The long-popular children's book by Ron and Judi Barrett gets a fanciful retelling in this animated feature, which boasted 3-D effects in theaters. An inventor's (voice of Bill Hader) device goes haywire, causing food to fall from the sky like precipitation ... amounting to pancakes and cheeseburgers instead of raindrops and snowflakes. A town's mayor (voice of Bruce Campbell) sees a way to cash in, though the phenomenon could destroy the area before there's any chance for profit.
Anna Faris, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham and somewhat appropriately for a weather tale Al Roker also are heard. DVD extras: audio commentary by Hader and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller; two "making-of" documentaries; extended scenes; music video; sing-along; game. *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times