Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Bob Peterson, who also wrote the film's screenplay with Docter, as well as the story with Tom McCarthy. The music was composed by Michael Giacchino, who had also composed music for The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.
Why It Rocks
- Impressive soundtrack by Michael Giacchino.
- Very good voice acting from Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, and Bob Peterson.
- Great animation from Pixar, as always.
- Carl and Ellie's married life through the years is very heart-warming and beautiful, as well as extremely moving.
- Combines comedy with heart punching drama and succeeds.
- Ellie's death was very touching and heartbreaking.
- Wonderful plotline.
- Likable and entertaining characters, like Carl, Russell, and Dug.
- Very memorable quotes such as "SQURRIEL!"
The Only Bad Quality
- The movie can get dark at some moments, including where Carl's wife dies, and where he hits a guy in the face and goes to court.
The film received universal acclaim from critics and audiences, with many calling it one of the best animated films of all time. Asner's vocal performance and Michael Giacchino's score were praised, as was the montage of Carl and his wife Ellie growing old together. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 98% approval rating based on 298 reviews, with an average rating of 8.70/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "An exciting, funny, and poignant adventure, Up offers an impeccably crafted story told with wit and arranged with depth, as well as yet another visual Pixar treat." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 88 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare average grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale.
Up earned $293 million in the United States and Canada and $442.1 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $735.1 million. Worldwide, it was the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2009, the fourth-highest-grossing Pixar film, the 92nd-highest-grossing film, and the 24th-highest-grossing animated film.
Up won two awards at the 82nd Academy Awards, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. It is the second of three animated features to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story 3 were also nominated for Best Picture in their respective years. Up also won Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film at the 67th Golden Globe Awards.