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"Squirrel!" New UP Trailer Introduces You To Dug, The Talking Dog!

Beaks here...

It was only a matter of time before Pixar owned up to the happy fact that, yes, there are talking dogs in their geriatric adventure flick, UP. I was hoping they could keep this a secret until the May 29 release of the film, but the studio probably needed a more enticing hook than "old man travels by house to exotic locale with overeager 'wilderness explorer'". So talking dogs it is! Since last December's BNAT, director Pete Docter has been proudly showing an extensive amount of footage from UP to journalists and convention crowds, and the reactions have ranged from "pleased" to "ecstatic". The emphasis in the below trailer (HD links available at Yahoo! Movies) is on adventure and comedy, but, as anyone who's seen Docter's presentation knows, Carl's journey is tinged with regret. It'll be interesting to see if they can resolve this sorrow at the end of the adventure without copping out a little. But for now, let's concentrate on talking dogs and a big, rambunctious bird named Kevin! And biplanes! And a giant airship! This looks absolutely sublime.

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  • March 6, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Did you just say "Owlship"?

    by chrth

    Oh, Airship. Nevermind

  • March 6, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    this is pretty damn funny

    by detectivesoap

    the dog part I guess. be fun to take the kiddo to. Um, first? I'm new to this.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Looks great

    by CharyouTree

    love the reaction shots

  • March 6, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by rbatty024

    Pixar equals quality.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    really new

    by detectivesoap


  • March 6, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    nevermind heh

    by detectivesoap

  • March 6, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Is it just me..

    by ShadowMaker

    or did the other old guy look just like Kirk Douglas in his current form?

  • March 6, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by ShadowMaker

    and this looks great BTW. It made me laugh really hard. Something most recent Pixar outings failed to do (in their trailers) Very much looking forward to this.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Pixar + No Bale = NOT INTERESTED


    Let me guess; formulaic, safe, a lotta heart, some character overcoming adversity = ACADEMY AWARD <P>Fuck you Pixar. Seriously....just fuck off. And take those fat ass man child so called directors with you straight to fucking hell.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I read about teh talking dogs just before watching...

    by logicalnoise01

    the trailer and I was like huh? but having teh dog act normally while his collar speaks is just clever. Movie looks great so far. can't wait yadda yadda yadda I'm down $12.50

  • March 6, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    The other old guy is Christopher Plummer

    by terry1978

    *SPOILER* He's basically the villain of the piece, as he used to be someone Carl idolized, but turns out that he's not exactly....sane.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    That's a clever way to do the talking dog.

    by Royston Lodge

    That's a really clever way of doing a "talking dog" without resorting to the cartoon cliché of a talking dog. My vote is "yes!".

  • March 6, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I hope I am proven wrong again....

    by KevinMuller

    When I saw the trailer for Ratitouille, I was very underwhelmed by it, but then the movie blew me away and became my favorite PIXAR movie. I feel the same way about this, but hopefully PIXAR will prove me wrong again.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by codereduk

    A Talkback that's not about Watchmen?<p> Unbelievable, man, it's unfuckin' believable. Fuckin' ass.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    im about to go see TRICKY live here in Ft. Lauderale

    by future help

    and i will be getting UP (high)

  • March 6, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Is that a CGI Kirk Douglas?

    by Rev. Slappy

    Oh, the they've got the Owlship up at Universal Citywalk.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Zeegloo

    Loved the dog bit. Overall this looks really incredible.

  • March 6, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    Your sanity has always seemed iffy, but over the last few weeks you seem to have gone completely over the edge. Is it Watchmen that broke you?

  • March 6, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Non-Talking Dog

    by enderandrew

    Didn't I read here on AICN how awesome it was that the dog didn't talk, but had tons of personality regardless?

  • March 6, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The first half hour is great.

    by JimCurry

    Seriously unlike anything you've ever seen in a Disney movie. And it ain't talking dog stuff...

  • March 6, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Dannyglovers_dickblood, you are

    by shatners hairpiece

    a moron. Not every movie is The Dark Knight... and many movies are better than The Dark Knight. Get a life, log off your computer, put the Lil Debbie;s snackcakes down and open your mind a little to other things.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    "Squirrel!" is an old Letterman bit

    by daggor

    I Merrill Markoe wrote it - the "Dog poetry" segment.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Still laughing about the dog....

    by Foomas

    can't breath still laughing ....damn pixar is making me choke........ok I am good

  • March 6, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by mode_7

    What kind of movies do you actually like? Seriously man, list a few.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    daggor: "My empty dish mocks me."

    by Flim Springfield

    Classic bit.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Yes damn Pixar for making quality animation films

    by Lovecraftfan

    Seriously how dare they.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    So cute...

    by viola123

    I love it; what a lovely trailer. I can't wait to see "Up!"!

