Sunday, 18 October 2009

Up

Over to Hunstanton to finally catch Pixar's "UP", and what a superb film...

Warning: some small "spoilers" in this post, but you really should go and see this film if you haven't...

The first fifteen minutes are remarkable, and not only tell the whole of Carl and Ellie's life together, but also set up motifs such as the house picture stuck next to Paradise Falls which recur through the film, and remind you of the persistence of the childhood promise: "cross your heart"....

The official website has a range of nice content and games which my son likes, and my daughter loved Doug...

The landscapes and settings are also superbly created: the storm "cumulonimbus" and the sequence where the dogs fall into a ravine and the raging waters at the bottom, and my son shouted "YES" when Muntz leaves with his handful of balloons...

There are, of course, several geography themes: the faceless developer who wants Carl's house as it is being surrounded by typical urban development being one.
The latter part of the movie is set in the tepui of South America: the plateaus, which were the inspiration for Lost Worlds, and also produce the world's highest waterfall: Angel Falls. Carl's destination is Paradise Falls...

The dogs are undone by the weaknesses that dogs have... The dog cleaning the skeletons in Muntz's museum can't help have a nibble, the waiters can't resist the hot dog served up to Russell, who also swears by his explorer GPS - good to see that he gets a new one in the montage in the end credits.

More on the PIXAR WIKIA here.

Go and see it if you haven't...

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