Director: Pete Docter
One of the most emotional movies yet from Disney/Pixar upholds the studio’s sterling reputation with a romantic and quixotic adventure about a grumpy septuagenarian determined to fulfill a promise made to his late wife.
Directed by Monsters, Inc. helmer Pete Docter (with co-direction and co-writing by Bob Peterson), Up follows the quest of Carl Fredericksen (Ed Asner), a 78-year-old balloon salesman with a head like a lantern but an attitude like a spent match.
Carl recently lost his wife Ellie, the love of his life, whom he had promised to one day take on safari mysterious Paradise Falls in the jungles of South America.
Life interfered, but fate, ingenuity and a nod to The Wizard of Oz get the dream aloft once more, sending Carl and eight-year-old stowaway Russell (Jordan Nagai) on a wild ride.
Extras abound, including a commentary by Docter and Peterson, making-of featurettes and the short films Dug’s Special Mission and Partly Cloudy.
DVD Pick: Up