Hubby and I just got home from seeing UP at the drive-in. What a cute story! I told the hubby the movie was a mixture of PIXAR and THE NOTEBOOK. Seriously!
"... By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip ..."
Carl Fredricksen is my new hero for 2009. He has the heart of an adventurer, locked in the body of an old man who grieves for the love of his life. To see and hear the love Carl had for Ellie - theirs is the epic love story of myths.
Still wallowing in the cocoon of grief, Carl is suddenly inundated with the presence of a young adventurer - Russell - who's main goal is to earn his Wilderness badge for helping Old People.
When Carl decides to tie hundreds of helium balloons to his house, he and Russell take off on the wonderful adventure that should have been his and Ellie's trip. Along the way, the duo befriends Dug the dog and Kevin the mystery bird.
This movie made me cry and it made me laugh - it totally changed my frame of mind. I was in a pretty foul mood before going to the drive-in, but after seeing UP, my worries seem far away.
This is the first "feel good" movie of 2009. It is a great family movie and a great date movie. It is an adventure movie and a love story. It has a little from both worlds, so men and female will equally enjoy this movie.
Edward Asner ... Carl Fredricksen (voice of Ed Asner)
Christopher Plummer ... Charles Muntz (voice)
Jordan Nagai ... Russell (voice)
Bob Peterson ... Dug / Alpha (voice)
Delroy Lindo ... Beta (voice)
Jerome Ranft ... Gamma (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Construction Foreman Tom (voice)
David Kaye ... Newsreel Announcer (voice)