Up, Up, and Away!

January 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Up written and directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson; produced by Disney/Pixar Studios; 2009.

Carl Fredrickson dreamed of walking in the shoes of his childhood idol, a South American explorer.  Like most childhood dreams of great adventure, Carl’s life walked a seemingly mundane path.  Following the death of his beloved wife, Carl decides to take the trip to South America that they had dreamed of making together.  How does he get there?  Why, by tying about a billion helium balloons to his house!  The trip quickly becomes a harrowing adventure when Carl is joined by Russell, a pseudo-scout trapped on the front porch upon lift off.  Carl’s childhood hero becomes a villain.  With the help of a technologically modified canine companion, Carl and Russell foil the villain and discover lifelong companionship.

This movie touched the hearts of the adults in the theater as it illustrated how important it is to take our childhood dreams seriously.  Everyone, regardless of age, laughed out loud at the outrageous adventure Carl has.   In fact, I saw it a second time with three generations of my family, and my father now has a new favorite film.  This movie speaks to all generations.

I would definitely use this as a movie tie in at the library, perhaps including non-fiction titles about South America and hot air balloons in a display or themed box (“if you liked Up you may also like…”).  It would also make a great feature for a Grandparents Day program.

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