Up has certainly reached new heights and depths in the cartoon industry. As a film, it is colorful (remember those balloons?) and full of potentials and possibilities (a flying house, eh? not bad at all!).
My first impression when I began watching the animation of the two main characters Russel & Carl is that hey, they both looked rounded and 3 dimensional. I like the rounded feel to the faces of these characters, very likable, very real, very cute! I have the urge to kiss them & give them a big big hug!
The musical scores is amazingly well done. Reminds me a lot of Forrest Gump! The pace of the adventure is just about right and by the end of the show, I didn't want it to end at all! A very heart warming film indeed!
All in all, simply amazing! Such is a film that exemplifies creativity and innovation. I don't know how much money is spent in making something that is still mind-boggling to me, cartoons that move but it certainly is what our next generations should be subjected to and not those MTV that has encouraged sex as a tool to getting kids noticed among their peers and an industry that exploits that to the fullest.
First screening, what appeals is probably the physical aspect of animation and the momentum of an adventure. Upon pondering, the relationship between the child and the old man is quite interesting. And Up even managed to bring in a little loss feeling for a lifetime partner through Carl, not too much but it's nice to see it in here. Well rounded and what I took away with me is the 2 words - heart warming!
Since I saw it on dvd, I'm sure I'll be watching it again in no time. I like it! It's a film for a child but it's also thought provoking for the adults. Nicely done!
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Up is a comedy adventure about Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner), a retired 78-year-old balloon salesman who meets and later marries a girl named Ellie. Growing up in a small Midwestern town, Ellie has always dreamed of visiting South America. Unfortunately, she died before she got a chance. In hopes of fulfilling his promise to Ellie, Carl uses 10,000 balloons to make his house fly and sets off for South America. He unknowingly takes a chubby eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell along for the ride and the duo match up for one thrilling adventure around the earth.
The film is directed by Pete Docter (the director of Monsters Inc.) and features voices of Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer and Jorgan Nagai. Up premiered by opening the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, which was the first animated film to do so. The film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and grossed over $683 million worldwide, making it Pixar's second most commercially successful film, after Finding Nemo.