Friday, June 5, 2009


Movie name: Up
Year of release: 2009
Director: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson
Stars: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Delroy Lindo, Bob Peterson, Jerome Ranft, John Ratzenberger
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

After the fantastic "Wall E" from 2008, the new Pixar release is a smaller story in scope, but every bit as engaging as the previous release. The film follows the story of Carl Fredricksen, a 78 year old widower who recently lost his wife and who decides to embark on a trip that he and his wife always wanted to take but never managed to. Following an altercation with a construction worker, Carl decides to make his trip happen and for that he populates his house with balloons in order to take off. Much to Carl's surprise, he finds out that when he took off, he had a small passenger with him, a young boy scout named Russell. Their adventure takes them to South America and to find a dog with a special collar and an unusual bird that develops a strange affection for Russell. The story is simple, but filled with the metaphors and analogies that have been the standard of Pixar. Their sense of humor is also fantastic, without resorting to simplistic overtones. What is consistent in Pixar films is the quality of the screenplays and the beautiful animation, which is again dazzling and superb. This is a film definitely worth watching!