  • March 6, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I do admit. This fucking Watchmen coverage has broken me.


    Jesus Christ...ENOUGH. And TDK? What the fuck? I've never raved about that movie. I enjoyed it, but I definitely wasn't a passionate defender of it. <p>Three films I like-- Empire of The Sun, Millions, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • March 6, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    The perfect send-up of the "talking" dog cliche. And forget about the collar gimmick, he just LOOKS hilarious. I'm getting more eager to check this out all the time.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Pete Docter

    by Larry of Arabia

    He's managed to direct the two most original premises in Pixar's cannon, and that's saying something.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Yep...More Quality from Pixar...

    by conspiracy

    >And I agree...talking dog that still acts like a Dog...very smart. It is little shit details like that which keep Pixar at the top levels of film making.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I talk a lot of shit. But honestly this looks weak.


    What the fuck did you guys find appealing about the humor? Like the kid sliding across the window....uhhhhh....thats like Will Ferrell caliber humor. The premise sounds cool, but the actual look of the film is very fucking dull. The exotic lands don't look nearly expansive or magical enough. It looks very flat and poorly designed. Almost like it was slapped together. And the dog thing. Wow. Seriously? You think that's clever? The squirrel distraction is basically the sort of shit they already did in Over The Hedge with that dog saying "You wanna play? You wanna play?" over and over again. Its like fat ass John Lasseter's gold plated balls are blinding you all. No matter what the fuck they put people will love it and you will pay to see it. <P>And I'm a big fan of animation in general. I love classic Disney, stop-motion animation, all Don Bluth's work, etc. This just looks formulaic and dull.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    where's Tricky tonite?

    by DannyDorko666

    I'm bored this evening.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I wasn't sold on this movie until this trailer

    by D.Vader

    Previous teasers and trailers just didn't do it for me, but this one really sold the "adventure" aspect well. <p> And FINALLY I understand the squirrel joke. Never thought it'd make me laugh, not knowing what it was exactly, but seeing it here got a big reaction from me. <p> Bird looks funny too.

  • March 6, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Dickblood...As a Professional..I respect you..

    by conspiracy

    and your opinion.</p><p> But What makes the "dog" bit so funny isn't that this is a talking is that it is just a dog, the reactions are spot on. If you've ever had a've seen that look.</p><p> As for the fact that the location doesn't look exotic enough..that is because this is supposedly modeled on a real life location..the area around Angel Falls in Venezuela. As for the insane bird..that's pure fantasy.</p><p> Come on Dickblood,..I know it doesn't have Bale, and as such will be the lessor for it, but as a professional, let your inner kid out for a second and give it a chance.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    So Danny, in your mind

    by BadMrWonka

    The Land Before Time > Wall E?<p>just saying...

  • March 6, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by F-18

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    by F-18

    didn't mean to have a space in it <p> MUST...HAVE...ABILITY...TO EDIT

  • March 6, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    This looks pretty good.

    by Sal_Bando

    I enjoyed the kids being drug slowly across the window pane there, pretty fun.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by SnapT


  • March 6, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    It was decent. I'm a big Boyle fan (but I'm waiting for Slumdog to hit BluRay). But it may be the worst Boyle film I've seen, which isn't to say it was bad, so much as it wasn't as good as his other films.<p>Is the film about his relationship with his older brother? Or the possibility his dead mother is an angel? The kids are on the run for thieves, except they don't really run so much as just stay home.<p>Boyle already made a BETTER film about how a large sum of money changes people, and it was called Shallow Grave.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    And for the record, TDK is one of the best movies of the decade. The called Burton's Batman the movie of the decade, and it is barely watchable today. It is slow. The bits with Jack Palance should have all been cut. Robert Wuhl as well now that I mention it.<p>But honestly, TDK is one of the top ten movies I've seen this decade, and I'll put The Prestige on that list as well. Nolan's LESSER works only include Batman Begins, Memento, Insomnia and Following. Two great movies, and two decent movies. Nolan may be the second best director working today. I shouldn't have to specify who is first.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    just another kiddie movie...

    by HaterofCrap

    plunk the little brats down in the chairs and shut them up for a few makes money. someone ends up happy.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    Clearly Pixar makes kiddie movies.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • March 6, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka -- can't speak for Wall E.


    Its the one I haven't seen. But The Secret of Nimh destroys ANY other Pixar film, except Finding Nemo. Nimh destroys it AND fucks it in the ass.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Dammit...I like Empire of The Sun, Millions...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and Eternal Sunshine too. I feel a little weird about this...

  • March 6, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    To me Millions perfectly captures the magic and danger....


    ....of childhood.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    TIDELAND= magic and danger of childhood...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...x3 of course...but still...

