Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Animation Shot Builds

Dock Shot Build

Runtime 1:17 In CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, inventor Flint Lockwood created a machine that made food fall from the sky like rain. Before production began, the digital team at Sony Pictures Imageworks posed these questions: "What exactly does food look like when it falls?", and "What happens upon impact?" They found their answers by dropping real hamburgers from various heights. The goal was to examine at what moment the bun, meat, cheese and pickles flew apart, and how much bounce they had upon contact with the ground. To animate a falling hamburger, every element -- lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, etc. -- had to be built separately in the computer to make sure each piece fell just right. In the Dock sequence alone, over 520,000 hamburgers fell from the sky.