Francis Park / YISS 11th
The movie Up, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, was launched for public viewing on May 29, 2009. Pete Docter, who directed the film, according to critics, did a stellar job at bringing to life, deservingly receiving five major Academy Award nominations. The animation earned more than ＄735 million and ushered a new era of films, unveiling a new paradigm that fused rather contrasting motifs.
The movie revolves around an elderly man who goes by the name of Carl Fredricksen.
When the film opens, Carl appears to be indifferent and aloof to all concerns other than his own. Juxtaposed to Carl is Russell, an enthusiastic child who genuinely works for the betterment of his community. The unlikely duo embark on a journey to a distant land, referred to as paradise falls, in search of liberation from the shackles of reality.
The impact of the movie sprouts from the lives of the characters prior to their adventure. Carl, with much surprise to the audience, was once a boy similar to Russell, who enjoyed and knew how to appreciate the thrill for adventure. Carl, an avid Charles F. Muntz fan, went on the marry Ellie, a woman who shared the same passions as Carl. When all seemed perfect, Ellie went on to have a miscarriage and the couple’s relationship was tested.
As previously mentioned, unlike any previous major animated film, the motion picture combined both a heartwarming storyline with humor. The humor, however, to many, did not seem to provide comic relief, but instead seemed central to the plot.
In an unlikely turn of events, Carl and Russell must face up against a myriad of challenges and their friendship is tested. All in all, the animation heralded a new generation of slice of life films.
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