cooked chickens swallows one of the characters whole near the end. It was just a weird movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (12):

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.

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