Repeat Watch: Up
Pixar’s Up was released in 2009 and directed by Pete Docter, who also directed Monsters, Inc. The film follows an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen as he fulfills a promise to his late wife by taking their house to Paradise Falls in South America. The film was written by Docter and Bob Peterson and featured Ed Asner as the voice of Fredricksen. It opened at the Cannes Film Festival that year and became the first animated and 3D film to do so. It was highly successful with its $735 million total in its theatrical run, and it went on to garner five Academy Award nominations.
While it was a theatrical success, though, what specifically makes it worth a repeat watch?
1) Carl and Ellie’s Story
Seriously, I have never seen a sweeter love story played out in such a short amount of time. It always gets to me the way that they capture Carl and Ellie’s life together, and I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a more moving montage than them growing old together. However, the sweetness of their story continues even after Ellie is gone. The whole story is based around Carl trying to fulfill a promise to his wife, only to realize that he already gave her one great adventure through their life together. It makes me a little teary-eyed just thinking about it, and it’s one of the greatest aspects of this movie.
2) An Unlikely Friendship
I don’t know what it is about a friendship between an elderly person and a young person, but it’s such a fun dynamic. Up capitalizes on that and gives one heartwarming friendship between the energetic Russell and grumpy Mr. Fredricksen. Their friendship is further accented by Russell’s home situation, which provides Mr. Fredricksen as a sweet fatherlike figure. In addition to the heartwarming moments, though, there are also hilarious ones that break down into an old man tired of hearing a kid talk constantly.
3) The Dogs
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a caricature of dogs quite to this extent, and every single time it makes me laugh. This movie gives an insight into how dogs might perceive the world and everything in it, and they pull it off flawlessly. Their use of words and how they structure their sentences makes it incredibly quote worthy, and I imagine that squirrels really are the undoing of every canine. Also, between calling Russell “the small mailman” and Carl “the one who smells of prunes,” I cannot help but think that the dogs are a perfect humorous addition to this storyline.
I have always been a huge fan of Pixar, but this one stands for me as one of the best stories they have ever compiled. It is a story about aging and grief as much as it is a story about adventure. Each character introduced has a great arc, and Carl’s journey in particular is what makes it worth watching over and over again. If you have never seen this particular Pixar project, then please grab a box of tissues and enjoy. If you have seen it before, then I think it’s time that you revisit this hilarious and heartwarming adventure; you won’t be sorry.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.