The Movie Up is Uplifting for Everyone!


I can’t tell you the last time I went to the movies and had as much fun as I did watching the movie, Up. Up is the story of 78 year old Carl Fredrickson (voiced perfectly by Ed Asner) and his attempt to fly his home to South America by tying thousands of balloons to it. He succeeds but inadvertently brings along Russell (voiced by newcomer Jordan Nagai), a young Wilderness Explorer who is trying to earn his final badge, Helping the Elderly. Along the way, they encounter talking dogs, a strange bird that Russell names Kevin, and an evil villain.

Now before I go more into the plot, I’d like to say a few words about Pixar’s 3D. Some of the reviews I have read about Up state that the 3D is not essential to the story. In some ways I do agree as there are no really exciting, pop-off-the-screen and into-your-face 3D graphics in this movie except for some flying darts and fireworks. But Pixar’s 3D is excellent and nothing like the lousy 3D that I grew up with in the 70’s and 80’s. This 3D works so well with the animation that the movie itself seems to naturally jump off the screen, adding a richness and vitality that would be missing if I was not watching it in 3D…


Additionally, several of the previews were in 3D as well as the featured short before the movie. I love that Pixar runs shorts prior to the main feature. Partly Cloudy is a cleverly delicious tale about storks, babies, and the clouds that make them and it focuses on one particular cloud who is producing “difficult” babies and the stork who must deliver them. It was the perfect intro to the feature film and it is destined to become a classic itself.

DugUp is one of those rare children movies that also appeals to adults. It’s almost as if Pixar made the movie for the adults and the kids can come along for the ride. As the years speed by, the relationship between Carl and his wife, Ellie, is heart-warmingly, sweet and her passing is sadly poignant, yet should fly over the heads of the wee ones in the audience. The ensuing trip deals with a wide variety of issues including loneliness, anger, single parenting, friendship, and loyalty, without being obvious or preachy. Even the talking dogs (aided by a device attached to their collars) talk like how you might imagine a real dog would talk if he suddenly acquired that ability. In fact, some of the funniest moments include the talking dogs and the word “squirrel.”

There’s excitement, fun, scary dog chases, and exotic backgrounds. I don’t want to reveal anymore so I suggest that you take your kids to see Up. If you don’t have any kids, go yourself. And make sure you see it in 3D. You’ll be glad you did.


12 thoughts on “The Movie Up is Uplifting for Everyone!

  1. My husband and I are going to see this. It will be the first time in probably three years we’ve been to a theater. Cannot wait! I heard another stellar review of it this morning before a staff meeting. I haven’t been this excited to see a movie in forever.

  2. I’ve heard such great things about that movie, I can’t wait to see it 🙂 Thanks for the great review! I want to see it even more now.

  3. I am dying to see this movie. I hope we get a chance before it leaves the theater. This is the first review I have read (no, I don’t get out much, why do you ask) and it is certainly positive. Now I can’t wait to see it even more.

  4. Holy Cow!!! You moved and your blog is AWESOME!!! Now I know why you haven’t passed through my blogroll!!!

    I LOVED UP!!! Made me cry!

  5. Carol says:

    I adored that movie. Didn’t see it in 3D, though. I cried like an idiot all through that 4 1/2 minute montage of Carl and Ellie’s life together. Oh, gods, and the scrapbook bit at the end…sob! My Charlie has been saying ‘squirrel!’ for days now.

  6. We haven’t gone to see this yet, had a few busy weekends. It seems like a great movie, thanks for the review! We will be checking it out!

  7. I absolutely LOVED this movie!! It’s the first one that we have been to in months and it was so worth it! I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say they don’t like it yet.

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