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Movie Review: Up


Up – Animated/Family – Starring Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Christopher Plummer – Directed by Pete Docter – PG – 96 minutes

What is it like? A mash-up of Secondhand Lions, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, and White Fang.

Favorite Scene? The montage of Carl and Ellie’s relationship was an example of what makes Pixar the undisputed champion of animated features. It hit every emotional note I can think of, and all with no dialogue. The marriage of the most advanced computer animation with all the classic techniques of silent film show us that the creators at Pixar have a huge amount of respect for the medium they work in.

Will kids like it? Based on the full theater I sat in, the kids enjoyed it very much. However, there were a few scenes that hit more adult notes and lost the kids in the process. I heard a lot of fidgeting and talking during those moments, although for the most part the kids were entranced. I saw it in 3D, and there were lots of oohs and aahs throughout.

Will adults like it? Absolutely. Pixar films are always good at appealing to the adults who have to bring the kids to the theater. The difference with Up is that I think the adults will actually enjoy the movie even more than the kiddies. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of adult emotions in this movie, which by definition are better understood by adults.

Theater or Rental? Theater, without a doubt. It’s easy to think that 3D isn’t that big of a deal since every big animated movie this year is being released in 3D. That is not the case with Up. Pixar took the time to invent a whole new method for creating 3D animation, and it shows. The movie is not filled with gimmicky 3D that jumps out of the screen for no reason. Instead, they use the technique to create the depth and scope that makes you feel like you’ve really traveled to a South American jungle plateau. As for the rental, don’t bother.  You’ll want to go ahead and pre-order this one on blu-ray (or dvd if you must) in plenty of time for Christmas 2009.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Family, Movies, Premiere, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Movie Review: Up

Coraline Comes to Blu-ray on July 21st

A few months ago, I wrote about seeing Coraline in 3-D, and I must reiterate just how excellent it is now that the blu-ray release has been announced. This is landmark animation and by no means is it just for kids. I for one, will be pre-ordering this as soon as it’s available from Amazon.

Full details on the upcoming release are over at Hi-Def Digest.

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Home Video, Movies, Technology | , , , | Comments Off on Coraline Comes to Blu-ray on July 21st

Coraline 3D Returns to Theaters this Weekend!

Thanks to William Goss at Cinematical for pointing this out.

I made a point to see Coraline a couple weeks ago when I heard it was my last chance in the theater.  In a word, it is AMAZING.  This takes animation to a completely new level.  Also, do not assume this is a kids movie, because most kids will shit their pants if they see it.  Coraline is a fairy tale for adults, and one that is worth seeing in the most immersive way possible.

Suck it Jonas Brothers.

March 12, 2009 Posted by | Movies, Technology | , , , , , | 1 Comment