Disney/Pixar has been creating full-length animation films for years now, but their recent production ‘Up’ is the best one so far. Up probably is Pixar’s best in terms of digital animation for they made great scenes look more realistic compared to their past productions. And the storyline is moving, thanks to the story supervisor Ronnie del Carmen – another Pinoy making it big in Hollywood.
Up is a story of adventures and the realization of all these. The movie’s trailer focuses on Carl Fredrickson, an old man who made his house flew up by attaching thousands of balloons to it, and Russell, a wilderness explorer scout. But when you see the movie, a beautiful love story will unfold where the plot is rooted from. Yes, Up is an animated film but the first half of the storyline, I think, was done for the adult viewers and then the second half was intended for the kids.
The first part of the movie tells the story of young Carl and how he met his one great love, Ellie, an adventure-seeker girl who dragged Carl into her plans of reaching the Paradise Falls. This part talks on love, being unconditional and everlasting. Quite a tearjerker, a five-minute montage showed their story from the time they fell in love until Ellie’s death. Then the second part evolves on Carl’s determination of making his and Ellie’s dream of Paradise Falls into reality. This is where he met the adorable Russell who would turn Carl’s life a little less peaceful.
The storyline would touch the hearts of the viewers, especially the Filipinos who are into stories of lovers who would move mountains (in Carl’s case, travels across the globe on a flying house) for the sake of each other’s happiness. Up would make adults value the time they have with their loved ones a little bit more and the kids, well they’ll have a good laugh. Russell’s really a fun to watch. Maybe in a way, the kids would learn that what makes life beautiful is not the exciting adventure itself, but the lessons we get from each journey we choose to take.
Aside from the great animations, Filipino viewers should be proud of our kababayan, Ronnie del Carmen, for putting heart into this Pixar masterpiece. He was born in the Philippines on December 31, 1959 and is currently working for Pixar Animation Studios. The production staff itself must’ve given their lives into this project and I say it’s all worth it.