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Up is the story of Carl Fredricksen, an old man who has lost his wife, Ellie, before they could fulfil their dream. Having met as children, the one thing they were always going to do together, but could never quite manage, was to visit Paradise Falls in Venezuela. Left alone, and with builders encroaching on his house, Mr Fredricksen decides to try and fulfil this childhood dream; not just by visiting Paradise Falls, but by moving his and Ellie's house there. So he attaches enough helium balloons to his house to lift it, and sets off.
However, unbeknownst to him, an unexpected stowaway has joined him on the journey: Russell, a young wildlife explorer, who Mr Fredricksen now has no option but to take along with him.
Together, they manage to reach Venezuela, but fall just short of Paradise Falls. Forced to walk, towing the house along behind them, they encounter all the wildlife of Venezuela, and Russell becomes particularly attached to a large bird, whom he calls Kevin. Bribed with chocolate, Kevin joins them, much to Mr Fredricksen's disgust. But when a talking dog, named Dog, shows up, wanting to take Kevin prisoner, it becomes apparent that the bird is in high demand. Despite Dog being loveably dozy, when the rest of his pack shows up, it is a different story. For the dogs belong to the explorer Charles Muntz, Mr Fredricksen's childhood hero, and he is desparate to get his hands on Kevin...
Up is an unusual film in that its hero is a rather world-weary old man. However, this is the great strength of the film. The opening sequence showing Mr Fredricksen's life is one of the saddest I have ever seen. We see him meet Ellie as a child, he shy and retiring, she exuberant and full of life. We see them gradually fall in love, get married, begin preparing for a child, suffer a miscarriage, and grow old together, all the while saving for that trip to Paradise Falls, but somehow always having to spend the money on other things. Eventually we see Ellie suddenly fall ill, and then we see her funeral. Therefore by the time within the first ten minutes, we know all about Mr Fredricksen's life, and the loss that has left him in his current grumpy state, giving him a depth rarely seen in cartoon characters.
He is perfectly contrasted with the other main character, Russell, who is young and full of exuberance, rather like Ellie once was. He is too though, has suffered his share of hardships, abandonment by his father, even though he is too young to quite comprehend it. He is the perfect way of showing the innocence that Mr Fredricksen has lost, but can perhaps regain with time.
The only other human is Charles Muntz, the main villain. If I had any complaints about the film, it would be that he is not quite as well drawn as the other characters, being your stereotypical mad scientist. This is a small complaint however, given the quality of the rest of the film.
If the human characters are centre stage, they are amply supported by Kevin and Dog. Kevin (actually a female bird) is entertainingly inquisitive, but it is Dog that really steals the film. Anyone who has a dog will almost certainly recognise them in him; a loveable daftness, absolute adoration of people, and an inability to concentrate, particularly when there are treats, balls and squirrels around!
The animation is beautifully rendered throughout, matched only by the beauty of the storyline. What begins as an old man's quest to fulfil his and his late wife's dream quickly becomes more about saving himself from the misery that he has sunk into. Although technically a children's film, this will perhaps appeal more to an older audience. Children can laugh at the antics of Dog, and enjoy the tension of the confrontation with Charles Muntz, but it is the story of Mr Fredricksen learning to deal with the loss of his wife that will appeal most to adults, and is the far more important story of the film.
I first watched Up when it was released in cinemas a few years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I recently watched it again on DVD and was reminded just how good it actually is.
Up is directed by Pete Docter (also the director of Monsters Inc.), written by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. It is a Walt Disney and Pixar animation movie, which was released on May 29th 2009 and is 96 minutes long.
At the start of the film, we are introduced to one of the main characters, Carl Fredricksen, as a young boy. He is shy and quiet but adores Charles Muntz, the explorer who went to South America and was never seen again. Carl comes across a very loud and outgoing girl called Ellie, who shares Carl's love of adventure and exploring. This is a great little intro to the film as Carl's character is developed quite early, and so we already know a lot about him before the story really kicks in.
The first ten minutes or so show Carl and Ellie's life together, growing up, getting married, and buying a house. They both share the life long dream of travelling to South America and finding their idol, Muntz. They save, but something always comes up and they have to use there money for something else. The two grow old, never having fulfilled their shared dream, and when Ellie dies, Carl is heart broken. The first ten minutes of this film are very emotional (but don't worry, it gets more upbeat!)
Carl is left alone in the house he and Ellie lived in, but now it is in the middle of an urban development, and he refuses to move. Carl accidentally injures one of the developers and has to go to court, where the court rules he must move to a retirement home. Meanwhile, Russell, the second protagonist, is a Wilderness Explorer (a scout) and is desperate to earn his very last badge: assisting the elderly. He pesters Mr. Fredricksen but he is too busy and sends him away. It is clear from this point that these two characters are key.
