Directed by: Pete Doctor and Bob Peterson
Genre: Animated, Family, Comedy
Runtime: 89 Minutes
After my second viewing, it is safe to say that this is another up to par Pixar film. The animation is beautifully crisp; the story is touchingly sentimental at parts and characters that connect to you. “Monsters Inc.” director Pete Doctor co-directed and co-wrote this great film and it’s simply to say that Pixar have a great team with them. Kids and adults can enjoy “Up”, and I think for the older kids and adults will find it relatively even more enjoyable.
Carl Frederickson, the 78-year old balloon salesmen. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbours by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. However, Carl is not alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world's second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home.
I always love the animation that Pixar pulls off and this one has quite a unique style. As you will notice, Carl has square fingers and a very cubed shape overall, let alone being quite short. I think Pixar did another excellent job at capturing things in the film. However, Wall-E a year earlier to this was far better. Although I did not get to see it in digital 3D, the experience was magical with the film vibrant colours and cutting-edge visuals.
The montage sequence we first see is probably one of the most beautiful scenes in the entire film because of the beauty of it. As the beautiful musical number by Michael Giacchino, a wonderful montage follows the life of Carl and his wife. It is a cliché fantasy romance in the sequence. It is the kind that only exists in movies, but that does not stop it from being touching. Pixar are great with sentimentality and representation, and here is a good example of their creativity.
Carl the 'Spencer Tracey' inspired character is great because of how grumpy and grouchy he is when we first see him in his old age. Through the film, he develops (as most films do) and he eventually relates with the little camp-happy Russell. Let alone this little bond, Carl soon becomes something of a father figure. Towards the end of the film, Carl and Russell meet an adversary (who I shall remain nameless) who is a terrific character, because he was not someone who was bad at first. Due to society calling him a fake, it changed him as he has been on his 40-55 year expedition with no return, so it is something that changes a man.
Pete Doctor is undoubtedly a great animation director and his touch tops the film off deservingly. It seems that Pixar have an excellent team of creative thinkers and with the help of co-director and co-writer, Bob Peterson the story is solid and extremely entertaining. “Up” is a Pixar experience that you can expect to enjoy and expect to end up watching again, as with most classic films. This is another impeccably crafted masterful piece of work from the walls of Pixar.