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Earl Devereaux is a policeman in Swallow Falls, debuting as a major character in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs series. He is Cal Devereaux's father and Regina Devereaux's husband.

Earl Devereaux is way more cop than the quiet town of Swallow Falls really needs, except when Flint's inventions get out of control.
— The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Earl is a tall and muscular cop who is incredibly athletic and well built. He has brown skin as well as brown eyes and dark hair, including a mustache and beard.


Earl is a very athletic and overprotective man whose passion for his job is often excessive, tackling jaywalkers and nimbly leaping into action at the slightest sign of trouble (which he can sense through the tingling of his chest hairs).[1] He often catches Flint Lockwood in the middle of potentially dangerous experiments or suspicious activity, creating a tense relationship between them.

He cares about the safety of the people of Swallow Falls and has a strong moral compass. He takes his share of blame for the food storms, admitting that he didn't even protect his own son during the storms, and organizes an evacuation.[2]

Despite his boisterous devotion to policing Swallow Falls, he is also a caring and loving family man who is willing to do anything for his wife and son. He tells his son Cal that he loves him on a daily basis, even swallowing his pride and reaching out to Flint to request Cal's favorite food for his birthday (ice cream).[2] His relationship with his son serves as a lesson for parents, to learn the value of discipline and limitations when raising a child.[3]

Despite his manly impression, Earl is no stranger to his feminine side. He is a phenomenal cupcake baker[4] and is not opposed to cross-dressing in pursuit of a goal.[5]


Cloudy: The Series[]

Earl was the only known teacher at Cannery High, with a penchant for pop quizzes and classes on his infant son Cal and fitness routines in addition to the school's core curriculum. Flint's history of invention mishaps made Earl skeptical of Flint, often blaming Flint for mishaps in his own life, to the chagrin of his wife Regina.[6]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs[]

Earl Arrests Flint

Earl served Swallow Falls as its chief police officer. Earl attempted to arrest Flint after the wayward FLDSMDFR destroyed Sardine Land, but Mayor Shelbourne insisted Flint be released in order to continue making food rain from the sky. Earl begrudgingly came to appreciate the good the FLDSMDFR has done for the town, even asking Flint if could make it snow ice cream for his son's birthday.

Earl allowed Cal to indulge in Flint's wondrous food weather but learned the danger of allowing such indulgences when Cal ate too much junk food at the grand reopening of Chewandswallow and went into a food coma. He realized that by being complacent and greedy in their desire for the delicious food, he and the rest of the town were as much to blame for the disaster as Flint. He trusted Flint to fix his invention's mistakes, and helped the townspeople evacuate by helping them build boats made of sandwiches.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2[]

Earl Barista

When Chester V insisted on relocating the residents of Swallow Falls during the cleanup effort, Earl was the first to speak up and insist that the residents stay home. However, he respected the sanctity of yellow police tape and reluctantly agreed to Chester's plan.

Earl's employment at Ms. Crumblymuffin's cupcake shop in San Franjose made it very clear that while Flint was living his dream working for Live Corp, the rest of the relocated residents were not necessarily adjusting as well. He immediately leapt at the chance to return to Swallow Falls ("I'm not a barista! I'm a police-ta!") and assumed the role of protector of the group.

When Flint and the gang found the watering hole of Foodimals, Earl tried to maintain a facade of stoic manliness by saying "it's enough to make a grown man cry. But not this man! Get back in there, tear!"

The arrival of the Sentinels of Safety made Earl's role as protector redundant, leaving him on the sidelines, unsure of his purpose. So was is no surprise he stands with Sam when she confronts Flint about turning away from his friends in his hero worship of Chester. However, he was still skeptical about the foodimals, warning Sam that petting a Cheespider is "foodicide," until it was revealed that a Cheespider is just a large, meaty sweetheart.

Earl and the others were kidnapped by Sentinels of Safety and tied up with yellow police tape, which Earl cannot break. When Flint (with the help of Steve) rescued the gang, Earl joined the horde of Foodimals and helped reclaim the FLDSMDFR. This time, upon restoring the FLDSMDFR, he repeated his line from earlier: "It's enough to make a grown man cry." But this time, he recognized that it's okay to show strong emotions, allowing himself to cry tears of joy.

Video Game[]

Earl contacts Flint about Ratbird infestations at the Italian Street Fair and the Swallow Falls Stadium. When the food weather escalates, he calls Flint back to the stadium to clean up burning chili on the field. When the dam holding back Mount Leftovers was about to break, Earl ordered an evacuation and tasked Flint with clearing food from the freeway.

He and Baby Brent are the only characters who does not appear in Flint's yard at the beginning of Act VII.


  • Earn was initially designed as a gym coach and volunteer policeman.[3]
  • Earl's danger-sensing chest hair is reminiscent of Spider-Man's "spider sense."
  • When his tear fell on a blueberry, it gave the blueberry muscles and chest hair.[7]
  • Earl's first attempt to intercept Flint while sprinting became a meme as of April 2, 2019.[8]
  • Earl's haircut was designed to be the opposite hairdo of his voice actor Mr. T.
  • Earl is allergic to cats.[9]


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