Pixar has done a brilliant job with this movie; the major themes are sorrow, loneliness and old age. No other pixar's movies has ever moved me as quite as this - at times during the movie I couldn't help but shed a few tears. It's so extraordinary it left me question my own level of compassion towards old people. This is a wonderful movie for kids and everyone, but if you ever get the chance to watch with family i highly recommend you do so, because this movie will unite everyone for a hug!
Pixar's movies are awesome and they're kind of a tearjerker. They reflect on adult issues. I own the Blu-ray superset that comes with a DVD copy of the film. The picture on the DVD is standard and decent. The cover is good. There are trailers for Toy Story 3, The Princess and the Frog and Dumbo. The audio is brilliant. I would give this a 4/5
The story was slightly different to what I thought it was, but it was a very good animation and had a good story and believable characters - it's a good film for young and old! An extra short is also included which explains a bit more about one of the characters, includes some interviews with the makers and visits the real locations the animation was based on. All-in-all it's an enjoyable film for all members of the family.
Someday, Pixar is going to do it -- they're going to create an emotionally uninspiring, lacklustre animated movie. But in the meantime, they're still putting out delightful animated movies like "Up," which defies the usual kid-movie conventions by starring a crotchety old man. It's a charming, fun little adventure story with flying dogs and balloon-powered houses, but underlying it is a bittersweet little story about loss and love.
As a child, the shy Carl Fredricksen bonded with the oddball Ellie over their shared love of adventure, the explorer Charles Muntz, and Paradise Falls. They later married, move into their "clubhouse" together, and lived a long, sadly childless life together. When Ellie died, she had never fulfilled her dream of going to Paradise Falls.
Now crotchety, alone and harassed by a real estate developer, Carl (Ed Asner) is finally ordered to a retirement home. But he isn't going quietly -- instead he attaches thousands of balloons to his house and floats it away toward South America. But he accidentally takes an enthusiastic, naive Wilderness Explorer (a thinly-veiled Boy Scout) named Russell (Jordan Nagai) along for the ride. Poor kid was just trying to earn an "assisting the elderly" badge.
And the jungle trek to Paradise Falls turns out to have some surprising obstacles: a big Emu-like bird that Russell names Kevin, a talking dog named Dug ("I am jumping on you, bird!"), and a mysterious old man who lives deep in the heart of the jungle. Turns out the old guy is very familiar to Carl -- and to capture Kevin, he's willing to sacrifice Carl and Russell.
Industry experts were babbling about how "Up" wouldn't be as popular as the previous Pixar movies, because the protagonist is basically a crusty old coot. Well, shows what they know. It ended up becoming one of those classic movies that somehow appeals to all ages -- while the humour and action appeal to children, adults can appreciate Carl's love for his lost wife, and his slow realization that he's clinging to the past.
In fact, the first ten minutes are some of the most heart-tugging, quietly bittersweet scenes I've seen in a long time. Without a word, they show all the ups and downs of a realistic marriage -- joys, sorrows (Ellie's inability to have children), growing old together, and finally loss.
But it's not a depressing movie by any stretch -- in fact, it's like a childhood fantasy come to life, complete with a floating house suspended on hundreds of balloons, and biplanes piloted by a talking dog army. Plenty of great dialogue ("Do you want to play a game? It's called See Who Can Go the Longest Without Saying Anything." "Cool! My mom loves that game!") and an action-packed climax in an aged airship.
Ed Asner is absolutely perfect as uber-grouch Carl -- crotchety, grumpy, and determined to fulfil his wife's lifelong dream, but gradually realizing he's clinging to the past. Nagai is equally perfect as Carl's polar opposite: a naive, chattery Scout who is determined to reunite Kevin with her baby chicks. And the utterly adorable Dug and the other dogs deserve special notice. These creatures are utterly hilarious -- they talk ("I hid under your porch because I love you") and act the way dogs would if they talked. Three words: cone of shame.
"Up" continues Pixar's running tally of gloriously animated, emotionally layered movies that the entire family can enjoy. With that, I have only one more thing to say... SQUIRREL!
We have to rate this as one of Disney's best. Great story and long time since we have laughed so much. Great original ideas and actually a touching storyline with a good message. We will watch this many times and recommend it to others.
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High flying animated comedy adventure from Pixar Studios. 70-something retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) decides to use his twilight years to fulfil his lifelong dream of travelling through the wilds of South America. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he lifts off for his big adventure - only to discover that he has inadvertently brought a stowaway along with him in the form of Russell (Jordan Nagai), an eight-year-old wilderness explorer who is desperate to earn his 'Helping the Elderly' merit badge. The film won awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Music at both the 2010 BAFTAs and the Academy Awards.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen has always dreamed of seeing the rainforests of South America. To achieve this, Carl comes up with the spectacular scheme of tying thousands of balloons to his house and floating around the world. However, upon take-off he realises he has a stowaway; Russell, an 8 year old who has the same intrepid instinct as Carl. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature & Best Original Score. Actors Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Edward Asner, Delroy Lindo, Jordan Nagai & Paul Eiding Director Pete Docter & Bob Peterson Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 2009 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English Duration 1 hour and 38 minutes (approx)