Doug's Review of Up
Review by: Doug Nau
Directed by: Pete Docter
Produced by: Jonas Rivera
Written by: Bob Peterson
Starring: Edward Asner
Score Composed by: Michael Giacchino
Carl Fredrickson(Edward Asner), a little boy and a dreamer who idolizes the adventurer Charles F. Muntz (Christopher Plummer). When he meets Ellie, who also worships Munts, they become close friends. However Charles Muntz falls into disgrace, accused of forging the skeleton of the monster of Paradise Falls. He travels in his blimp to South America to bring the monster back alive but is never seen again. Eventually he Carl grows up and marries Ellie. They promise each other that they would travel together to Paradise Falls and build a house there. Many years later, Ellie dies and Carl, who's lonely, refuses to move from their house despite the offers of the owner of a construction company. When Carl accidentally hits a worker that damaged his mailbox, he is sentenced to move to a retirement home. However, he uses many balloons to float his house in order to travel to Paradise Falls. (Carvalho)
Up is Pixar's most deeply uplifting and emotionally enjoyable movie they've ever done. The story is crafted so beautifully mixing charm and wit in to it to make it pleasant for children as well.The characters are very complex, compelling, and well developed. Carl becomes your stereotypical grouchy old man but mourning the lost of his wife by going on an adventure to there dream place Paradise Falls "A Land Lost in Time" by flying house tons of balloons instead of going to a retirement home. Charles F. Muntz, who inspired Carl and Ellie to follow in the same footsteps, is one of the more realistic villains than your average villain plotting and plotting, who starts out as someone who people adore but turns into crazy,paranoid, and homicidal after he was accused for faking his discovery of a 13 foot-tall bird(Kevin's Species) killing anyone he thinks is out to take his shining glory.
My favorite of the all the characters is Dug the Dog who you can actually hear him say what he's thinking through his
collar, very smart and clever and he is on my list of best cartoon animal ever.The voice cast does also does exceptionally well, standout includes Christopher Plummer, the vocies behind Kevin and Dug; who also are director and co-director of this film, Jordan Nagi as Russel, and Edward Asner as Carl.The Animation helps the movie out with is beauty and rich texture. To describe the visuals in one word, Gorgeous!!
The score composed by Michael Giacchino, who's no stranger to Pixar with such films as The Incredible and Ratatouille. He perfectly evokes the whimsical and charming, as well as sweet aspects with such scores pieces as "Married Life","Carl Goes Up", and "Stuff We Did". Michael even packs in some of the more intense moments with such pieces as "52 Chanchki Pickup", "Escape From Muntz Mountain", and "Seizing The Spirit of Adventure". He mash all these elements in the movie so elegantly that the soundtrack is well worth it. One of the best scores I've ever heard. The Soundtrack also includes sound effects such "Carl's Madien Voyage" which is when the house goes up into the air,"Meet Kevin in the Jungle". We also get a little song called "The Spirit of Adventure".
So overall not only is this one of the best animated movies of the year, its one of the best movies of the year. It's also another winner for Pixar as they keep getting better every time. One of the finest animated movie ever made and Pixar's very best work in my opinion.
Carvalho, Claudio. "Plot Summary for Up". IMDB. IMDb.com, Inc., n.d. Web. 20 July 2012.