I finally watched UP over Thanksgiving break and what an unbelievable pelicula. It made me laugh and cry at the same time; usually it's just one or the other. And talk about random; mix a talking dog, a childless senior citizen and an overweight-non-adventurous kid together all in South America? 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America...specifically Venezuela.
Mix in some more talking dogs, a strange bird and a floating house, you get a wonderful movie the whole family can enjoy. I specifically enjoyed reading Geekadelphia's interview with the creators. In the interview Bob Peterson says, "We wanted our locale to reflect and resonate with Carl’s emotional state in the film. The tepuis, or table top mountains, of South America are old, isolated, rugged, and dangerous but with a soulful beauty – a pretty good description of Carl." And it's true, Carl's character goes through some interesting emotions, good and bad. However, he eventually realizes he has to let Ellie rest in peace.
Overall if you are a true Pixar fan you'll enjoy this one. Hmmm if they added a South American twist to UP I wonder if they'll add a Hispanic character?! It doesn't hurt to dream right?