Suggested Theater Viewing: Up

1 June 2009


The first animated feature to open Cannes (this past month)–a worthy choice. Beautifully nuanced details and textures. A highlight is early on in the film–the backstory Carl and Ellie, the couple who lived in that house that takes flight. The 3-D does not have that gimmicky “It’s coming right at you!” feel. Rather, it just enhances the whole experience. Highly recommended.

Check out the movie’s production notes: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/up/main.html#/epk/about/production_notes/1. The filmmakers explain their theory of  “simplexity” to get the right mix of realism and caricature. Also, the influence of directors Kurosawa (especially “Ikiru”) and Ozu as well as illustrators like Mary Blair and George Booth on the film. Plus, exactly how many balloons are holding up that house.


from Disney artist Mary Blair

georgeboothfrom cartoonist and artist George Booth


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