Up

Up

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Director: Pete Docter

Cast: Pete Docter, Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger

     
 

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A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this computer-animated adventure scripted by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and co-directed by Peterson and Monsters, Inc. director Peter Docter. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life,See more details below

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A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this computer-animated adventure scripted by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and co-directed by Peterson and Monsters, Inc. director Peter Docter. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn't 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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There might not be a more dependable name in all of Hollywood than Pixar, and their tenth animated feature, Up, continues the studio's remarkable hot streak. As is usually the case, the premise is elegantly simple: in order to fulfill a promise to his dearly departed adventure-loving wife, senior citizen Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) flies to South America by hitching thousands of helium balloons to the house they built together. As silly as that may sound, director Pete Docter captures the audience's heart right from the beginning, thanks to an opening ten minutes that encapsulate the happy, decades-long marriage Carl shared with his dear Ellie. Following the duo from their first meeting as children who idolized the same superstar adventurer, to their tragic inability to have children, to their final moments together, this sweet, nearly dialogue-free sequence stands as arguably the most poignant in Pixar history -- right alongside WALL-E's spacewalk, and Jessie's abandonment in Toy Story 2. It's a remarkably emotional way to start things off, but it sets the audience up for all the amazing things that follow precisely because you never question why Carl acts on his obsession. But, of course, he doesn't go on this journey by himself. Wilderness Scout Russell (Jordan Nagai) -- think "green" Boy Scout -- happens to be on Carl's porch right when the house takes off. Russell enthusiastically offers his assistance because if he can help an old person, he'll be able to earn the final badge he needs to become a Senior Wilderness Scout -- and gain his dad's elusive attention. They're eventually joined by Dug (Bob Peterson), a dog that talks with the help of a special collar invented by his owner, who turns out to have a special role in Carl's past. Divulging any more of the plot would be just plain mean, because above all else, Up is an old-fashioned adventure story -- a throwback to the kind of breathless storytelling that made serials popular in the early days of movies. So much of the fun in watching Up comes from never quite being sure what thrill is right around the corner. You get the feeling that, had Pixar been in business 25 years ago, Steven Spielberg might have made this movie for them as a follow-up to Raiders of the Lost Ark. But it's not just the anything-could-happen excitement that gives the film a Spielberg vibe, it's also the genuine emotion at the heart of all that adventure. There is real grief, longing, and heartbreak in both Carl and Russell, and that makes us care about what happens to them. In fact, the way that Up grounds its fantastical events in such emotion could also have made it a worthy successor to E.T. And just as it would be a mistake to dismiss Raiders as just another textbook adventure film or E.T. as just an average lovable-alien-eats-Reese's Pieces flick, it would be equally foolish to think of Up as little more than another CG family film. Pixar doesn't really make family films in the way we've come to use that term -- a dismissive shorthand for something blandly inoffensive. No, Pixar lets smart, quirky artists indulge their creativity, and the results are often the kind of universally appreciated movies that helped make Hollywood a dream factory in the first place. Up fits proudly into that tradition.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
UPC:
0786936791037
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
33,311

Special Features

"Partly Cloudy" - Theatrical short; The many endings of Muntz - Alternate scenes; Adventure is Out There - Travel to the real Paradise Falls; Exclusive animated short film: "Dug's Special Mission" - All new short follows the misadventures of Dug

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Asner Carl Fredricksen
Christopher Plummer Voice Only,Charles Muntz
John Ratzenberger Construction Foreman Tom
Jordan Nagai Voice Only,Russell
Bob Peterson Dug,Alpha
Delroy Lindo Voice Only,Beta
Jérôme Ranft Gamma

Technical Credits
Pete Docter Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Patrick Lin Cinematographer
Tom McCarthy Original Story
Kevin Nolting Editor
Bob Peterson Original Story,Screenwriter
Denise Ream Associate Producer
Jonas Rivera Producer
Andrew Stanton Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Up
1. Newsreel
2. Meet Ellie
3. Married Life
4. Carl Alone
5. Construction Zone
6. Russell
7. Carl's Mistake
8. Carl Goes Up
9. Interrupted
10. Storm
11. Where Are We?
12. Stuck
13. The Journey Begins
14. Hunting Dogs
15. Kevin
16. Dug
17. Talking Dogs
18. Ditch 'Em
19. Campfire
20. Hunters Come to Camp
21. Muntz
22. Dinner
23. Pursuit
24. Stuff I Remember Most
25. Muntz Takes Kevin
26. Paradise Falls
27. Message from Ellie
28. Cleaning House
29. Rescue Russell
30. Rescue Kevin
31. Old Man Fight
32. Dogfight
33. Atop the Dirigible
34. Back Home
35. Credits

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