"Up" Flies Into Theaters

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010


Pixar's latest creation, "Up," hits theaters today riding ski-high reviews.

Unitl this point, Pixar has made nine movies, and all nine have been great. Five of the company's pics — "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "The Incredibles," "WALL-E" and "Ratatouille" — are some of the best animated features you'll ever see.

Is there a more consistent product in America today?

Although Sandusky certainly provides it's own colorful entertainment (See: Man Arrested For Mowing City Park), "Up" will probably offer 90 minutes of more-than-worthy escapism. Check out the trailer below:




My wife and I went to the Plaza 8 Theater on Sunday to see Up in Disney Digital 3D (r).  First off, the 3D: The Glasses are simple polarized lenses that the theater charges you an extra couple of dollars.  However, If you go to the last matinee of the day, tickets are one dollar cheaper (or were when I went).  If you remove them during the movie, it looks like a doubled image.  Unlike typical color-shift 3D (think the old pictures with the movie-goers wearing the red and blue glasses), this doesn't distort the color of the film.  The digital 3D is very crisp (even the pixar logo with the lamp at the beginning is in 3D).  Yes, some of the shots were deliberate "3D moments" that you expect; however, Pixar keeps to tradition and leaves the action mainly plot and character driven.  The 3D media is just there to add (pardon the pun) another dimension to the movie.  If you don't want to see it in 3D, then the Norwalk Theater is showing the movie without the Disney Digital 3D (r) "experience".

Second, This is not a movie for small kids.  It is rated PG, and it is much darker than previous pixar outings.  Many of the themes are geared toward a mature mind and would be lost on smaller children.  Some of the darker parts of the movie deal with themes of infertility, the loss of a spouse, single parents, and unattentive parents.  The story is a self-realization for Karl (the old guy), and not so much a coming-of-age for Russell (the kid).  Kevin (the bird), Dug (the dog), and the rest of the canine pack provide ample comic relief throughout the movie.  If you have ever owned a dog, love dogs, or own one or more currently, the dogs will make you laugh.

This movie holds all of the sweetness and adventure of "Monsters, Inc." and most of the "cool" factor of "The Incredibles".  It is tear-jerking in parts, so be prepared to wipe away a few stray drops now and then.  Like "Ratatouille", there is no short or outtakes with the film which was slightly disappointing to me.  Overall: The scenery is beautiful, The screenplay is well written, the animation is fun.  Out of 5, I would give it a 4.5.  There is some predictibility, but the rest of the movie easily makes you forget that.  It is a great way to spend  90 minutes, and I recommend seeing it in the theater.