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Voices: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, John Ratzenberger, Elie Docter, Jeremy Leary.
Carl Fredericksen is a 78- year-old curmudgeon. He used to enjoy his modest life as a balloon seller when his adventure-loving wife Ellie was still alive. When she died, Carl was left with his memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats away. He discovers that Russell, a chubby Wilderness Explorer Scout has stowed away. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for. Charles Muntz is a crazed explorer whose newsreels once inspired Carl and Ellie; Kevin is an exotic bird with a weakness for chocolate; and Dug who is an endearingly golden retriever fitted with a voice box. More importantly, Carl and Russell discover they need each other.
Up is a surprisingly touching and beautiful movie with one of the sweetest love stories I've ever seen on film (and done mostly without dialogue to boot!). This is a movie both children and adults will adore.
I love the idea behind this, and I loved the movie. It's such a great message about the journeys of life. It has some very funny/cute moments, and the opening sequence will probably make your eyes a little misty. It got a little long toward the end, but I still enjoyed it. The dog is probably the best part of it.
This wasn't my favorite Disney movie the first time I saw it. It was sad and I just didn't leave the movie feeling like I wanted to see it again. Several years later we caught it on TV and I really enjoyed it, especially the characters of Russell, Doug and Kevin. I still wouldn't rank it at the top of my list but I would definitely watch it again.