Up (2009)

The Cast of Pixar's Up
The Cast of Pixar's Up

I watched Up earlier today with Gel and Cors (thanks again Gel, for earlier :D), and I asbolutely loved it. I’m a big fan of Pixar films, and most of my favorite movies are Pixar animated films — Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Cars, Wall-E to name a few. But Up just blew me away.

Up‘s trailer really does not do justice to the film. I was expecting something just simply comical, like what you see is what you get type after I saw the trailer and nothing really with the story. I was prepared to be amazed at the animation, and the funny moments and just that. But Up has a cute little story, and solid story arcs for each of the characters in the movie that it all just blends together beautifully. I can’t even decide which of the main characters is my favorite…but I’d have to say I’m partial to Dug the dog. Especially after you hear him say this after Carl drives him away by telling him he’s a bad dog:

I slept under your porch because I love you.

It makes me want to hug my pet dogs again. :)

It’s just simply wonderful, including the little background music they play everytime Carl remembers Ellie. :) Awww, to have a love that lasts like that. ♥

And this is probably the second Pixar film that made me tear up (first was Cars)! Not only once, but twice! It’s such a great movie, really, and I can’t wait to watch it again in 3D this weekend. :) If you haven’t watched it yet…well, what are you waiting for? Watch!

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I’m putting the latter part of this post under the cut because of two reasons: it involves a spoiler (sort of), and it’s kind of…well, morbid.

At the end of the movie, Carl and Russell become good friends and Carl basically becomes a part of Russell’s family, acting almost like his dad/granddad. There were shots of them playing, of watching a movie, and even Russell teaching Carl how to use a computer. It paints such a pretty picture but there’s a part of me feeling kind of sad about the entire thing…because you see, Carl is already 78 years old in the movie. And Russell is what, 10? I just feel sad with the idea that Carl will eventually pass and leave Russell and Dug. I mean, Carl may be awfully agile for someone his age in the movie, but he’s still elderly, and he will die.

I know, I know, it’s so morbid. I just found myself thinking about it as we watched the credits roll on the screen. Kind of sad when you think about it that way, that everyone will eventually go and pass away.

Well at least Carl will be with Ellie then. And he’s had his adventure too. :)

Carl & Ellie
Carl & Ellie

On another note, here’s another interesting story about Up, from it’s IMDB trivia page:

On Dec. 23, 2005, young Colby Curtin was diagnosed with vascular cancer, after doctors found a tumor in her liver. On April 28th, 2009, at the age of ten, her parents took her to see Monsters vs Aliens (2009). She was most impressed with the preview to “Up”, saying “I have to see that movie. It is so cool.” Two days later, Colby’s health began to worsen. On June 4th, her mother Lisa asked a hospice company to bring a wheelchair for Colby so she could visit a theater to see “Up.” However, the weekend went by and the wheelchair was not delivered. Unfortunately, Colby was now too sick to leave home and her family feared she would die without seeing the film. A family friend named Terrell Orum-Moore, who desperately wanted Colby to get her last wish, began to cold-call Pixar and Disney to see if someone could help. Pixar has an automated telephone answering system, Orum-Moore said, and unless she had a name of a specific person she wanted to speak to, she could not get through. Orum-Moore guessed a name, and the computer system transferred her to someone who could help, she said. Pixar officials listened to Colby’s story and agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a DVD of “Up”. Lisa Curtin asked her daughter, “Do you think you can hang on?”. “I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied. The company flew an employee with the “Up” DVD, which was still only in theaters, to the Curtin’s home on June 10 for a private viewing. He had a bag of stuffed animals of characters in the movie and a movie poster. He shared some quirky background details of the movie, and the group settled in to watch “Up”. Colby couldn’t see the screen because the pain kept her eyes closed, so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the film. At the end of the film, Lisa if her daughter enjoyed the movie, and Colby nodded yes. Lisa Curtin described the Pixar employee, saying “He couldn’t have been nicer. His eyes were just welled up.” Of the film, she remarked, “When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie. I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.” Seven hours after viewing the film, Colby passed away with her parents at her side.

Full article on that here.

So don’t miss this movie, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. :D I leave you with one final quote from Russell, the Wilderness Explorer kid:

…sometimes the boring stuff are the things I remember the most.

Hope you have an adventurous weekend ahead. :)