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San Rafael, CA, June 24, 2009 -- Based on the beloved children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett, Sony Pictures Animation's stunning new animated film, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, adapts and expands upon the classic story through an action-packed plot and rich, colorful look. Unique characters, thoughtful production design and idyllic food designs ensures this delicious adaptation will be a delight to the whole family and wow animation fans. The forthcoming Columbia motion picture will be presented in 3-D and released by Sony Pictures on September 18, 2009.
br>Chock full of visual developmental art, digital renders and revealing behind-the-scenes discussions of how this visual feast came to be, The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Insight Editions, August 2009), comes in a bold slipcase that could have been designed by Flint Lockwood himself. Flint is the film's hero and inspired young inventor responsible for the delicious and sometimes dangerous meteorological developments in the skies above Swallow Fallsâ€Â"the gray, cuisine-challenged town where the story is set.

This lavish book escorts you into the studios of Sony Pictures Animation, where artistry and storytelling reign. Every page of The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs provides an inside look at the making of this knockout film, featuring more than 300 pieces of artwork as well as stories and insights from the filmmakers who crafted this stylistic film. Special attention is given to design, story development, visual progression and the incredible CG effects. Special features include scratch-and-sniff stickers, Flint's car designs and a poster-size map of Swallow Falls.

With more than 150 pages of action packed illustration and commentary, The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the official guide to this fall's mouthwatering animated feature.

Columbia Pictures' and Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.

The film features the voice talents of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, , Benjamin Bratt and Neil Patrick Harris.

About the authors:

Tracey Miller-Zarneke has long been fascinated with the world of animation, way beyond her credited roles on the feature films Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little and The Emperor's New Groove. She has previously authored two books on the art of animation, including The Art of Kung Fu Panda. Tracey lives in Los Angeles and channels her creative energy into work as a writer and playtime with her two young sons.

Judi Barrett is the author of many well-loved children's books, including the acclaimed bestseller Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Never Take a Shark to the Dentist. Her newest book The Marshmallow Incident will make its debut in August. She also teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

For More Information:

Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
ISBN: 978-1-933784-89-2
Trade cloth size 10” x 11”
Insight Editions
Publication Date: August 2009
Distributed by Publishers Group West

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