Up-An Animated Movie from Pixar

Cover of Up (Single Disc Widescreen)

 

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Up is an animated story (in 3D as well as 2D) of adventure of Square faced & round nosed, ex balloon seller Carl Frederickson but more than that it’s a tender story of enduring n eternal love (Quite unusual for an animation film but I guess this film is meant for adults as well as children). When Carl first meets Ellie they share a passion for adventure. Their story is presented in the form of a four minute montage with beautiful background music. It was always their (or rather Ellie’s) dream to go & live in Paradise falls in South America. Though they start saving for the trip but the money kept getting spent for more pressing urgent, mundane needs. Finally when Carl buys the tickets to go to Paradise Falls as a surprise for Ellie, she dies before Carl can show her the tickets. This is powerful, evocative story of joy, sorrow, and enduring love. That part of the movie was brilliant. It is one of the great love stories in cinematic history.  The next few scenes present Carl as a lonely old man who misses his wife terribly. This is very Heart wrenching. Though she is no more he always feels her presence & converses with her (Picture). Carl’s love for Ellie is the proof that Death may leave a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal. True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends.

 

 

 Carl decides to go to Paradise falls to fullfill Ellie’s dream by tying a million balloons to his house. Russell an over enthusiastic ‘wilderness explorer’, inadvertantely but joyfully become his companion. Together they meet a colourful bird, snipe ‘Kevin’, a talking dog (Dug) & Carl’s childhood hero (Charles Muntz) who doesn’t turn out to be so heroic after all. It’s fun to watch the bright colourful visuals of the movie with some cool lessons too.

Lessons:

~How does a person define adventure? Is adventure out there in great deeds, or can it also be between people in the small moments that make up a life. Carl and Ellie’s love story helped us tell that theme – that small moments lead to a life’s adventure.

~ Let go: Carl has to let go of many material things in order to make the house fly again to save Russell. In the end he loses the house to which he is quite attached but still he lets go n says ‘hey, it’s just a house’.

 ~ No to Hero Worshipping: Carl’s childhood hero turns out to be a villain after all. Many people worship & emulate celebrities without realizing who those people really are. Instead of hero worshipping we should embrace the best in OURSELVES. Who is a bigger hero in our life than our own self??

~ The journey is more important than the destination. Carl & Russell have an adventurous & full of lessons journey which develops a bond between them. Carl had set out to reach Paradise falls but the journey was the real fun n adventurous part. The journey is the reward.

 I must confess this is the first animation movie I’ve watched if we don’t count Tom n Jerry/ Mickey n Donald & I am hooked. Up next are: Toy Story (I, II, III), Finding Nemo, WALL-E……

 Other Movie Reviews on my blog:

 Mirch | Roman HolidayBabelGuzaarish |  7 Khoon Maaf

Tanu Weds Manu |  The King’s Speech | Dhobi Ghat 

 13 conversations about one thing 

Bruce Almighty | What About Bob | Forrest Gump | Bheja Fry

 Ground Hog Day | The Pursuit of Happyness | The Bucket List |

Peepli Live | 3 Idiots

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The Fountainhead Confessions of a Shopoholic | The Bridges of Madison County

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March 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cartoons, English Movies, Inspiration, Movies, Must Watch Movies, Reflections/Musings, Wisdom, You tube.

6 Comments

  1. Turning 30!!! « Ritu’s Weblog replied:

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  2. Game: Movie Review « Ritu’s Weblog replied:

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  3. Akash Walia replied:

    OMG … Did I just read that right …. Up is the FIRST animated movie you’ve seen? …woah, what took so long ?
    Good review, loved the insightful learnings.
    Pixar’s Up is among some of the best animated flicks I’ve seen.
    It has some very strong emotions to it … hate to say but but yes, it has the power to make you cry.(The only animated flick of its kind)

  4. ritusthoughtcatcher replied:

    Yeah Akash you read it right :-)…but you’ve to discount the fact that I’ve turned into a movie buff only recently (last 1 year or so), earlier I used to watch an occassional flick n that too just watch, not think much about…remember the days when you wre young n I used to be your teacher?!!! That time I had passion for economic, law, finance, teaching, studying & reading. That is the reason I’ve not seen even all time great movies like Schindler’s List yet.

  5. Thank You: Movie Review « Ritu’s Weblog replied:

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  6. Akash walia replied:

    Yup, those were the days 🙂

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