I love when a movie surprises me. I'd basically dismissed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs before it hit theaters as another in a long line of mediocre kids' crap (IN DIGITAL 3-D!!!), and, boy, was I wrong. Cloudy wasn't just a great kids' movie -- it was one of the funniest comedies of 2009. In hindsight, Sony should have dropped Planet 51 in September and timed Cloudy's release for that Thanksgiving weekend. Cloudy should have (and could have) been a much bigger hit than it was. I'm just happy people are giving it the chance it deserves on home video -- and promptly falling in love with it.

Pajiba is reporting that Sony may be looking to bring Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball's storybook sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, to theaters. While this is simply a rumor at this point, the scheduling is right for the directors of Cloudy, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, to return to the property. Pickles to Pittsburgh picks up after the events of Cloudy, with the citizens of Chewandswallow attempting to feed the world with a city-wide clean-up operation.

If they can bring Lord and Miller back, then I'm all for it. Sony Pictures Animation has struggled to find its own identity, out from under the long shadow cast by Pixar and Dreamworks. If they can continue to make movies as satisfying (and as madcap) as Cloudy, then I have no doubt they'll finally be able to make a real name for themselves.