  • March 6, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    Honestly, I assume most of the time you're like most of the haters here who just rips on everything. I don't get you calling Pixar safe when they pushed computer animation before it was cool. They've made some fairly bold choices that you don't automatically assume will be hits.<p>For instance, a guy going up in the sky sounds boring. No one would buy that script if Pixar wasn't pushing it. But Pixar knows how to tell a story, so I give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Magic and danger of childhood

    by enderandrew

    Have any of you read The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury?

  • March 6, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Looks, great

    by TheRevengeofLeeVanCleef

    This one looks like it might be some great, pure escapism. I'm looking forward to it. And the dog, what a brilliant twist on an animated cliche.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    "Magic and danger" summer when I was about...

    by FlickaPoo we decided we hated the kids who lived on the next street over. We spent days making weapons for the coming war...bicycle chains...sticks with nails in them etc... Thank god nothing ever came of it and nobody got hurt...we were serious as hell though. We wanted them dead. People forget that about kids.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    I had a similar experience preparing for war against the "Marcy Street Gang" in 4th Grade. Also in 4th Grade, we played GI Joe, which consisted of half the kids at recess being Cobra, and the other half being GI Joe. We'd chase each other, and beat each other up. Some kids constantly got beat and couldn't defend themselves, so they'd claim to be double agents secretly working for your team. So we'd beat them doubly.<p>When I was a kid, I assumed I would grow up and become a ninja.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD, a toast to "Millions"

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I'm glad to see somebody else remember that gem of a film. You're exactly right about it's ability to capture the wonder and fear as would be seen through a child's eyes. Truly a high-ranker on my list of family films.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    enderandrew -- Pixar owes it all to George Lucas. Thats the trut


    And you're right. No one would buy the same premise if it wasn't Pixar. Thats my point. If this were the exact same movie but out by Blue Sky people would be talking all kinds of shit about how dull it looked and the stupid dog. Pixar gets a free pass. I think it all goes back to Toy Story. People fucking love those toys and in this back of their minds they said no matter what these fuckers do for the rest of my life....I'm gonna swallow it.<p>You seriously enjoy Finding Nemo? Come on. Its obnoxious and horrid and I wanted both the fucking clown fish to die. Yet I still tear up when Fiefel is running around screaming PAPA, in An American Tail.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    I'm the one geek who hasn't read it. I picked it up, I'm avoiding all the reviews and talkbacks to avoid spoilers. But I'm seeing it late tonight on the IMAX. I picked it up recently, and read the first 4 issues. I wasn't blown away. In fact the art really disappointed me. But here is hoping the movie is worth all the hype.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    I find the two main characters a little annoying, and decidely unfunny in Finding Nemo, but it certainly has its moments. I have a three-year old daughter, so Pixar movies are being played constantly every single day in my house. Finding Nemo is actually my wife's favorite of all the Pixar films, and I paid an artist to do a Finding Nemo mural in the basement in my daughter's toy room. So no, I don't hate it. I think A Bug's Life is their worst film. I just can't rewatch it. Incredibles is their best.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    About Watchmen

    by kirttrik

    It's not about the art, it's about the complexity of the story. It's also a critical analysis of the concept of a superhero and how ridiculous that actually is. That said, UP looks eee--great.

  • March 6, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I Was About to Tear DGDB a New One...

    by HapaPapa72

    But then it hit me... I was in no hurry to see Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, etc...but I enjoyed them. UP makes me feel that "uhhhh...I dunno about this one" feeling, but I trust the fat ass man children from Pixar. Or at least Brad Bird. Oh, and enderandrew? I've never read Watchmen either.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    In All Fairness

    by enderandrew

    The art looks on par with most comic artwork from the 80s before they started coloring on the computer. When I'm reading old comics, I prefer black and white art for that reason.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST



    Oh....well the perspective of someone watching these films with their kid is obviously much different. I'm sorta speaking to the 25-45 year olds that get hard over ever Pixar release like its the second coming. Like Harry Knowles excitment......a little puzzling.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Peace people.


  • March 6, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Outlaw

    Damn...I thought that was a Bio-Dome reference!

  • March 6, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles excitement

    by enderandrew

    His excitement for every film on the planet is inversely proportional to the TB hatred for every film on the planet.<p>Does anyone remember when Harry used to call stupid shit out? He said JJ Abrams wrote the single worst script he ever read, and now Harry thinks JJ is a god who can do no wrong. Go figure.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree with dickblood, looks pretty dull

    by bongo123

    to me, it looks to generic, hell it even looks like another studio did it, but like all pixar flicks they dont commit one pixel until they have a fantastic story fleshed out, just wish it grabbed me more by the balls, but then again the trailers for TF2, T4, Trek & Wolvie have kinda made everything else look slow and boring in comparison

  • March 6, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    One of the best...

    by enderandrew

    Sadly, one of the best trailers is the Episode One trailer. I think it was trailer 1b. Go look it up. Even though I know it is a terrible movie, I get excited when I watch that trailer.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    enderandrew that made me wanna stick it on..

    by bongo123

    think i might crack open another beer, roll another j and kick back with some starwars, ive forgotten how bad it was, but meh, i aint doin feck all

  • March 6, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    The Halloween Tree...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...haven't read it, but loved Dandelion Wine...will have to check it out.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Spiftacular Squirrel Girl

    by WriteFromLeft

    That's your cue. Where for art thou?