Carl, determined not to lose his home, ties thousands of balloons to the house and flies it away. This scene is quite magical and wonderful, as the house floats away, and Carl looks very smug as the developers are left open mouthed below. Still enjoying his prank, Mr. Fredricksen suddenly, in mid air, gets a knock on the door, and a very shocked and very frightened Russell is there. Totally unphased by Carl, Russell invites himself in and the story really begins.
The two characters share a journey to remember for a lifetime. They find a legendary waterfall, help a flightless bird find her chicks, and adopt a talking dog. There are many turns to the plot and flashes of pure brilliance when it comes to humour, in my opinion. The characters are original and loveable, and find friends in each other. Carl is explored in the beginning, but as the film goes on we learn more and more about Russell and his past. The story is new and fresh, not just another film that's reworked the same story, with the same characters that we've seen a million times.
The graphics are fantastic too, there is one scene in the beginning, where Carl's house floats past a little girl's bedroom window, and it is so crisp and clear, it looks fab. The characters are voiced well too, full of emotion and laughter. Before creating and animating the film, Docter and eleven other Pixar artists spent time in Venezuela, gathering drawings and inspirations for when they began creating the movie. Seeing the different artists interpreting the landscapes in their own ways was great because it really put life into the animation. The ideas the team found in Venezuela can really be seen in the film and the effort put in really shows.
Up is lighthearted and a great family film. It is uplifting and fun, but the bond the characters create with each other is so realistic and true it really hits you in the heart. Everybody knows it is going to be a happy ending but that doesn't matter, because it is a completely original film. It is impossible to not love this film and I would reccommend this film to everyone! It is a fantastic addition to anyone's DVD collection.
Let me start by saying Up is a truly beautiful film. I didn't think it would be something that would appeal to my three and a half year old daughter but we watched it anyway as I really wanted to see it.
The film starts out by showing the life of Carl Fredrickson, he meets a girl called Ellie who shares his love for adventure. They seem like quite an unlikely duo as Ellie is quite loud whereas Carl is quite timid. The film shows how the two characters relationship develops to their wedding day, when Ellie falls pregnant, when they lose the baby and all the way throughout their lives, they save up to go on an adventure to South America but something always crops up, the car needs to be fixed etc. When Ellie dies Carl makes it his job to continue and have the adventure that they once planned to do together.
One of the most famous scenes from the movie is when Carl makes the house fly by using thousands of helium balloons. His house is right in the middle of a construction and they are out to buy the house from Carl and after he hits a worker he makes his escape before they can tear him off to a retirement home. When the house is in the air Carl gets a knock on the door, 8 year old Russell is after his helping the elderly badge and accidently gets taken up with the house. They then make their way to Paradise Falls to try and live Ellie's dream.
I must say that this film is really truly mesmerising, I love that the start of film shows us into Carl and Ellies life as it really opens the characters up and you can see exactly what they have been through. It does get a little emotional through this point of the film but Russell is introduced soon after and he cheers you up instantly, he is a very likable young boy who provides loads of laughs throughout the film.
It's nice to see how grumpy Carl Fredrickson reacts to Russell and the way their relationship develops, with Russell trying to divulge some information about his past and Carl simply ignoring him, the way the relationship turns out is really lovely. There are a couple more main characters but I can't go into too much detail about them without giving the whole plot line away.
The animation is fantastic in both the more urban scenes at the start of the film and the rural and sky flying scenes. When the house is up in the air you can see down to scenery below and it is breath taking despite being an animated film. The scenery isn't the only great thing about the animation, attention to detail is fantastic and it really is a visual pleasing film to watch.
I definitely think Up is worth a watch. My daughter enjoyed it just as much as I did despite me thinking she wouldn't. It's a great family film and something I will watch again and again.
This story starts with Carl a once young boy trying to find adventure he meets a young girl in an old house and they have their own mini adventure as children, they grow up and marry and then as they get older she dies. Adventure never quite being completed, as they both wanted to go to far away places and do magical things.
Carl finds their old scrap book and finds out that their adventure never really got done the way he or his wife expected, so he ties balloons to his house and takes off literally. Unfortunately before this a scout trying to do bob a job calls to the house and gets turned away. Before the young scout goes home the scout (Russell) finds himself unable to leave the house.
Russell by now is attached to the outside porch of the house he timidly knocks on the door and the old man Carl opens it in shock to find him hanging on,balloons having lifted it clean off the floor.This is where an unlikely friendship starts and the old man lets Russell into his house and his life.
They find themselves floating over to south America and the wilds therein. The house lands and he and Russell find dogs that talk and birds that need rescuing and his old idol Charles Muntz who everyone thinks is dead.
Hi jinx persue, as Charles Muntz is trying to prove the existence of a rare bird and Carl is trying his best to stop his hero from killing it and get his house to the very spot that his beloved wife spotted on an old postcard.
Russell proves himself as an invaluable Alie and finally gets his merit badges.
