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Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Pete Docter 
Starring: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer  
An image from Up

After accidentally boarding the floating house of elderly grump Carl (as you do), Boy Scout Russell finds himself on an epic adventure to Paradise Falls. Along the way, they meet lovable characters including a talking dog and a bird that loves chocolate (same). But, they also discover a long forgotten adventurer, who will do just about anything to get back home. This classic animation has the most emotional, heartbreaking opening acts to ever grace the big screen, so make sure you bring a tissue or two. For me, Up is hands down one of, if not THE BEST Pixar film. I can’t recommend it enough!

Sophie Cooper

Carl and Ellie form an adventure club in an abandoned house, taking after their beloved explorer, the famed Charles Muntz. Ellie tells Carl about her ambition to move their clubhouse to the top of Paradise Falls in South America. Years pass, Ellie and Carl get married, grow up and grow old. They collect money for their adventures, but broken tyres and burst pipes quickly reduce it. Now alone, Carl fends off the rise of skyscrapers on his doorstep and young club members earning their “Help The Elderly badge.” To the amazement of all, Carl unleashes thousands of balloons attached to his and Ellie’s house which drifts away into the sky, ready for adventure.

This film is so good that it’s practically a turning point in animation. In recent years Pixar has matured from producing purely sentimental comedies and is now making movies still packed with humour, but with deeper characters and pathos. The first section of Up is more moving than a lot of films ever achieve. From there the film becomes increasingly comedic but sustains its rich ideas with one of the best scripts in animated films. If you liked WALL-E then you can expect even more from Up.

Nick Grills

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)
2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)
2019/2020 Spring Term (digital)
2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)