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Posted in Film, Review with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by randomintermissions
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A Pixar / Disney (yes, unfortunately Disney are involved too, they always will be, now owning Pixar) release is always cause for much excitement, and their latest film certainly does not disappoint.

From their humble beginnings with the first full length computer animated film, Toy Story (1995), Pixar have gone from strength to strength, bringing us such wonders as Toy Story 2 (1999 – there had to be a sequel), Monsters Inc (2001) and The Incredibles (2004). Then in 2008 Came what can only be described as a mind blowing triumph, Wall-e. After the affectionate and imitatable wailings of our robotic hero in one of Pixar’s most adult themed movies to date, it was difficult to see how they could follow it up.

Enter 78 year old Carl Fredricksen, tired of city life and with a promise to keep. One house floating by 10,000 helium filled balloons, a collection of sidekicks ranging from Wilderness Explorer, Russell, a Dog called Doug and a bizzare, female bird like creature (affectionately called Kevin), hilarity quickly ensue, leading to yet another masterpiece.

Touching to start, Up pulls on the heart strings before turning it’s theme to feel good, comedy, adventure romp, making the impossible seem possible.

Turning to a more technical note, the animation is truly another leaping bound towards photo-realism (seriously, check out how darn good the balloons look)! It would not come as a shock if Pixar were to be the first company to release the first photo-realistic, computer animated short / full feature film. Time will tell on this one as although Pixar’s scenery is looking considerable more realistic with each film, there is a real sense that they are trying to establish a definite style with their human animation that moves away from realism.

With two consecutive (and clearly now a third) wins of the Best Animated Oscar, we can only hope that this year will be Pixar’s chance to (at the very least) pick up a nomination for Best Film.

Best film of 2009 so farr, be sure to check it out.



Toy Story 3 on it’s way in 2010.