When Sony Pictures Animation released Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs in 2009, it was heralded for its cartoon sensibilities and stylized animation, so it’s perhaps fitting that the concept would be transformed into an actual 2D animated series.

Cartoon Network has unveiled a lengthy clip from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series; in it Flint shows off a new invention he created to help him take out the garbage:

Scheduled to debut next year, twenty-six half-hours are being produced by Vancouver, Canada-based DHX Media, using Toon Boom Harmony. Commissioned by Canadian broadcaster Teletoon, CN will air the series in the U.S., while its sister channel Boomerang will host the series across EMEA, APAC, and Latin American territories.

The show is a prequel to the movie, before the food has fallen from the sky. In it, tween Flint Lockwood is an aspiring scientist/inventor, and his best friend, Sam Sparks, the new girl in town, is a wannabe school reporter.

The main characters from the original film will also appear in the series including Flint’s father, Tim; Steve the monkey; Mayor Shelbourne; teenage babywear model Brent; Earl who isn’t a cop yet but a gym teacher; and Manny, who runs the school’s audio-visual department.