A good yarn for all the family well worth the watch. We found ourselves laughing quite a bit at the antics and were kept on the edge of our seats wanting Carl to win. Fun and games for all.
We thoroughly enjoyed this film over christmas and would recommend it to anyone who asked.
I found that although I had heard of the Disney Pixar film, Up, I had not been quite so keen to see it as other pixar films. It didn't have quite the same appeal as films like Cars and Toy Story. However, when it was shown on the television recently over Christmas, we decided to sit and watch this as a family with my two young sons.
The story starts a lot gentler than any other childrens film I have seen, and my children at first were not overly impressed by the plot on this one, but the background was needed to see the true beauty of the story.
Carl has spent a lifetime with his one true love, Ellie. They both met when they were children, and they both shared a love of exploration after seeing a famous explorer, Charles Muntz, taking off in his airship called The Spirit Of Adventure. Ellie's lifelong dream has been to visit an area in South America called Paradise Falls. This is a dream that is pushed aside as they grow up, get married, and try to start a family. When Ellie passes away, Carl is upset that he has never done what they set out to.
He is driven to doing something about it when he accidentally hits a construction worker and he is supposed to go to a care home for the elderly. Rather than give up, he ties lots of helium balloons to his house causing it to float up in the air.
But unknown to Carl, he has a hitchhiker in the form of an 8 year old boy scout called Russell who is trying to get his last badge in Helping the Elderly. Russell is not really a practical help as he is an overweight child who has never actually had any experience of the wilderness, so this is one big adventure for the pair of them, in more ways than they would ever expect.
I have to say, I found the start of this film incredibly sad. This couple have had a dream for the best part of 70 years, and all the mundane things that happen in life like the roof needing repairing or the car needing a new tyre has stopped them. I was thinking that what a sad thing that is if you have a dream and don't come anywhere near to it, and how this is possibly the case for a lot of people in life. It really did get me thinking about my own life watching it.
However, seeing Carl taking this really wild move and having the adventure he never knew he wanted to have was really uplifting. The way Russell and Carl bond is really sweet, and what started off quite dull and more aimed at adults became a big adventure with danger and talking dogs which had us all laughing together as a family.
This is a bright and colourful film that really did amaze and entertain me. I was charmed by the relationship between Carl and Russell, and it made me think about what you actually want in life and how you go about achieving it.
I will be watching this one again to put a big smile on my face. We are still talking about the talking dogs a couple of weeks later and thinking about what our dog might be saying to us when he is barking.
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Carl Fredrickson is a retired balloon salesman, whom is part rascal and part dreamer. Carl is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement and ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off to the lost world, which was his childhood dream. An over eager 8 years old boy happens to be in Carl's front porch at the wrong time and ends up going with Carl on his adventures. The unlikely duo reach new heights and meet some wonderful new friends. Stuck together in the jungle Carl realises that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for.
The Main Characters
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Carl - Carl is one of the main characters in the film and comes across as quite grumpy at the beginning of the film. Carl seems to take everything very seriously and is a totally different character compared to Russell. As we go further into the film Carl becomes less angry and grumpy and starts to enjoy himself for. Carl becomes rather protective over Russell when they run into trouble and he does his best to try and get Russell out of difficult situations.
Russell - Russell loves exploring and is rather excited about being in a floating house. Russell wants to do nothing else but explore and loves playing with the animals they meet on their travels. He is constantly trying to cheer Carl up and he is a very bright and bubbly character.
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The film starts off with us meeting Carl at a very young age, and how he started off as a balloon salesman. The first 10 minutes of the film go through his life until he is at the age he is now, living on his own in his neat and tidy house. This character comes across as rather grumpy as we see him leave his house to reveal that his house is surrounded by construction Lorries and workers. The workers want him to leave his house so they can use the land to re-build on it. Russell the wilderness explorer knocks on his door to ask if he needs any help with anything. The film is quite sad as it tells us how Carl has to leave his home where he lived with his wife. At this point in the film there is some music played on the piano which gives a sad, lonely feeling. We see the house lifted up into the sky by thousands of colourful balloons as people stop and look twice at what they are seeing. Unknown to Carl, Russell was in his front porch at the time the house floated away and he gets a shock to find Russell knocking on his door when they are up in the air. They arrive in South America where they meet many new friends including Dug, whom is a dog with a special collar and Kevin, a rare 13 foot-tall flightless bird. We the unlikely duo run away from a pack of dogs whom are after Kevin. Will their adventure become an adventure they will enjoy or will they spend it running away from trouble that seems to find them?
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* Feature Film.
* "Partly Cloudy" - Theatrical Short.
* The Many Ending 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.
* Includes More Bonus Features.
