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In The Theaters
I just saw it and boy does it...

Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: June 2, 2009 - 1:56 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 29, 2009 - 4:02 PM PDT

author topic: Up
post #1  on June 2, 2009 - 1:56 PM PDT  
Two thumbs up for Up! I saw it in digital 3D and loved it, but I also know someone who saw it in regular old 2D and also loved it. I liked it better overall than Wall-E.
post #2  on June 2, 2009 - 3:51 PM PDT  
Two thumbs and four paws up for Up! Dug the dog is TOPS! They totally nailed all the physical actions - from the topple-the-human-over-tackle, tail-wag, pant, sniff, and prance - and dog personality PERFECTLY. Saw this great featurette on Dug and was surprised to find out the direct and co-writer of Up is the voice for Dug.

I, too, enjoyed Up more than Wall-E. I thought it was funnier, had stronger characters, and expressed a really wide range of emotions and tones. And overall, Up is such a gorgeous film throughout. I was only really taken aback by the pure beauty of the film during the space scenes of Wall-E, but in Up, the 3D enhancements and colors are pure magic. The audience we watched it with was transfixed - I heard a grown man behind me cry, and a 40-ish year old dad next to me sit on the edge of his seat, looking up at the screen as if he were a child again. I was so excited for this flick I had to go opening weekend, and now that I've seen it I just must go see it again. Up RULES! If only they would design a movie theater where you can float weightlessly WHILE watching Up in 3D, now that would be somethin'!

post #3  on June 2, 2009 - 4:06 PM PDT  
After Ebert claimed that 2D was just as well as 3D (and some colors came out better in 2D), I decided to stick with 2D. It was really fun. I like how the characters with the most dialog are the kids (Ellie and Russell), but I wonder if kids in the audience would sit still during the from-8-to-78/growing-up montage (although the grownups and teens in the audience were sniffling).

My favorite bit is when Russell and Carl are outside Fenton's, having ice cream, and calling out the cars passing by ("red one", "blue one"), Dug contributes with "gray one".

Isn't "Partly Cloudy", the short before the main feature, a bit too awwwwww...? I still think "Boundin'" is their best short.
post #4  on June 3, 2009 - 9:47 AM PDT  
> Isn't "Partly Cloudy", the short before the main feature, a bit too awwwwww...? I still think "Boundin'" is their best short.
> ---------------------------------

I gotta see more Pixar shorts! The only ones I've seen are "Geri's Game" "Presto" and "Your Friend the Rat". Which movie can I find "Boundin" in?

I really loved "Partly Cloudy" because of the awesome 3D enhancements. The colors, movement of the birds, and textures of the clouds were magical! The short put me just in the right place to see Up. I lol'ed hardcore at the part where the partly cloudy cloud bursts into angry bouts of thunderous rage and then rains down sadness. I agree though the ending was very "aaaaw" but I think for that short it worked really well.
post #5  on June 3, 2009 - 1:10 PM PDT  
I thought the short was a fun meditation on the concept of "cute" animals. Baby bunnies are cute, but what about baby cobras?

post #6  on June 3, 2009 - 4:26 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2009 - 9:47 AM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Which movie can I find "Boundin" in?

I think it's with "The Incredibles". It's really fun. Where else would you find a rhyme for heliotrope?
post #7  on June 3, 2009 - 4:42 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2009 - 9:47 AM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I gotta see more Pixar shorts!

Try this.

post #8  on June 4, 2009 - 10:37 AM PDT  
I loved UP, too.

It's so different from Wall-E (which I just rewatched the other day) but both are pretty ingenious in their own ways.

Btw, if anyone's interested, I just wrote a piece musing on the Pixar model -- is it lightning in a bottle?

Boundin' is just really, really cute, though it's not my favorite. I think Lifted is still my favorite, though Presto slayed me.
post #9  on June 6, 2009 - 9:16 PM PDT  
Took Mao-chan and Kboy to see it the other day. Great film although I wished there was a bit more depth to the bad guy. His obsession with Kevin was a tad too over the top, I thought. The airborne scenes kept reminding me of various Hayao Miyazaki films.

Alpha's broken voice unit was sheer genius! It was hard to understand him sometimes, though...

Watching the film was kinda bittersweet because this whole year my 85-year-old widower father-in-law has been in the nursing home with a series of health issues. Kboy is 7 so he'll be missing the kind of relationship that Carl and Russel developed in the movie.

I still like the Brad Bird films the best out of the PIXAR films, Incredibles and Ratatouille...
post #10  on June 16, 2009 - 9:28 AM PDT  
> ---------------------------------
> Alpha's broken voice unit was sheer genius! It was hard to understand him sometimes, though...
> ---------------------------------

It WAS genius! This moment got the biggest laugh from the theater I was watching it in.

What were some of your favorite scenes in the movie? As simple as it was, the scene that sticks out most in my mind is when the house first takes flight, and it passes the an apartment where a little girl is playing with her teddy bears, and then the room is showered in a rainbow of beautiful, reflective colors from the balloons. Pure magic. And, when the balloon first lands at the falls, is amazing - pure cinematic escapism.

post #11  on June 18, 2009 - 10:15 PM PDT  
Geez! Pixar makes my eyes well up even when I'm not watching one of their movies!

Pixar grants dying girl's wish to see Up

post #12  on June 29, 2009 - 4:02 PM PDT  
I found this image today that made me chuckle a bit and simultaneously justified my disdain for most Dreamworks related projects:

Dreamworks vs. Pixar: story development

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