Before Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was released in theaters last fall, I had a couple of opportunities to preview footage from the film. It only hinted at the twisted and yet somehow purely earnest charms that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller embedded in ambitious inventor Flint Lockwood's fantastical story. Suffice it to say that I loved the film as a whole -- although I'm not quite sure where I would have fit it in, in retrospect I would have included it in my Top Ten of 2009 -- but of all of these sequences I saw, one had me in stitches every time and ultimately became one of my favorite scenes in any movie released last year: the snowball fight.

The scene starts innocently enough as the town's top cop, Earl Devereaux (Mr. T) asks Flint (Bill Hader) for a favor for his son Calvin's (Bobb'e J. Thompson) birthday. Flint obliges and sends ice cream snowballs raining down from the skies in all sorts of colors and flavors (in a terrific visual gag, children invade rivers of vanilla and chocolate, while only one investigates strawberry). Calvin invites Flint to join in on their snowball fight -- a concept that he's entirely unfamiliar with -- but the scientist turns mad with enthusiasm as he embraces the challenge to decimate his adversaries.
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