After last year's fantastic sci-fi animation tale Wall-E
, Disney Pixar have once again come up with another winner for the whole family to enjoy. This truly original adventure has abundant laughs, lots of heart, and a generous helping of excitement and thrills.
78-year-old Carl Fredricksen is recently widowed (the first 5 minutes brilliantly display how he met Ellie, the love of his life, and also how they shared that life together). Now, lonely and grumpy, he decides to follow Ellie's dream, by travelling to the lost world of Paradise Falls in South America, via balloons attached to his house. He gets a stowaway on board, and the stage is soon set for an awesome and hilarious adventure as they encounter talking dogs (don't ask), huge birds and of course, a dastardly villain.
Many of the heartfelt moments might not be appreciated by the kids, but this movie can still be enjoyed by all. The last 40 minutes are filled with non-stop excitement and laughs, and it's safe to say this movie is just as brilliant as Wall-E. (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
is a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.
But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.
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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 | Review by: Micky B
Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Studios, UP - an animated comedy adventure yarn - is truly worthy of all the high acclaim it continues to receive.
Although voiced by Edward Asner: the resemblance of the story's main character, Carl Frederickson, to old-time movie actor Spencer Tracy, is largely intentional! Now a crusty 78-year-old man, a brief resume of his life is cleverly told without dialogue in the opening few minutes of the picture - and we get a moving insight of how much influence his late wife, Ellie, had had on him over their years together. Incidentally, we never get to hear Ellie's voice as an adult.
As with so many Pixar productions: there are so many subtleties in any of their given movies that it pays to do some Google homework on them. In this film, the baddie (voiced by celebrated Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer) is named Charles F Muntz - who is a kind of cross between Howard Hughes and Charles Lindburgh. Meanwhile, in real life, there was an animator named Charles B Mintz, who stole Walt Disney's first star animation character, Oswald the Rabbit... thus causing Mr Disney to invent the character that later became even more famous as Mickey Mouse! So even in death, Walter Elias Disney has his revenge!
And as for the many crazy animated animals: we have a whole collection of dogs (including Dug, who is not the brightest canine on the planet); a strange but friendly large bird called Kevin... one could go on and on.
But once you've seen it, I'm sure you'll do what I did: namely buy the DVD for your own private collection. It's worth every cent!
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Tue, 16 Nov 2010 | Review by: Emma H
Not my favorite Pixar film. Some funny parts but not as good as Madagascar for example. Disappointing actually.
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