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Running Time:
1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some peril and action.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This magical animated adventure fantasy is an unusual, wondrous story of true love and dream-fulfillment.

Additional Info:
DVD Features - "Partly Cloudy" - Theatrical short; The many endings of Muntz - Alternate scenes; Adventure is Out There - Travel to the real Paradise Falls; Exclusive animated short film: "Dug's Special Mission" - All new short follows the misadventures of Dug.

Featuring the voices of:
Edward Asner as Carl Fredricksen
Christopher Plummer as Charles Muntz
Jordan Nagai as Russell
Bob Peterson as Dug, Alpha
Delroy Lindo as Beta
Jerome Ranft as Gamma
John Ratzenberger as Tom, the Construction Man

In this most unusual animated fantasy adventure, you'll meet Carl Fredricksen (voice of Edward Asner), a grumpy 78-year old man, set in his ways and not welcoming of strangers. After a long marriage, his wife Ellie dies, and he's left alone in a house filled with memories of their life together.  Finally, Carl decides to fulfill one of his long-time plans....to visit Paradise Falls, deep in the wilds of Venezuela. It was there that Carl and Ellie's childhood hero, Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), vanished along with his dirigible during an expedition in the 1930s.

Carl decides upon an unconventional method to make his trip to South America. He ties thousands of helium-filled balloons to his house and is quite sure that they will take him aloft. Unfortunately, when the house goes up, there's an unexpected passenger aboard. He's a wide-eyed 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer Scout named Russell (Jordan Nagai), who is knocking on the front door with a plan to earn a merit badge by "helping an old person." But Russell's in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Carl finds him to be  quite a nuisance at first, but after a while. he becomes a valued companion.

After the actual take-off, the film, written and directed by Pete Docter with Bob Peterson becomes more conventional in its goals and approach. There are chase scenes, talking animals, and an evil villain. These are not bad things, but they prevent Up from maintaining the incredibly high level of the first half of the movie. 

You might see Up in either its 2D or 3D versions, and you're bound to enjoy it either way, with few exceptions beyond a few special 3D effects. In fact the colors, particularly the balloons and the plumage of a giant bird, may somehow become slightly diminished by wearing 3D glasses. Either way you'll still enjoy the dazzling animation that is Pixar's hallmark. And this may be the funniest movie they have produced in a long time and surely it's the most magical.

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