Smart, funny, high-spirited, sweet-natured comedy coming up
WALT Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy Up, from Academy Award-nominated director Pete Docter ( Monsters Inc).
Up follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfils his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.
But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell.
Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.
“I think it’s the funniest film that we’ve ever made, and also one of the most beautiful,” says John Lasseter, executive producer and chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
“We have a main character that is an amazing hero. Carl Fredricksen is 78 years old and he travels the world in a flying machine of his own design and still has dinner at 3.30 in the afternoon. He’s the most unlikely hero you can imagine in an action picture. He is a character who learns that the big adventures in life are all the small things that happen in everyday life.
“Russell is one of the most appealing and charming charac- ters that we’ve ever created. These two characters light up the screen.”
The film is directed by Pixar veteran Pete Docter. Along with Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for Toy Story. He was a storyboard artist on A Bug’s Life and wrote the initial story treatment for Toy Story 2.
Docter made his debut as a director on Monsters Inc, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
Docter garnered another Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on DisneyPixar’s Oscar-winning Wall-E.
“For me personally, what makes a film worth watching is when you go home and you’re still thinking about it,” says Docter.
“You leave the theatre and you’re still thinking about it not only the next day, but the next year.
“In order to have a film affect you that way, it has to have real true emotion and resonate in some way with your own life.
“So even though the stars of the film may be monsters or bugs, you identify with those characters on the screen and you understand what they’re going through.
“It’s important to have that foundation of real truth and an emotional attachment to the characters.”
“Along with the humour, you have to have heart,” says Lasseter.
“Film-makers found a lot of heart in their latest adventure, exploring the love that Carl and his late wife shared and the friendship that develops between Carl and Russell. In fact, Carl discovers that life’s true adventure can be found not in travel or great accomplishments, but in the everyday relationships that we have with friends and family.”
The voice cast for Up features legendary actor Ed Asner as the 78year-old Carl Fredricksen.
Nine-year-old Jordan Nagai makes his acting debut as the voice of the determined and eager-toassist Russell.
Acclaimed Emmy Awardwinning actor Christopher Plummer is the voice of Charles Muntz, a faded hero with an obsession to restore his good name.
John Ratzenberger provides the voice of a construction foreman named Tom, who tries to encourage Carl to sell his home.
Muntz’s dog pack includes vocal perfor mances by Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo and Jerome Ranft.