Cloudy Meatballs Food Truck

We've all seen the marketing gimmicks used to flog films, from turning 7-Elevens into Kwik-E-Marts to giant blimps of the characters. Every iteration seems to up the ante, so it comes as a surprise to see Sony engage in some innovative marketing of the traditional kind.

The release date for Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is fast approaching at the end of September, and what better way to promote a film about food than by selling it!

Yes, Sony is driving around the US in not one, but two food trucks (named, appropriately enough, Flint and Sam) and offering a menu that riffs off the evolution of food in the film.

To that end, you can have a 'Hippotatomus', a 'Tacodile' or a 'Subwhale'. (That’s a baked potato, ground chicken taco or sandwich respectively.) You can also have a choice of side dish (all healthy vegetables; another rare occurance.)

What else is there to say? It's a great idea! Food trucks are all the rage at the moment, and Sony could so easily have gone a different, more predictable route but instead decided to do something unique that will connect with audience members all over the country. It’s also free of any age bias; appealing to adults and kids alike.

Sometimes the simplest marketing ideas, really are the best! 

Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.