There’s no denying that Pixar is the leader in movie animations. If anyone tries to argue that point with you, they’ve obviously not gone to the movies at any point in their recent life. Not only is Pixar the best at making animation look realistic and beautiful, but they’re also pretty good at writing stories that both parents and children alike can love.
That’s the case with their newest film, Up, as well. Before heading into the theater to see it this morning, I’d heard from many trustworthy sources that this was Pixar’s best yet. While I did enjoy it quite a bit, it wasn’t their best, at least not to me. Monsters, Inc and Wall-E are still my two favorite. Though Up has cemented its place as third in my list of Pixar favorites.
The story that gets told in Up is a valuable one. While the beginning may cause some tears to flow (not only in kids, but adults as well), the ending will have you smiling ear to ear.
As I said, I can’t say this is my favorite of Pixar’s films, but it certainly was worth seeing on the big screen. At times, the animation was so good that it seemed like actual film footage and not animation. The colors are so vivid and realistic that you think there really is a house floating through the sky, being held up by balloons.
The kids in the theater seemed to love it, shouting out in glee at some points. Well, that’s not to say the kids were the only ones shouting out in glee. Parents seemed to have liked it just as much as kids did, which says a lot about an animated movie.
The bottom line is that you should absolutely see Up on the big screen, the way it’s intended to be seen. It’s aesthetically beautiful, and emotionally moving. You’ll find yourself crying, then laughing, then laughing more, then smiling at the end. Well worth the price of admission, and imaginably one of the better looking Blu-ray movies once it comes out later this year. (Assuming sometime before Christmas time.)