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Submitted by Nick B on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 06:48
Carl Fredrickson (Ed Asner - Lou Grant and more cartoon voices than you can shake a stick at) has fostered a dream and at seventy-eight years of age, is finally going to realise that dream.
From a young age, he followed the exploits of explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer - National Treasure, On Golden Pond, Dreamscape), disgraced after scientists threw out his discovery of a strange South American skeleton as a fraud.
When Carl meets Ellie, a spirited young girl as nutty about Muntz as him, they made a pact to travel together to Paradise Falls, a secret and remote place in South America. Ellie and Carl marry and the dream never gets realised. After Ellie's death, Carl finds himself lonely and unsure of what to do, but one single event changes all that...
Carl's home is under threat from a wealthy developer, who tries without success to buy Carl's house in order to build on the land, but Carl refuses to move. However after one of the developer's workers damage Carl's mailbox and after Carl hits the man, he is told he must move out and go to an old people's home.
Carl can think of nothing worse and hatches a plan. By attaching thousands of helium-filled balloons to his house, he rises into the air and floats off--much to the amazement of all who were watching.
Whilst en-route, sailing on the wind and using a weathervane to steer by, Carl discovers he is not alone.
A young boy, Russell--a wilderness explorer and seventy years Carl's junior--who had been making a nuisance of himself in an attempt to get his 'helping the elderly' badge is discovered cowering on the porch.
At first, Carl refuses to let the boy in, but relents and that's when the adventure really begins.
Whilst on their adventures, they discover a talking dog named Dug and a strange and very rare bird, named Kevin.
This was one of those rare gems that contains a lot more than plain cartoonery. By this I mean that it's not just a kid's movie, it's a lot more than that and I defy anyone not to get just a little tearful when Ellie dies.
The pace is swift, carrying you along at a rate that I wish many other movies could have adopted, instead of boring the pants off you in the name of being critically acclaimed. The comedy is sharp and usually unexpected, but for the right reasons. The animation is brilliant and the film even has a whole host of characters that you really can identify with.
In short, I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who has the time to sit and be carried along with this wonderful tale.