Kids Movie Review: UP

This is a movie review of UP.

Plot Summary (courtesy of IMDB):

Movie REview of UP from Disney PixarA young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin.

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Movie Review:

Pixar has done it again, although maybe not in a way some expected. In their first feature film in the new Disney Digital 3D you would expect them to flex their muscle and show spectacular things. They did not disappoint, however, the movie was not about these things as they often are. Instead, they focused on a story that was both moving and fun.

The 3D, which starts with the trailers, has come a long way since the attempts where the audience wore red and blue glasses. This 3D is a much more believable and the full immersion effect is only limited by your theatre sound system and size. Sitting in a spot where you get a full panoramic of the theatre rather than just the image will greatly detract from your experience. I am a person who has superior vision and often attempts at 3D fail with me my eyes overcompensate. With the glasses for Up I had no problems and suffered no ill effect (I generally get headaches from 3D movie attempts). As the previews for many upcoming movies suggest, this is the new wave of the future for animated movies, if not in general.

While I really enjoyed the story line in UP it was also my only qualm. Being a film focused towards children I felt the death aspect was a little heavy for children who have already experienced it. However, it is good that Disney and Pixar are acknowledging their adult audiences (there were no children in the viewing I went to) by adding some more "grown-up" themes. For older children this could lead to good opportunities to discuss with them the themes in the movie.

Although I still hold Wall-E and Ratatouille to be my favorite animated movies by Pixar, this comes in a close 3rd. I am interested to see if Pixar will be able to recreate the viewing experience for DVD. Regardless, this movie will stand on it's own without having the 3D added to it. But parents, keep in mind this movie got a PG rating for a reason. Expect some of this movie to not be something that younger kids would enjoy.

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Overall Movie Review Rating: I rate this movie as a Great See - 4 stars

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