Film of the Day – Up (2009) Dir. Peter Docter, Bob Peterson

Synopsis: Carl Fredrickson is a little boy and a dreamer who idolizes the adventurer Charles Munts. When he meets Ellie, who also worships Munts, they become close friends. However Charles Munts falls into disgrace, accused of forging the skeleton of the monster of Paradise Falls. He travels in his blimp to South America to bring the monster back alive but is never seen again. Eventually he Carl grows up and marries Ellie. They promise each other that they would travel together to Paradise Falls and build a house there. Many years later, Ellie dies and Carl, who’s lonely, refuses to move from their house despite the offers of the owner of a construction company. When Carl accidentally hits a worker that damaged his mailbox, he is sentenced to move to a retirement home. However, he uses many balloons to float his house in order to travel to Paradise Falls. Adventure ensues.

Quote: Dug – “I was hiding under your porch because I love you.”

What I love about it: Pixar, in my mind make the very best animated kids movies (after Studio Ghibli). They are not only full of great characters, but they also have an excellent story and always have a message to teach kids embedded within that story. Up is a film that I didn’t expect to like very much. After all it’s a story of an 80-something year old man attaching balloons to his house and flying to South America. However I was so hugely mistaken. What Pixar did was make possibly its most adorable movie, filled with so many fantastic things. For starters, it manages the incredible task of making the most heartbreaking montage in just the first 10 minutes. If you tell me you didn’t get teary eyed I don’t believe you. Carl is a great character, yes he has old man cliches but they are put to great use and we are shown what made him this way too which adds a lot of depth to him. Russell is also wonderful, so full of innocence and naivety but also so full of heart. Finally, my favourite character of all is Dug. What could be better than a talking dog? By far the funniest character and impossible not to love. This movie is a fantastic addition to Pixar.

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