Up | the new Pixar movie

If you’re anything like me, you’re a big fan of Pixar movies. (Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo are among my all-time favs.) There’s just something incredible about how they develop characters and tell stories, and they always include touching moments of friendship (with forgiveness often being a major theme). Seriously, how amazing and unexpected is it that we’ve learned life lessons from toys, bugs, monsters, fish, super heroes, cars and rats. (I intentionally left “robots” off that list because I still haven’t seen Wall-E.)


The newest sure-to-become-an-instant-classic from Pixar is called Up, and it’s scheduled to come out at the beginning of this summer (May 29, 2009). So far, it looks, well…different. But honestly, didn’t talking cars, gentle monsters and a family of clumsy super heroes all seem a bit different at first too?

According to Pixar’s website, Up is about a man named Carl Fredricksen who “spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.” The movie promises to “take audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures.”

Just like with all the other Pixar movies, I have no idea what to expect, but I think it’s safe to assume Carl and Russell are the next unlikely duo whose friendship will teach me lessons I never realized I needed to learn, and after getting to know them and learning from them, I’ll know that I’m somehow better for it.

Here’s the trailer:

Feel free to share your thoughts on all-things Pixar, explain why one of their movies in particualr is your favorite, and if you’ve never heard about the lunch meeting where the ideas for all the current Pixar movies were born – from Toy Story (1995) to Wall-E (2008) – do a google search for “pixar’s legendary lunch meeting.” It’s an amazing story of creativity and collaboration.

Update: I went to see Wall-E tonight and really liked it.

5 thoughts on “Up | the new Pixar movie

  1. Oh SWEET!!! You know what this reminds me of? A sort of a James and the Giant Peach… but from PIXAR!!! I mean, Monster’s Inc., A Bug’s Life, freakin’ TOY STORY!!! I can’t stop ending my sentences with three exclamation points!!!

    But in all seriousness. Thank you. My name is Jordan, I write for Dang Good Movie Reviews, and I was having a pretty tough day. Until now. Thank you for reminding me that there is some good in this world. Something pure, something perpetually good and sweet and innocent. Pixar, you win again. Thank you.

    Oh, and you really need to see Wall-E. I don’t have the words… I don’t have the words…

  2. It’s a close tie between Cars, Ratatouille, and the Incredibles for me…mostly because of my love for NASCAR, food, and James Bond. I think the Pixar movies are unique because they stand out as quality stories, and also because of the technology they utilize. I would be interested in your examination of faith in these movies, although I doubt that faith is the intent of the story line. I am intrigued by society’s eager acceptance of ethics and morality in a generic sense (honesty, friendship, devotion, values, etc.), yet apparent revulsion (or indifference) when one attempts to tie the thread of Christianity to the same message (as the virtues are congruous). Perhaps I am looking too deeply for hidden meaning where there is none, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t utilize popular phenomena such as animated films to further a message (faith, salvation) that is (at least in my mind) ready to be accepted by so many people. Keep up the good work Andy, it is inspiring and humbling to see God’s word revealed through your thoughts!

  3. I THOUGHT that voice sounded like Ed Asner! This will be more fun from Pixar. I have come to expect so much from Pixar, that I am almost afraid of being disappointed by them every new outing. While I didn’t find “Cars” to be as successful for me, I still find all of their output head and shoulders above most other studios, animated or not, and am usually blown away by their text and subtext; they are the smartest “family entertainment” company around, I think. “The Incredibles” was one of the best times I have ever had at the movies.

  4. Redemption. Every PIXAR movie has a redemption theme – – and it’s not always clear as the story evolves exactly how the actual redemption will take place. The stories are deeply character-driven, and the endings are not necessarily predictable – – much like life. There are always interesting, sometimes difficult choices the characters have to make. Integrity and virtue triumph, but not without some scars along the way. Read: life in Christ.

    btw – it is indeed Ed Asner voicing the old man…

    btw2 – here’s a link to all the upcoming Disney & Pixar animated movies through 2012…


  5. Glad to see you are posting about one of my loves, Pixar animation movies! Angie and I rented Wall-E this weekend and I loved it. There is something about those movies that just strikes me. The themes throughout them are always a greater theme one usually for mankind in general. I can’t wait to see what UP is about as well. A side note to UP’s logo, I was wondering if there is a reason that UP is reading down, know what I mean?

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