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I think the film has a great story to it and the characters and also very good and fun too. I love the fact that both of the main characters are so different to each other but they actually get on with each other and enjoy their adventure that they go on. Although this is more of a children's film I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and would watch it again. The characters in the film are so enjoyable and my favourite character has to be Carl as I love his attitude and the way he becomes less grumpy through the film and starts to enjoy himself more on their adventure. The film has some great chasing scenes in it which makes the film a bit more exciting. I would recommend this film to others, even to other people of my age and older. This is also a fantastic film to watch with your children as well.
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Up is a computer generated film released by Pixar in 2009, and was released in the 3D format for the cinemas. The film tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, a shy quiet boy who grows up idolising an adventurer called Charles Muntz, Munts has returned to South America to refute claims he faked the skeleton a huge bird. Carl befriends a tomboy called Ellie and they eventually marry, and grow old together, they had vowed to visit South America but every time they had saved enough money a problem arises means they have to spend their savings and they never get there. Finally Carl has the money but the day he was going to tell Ellie she collapses and dies, Carl in the depths of despair retreats back into his house.
Carl's house has been surrounded by a urban development, he refuses to sell and one day has an argument with a man who has knocked his letter box. He is ordered out of his home and has to go and live in a retirement home, on the day of his leaving he tricks his carers and lets off a huge number of balloons and the house lifts off into the sky.
Carl is soon joined by a young boy scout, he goes on a journey to South America which is part adventure and part reminiscence, along the way he meets the tall bird, a pack of bird and Charles Muntz.
Up is a delightful film, the use of two old men as the main characters are a nice change from our youth obsessed culture. The two old men are the classic grumpy old men, they are stubborn, resourceful and have tempers, and they exude the weariness of age over time and how their lives have been moulded by external forces. So Carl's life is influenced by Ellie, their desire to get to South America but they have lived a loving and lasting relationship, Carl's desires are to find the lost bird and reclaim his reputation. As with many old men there fixations become obsessions, Carl's is South America and Charles is the bird, both turn inwards and lead to a degree of dementia. So are they old and stubborn or old and deluded? Carl is the more level headed and nicer, yet has a grumpy and stubborn attitude, Charles is more focused but more demented in his desires.
The focus of the film is Carl and Ellie's relationship, we meet Ellie as a young girl but their relationship is covered in the film by a montage accompanied by music. Indeed Ellie as an adult doesn't say a word, we only see the love which the pair shares, only when Ellie dies does Carl become reclusive and refuses to engage with modern society. The rest of the film is to return Carl back into modern life; his adventures are all steps into a world without a physical Ellie but full of his memories of his beloved wife. Through his actions he slowly realises that there is still life after Ellie and she would want him to go and live a full and engaging life.
The other aspect of the film is the colour; the use of the balloons to life the house off the land is a chance for the makers to fill the screen with a huge array of colours. The rest of the film is a back drop for the colours of the balloons and the blue skies, the use of a traditional wooden house is perfect against the multi coloured balloons.
Up is a film which children love for the balloons, animals, the fun talking dogs and the cranky old men, adults can enjoy the film for the complex storyline and following the travails of an old man whose suffering from loss and doesn't know how to engage with the world without his wife.
I first saw this film at my sister's house, neither of us have any children but her neighbour does, and had leant this to her because she thought it was a lovely film. We weren't neccessarily planning on watching it that day but there was an unexpected power cut so we resorted to watching the dvd on an already charged laptop. We were hooked after the first few minutes, and it has to be said that the Ellie and Carl sequence during the first 10 minutes of this film is excellent. The plot revolves around elderly Carl and his new aquaintance Russell, who is a young Wilderness Explorer (think Scouts). The pair, aided by balloons, take off in Carl's house and end up on an adventure in South America that sees them befriending a talking dog and a large tropical bird. This is a beautifully made film that will entertain all ages, certainly not just kids.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
As a young boy Carl Frederickson loved adventure and travel, he closely followed the latest explorer and loved the idea of growing up and becoming one himself. Carl met a girl called Ellie who was also into exploring and adventure and over time they married and explored things together. Ellie always dreamt of visiting the Lost Lands of South America but over the years the savings for the trip had to be used on other things. Carl and Ellie are now old and have never made the trip, unfortunately Ellie dies before she gets to visit it leaving Carl all alone.
Carl is having problems as the street which his house is on is under development and the developer is trying to get him to move out so his house can be knocked down. Carl is not willing to move and fights them. It is when Carl is at work selling his balloons that he comes up with an idea. He connects hundreds of helium filled balloons to the roof of his house and hopes to fly it to South America and fulfil Ellie's dream. Fortunately the plan works and Carl is soon on his way to the Lost Lands but he gets more than he bargained for when a young Scout Explorer has stowed away with the house.
Can Carl make it to the Lost Lands and what will happen to the Scout and just how far can the balloons take him?
