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Up (2009 Movie)

“Up” is an animated adventure-comedy film released by Pixar Animation Studios in 2009. Directed by Pete Docter, the movie tells the heartwarming and adventurous story of an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen, who fulfills his lifelong dream of traveling to South America.

Carl, voiced by Ed Asner, decides to embark on a grand adventure after his wife Ellie passes away. To fulfill their shared dream of visiting Paradise Falls, he attaches thousands of helium-filled balloons to his house, turning it into a flying airship. However, his plans are altered when he discovers a young boy named Russell, a Wilderness Explorer, who accidentally becomes a stowaway on his flying house.

Together, Carl and Russell encounter a talking dog named Dug, who is equipped with a collar that translates his thoughts into speech, and a rare, elusive bird named Kevin. As they navigate through the jungle, they encounter various challenges and form an unlikely friendship.

“Up” is praised for its emotional depth, humor, and stunning animation. The film received critical acclaim and was a commercial success, earning over $735 million worldwide. It won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and was nominated for Best Picture, making it the first animated film to receive such a nomination since “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.

The movie’s touching exploration of themes like love, loss, and the fulfillment of dreams resonated with audiences of all ages. It remains a beloved classic in the world of animation, often cited as one of Pixar’s greatest achievements. “Up” is celebrated not only for its captivating story but also for its heartwarming message about the importance of cherishing life’s adventures, no matter how old or young you are.

Fun Facts

  • The film was directed by Brad Bird, who also wrote the screenplay and provided the voice for the character of Edna Mode in “The Incredibles.”
  • “Ratatouille” tells the story of Remy, a rat with a passion for cooking, who forms an unlikely alliance with Linguini, a garbage boy at a prestigious Parisian restaurant.
  • The film’s title is a reference to the traditional French dish ratatouille, which plays a significant role in the story.
  • To accurately depict the culinary world, the filmmakers consulted with renowned French chef Thomas Keller and even worked in the kitchen of his Michelin-starred restaurant, The French Laundry.
  • The character of Remy was animated using a combination of live-action footage of a rat, hand-drawn sketches, and computer-generated imagery.
  • “Ratatouille” received critical acclaim for its storytelling, animation, and themes of following one’s passion, defying stereotypes, and the power of great food.
  • The voice cast includes Patton Oswalt as Remy, Lou Romano as Linguini, and Brad Garrett as the intimidating chef, Gusteau.
  • The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing.
  • “Ratatouille” features beautiful depictions of Paris, showcasing its iconic landmarks and the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
  • The film’s release inspired the creation of the Ratatouille: The Adventure attraction at Disneyland Paris, where visitors can experience a 4D ride through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 2009
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $731.4 million
  • Awards: Won Academy Awards; Won Golden Globes
  • IMDB Link



  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Producer: Jonas Rivera
  • Music: Michael Giacchino

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