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A modern animated classic,
This review is from: Up [DVD]  (DVD)
This is one of the best animated movies I have seen in a long time. It has a compelling story, an excellent lead character and it looks stunning. The length of 'Up' is just about right at just over 90 minutes and it doesn't overdo sickly sentiment. OK, the story is sentimental but it certainly isn't saccharine sweet and it is actually quite adult at times as it deals with death and there are a couple of scenes where blood is in evidence.
The opening ten minutes or so sets the scene beautifully. It is very well done and tells the story of Carl and Ellie's lives in a touching and very effective way and it paves the way perfectly for what is to follow. The voice acting is good across the board with Ed Asner in particular doing a great job as Carl. As stated earlier, the movie looks fantastic with stunning scenery and incredible lighting. South America is captured wonderfully well and the sight of a house being carried by balloons never fails to impress. If I do have one niggle, I did find the talking dogs a bit odd but at least this wasn't overdone. Also, nothing can quite capture the charm of the first part of the movie when Carl still lives at home.
'Up' shows that an animated movie can be just as rewarding and moving as any live action film and this fully deserves the many awards it has received.