I have only given a very brief outline of the plot to this film so do not be put off by the apparent lack of story as there is still more to be discovered by watching. I was really looking forward to watching this film as both me and hubby do enjoy the animated children's films and the trailer had made this one look very good. I am pleased to say both me and hubby were very impressed and found the film to be very entertaining throughout. The storyline was very good and enjoyable. It is very suitable for the children's audience it was aimed at and I do think they will be able to follow it with ease. There are a few times in the film when we get a small amount of peril or very mild threat but there is nothing to scare children.
The animation throughout was excellent, each frame was detailed and colourful and I did at times actually forget that I was watching a cartoon. I loved the appearance of the characters and the best by far was Carl, he was shown at different ages through his life and he always looked good and just like a normal human, when he was old he had the usual old peoples problems and walked with a stick and I thought they managed to really bring him to life. He had good facial features and was easily able to show expressions and feelings with his eyes and appearance and I found the vocals which Edward Asner gave him suited him perfectly and really helped to bring him to life. Despite this being animated I still found there to be a great connection with the characters and the bond which formed between Carl and the young scout Russell to be lovely and showed to be more of a Grandfather and child bond than two strangers.
The vocals which were used for the other character were also very good, some of the actors used included, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson and Delroy Lindo, they all did excellent job in putting personality into the animated characters and really helped bring them to life.
The setting for the film was very mixed, we had the start of the film which showed a building site and them moved into the air where we got some lovely views over the animated countryside and then moved to the Lost Lands where we got the jungle feel. I found it to all look very good and enjoyable to watch and found that there was so much detail included and the colours really caught my attention and will help younger viewers stay interested.
There is a lot of fun in the film and a few good laughs, they come mainly from the relationships Carl forms later on in the film, I found all of the humour to be ease to see and understand and even though there was a lack of adult humour I really did not miss it and think the film would have lost the emotions if this would have been added. The film has a good soundtrack which fits in very well. None of the tracks were stand out ones but they were all appropriate and helped with the emotions and feelings of the film.
This is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 96 minutes and the rate is a Universal. Agree with the rate and think all ages will enjoy this film. The DVD can be bought for around the £7 mark but fortunately I managed to catch this on Sky moves for free but I would say this is worth the price tag it has.
I am more than happy to give this film the full 5 stars as it really deserves them. The storyline is good and a little moving at times, the animation and voices are excellent and this is one the whole family can enjoy together.
Up is a Disney Pixar film which has raised the game in animation for ever as far as I'm concerned. It is a beautifully paced yarn about love, loss and life which will have you crying like a baby in the first 15 minutes and then follows this up with a wonderful story of fulfilling your dreams.
The film is directed by Pete Docter, who also directed 'Monsters Inc', wrote 'Toy Story' and co-wrote the very moving 'Wall-E'.
It is profoundly moving, beautifully shot and animated and well acted. It is one of the best and most emotive and emotionally honest films I have seen in many years and something I treasure.
Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) is a grumpy old man, living alone in a home, which is wanted by developers. A balloon seller all his life, he spends his days pottering around missing his beloved wife, who has recently passed away. Following one such moment thinking about his wife, he remembers their shared lifelong dream to travel to South America like their great hero, the television explorer, Charles Muntz, and visit Paradise Falls in Venezuela.
Rather than lose the home he shared for a wonderful life with his sweetheart, he decides to fulfil his promise to his wife that they would go there and ties thousands of balloons to his home before setting off for South America, unfortunately, he has a stowaway on the trip in the confused wilderness explorer, Russell, a nice kid who simply wants to lend the pensioner a hand.
However on arriving at Angel Falls, Carl discovers that some of his hopes and dreams weren't real and despite many grumpy episodes sets out to save the wildlife of the area against an evil foe.
Generally in film reviews I wouldn't mention the start of a film in such detail, but this for me is possibly the most beautiful 10 minutes placed on film, it is so well paced, so beautiful, the music adds to the sense of love and loss and as a short silent piece, it has more impact in its short time than the majority of films can pack into 2 hours.
The film begins with two children meeting, a chubby Carl, and a geeky Ellie, they discover they both want to be explorers, they watch old cinema newsreels of the great adventurer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) who explores the lost rainforests of the world in his giant airship, returning from Paradise Falls with interesting skeletons, which are branded fake, forcing him to fly off in search of further discoveries to prove the press wrong.
Whilst he disappears into the ether, Ellie and Carl grow up inseparable and their bond grows into love, they marry, buy a small broken home to repair, save for their dream trip (and then lose their savings to replace punctured tyres, or pay medical bills) as real life stops them achieving this.
The characters are utterly in love with each other and this motivates every sequence with the grumpy Carl subsequently as in essence, his life ended the day he loses Ellie. The whole sequence has no words, simply music, it is stunning, simple and utterly heart-aching, every ounce of emotion is intelligent as the lovebirds grow together and then start to age and slowly deteriorate together.
I would heartily recommend you watch it, even if you don't watch the film in its entirety, its available on Youtube and is one of the most emotional and beautiful film sequences I have ever seen.
