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Probably the best animated film I have ever seen

  • Apr 5, 2011
Carl Fredrickson (Edward Asner) is an adventurous, young boy, who meets a girl named Ellie who shares his same passion. Once they are older they fall in love, and get married. They had once planned to travel to a lost land in South America; however, when Ellie dies Carl becomes a grouchy old man with a hard heart. He is being forced to stay in a retirement home for hitting a construction worker, so he comes up with the plan of tying hundreds of balloons to his house and flying away to the lost land he had always dreamed of going to. But soon after Carl departs on his journey he realizes that he has accidentaly picked up a partner. An eight year old boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai) who is innocently trying to earn his assisting the elderly badge. Together they will embark on a great adventure, as they learn more and more about each others lives, and they discover how much they really need each other.

Pixar is hands down one of the most brilliant movie making businesses in film history. If you look up some of the great animation makers, and great film makers in general. Pixar is possibly one of the most consistent, if not the most consistent, to be good at what they do than any other film makers in history. As far as animation goes Walt Disney was as fine of a producer as there ever has been. Him and his crew have accomplished what almost no film makers can do, and that is almost always make a good movie, without ever really making a bad one. And I am not at all trying to take anything away from the great Walt Disney, but as of now I believe that Pixar has passed him as far as how consistent they are in making every single film great. For the most part everyone has at least one or two Pixar films they feel are a let down, but after eleven critically acclaimed films, I would say Pixar has still done an unbelievable job. I recently watched the documentary "The Pixar Story", which inspired me to write this review of my favorite Pixar film, Up.

Many people love films for many different reasons, and because of this is why we have critics, so that they can tell us if a movie is good or bad, and we can get different opinions from different critics. But Up is one of those special films where almost everyone who sees it loves it, and I am one of those people. Pixar is more known for doing films not involving that much to humans, such as toys, cars, fish, rats, bugs and so on. But here they just take a basic story about an old man and a young boy. Which is one of the reasons I like the film so much. Pixar does a great job of keeping everything unique and not at all like any of the other films made. The story is slightly predictable I suppose, but it does not really matter because it was fantastic at the same time. The character developement was perfect beyond belief. I do not know if I have ever in my life cared so much for animated characters. We start the film off learning about one of our main characters Carl, and as the film goes on and the relationship between Carl and Russell progresses, we learn more about the life of Russell. No one in this world could have done a better job at the developement of those two characters lives.

The vocal talent was amazing, as Pixar films always are. Ed Asner was a surprise to play Carl Fredrickson, but it worked out great. I had never heard of Jordan Nagai before this film, but his job with Russell was as good as they come. I can pretty much promise anyone he will make you laugh at least once in this film. And my favorite was of course Christopher Plummer to play the idolized Charles Muntz in the film. Also Bob Peterson was hilarious as Dug, the dog our characters pick up along their journey. It isn't everyday I laugh out loud at a dog, but in Up I sure did. The writing in this film was brilliant as well, which did help bring out the laughs in the film, along with the cast. But the best thing about this film was not the fantastic characters, or the vocal talent, it was how the writers here not only made everything in the film come together perfectly, but they actually wrote a story that truly means something in today's world. And a story with a strong meaning is about as much as I can ask for in a film.

Overall, Up is not your everday animated film. This is one that kids will laugh at, and adults will laugh and cry at. The character developement was so brilliant along with the story, I cannot help but tear up at times in this film. The voices were superb, some of my all time favorite from Pixar, and the animation was jaw dropping. The musical score will bring tears to your eyes as this amazing story unfolds. Up is not just an animation mastpiece, it is a masterpiece of the art of film making.


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April 09, 2011
This is indeed a wonderful film
April 09, 2011
Certainly, thanks for reading!
April 05, 2011
I liked this movie but my favorite Pixar movie has got to be Ratatouille and The Incredibles. I like Elasti-girl and rodents and French women who can cook LOL! nice review and you are on a roll, keep it up!!
April 06, 2011
I love them all personally, except I have yet to see Cars. Haha well i'm working hard lol. Thanks for reading!
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review by . March 07, 2010
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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 …
review by . June 08, 2009
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Once again, Pixar has succeeded in creating a film that is intended for the parents as much as for the kids.  UP joins a long list of Pixar movies that adults enjoy just as much as children.    Don't get me wrong.  The kids will definitely love this movie.  It has:   talking dogs colorful balloons the most exotic bird since archeopteryx   But there is so much for the parents in this one.  The opening vignette is a tale of love, life, and …
review by . November 17, 2010
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review by . January 04, 2010
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review by . October 22, 2009
It's been a long time coming for us Brits, but Up is finally here, and I'm glad to say it's been worth the wait.      With every new film they release, Pixar somehow manage to add more and more depth, not just to their visuals, but to their stories too. Now less concerned with zany characters, elaborate action set-pieces, saccharine sweet moments and over-cooked visual bravura, Up is perhaps the studio's most human, most poignant, character driven movie to date. Such is the brilliance …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
Awesome beginning and loses its gas after the halfway point. The film had a very strong emotional first half but then it falls to the usual contrived devices that we've all seen before. It had some nice elements to it (seniors fighting) but the plot was riddled with holes too. 3.5 Out of 5 Stars      See the full review here.
review by . May 12, 2009
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Pixar has become the most dependable studio out there for producing reliable films that don't simply continue to raise the bar in animation but set a level of excellence in storytelling that puts most live-action movies to shame. 'Up' represents another change in style, as significant as Wall-E's shift to photorealism, intricate camera effects and darker themes. It effectively blends moments of tragedy with almost slapstick humor, while showing that their understanding of story structure and pacing …
review by . January 09, 2010
      I'm not a die hard fan of animated movies and I usually like them vs. loving them. But I'd heard great things and had lots of folks recommend it as an awesome movie so I went ahead and rented it.       My overall thoughts:       I like the idea of an animated film about an adult. The story of the man who went on an adventure in his lawn chair has always intrigued me and I loved his simple philosophical reason for his trip, "You …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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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.


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Genre: Animation
Release Date: May 29, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Bob Peterson
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
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