I wanted to take a second to encourage you to go see “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”. Not only because it’s a fantastic movie, but because my friends Chris and Phil wrote and directed it as their first feature. Their first full-length feature. Their first animated, full-length feature. Their first animated, full-length feature in 3-D.
(I write it that way because each one of those is a massive challenge in-and-of-itself, and these guys tackled them all in one project.)
I’ve never seen anyone work longer or harder on a single creative project…just shy of six years. Six years of long nights and continuous re-writes and editing rooms and voice casting and co-ordinating over 500 people and studio hassles and all the rest. I remember talking with Chris when he first took the job and thinking “Wow, it won’t be out until 2009! That feels like decades away.” Such is the nature of animated film…but these guys’ enthusiasm was unflagging throughout.
The good news is, it looks like it’s going to be the #1 movie this weekend at the box office, which makes me so, so happy for them. They deserve every success that comes their way…they are immensely talented and hard-workin’ dudes.
So go see it!