Edward Asner ... Carl Fredricksen
Christopher Plummer ... Charles Muntz
Jordan Nagai ... Russell (voice)
Bob Peterson ... Dug / Alpha (voice)
Delroy Lindo ... Beta (voice)
Jerome Ranft ... Gamma (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Construction Foreman Tom (voice)
David Kaye ... Newsreel Announcer (voice)
Elie Docter ... Young Ellie (voice)
Jeremy Leary ... Young Carl (voice)
Mickie McGowan ... Police Officer Edith (voice)
Danny Mann ... Construction Worker Steve (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Nurse AJ (voice)
Josh Cooley ... Omega (voice)
The acting in this is really all about Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer, both are perfect as grumpy old men with different points to prove, Jordan Nagai is fine as the annoying but well intentioned Russell and the other voices hit the spot, although don't really need to be anything more than amusing support to the three main characters.
In essence this isn't a kid's film at all, two of the three main characters are curmudgeonly old men searching for some meaning to their live's, they are real, they aren't perfect and that just makes this film even more endearing to me, it doesn't try to overwhelm you with action, or some heroic main character, everyone in the film is flawed, Carl is grumpy and hard work, Russell, is young, naïve and for most of the film, a clumsy overweight kid, the characters in Paradise Falls are all flawed in their own ways, whilst Muntz is a man who has dedicated his life to something without reward or understanding of why.
I think the film is excellent and is definitely something I will treasure forever, it's not going to age or date, and will still be relevant in 60 years' time, as the core of the story is the human adventure, whether we're 8 year old kids, 78 year old men, we want meaning in our lives and need to follow our hearts and dreams, before its too late. That's a saccharine tinged message, but is told in such a way, with real, flawed people that it deserves our attention. I would recommend buying the film simply for the opening sequence, but it does follow this up with an adventure, with some chases and excitement and some elements of self-discovery.
The writing is spot on, it's not too mawkish and not too adult, kid's will like the film, but adults will love it. The colour scheme of the film is perfect, it's always bright and interesting and holds your attention, from the sepia tinged beginning to the beautifully coloured balloons that populate the film and in many ways hold all of Carl's dreams within.
Released in 2009, Up has been one of my most watched films this year with a 2 year old nephew insisting he watch it each time he visits for the last 6 months. Having seen it so many times though, it has never lost its charm. Not only is it a great film for young kids but adults can enjoy it just as much with a few serious plot lines and likeable characters.
We're introduced to Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Edward Asner) as a young boy at the movies as we learn of his inspiration to visit Paradise Falls. As he's living his fantasy of becoming an explorer, he meets his future wife Ellie and the story quickly passes through the years they're together when tragedy strikes. Carl becomes a grumpy old man refusing to move from the home he and his wife made to make way for developers. With the risk of being forced out his home, he comes up with a genius plan to finally take the trip to South America with the help of some balloons and an added guest. The magic begins with thousands of balloons being released and the house taking to the sky but will Mr Fredricksen ever make it to Paradise Falls?
When I first saw the film, I was surprised it only took 10 minutes for the tears to start. It's easy to feel emotionally involved in the challenges Carl and Ellie's lives bring and empathise with why Carl develops into the grumpy old man we get to love. That's not to say the film is depressing throughout although it did surprise me this was film aimed at kids with the subjects being covered within those 10 minutes. The comedic moments soon start and the film quickly becomes very colourful as the slightly irritating Russell the Wilderness Explorer just happens to be on the porch when the house takes flight and the adventure gets underway.
The relationship between Carl and Russell is akin to Dennis the Menace and Mr Wilson but accompanied by Kevin the bird and Dug the talking dog, sets it apart. Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai) speaks longingly of his absent father but he is certainly a determined little boy getting a few laughs as he learns a few wilderness lessons. Carl's childhood hero, Charles Muntz, makes an appearance half way into the movie but Carl would be wrong to expect a warm welcome. I'm glad the DVD includes the Directors Commentary as it's quite revealing as to why the story develops the way it does with this character. The film does become quite dark but even watching with a 2 year old, it doesn't scare him.
Watching the DVD with my nephew we tend to use scene selection to skip to the balloon part about 20 minutes in (chapter 8) as its far more engaging for a young child. He will shout 'bloons' each time they're in view (you should see his face light up the moment they're released!), scream at the surprising knocks on the door, laugh rather loudly as the talking dogs laugh and say 'yuck' when the bird spits out Carl's cane. I like how Disney and Pixar have included lots of elements which young children can recognise - e.g. my nephew has seen a hot air balloon so knows the shape of the balloons and the floating house, as well as the animals, planes and a catchy theme song he'll sway to.
The film has a great ending. The way the characters develop and the many moments which relate to the start of the film help to wrap it up. There's a lot to be gained from the story with the companionship between many of the characters and their individual personalities. It doesn't seem to matter what age group you are - there is something for everyone.
