Up! is the latest animated feature from Pixar, 2009. Pixar appear to be releasing a movie once per year. In my opinion Pixar now has a wide range a quality in it's features, with Up! occupying the lower third of all their efforts. In the past, Pixar has been characterized by vividly created alternate worlds of toys, bugs, monsters, superheros, cars, and fish. Two of their recent efforts, Up! and Ratatouille, have a disturbing trend of stories where animals directly interacting with humans. In Up! we have dogs that can speak directly to humans using special collars. The inventor of said collar lives in the jungle in south America, and is the bad guy of the story. I admit the dog character, Dug, is quite charming and there is good humor there, but Pixar should stick to what sets their features apart from other Disney movies- self contained, incredibly detailed, alternate realities in which to play out human dramas. The point is the show us humans the drama we create for ourselves without actually putting humans as central characters of the story. Up! fails far short here in that we have all these dogs that can talk to humans, and the humans themselves are central characters playing out a good vs evil plot. The theme of Up! is that of lost opportunity and lost love and is actually quite sad. Nevertheless, if you're a die hard Pixar collector, you should still have this feature. The special features are also quite enlightening, and if you can, try watching those before the main feature. You will appreciate the landscapes shown in the feature much more.
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