Movie Review – Up


Directed by Pete Docter, Co-directed by Bob Peterson

Starring the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, and it wouldn’t be Pixar without John Ratzenberger.


There’s a very famous deleted scene from Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman asks John Travolta if he’s a Beatles fan or an Elvis fan, citing that while you can enjoy both, at the end of the day, you can only be a fan of one. It’s a similar situation in the world of animation film, between Pixar and Dreamworks. I do so love Pixar, and still drop everything to see their movies. So when Up started coming along, I was stunned at how little I knew about it and decided to try to preserve the surprise. So I walked into Up knowing not much about it.


Carl Frederikson is an old man unsure of what to do next. He’s recently retired His beloved wife has recently passed on. A modern condo development is being built all around him. And when he reaches the breaking point with the surround construction crews, he concots a desperate plan. He and his wife had always planned to visit Paradise Falls in South America, but never got to. So, he ties a zillion balloons to his house, and decides to fly down to South America. However, he finds that he has a young stowaway, a Wilderness Scout by the name of Russel. But when they land near Paradise Falls, they soon find themselves in the midst of a strange adventure, involving a giant bird named Kevin, a talking dog named Dug, and Carl’s childhood hero, the great explorer Charles Muntz. How will this adventure play out? Will Russel ever get his helping the elderly badge?

What I Liked

Pixar still hasn’t disappointed me. As always, there’s genuine emotion in the film. They manage to create characters that I actually care about, and the humor comes from the characters…not an endless stream of pop culture references. Dug really steals the show with a lot of his observations. And Michael Giacchino once again delivers a top-notch score.

What I Didn’t Like

There’s still a few hints of the tried-and-true animated film formula that comes bleeding through, but you’re so caught up, you don’t notice.

Final Assessment

Damn you, Pixar! That’s three movies in a row now where you made me cry at the end.

4 Nibs