The graphics are superb on small and large screen and although the characters are not lifelike there are areas such as the detail of fabric, clouds and the transparency of the balloons which are realistic. I've only watched the DVD so can't really compare it to Blu-Ray or 3D but I'm more than happy with this. There's not much in the way of music but the opening theme song is very upbeat featuring more quietly in the movie.
Bonus feature wise, they're superb even just for the shorts: the independent 'Partly Cloudy' and 'Dug's Special Mission' which ties into film. They may be short but they are beautifully created and as much detail is put into these as the film itself. In 'Adventure Is Out There' it takes you to the real Paradise Falls and it's interesting to learn about the topography of real landscapes used in the film from the Tepuis in Venezuela. As well as the Directors Commentary which discusses the film fully from start to finish there's also alternative scenes involving Charles Muntz but I'd recommend watching the film first as it will spoil the story.
Overall I highly recommend it whether for adult or child. Whether you want to watch from the start for the most poignant 10 minutes or skip to happier balloon scenes. You can't help but like Dug, Kevin and of course Carl and Russell by the time the story finishes. There's lots of laughter, a few tears, it's very visually appealing and there's great range of bonus features for both adults and children.
I think I am really a big kid at heart because I love a lot of kids films but up was definately a hit.
The film shows Carl, a young boy who meets Ellie, a boisterous tomboy with a thirst for adventure. As they fall in love, and grow old together, they are forever saving up to go to paradise falls, which was a childhood dream for Ellie. Grown up life and things get in the way and they never end up being able to go. Eventually Ellie dies, and Carl is left alone. He is unwilling to give up their family home, but when he finds himself about to be taken away to a retirement home, he comes up with a great idea to save their house and finally have a trip to paradise falls, where he meets some friends along the way. Although Carl at first seems grumpy and miserable, the character is very lovable, and after a while begins to soften.
I think the film gives a great message to both kids and adults - you can spend your whole life waiting for an adventure, but in the end, your life WAS a great adventure.
Although I didn't see the film in 3D, it was still great to watch on DVD and I would definately reccommend you to buy this. Of course, if you hate most pixar films, I wouldnt think that this would convert you, but if you are looking for a film that the whole family would enjoy, I would go for this one!
Be warned, the film is quite sad in parts, but looking back on films I used to enjoy as a kid, like Lion King, I suppose there is nothing new there! It is also very funny and leaves you with that nice fuzzy feeling!
There are so many animated films released so frequently now that I don't watch many of them anymore. I had actually seen a trailer for Up when watching another film at the cinema. I was particularly interested because it was a Pixar film and my boyfriend and I have loved their films since Toy Story was released. We did intend to watch this film in the Cinema but for some reason we missed it and instead I bought it on DVD for my boyfriend.
Up starts with a young boy called Carl meeting a young girl called Ellie. It is a really sweet beginning to the film that shows moments of their lives together as they get older, marry, buy a house and make it a home. They both share a life-long dream of one day going to Paradise Falls in South America just like a famous explorer that had inspired them at a young age.
The story continues when Ellie has passed away and Carl is left alone. The lovely home Ellie and Carl made together is now based in the middle of a building development as Carl refuses to sell their home to the developers. Carl is being forced into a retirement home when as an ex-balloon seller he decides to tie thousands of balloons to his house to finally achieve his and Ellie's dream of reaching Paradise Falls, taking their home and memories with him.
As Carl's journey has just began he realises he has a stowaway. Carl is joined by Russell, an 8 year old Wilderness Explorer Scout who was visiting Carl to gain his Elderly Assistance Badge. Their journey to Paradise Falls involves the pair meeting Kevin, an exotic bird, Dug, a dim golden retriever fitted with a voice box and Charles Muntz, the famous explorer who inspired Carl and Ellie. The film concludes with Carl and Russell forming a bond like a grandfather and grandson.
This film is rated Universal but is perfect for both children and adults. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone, any age. It was a lovely and sweet story particularly the beginning of the film. The graphics are phenomenal and are really outstanding. The animations are so life like and breath-taking. I really liked the fact that this film wasn't overshadowed by the actors that did the voices which I think has happened with many other animated films - this film is about the story and the animations and doesn't need a celebrity to entice people to watch it. It also very funny in parts and also has an exciting element to the story.
I would recommend this film to anyone, any age - brilliant!!
When a new Disney Pixar film is released I always get excited, I am a new generation Disney fan preferring the Toy Stories and Monster Inc films to the traditional Disney Films so when I was on Maternity leave I decided to get some of the latest releases watched!
Up is based around the character Carl Frederikson (voiced by Jeremy Leary)and the film begins showing him as a quiet and shy young boy dreaming of exploring and his idol is the famous explorer Charles Muntz and dreams of visiting South America to meet him one day. We are then introduced to Ellie a tom boy who is also into exploring and a huge fan of Muntz and shows Carl a scrapbook she has created and tells Carl that she plans to move her house to the top of the mountain by paradise falls and the film takes us through their life together and their ups and downs as a married couple until one day Ellie sadly passes away leaving Carl alone and he reverts back to the quiet and shy person he once was without Ellie by his side.
