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Up

A 2009 Pixar Studios movie

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Pixar still rising above the competition

  • Oct 22, 2009
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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 of the writing, you are given more character development and emotional depth in the first 15 minutes than many movies can barely manage in 90.
That's not to say the movie lacks visual flair and excitement - it has both in abundance - but neither of those things overpower the message and emotional resonance of the film.

The animation is beautiful; classic and understated. Carefully chosen colour palettes and textures add a great deal to the atmosphere and feel of the movie, and the character animation is flawless.
Up is laugh-out-loud funny too. It's full of inspired moments of physical comedy and clever sight gags.
This is by no means a perfect movie though. I thought the villain was somewhat underdeveloped, and the central portion of the film could be stronger. However, this easily sits alongside Pixar's best.

Try to catch it in 3D if you can. The effects are never overused and there are no jarring, gimmicky moments. What you do get is a wonderful sense of depth, and that feels appropriate given the story.

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July 06, 2010
This was good but I thought it slightly ran out of gas near the end. I guess I just got spoiled with Ratatouille, The Incredibles and the Toy Story franchise. Great review as always!
July 08, 2010
Cheers, Woopak! Pixar have been on a roll for a few years. I really don't know how they maintain this kind of quality. It's like the golden age of Disney all over again. We're STILL waiting for Toy Story 3 here in the UK. Can't wait to see it. Only 10 days to go....
 
October 22, 2009
Great, well written review! I agree on your depth comment -with each new Pixar film that comes out (particularly this year) there seems to be constant emotional depth and new glimpses into the human spirit.
 
October 22, 2009
Aw, I love this film as well and feel your sentiments exactly.  I didn't realize that it was getting released in the UK just now because it feels like it got released in the States forever ago!  Wonderful review and a nice addition to the Pixar Community :)
November 01, 2009
Thanks Devora! I know what you mean - I have no idea why Disney keep giving us Brits a raw deal with release dates.
 
October 22, 2009
Great review - I couldn't agree more. I got to see it at Pixar at a preview and people were crying in the first 10 minutes.
November 01, 2009
I'm not at all ashamed to admit that it had me rather misty eyed in the first ten minutes too. :)
 
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review by . March 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Heartwarmer!
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
Over the years, PIXAR movies have excelled in sprinkling in moments of deep emotion within all the inventive fun. I remember particularly well the sadness when Jessie the Cowgirl sings about her long lost owner in TOY STORY 2 or the final moment of MONSTERS INC. when Scully sees Boo again (the one moment makes watching the whole movie worthwhile...not that it wasn't already). WALL E certainly had many touching moments.     But Pixar's new UP has them all beat. There are some …
review by . February 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
All of us have acquired a fondness for CGI-generated animated features ever since the days of “Toy Story” and Pixar studios together with Disney have crafted several amusing animated movies based on a simple yet effective crowd-pleasing formula. While I am not exactly a huge fan of the Pixar’s works, I have found some of their animated features quite impressive such as “Monsters Inc.”, “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. So how does Pixar’s …
review by . April 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . January 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What ever happens to a dream deferred?
Up is similar to most Disney/Pixar films in that it is enjoyable for people of all ages. It has humor, but it also explores themes such as love and loss, parental neglect, the pursuit (and letting go) of childhood dreams, and even inferiority and the bullying that can take place within a group (as portrayed by Dug, a dog who is seen as one of the lower-ranking members of his pack). While several Disney/Pixar films contain more mature themes (Finding Nemo demonstrates the …
review by . November 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Brilliant Prose Spread Across Two Story Arcs
   Perhaps I should begin this review with some interesting facts about 2009’s Up before even beginning to break down the nuts, bolts and personal opinions of the film.  Up represents director Pete Docter’s first Pixar project since 2001’s Monsters Inc, it was Pixar’s first ever 3D film, it was the first Disney collaboration to earn a PG rating since Pixar’s The Incredibles, it features Pixar's first Japanese/Asian-American character, it was the …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
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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
Scully and I enjoying a glass of wine
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 …
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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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