Up (Superset) (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD + Digital Copy) Blu-ray
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Directed by Pete Docter
Produced in 2009
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
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Milo Wakelin says that Pixar's uplifting adventure, which opened the Cannes Film Festival, was easily one of the best films of 2009.
In 2009, Up became the first ever animated film to be chosen to open the Cannes Film Festival, confirming Pixar Animation Studios' status as a serious creative force in contemporary cinema. However, many pundits wondered aloud whether this tale of an irascible septuagenarian and a plump 8-year old boy scout might be a little too offbeat for its own good. Would audiences really warm to a 78 year-old protagonist with a hearing aid and a walking stick?
Thankfully, Up is Pixar's most involving film to date, with an emotional reach that will coax smiles - and tears - from viewers of any age. From a wordless opening montage, which carries the audience through the highs and lows of a 60 year marriage, to exhilarating scenes of airborne spectacle that recall the best of Hayao Miyazaki, this warm, uplifting adventure is easily one of the best films of 2009.
Following the death of his wife, Carl Fredricksen (voiced by veteran actor Ed Asner) is left childless and alone, his quiet routine interrupted only by an overeager boy scout, Russell - who is trying to win an "assisting the elderly" badge - and builders who see his beloved home as little more than unused real estate.
Determined to fulfill his wife's lifelong dream of visiting South America, Carl hitches thousands of balloons to his house and floats away to freedom - only it turns out Russell has hitched along for the ride. The rest of the story is part Jules Verne, part Arthur Conan Doyle (and with a little bit of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino (2008) thrown in for good measure) - and it's far too good to spoil here.
Pixar's mastery of storytelling and film-making does not stem from the singular brilliance of an auteur, but through sheer painstaking craftsmanship, and here the storyline and characterisations have been honed with the same attention to detail as the beautifully nuanced animation.
With a lineage of hits dating back to Toy Story (1995) and with recent Oscar-winners including Ratatouille (2007) and Wall-E (2008), Pixar's output has gone from strength to strength. Up continues this tradition; it's a perfect example of how CGI animation can be used not as an end in itself, but as a means to explore and expand the possibilities of the art of film-making.
Milo Wakelin on 27th January 2010
Author of 103 reviews
High flying animated comedy adventure from Pixar Studios. 70-something retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) decides to use his twilight years to fulfil his lifelong dream of travelling through the wilds of South America. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he lifts off for his big adventure - only to discover that he has inadvertently brought a stowaway along with him in the form of Russell (Jordan Nagai), an eight-year-old wilderness explorer who is desperate to earn his 'Helping the Elderly' merit badge.
Publisher: Walt Disney Home Video
Length: 96 mins
Cat No: BUY0135601
Format: Blu-ray Colour
- 3 discs
- Theatrical Short: Partly Cloudy
- Exclusive Short: Dug’s Special Mission
- Home Theatre Maximizer
- Director's Commentary
- Feature Documentary: Adventure is Out There
- Alternate Scene: The Many Endings of Muntz
- Learn How to Take Your Favourite Movies on the Go
- Blu-ray Disc 1: Cine-Explore
- Easter Egg
- Blu-ray Disc 2: Global Guardian Badge Game
- Documentaries: Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, Russell: Wilderness Explorer, Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin, Homemakers of PIXAR, Balloons & Flight and Composing for Characters
- Alternate Scene: Married Life
- Promo Montage & Trailers.