Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Things are looking Up for Pixar

Posted in Film Reviews, TV & Film by Jacob Zinn on July 2, 2009

Film: Up | Released: May 29, 2009 | Rated: PG | Runtime: 96 minutes

Pixar’s stock is rising, just like the characters in their newest movie.

After the big success of last years’ WALL-E, Disney and Pixar are back with their 2009 animated film, Up.

Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) is an elderly man with a childs imagination. Growing up, he idolized a famous explorer named Charles Muntz (voiced by Christopher Plummer).

Now, seven decades since first looking up to Muntz, a young boy named Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai) shows up at Carls doorstep in search of adventure.

Russell is a Wilderness Explorer (similar to Boy Scouts) trying to earn his last badge. At first, Carl isn’t keen on helping him and would rather stay home, but even his home can’t stay put–he ties thousands of balloons to it and the film starts going somewhere. (Up!)

Carl and Russell end up in South America with the house. While they explore the wilderness, they run into a talking dog named Dug and an odd-looking multi-coloured bird that squabbles and follows Russell’s trail of chocolate.

If I keep writing, the plot of the movie will be given away, but I will say that if you watch the film in 3D, prepare to remove the plastic glasses to wipe the tears from your eyes towards the end.

Up isn’t Pixar’s best, but it’s better than some of their previous works. It’s funny, it’s dramatic, and most importantly, it’s original. Don’t expect Carl to be as grumpy as he seems–he’s more likely to make you smile.

8.5/10

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