Hurst Hot Take: What’s up with ‘Up’—exploring a Pixar classic


the 2009 academy award winning film poster

Megan McKay, staff writer

The 2000s have arguably the best decade of TV shows and movies to have surfaced on the internet. Some of the most prominent TV shows I still enjoy watching, like “Gossip Girl,” “24,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “One Tree Hill,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mad Men,” and even “Friends,” highlight the liveliness of the decade.
The movies from the 2000s also follow suit as many of them can be regarded as the best movies of all time. Whether it was the release of a new Bond film or a rom-com, the 2000s had it all. One of my favorite movies is “Up” which was released in 2009. “Up” is a Disney computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film directed by Pete Docter. It was the first animated film to open the Cannes Film Festi- val, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
It received a 10- minute standing ovation from the au- dience, a historic moment for Pixar. No other animated film had ever been given the honor
of opening the festival before. This film is about the 78-year old widower Carl Fredericksen. The plot tells us about his journey to Paradise Falls in his
house equipped with thousands of balloons as he flies to South America to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling there.An earnest eight-year-old
Wilderness Explorer named Russell accidentally becomes the old man’s travel companion on his adventure. Russell sees the old man Mr. Fredericksen
as a father figure and appreciates his kindness and willingness to listen. Along the way, they meet a talking dog, a giant bird and a villainous explorer.
The movie is heartwarming and a must watch for anyone looking for a feel-good movie. The story explores themes of love, loss, and adventure.
“Up” has received critical acclaim for its storytelling, animation and emotional depth. It is one of my favorite movies because I always get a laugh
out of the characters’ interactions, especially Russell, because of how adorable he is. I also enjoy a good Pixar film and think some of Disney’s best films were from the era. Luckily, I am not the only one who regards “Up” as one of the best Pixar films. It has won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. I encouraged people to watch the movie because it is beautifully crafted and resonates with audiences of all ages.
“Up” is a beloved classic because of how well-developed the characters and their journeys are depicted. It is a timeless classic that has touched the hearts of millions around the world. If I ever need a smile, I will not hesitate to turn it on and soak in the stunning animation and breathtaking visuals. In conclusion, “Up” is Pixar’s 10th film, and for its 10th anniversary was a 10 out of 10. “Up” also has a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 8.9/10
based on reviews. “Up” sits alongside many other wonderfully crafted Pixar films from the 2000s including “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc,” and “WALL-E.” Disney hardly ever misses with their movies and this was yet another example of their successful movies. People are so obsessed with the movie that someone even painted their house like Mr.Fredericksen’s in the movie. The house is located in Herriman, Utah and Bangerter
Homes were the ones who recreated the house with permission from Disney. So many of us grew up on Disney and Pixar movies when we were younger, and it is nice to sometimes look back on them and reflect on how they made us feel as children. Since growing up, life moves by too quickly so it is important to slow down and remember the fun memories you had even as a child because it is important to constantly have that state of happiness in one’s life