|Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator|
|Age||7 months (as of the end of CWACOM 2)|
|Gender||None officially (male voice, under Flint's control) (male and female voice, under Chester's Control)|
|Species||AI (Artificial Intelligence)|
|Family||Flint Lockwood (creator), Foodimals (creations)|
|First Appearance||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs|
|Voiced By||Bill Hader|
The Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or FLDSMDFR for short, is the machine which is what the two Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs movies are revolved around. It was created by Flint Lockwood, so it could make food for Swallow Falls, an island that was forced to eat sardines and only sardines after their prime source in income, a Sardine Cannery, shut down. The FLDSMDFR was originally designed to be a household appliance for the kitchen, similar to a microwave or a combi oven.
At first glance, on the front you see it’s main screen. To the right is a key pad similar to that of a microwave in which it displays orders and chosen foods in production and has a control panel underneath the screen to adjust the flavor and texture the flavor control panel is also used to open the machine's USB port. To the left of the screen, a lever similar to a toaster oven can be seen that is raised and lowered for the level of water that the machine is set to intake.
The FLDSMDFR converts water molecules into food molecules through microwave radiation. the FLDSMDFR's Radiation Matrix produces the microwave radiation that creates the Nano-Mutation effect, which is needed to reorganize the molecular structure of water into food and later into sentient food. It's orders are released by a set of rubber flaps deemed the "chow-plopper" by Flint.
The FLDSMDFR is the secondary antagonist in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and a protagonist in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Throughout the series, it has taken different forms, starting as the normal, seem at the start of CWACOM 1, it’s partially overloaded form with a yellow screen, it’s completely overloaded and sentient form, and its final form in CWACOM 1, serving as the core of the Meateroid. In CWACOM 2, it is seen at the start in a battered and damaged form and missing a few pieces, the temporary Live Corp version near the movie's finale. And the final form when the machine is in the Rock Candy Mountain.
Though the machine first proved to be of great use for the people of Swallow Falls, such as creating free food, drawing in tourism and even making town change its name to Chewandswallow Though it eventually starts to overload by the demands of the town (mostly the greedy Mayor), and overmutates the food just as Flint says wouldn’t happen, after it created too much food. During the course of the movie the machine's production of food changes based upon the placement of the dangeonomator, a device that measures the level of mutation of the water molecules that go through the machine. The first 2 times it is seen in the air, is when it rains bacon and breakfast at the beginning of the sunshine and lolipop section, then again at the end, jittering rapidly while producing many foods. The next time it is seen is when Mayor Shelbourne convinces Flint to use the machine for the tourists coming in the later days, it is partially covered by a mixture of food. When it activated, the screen was yellow and jittered rapidly due to the massive food order Flint reluctently sent to the machine after Shelbourne manipulated him into doing so. Flint knew that continuing food production would result in a dangerous food storm that could risk the Earth, so he attempted to shut down the FLDSMDFR with a kill code before it reached its critical point. Unfortunately, Mayor Shelbourne tries to prevent him and in the process, he accidentally destroys the communication device linked to the FLDSMDFR with an over-sized radish, causing the machine to become sentient. The the fourth time it is seen in the air is just after it gained sentience, now covered in a layer of meat and foods, randomly saying foods without them appearing on its screen, creating a giant order for itself. Unlike when receiving the spaghetti dinner order, it is seemingly under no stress. machine had began to use its newfound sentience to rain now extremely large foods upon the world, and as a result, all the citizens of Chewandswallow blame Flint for their fate and turn against him, but police officer Earl convinces that they themselves are to blame, since they (along with the Mayor) have been pushing Flint to make so much orders in the first place. Flint with Steve, Brent, Sam, and Manny approach the machine, however unlike the prior scene where the machine was floating dormant while preparing a order, it had been executing it, accumulating enough giant food, placing it deep within the center of a giant ball of food deemed the "Meateroid," which was guarded by mutated sentient foods. Eventually, Flint is lowered down in an exaust tunnel by Sam to shut down the machine, but ends up dropping Flint when the machine causes the Meateriod to rumble, causing Sam to get scratched with a giant peanut brittle, and throwing her into an allergic reaction. After confessing their love to one another, Flint allows himself to fall right into the backside of the core room of the Meatriod. Upon Flint's impact, the FLDSMDFR can be heard preparing for its next order saying “Pickle. Beat. B-a-a-anana." Flint makes it around to see what his creation had become, while he stands in awe behind one of the supports with the FLDSMDFR across the room. The machine was no longer wrapped in a layer of meat and foods, but now both red and black, but now hanging from a large sac, connecting the machine to the Meateriod over the blowhole. The blowhole was surrounded by multiple “flaps of meat” all working in unison with it. It is unknown what the sac really is, but some speculate it is gelatin or the fats from it, which is stretchy and in this case hold immense amounts of water. Just as he hides, the FLDSMDFR‘s voice echoes throughout the core with its final selection of Strawberries. In a matter of seconds the FLDSMDFR begins to siphon water into the sac, forcing it into an enormous size,the meat flaps above the blowhole perk up and hold the machine by the lower half to funnel the blast. After the FLDSMDFR finishes deploying it's selection of food, Flint moves away from the support he hid behind and began approaching the machine as it was still wrapped within the meat flaps recovering. In an attempt to insert the kill code, Flint accidentally crushes a giant Tortilla Chip and the machine’s lights turn on and, and its screen revealing its cursor to now act as an ”eye,” as it rolls on. When it comes into focus, it widens as it recognizes Flint. Since its food making abilities were on an extreme level, the lever to the left of the machine's screen rises very slightly, it siphons a bulge of water through the sac and leaves it’s resting position to fire a giant corn at him. Now with the FLDSMDFR on high alert, Flint hides from the machine by using an olive, and sneaks around the machine as it continues to search for him. Eventually it’s chow-plopper light turns off as soon as the machine begins to make and deploy its order to make a marshmallow. Flint regroups behind the machine as the sac swells greatly again. After the order is complete, flint uses a giant spaghetti to swing down and tie up the FLDSMDFR. The machine appears to malfunction when it’s water intake is cut off from it, and the lights around its intake keeps spinning rapidly just as it had after deploying. Flint tries to use the kill code on the FLDSMDFR, but failed due to his father having sent him the wrong file. After the machine shoots food and flails around vigorously to rid itself of Flint, it siphons an extreme amount of water into the sac then it ever has on screen. Flint then remembers that he has a can of Spray-On Shoes in his vest which produces a completely irremovable material and thus uses it over the "chow plopper" on the machine, causing the sac to infinitely grow in mass until it blew up. The FLDSMDFR was then supposedly destroyed after the Flint used the sprayer, thus the food storm finally disappeared for good.