We then see Carl at his home he shared with Ellie surrounded by development and the houses that once surrounded his have all been demolished to make way for a futuristic development, Carl refuses to sell his property however as it holds all of his memories of his life with Ellie. One day however he witnesses one of the workmen reverse into his mail box that he and Ellie lovingly created, this frustrates Carl and he lashes out at the person trying to rectify the damage and ends up hitting the workman over the head. We then see Carl attend court and later return back to his house to be given a leaflet by the policewoman returning him from court about his move tomorrow to a retirement home.
Carl is sad and doesn't know what to do but sets about packing his bag ready for the inevitable when he hears a knock on the door and it is young Wilderness Explorer Russell Jordan (voiced by Jordan Nagai) he is an 8 year old boy who needs just one more badge to progress from Junior Explorer to Senior Explorer and he needs Carl to give him a chance to get this badge and refuses to leave Carl alone until eventually Carl says he can help him by looking for something and this sends Russell of on his way, or so we are led to believe.
Carl is desperate not to leave his home and sets about making his home into an airship using balloons as his previous role was a toy balloon vender and by fastening balloons to the home and creating sales out of the windows his home sets sail up in the air and he heads for South America to fulfill Ellie's dream.
All seems to be going well until he settles down into his favourite arm chair and he hears a knock at his front door, confused and thinking he is hearing things he ignores it until the knock gets louder and he approaches the front door to find nobody there but as he looks to the right he spots Russell clinging onto the porch for his life and asks Carl if he can come inside, Carl refuses and shuts the door until he has a change of heart and lets Russell in and their journey then begins together to South America.
The film is really touching and really tugs on the heart strings as we witness the story of Carl and Ellie and how he deals with loosing a loved one without her managing to fulfil her life long dream and the fact that he is about to lose everything he has ever known makes him determined to fulfil Ellie's dream for her. Russell is a lovely character that has me chuckling as he irritates Carl along the way putting obstacles in his way as he tries to progress to Paradise Falls to live out his wife's dream, along the way they come across new and unusual creatures and a nasty little twist which I won't spoil for you.
I have absolutely no idea what I was expecting from this film but I did enjoy it, whether I would watch it again however is yet to be determined. The characters were comical at times and it was easy to relate to Carl and how he felt about losing his wife and wanting to hold onto her memory as long as he could. The irony in the tale is that Carl and Ellie dearly wanted to travel and have children and in their life together they had neither so when Russell appears on the scene it is truly when Carl begins to experience what Ellie had wanted all her life and he finally realises it just at the right moment.
The animation on this film is superb as with most Disney Pixar films and the quality is fantastic, as always the characters and the scenes are so detailled.
Produced by Pixar, distributed by Disney, from the director of Monsters, Inc.
Cast and characters: The story centres on the life of Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner), a grumpy old man. He meets self proclaimed 'wilderness explorer' Russell (Jordan Nagai), and by an unlikely series of events, the two set off to South America in a flying house. There, they meet Kevin, a giant bird, and Dug (Bob Peterson), a talking golden retriever.
Story: I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but the broad outline of the story is that a very much younger young Carl and Ellie, who becomes his wife are both inspired by the explorer Charles Muntz and his adventures in South America. When the two grow up, they decide that they would life to visit paradise falls, but every time they have saved enough money, some disaster befalls them, and they put off the trip.
A series of events leads Carl to attach several hundreds (thousands?) of balloons to his house, in an attempt to fly it to Paradise Falls. There he and Russell meet Charles Muntz, the villain of the story, and they have to try to rescue their new friends Kevin and Dug.
Themes: the storyline has a different feel to it to most recent Pixar movies, perhaps as a result of having people as the main characters, or maybe because the themes explored are slightly more grown up. For instance the death of a loved one and completing their final wish for them is a theme present throughout, as well as the complex relationship between a young, enthusiastic boy and a grumpy old man, and how the latter is softened slightly by the former. The villain, too, is interestingly done, as the dark side of ambition is shown, and although he is unequivocally evil, for once Pixar has gone to the lengths of helping us understand why he is the way he is.
Extras: short film, partly cloudy, which is particularly endearing (I won't spoil it, suffice to say it's great!). Also 'Dug's special mission' which isn't bad, either, and some extras about the making of the film, the real-life setting of (fictional) Paradise Falls in Venezuela, and some alternate endings to the film.
My thoughts: one of my absolute favourite things about this film is the way that they manage so perfectly to capture the essential personality of a dog who just wants to please. The characters of Dug and Kevin make this a film with plenty of laughs for the grown-ups and plenty to keep kids entertained. Overall it is a very well-made animation film, with likeable yet also flawed characters, and a lovely happy ending.