Up

Up

Up is described as a "comedic adventure" starring a 78-year man named Carl Fredricksen, who's "spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest". Due to his age, he thinks life has "passed him by". One day, however, a "twist of fate", and an 8-year old "Wilderness Explorer" named Russell, changes his outlook on life. The pair go on adventures, encountering "wild terrain", "unexpected villains" and "jungle creatures".--©Pixar blog 4.4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
Up

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Genre Family / Children
Director Bob Peterson Pete Docter
Cast Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai Edward Asner
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date October 2009
Running Time 96 minutes
 

Up is described as a "comedic adventure" starring a 78-year man named Carl Fredricksen, who's "spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest". Due to his age, he thinks life has "passed him by". One day, however, a "twist of fate", and an 8-year old "Wilderness Explorer" named Russell, changes his outlook on life. The pair go on adventures, encountering "wild terrain", "unexpected villains" and "jungle creatures".--©Pixar blog

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Reviews

The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Up is buoyant with thrills and spills, yet it's anchored, quite movingly, in the acceptance of mortality. This rollercoaster ride will leave everyone on an up, even those of us who've crested the apex and now, like Carl, see life's curve heading all the way down.

09/10/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Pixar's tenth film is one of the most uplifting ever made. It's an instant classic and one of those rare movies which will appeal to all ages and intellects. It has heart and intelligence, beauty and excitement, plus loads and loads of imagination.

09/10/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

The latest Pixar film - and their first in 3D - is a real joy... funny, beautiful, actionpacked and at times even poignant, it is wonderful family entertainment and likely to be another massive hit from the masters of computer animation.

04/10/2009

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The New Statesman

Ryan Gilbey

Another year, another embarrassment of riches from Pixar, the computer animation studio purchased three years ago by Disney. Audacious concepts, mature and witty writing, sensuous animation that forces you to consider with fresh eyes the world right under your nose - this excellence is getting predictable.

08/10/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

But then, along comes a film like Up, a film so fantastically buoyant, so soaring and so universal, that it’s hard to check the urge to get down on one’s knees before the cinema screen and give thanks for the joy of being a moviegoer in an age when this animation studio has produced a run of brilliant titles that compares with the golden era of late-1930s Disney.

08/10/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

It's latest production, Up, made in 3D, is co-directed by Pete Docter and Bob Petersen, who have worked on most Pixar productions including both Toy Story films. It's one of its best: touching, funny and graphically exciting.

11/10/2009

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Variety

Todd McCarthy

Depending on what you think of "Cars," Pixar makes it either 9½ out of 10 or 10 for 10 with "Up," a captivating odd-couple adventure that becomes funnier and more exciting as it flies along.

12/05/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

It's funny and sweet, but also a tad predictable, with Carl's initial irritation with Russell softening as he recognises the same reckless spirit of adventure in him that he had as a little boy. Where Up really wins out, as the film's action shifts to South America and this intrepid duo have to contend with a surprise villain, is the loving attention to detail its makers confer upon both the setting (a richly imagined wilderness, clearly fuelled by memories of 1930s serial adventures) and the additional characters.

09/10/2009

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The Times

Toby Young

Seeing Up a week after Toy Story reminds you of just how much growing up Pixar has done in the past 14 years. The company’s animators have put away childish things and are looking through a glass darkly.

09/10/2009

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

Pixar’s latest animated marvel may not reach the same heights of wonderment as a ‘Wall-E’ or a ‘Ratatouille’, but those are tough boots to fill and this short, sharp and sweet fantasy still manages to reaffirm its makers as world leaders in the kind of popular animation that embraces ideas and the real world alongside fun and fantasy.

08/10/2009

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The result is a poignant little treasure, an album of shared happiness that will reduce 90 per cent of the audience to tears.

10/10/2009

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

In truth, Up is about as uplifting as half a bra. Still, it’s a hugely enjoyable work, whose care, craftsmanship and creative courage are rarely found in mainstream films — animated or otherwise.

11/10/2009

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Total Film

Neil Smith

Walt Disney said for every laugh there should be a tear. (He also said there should be no unions in Hollywood, but we’ll let that one slide.) Lest you assume Up is one long sob-fest, we should hasten to add that once that gut-punching salvo is over the movie settles into a more traditional groove – one that’s wacky, exhilarating and consistently funny.

17/09/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Don't get me wrong. Up is still a delight, and it boasts some of Pixar's funniest ever comedy, but it feels like well-trodden ground for a film about travelling to a far-flung wilderness. If you didn't know better, you'd assume that a team of script doctors had taken a classic 20-page picture book about an old man in a floating house and then brainstormed a new plot to tack on the end.

11/10/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The latest Pixar-Disney animation from director Pete Docter, available in 2D and 3D, is a lovely, charming and visually stunning family comedy which can leave no heart unwarmed, although very young children might be a bit scared at some of the chancier moments.

09/10/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Sound and fury take over from art and insight, signifying that a big fat cheque from Crédit Kiddyland is more important to some Hollywood studios than swooning critics hailing another example of laptop miracle-working.

07/10/2009

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

...the movie remains bound by convention, despite even its modest 3-D depth. This has become the Pixar way. Passages of glorious imagination are invariably matched by stock characters and banal story choices, as each new movie becomes another manifestation of the movie-industry divide between art and the bottom line.

29/05/2009

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