Before the FLDSMDFR was stopped by the sprayer, Flint expresses an empathic face, seeing how sorry he felt for letting his great invention turn bad.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The FLDSMDFR was later proven to have survived its attempted destruction. Due to the explosion, the machine was significantly battered, and lost a couple pieces of its body, including the chow-plopper. It fell safely in a shallow pool of water on Swallow Falls, and deactivated as it completely overloaded from the Meateroid's explosion. After it reactivated, it finally finished making the cheeseburger that was never finished during the machine's first test run. The FLDSMDFR's abilities grew even further as it was now capable of reprogramming itself. The machine used this new feature to attach itself to the island's ecosystem via the vines that attached to the machine's former chow-plopper. Part of the self reprogramming included producing living food-like animals (Foodimals) which became the new inhabitants of its new food utopia.
When Flint found the FLDSMDFR in the rock candy mountain, the machine tried to stop Flint by showing him its newfound love of producing Foodimals, and that it was no longer evil. Flint realized the grave mistake he almost made, but only for Flint and Chester V to get into a fight about the FLDSMDFR. The machine observed from behind as it's creator fought for it's life, only for Chester to flick the BS-USB into the machine's USB port for it to get reprogrammed. Chester then proceeded to use the FLDSMDFR (for which he put a new Live Corp vest over the shattered screen) to make Foodimals to slaughter into Food Bar 8.0's, but after an epic battle over the FLDSMDFR, the Cheespider devoured and killed Chester. Flint returned the FLDSMDFR back to the rock candy mountain, and removed the BS-USB. This undid it's forced reprogramming, and allowed the machine to regain sentience, reattach itself to the ecosystem, and continue to pursue it's dream of producing Foodimals.
During a mid credits scene, the machine still continues to make Foodimals as the existing ones and Humans live in peace on the island.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - Pre-Sentience
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - Sentient/Meateroid
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
- It was voiced by Bill Hader in the same fashion as Flint himself.
- At the end of the first movie, and the beginning of the second movie, the FLDSMDFR was black and red, rather then white and orange.
- The sac attached the FLDSMDFR in the Meateroid's core to siphon water is not food. So it is unknown how the FLDSMDFR created it or what it really is (some people speculate that the sac is gelatin or something similar to that).
- During the Meatroid scenes, the FLDSMDFR announces itself creating a strawberry, and marshmallow before swelling it’s sac to deploy more giant food. Those two foods however have more meaning in the second movie with Barry the Strawberry, and the Marshmallow family adjacent to the FLDSMDFR when Flint finds it.
- Though it might not make sense at first but when the FLDSMDFR creates the Meateroid, it actually has a couple similarities to the actual machine. This is first made obvious by both the design of the water intake and food export, along with it having its own giant chow-plopper, the similarities are seen much more in its core. When Flint initially falls into the core and watches the FLDSMDFR use the sac and the meat flaps, there are slowly changing colored lights scattered around the chamber, like that of the radiation chamber-turned disco ball inside the FLDSMDFR itself.
- If you listen carefully, just before Flint closes the FLDSMDFR’s chow-plopper, there is a few seconds in which there is a view from inside the machine as this occurs, you can hear the same food creation sound heard in the second movie when it creates the Foodimals.
- After rebooting at the start of the second movie, the FLDSMDFR continues making the cheeseburger it never finished from it's first test in the first movie
- It is unknown how the FLDSMDFR operated without electricity (some people speculate it is battery operated, with the power outlet on the machine being the intake. Others believe that the machine was super-charged with electricity when it was hooked up to the power station in Swallow Falls. Others believe that when the machine became self-aware and operated on a mind of it's own, it didn't need power to operate, just sentience).
|Flint Lockwood • Sam Sparks • Steve • Tim Lockwood • Brent McHale • Earl Devereaux • Manny • FLDSMDFR • Mayor Shelbourne • Barry • Pickles • Cal Devereaux • Ratbirds • Foodimals|
|Fran Lockwood • Joe Towne • Regina Devereaux • Rufus • Patrick Patrickson • Shamo • Sardines • Milly • Weather News Network Producer • Vance LaFleur • Piece of Cake|