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Up (2009)

At a glance:
Ebert has compared its characters to Jap animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki's, in that it uses a special touch to bring out the human best in a subject, rather than going for the usual cute cartoon animals. Also, instead of robots or teens, the movie features a very old person and a very young person, and a Japanese-American at that. You can't say Disney's resting on its laurels here. They're always trying to do somethin new.
Bad news on the doorstep:
However, as the critic expounds, the current 3-D trend in animation filmmakin will diminish the colour range, which are particularly complimentary in Up, as it were in Toy Story and Shrek. Although Disney's stories have always gone for substance anyway, it makes you wonder why 3-D is necessary for a non-action type film. Perhaps the very young need. Funny how somethin more advanced can actually be less rewardin.
I can't remember if I cried:
During the early Ellie-Carl sequence. In Up, themes of abandonment and death are visited in the most tender and tactful way; pavin way for cartoons to do more for kids, instead of just pushin colourful balloons in their faces. This is a step up from Wall-E, which marked the turnin of the tide where more mature content are now being presented (and accepted) in cartoons these days. Another pattern one can observe is that Disney is shiftin away from the big chorus of full soundtracks in their movies. Some old time nostalgia might have been lost with this move but the compensatin newfound maturity, realism and diversity in content are most welcome.
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Dammit it's gotta be innit! Variety Online notes: "Michael Giacchino's full-bodied, traditional score is superlative, developin beautiful themes as it sweeps the action along on emotional waves." I find the music a most empowerin narrative that is singularly responsible for evokin many of the feelings this movie wants you to get. Up might even get you down at some point but rest assured Disney always keeps everythin afloat, in more ways than one.

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