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Up Movie Review

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Rated: PG
Directed by:
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Starring: Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai

Released by: Walt Disney/Pixar

In Short: This wonderful tale of an old man who finally follows his dreams has it all—thrills, chills, laughs, and tears—and is a practically perfect movie for kids and adults alike.
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Up, Up, and Away!
The Sky's the Limit for Pixar's Latest

It’s truly amazing that the folks at Pixar can keep raising the bar when it comes to animated feature films. The fabulous Up is the latest in their continuous string of winning ways, adding to their stable of hits that includes Oscar winners Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and WALL-E, as well as Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters, Inc. (Up director Pete Docter’s previous effort).

Once again, the story is unexpected. Who would think to make two old men the protagonists of a cartoon movie? Pixar, that’s who. The story of Up follows a young adventure-obsessed boy named Carl Frederickson (Ed Asner) throughout his long life, to the point where, at 78 years old, he attaches thousands of balloons to his little house and lifts off to finally follow his dreams. Along the way he meets up with a chubby little boy named Russell, a pack of hilarious talking dogs, a giant weird bird, and the other old man of the tale, the evil adventurer Charles Muntz. He’s quite the scary fellow, voiced perfectly by Christopher Plummer, and the guy who helps Carl and his motley makeshift family realize just what the important things in life really are.

Russell and Carl in Up The house in Up

Up certainly sends a terrific message to kids and adults, but that’s just one element of this soon-to-be-classic film. The animation is amazing, as this 3D creation literally pops off the screen, but with none of the typical showboating 3D tricks that we have all seen before. Instead, the 3D element simply adds depth and warmth to the visuals, and real humanity to the cartoon characters.

By the time the last frames unspool, Carl, Russell, and their animal friends are indelibly burned into our consciousness, transforming from animated drawings into real-life individuals that have come completely to life and stolen our hearts. What more could you ask for in a movie?

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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