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Up (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  29 May 2009 (USA)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Fredricksen (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Charles Muntz (voice)
Russell (voice)
Dug / Alpha (voice)
Beta (voice)
Jerome Ranft ...
Gamma (voice)
Newsreel Announcer (voice)
Elie Docter ...
Young Ellie (voice)
Jeremy Leary ...
Young Carl (voice)
Mickie McGowan ...
Police Officer Edith (voice) (as Mickie T. McGowan)
Danny Mann ...
Donald Fullilove ...
Nurse George (voice) (as Don Fullilove)
Nurse AJ (voice)
Omega (voice)


A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure-spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a lost land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However, he has a stowaway aboard: an 8-year-old boy named Russell, who's trying to get an Assisting the Elderly badge. Together, they embark on an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin. Written by Garfield2710

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some peril and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Up - Una aventura de altura  »

Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,108,790 (USA) (29 May 2009)


£34,284,193 (UK) (18 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


The second animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The first was Beauty and the Beast (1991). However, it is the first Disney/Pixar film to do so. See more »


In the scene where Russell finds the lever to operate the house direction he moved it first towards right then to its left and again to its right and finally leaves it in the center and goes towards the window, but in the next shot its found positioning to its right. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreel Announcer: Movietown News presents, "Spotlight on Adventure." What you are now witnessing is footage never before seen by civilized humanity: a lost world in South America. Lurking in the shadow of majestic Paradise Falls, it sports plants and animals undiscovered by science. Who would dare set foot on this inhospitable summit? Why, our subject today, Charles Muntz!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are presented as text typed in a scrapbook, with photographs and mementos taped onto the pages. See more »


Referenced in Mad: Taking Nemo/Once Upon a Toon (2012) See more »


The Spirit of Adventure
Written by Michael Giacchino
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Pixar hits it out of the park, again
12 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to a special pre-release screening of Up at Pixar studios in Emeryville, organized by the San Francisco Film Society. After a hour-long reception in the atrium of their beautiful main building we went through some rigorous security (metal detectors!) and were treated to an hilarious short (Partly Cloudy) and Pixar's new high water mark, Up.

My favorites to date have definitely been Wall-E and the Incredibles, and Up is another slightly-left-of-center masterpiece. The emotional impact of the beautiful, wordless summation of Carl's life that opens the movie is the bass note that resonates through the whole film and is at least as affecting as the scene in Wall-E when he holds his own hands while watching Hello Dolly. The rest of the movie, of course, is breathtaking on just about every level, especially the tactile quality of all the characters and textures and the completely realized weather effects and action scenes. With no "new" technical milestones (fur in Monsters, Inc., water in Finding Nemo, realistic camera effects in Wall- E), the design is the main focus, from the hilariously stylized characters to the amazing setting of the tepui.

As the associate producer who participated in the Q&A following the movie pointed out, the past three Pixar movies have not been easy sells to their parent company Disney (they'll be back in familiar territory with Toy Story 3 and Cars 2), but Pixar's commitment to inventive, story-driven films continues to pay off here. All of the good press is true, and I can't wait to see it again. Thanks for staying true to yourselves Pixar!

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