Monday, June 1, 2009


Animated cartoon

A snipe is any of the 20 bird species in the family Scolopacidae. They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and colourful plumage.

Christopher Plummer: intrepid explorer Charles Muntz
Jeremy Leary: young Carl
Elie Docter: tomboy Ellie
Ed Asner: 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen
Jordan Nagai: 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer cub scout Russell
Bob Peterson: Dug the dog

It has it all: an original well-constructed story for adults that children will enjoy, spectacular CGI animation (Pixar’s best so far), lots of comical moments, great casting with the voices perfectly matched to their character and a wonderful score that fits beautifully with the action on the screen.

The attention to detail is nothing short of amazing: the stubble that appears on Carl's chin becomes more evident as the days go by, the movement of eyes, Carl’s eyeglasses sliding off his nose whenever he hits the door peering out of the peephole etc.

for some peril and action.

When Ellie and Carl are painting their names on the mailbox, Carl inadvertently leaves a purple hand print of his left hand. However when he holds his hands up in a gesture of “oops” there is no evidence of paint on either hand.

I saw the film in 3-D format which serves to enhance the sense of reality but the producers have not employed the usual gimmick of having things fly at you. How clever is that? Making use of movie technology to advance the story not to scare you to death.

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