DVD MOVIE REVIEW:
Disney/Pixar's Up
by Brian Savage


From Disney/Pixar comes Up, a comedy adventure about a 78-year-old balloon salesman, Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America and the beautiful Paradise Cove. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.  When the pair arrive, they find the lush tropical Paradise Cove inhabited by all kinds of strange animals including a pack of dogs with collars that translate their thoughts into speech, and Kevin, a colorful 13-ft tall flightless bird with a love of chocolate. From the Academy Award®-nominated director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.) Disney/Pixar's Up invites you on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth.

Wow...Disney and Pixar does it again! Up has to rank right up there with some of the top animated stories of all time.  I’ll have to admit that when I first saw the trailers in the theatre, I thought “how bland is that going to be, a little old man in a house floating by on balloon power…” boy, was I WRONG.  I can tell you that this picture is a masterpiece of visual story telling. 

I didn’t count them, but I’ll bet in the first 20 minutes of this film - there aren’t 300 words spoken.  However, you will be emotionally invested before those 20 minutes are up.  This film will keep you glued to your set for the entire 96 minutes. 

After I saw the film the first time, I thought, wow, those animators really conjured up a fantastic fantasy world to send our characters on for their adventure of a lifetime. It turns out, if you watch (which is fascinating as well) the bonus feature “Adventure is Out There”, that the environment they set out to explore is entirely real. The real paradise falls is an amalgam of Angel Falls and the tepees found in South America. Tepuis are series of mesas found only in the Guiana Highlands, especially in Venezuela.

The other bonus features are wonderful as well.  Don’t’ miss “Doug’s Special Mission”, as you will learn how the dog Doug, came to meet his new master.

This movie is about love, heroes, promises and friendship. For those of you “multitaskers” out there, this film will change the meaning of the word squirrel forever!

Don’t miss this flick! There are several versions but the one that I recommend is the Blu-Ray version as it comes with the Blue-Ray, NTSC and Digital versions all in one neat package. Run out and get it NOW!

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Audio Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson
  • Dug's Special Mission
  • The Many Endings of Muntz
  • "Adventure is Out There": documentary
  • "Partly Cloudy": short film
  • Digital copy of the film


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