  • March 6, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    But THESE talking dogs are funny!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    They've also finally given the old chestnut of the talking dog A REASON for talking. I saw about 40 minutes of this at BNAT, and there's another talking dog gag involving the mean, villianous dog that made me almost poop my pants. I won't dare spoil it, but absolutely have to take my neice to see this!

  • March 6, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Where's Quicktime? This Flash $#|+ never loads

    by GeorgieBoy

  • March 6, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    i will be seeing it with my underwear around my ankles. thats for sure

  • March 6, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I already loved this

    by SifoDyasJr.

    but now I love it 10 times more. Saw a preview showing of Monsters Vs. Aliens last night and the 3-D trailer for Up was better than that whole film.

  • March 6, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I didn't enjoy Cars but Pixar consistently has great films

    by Lovecraftfan

    Even Cars was at least good looking. Its really sad that Pixar just seems so much hate around here whenever a new one pops up.

  • March 6, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Also are we actually calling Brad Bird a man child

    by Lovecraftfan

    Thats fucking stupid. His three animated films have more wit, heart, and character than most live action films.

  • March 6, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Another Pixar film for critics to slobber over?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 6, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    fuck all the haters

    by bacci40

    pixar is the best studio in hollywood, and this looks great

  • March 6, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Saw this before Watchmen

    by aversiontherapy2

    People loved the dog, the whole cinema laughed out loud at the "squirrel" line.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Secret of Nimh? Bwa Ha Ha

    by AceHoly

    Anyone who says The Secret of Nimh was better than The Incredibles doesn't understand storytelling or animation. Nimh had its moments, but was formulaic from an animation standpoint (Bluth films were all like that...) and frankly a bit dull when it was all said and done. Pixar has smoked Bluth on EVERY outing (except perhaps Doc-Hollywood-as-Cars).

  • March 6, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    by DDillustration

    This was pretty funny. I laughed. Like everyone already said, pixar usually does well. We'll see.

  • March 7, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I like the teasers better than this

    by Potatino

    but only just...this seems to give away too much(I hope I'm wrong)... I'm still very excited to see this!!

  • March 7, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm in the minority

    by Bloo

    which is typical for a sane thinking Republican around here but I actually love A BUGS LIFE and CARS...not my favorites but I do love them. Bloo's Pixar Ranking<P>WALL-E<p>THE INCREDIABLES<p>RATATOILLE<p>TOY STORY 2<p>CARS<p>A BUGS LIFE<p>TOY STORY<p>MONSTERS, INC<p>FINDING NEMO<P>I don't know what that says about me, but that's where I stand

  • March 7, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Pixar hasn't failed me yet (except maybe Cars)

    by BMacSmith

    it was ok, but nothing special.

  • March 7, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    My theory about Cars

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I think Cars was originally supposed to be the last movie in Pixar's Disney contract back when Eisner was playing Chicken with Steve Jobs, and was probably near completion when the merger took place under Iger, so I can kindof understand if they weren't giving it their full 100%. If Cars 2 ends up being a masterpiece, then I'll consider my theory to be valid.

  • March 7, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    As much as I hate to agree with

    by MetiphisLabs

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD, the dog joke didn't strike me as original. It was executed well and all, but it's been done before. And the kid sliding across the glass? Simpsons movie anyone? Bart was involved in an identical joke in that.

  • March 7, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Well, at least Pixar will get another Oscar next year

    by lockesbrokenleg


  • March 7, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    This Looks Boring As Hell...

    by Mako

    Disney's stock will be going bye bye.

  • March 7, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    this is just too childish for my taste

    by Windowlicker74

    As much as i move pixar, i really can't get excited about sitting i a theatre for 2 hours watching an old fart and an annoying liitle kid (that kids voice! fuck!!!) why is everybody drooling all over this??

  • March 7, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Computer animation just got taken to a new level

    by BenBraddock

    Some of the detail here is astonishing, not to mention the lighting, modelling etc. Looks beautiful. Could it be that all of you haters are just a tad jaded?

  • March 7, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    enderandrew, what director do you mean?

    by Thoreau

    Call me a philistine, but you said Nolan is the second best working director out there right now, and you shouldn't have to tell us the first. I can think of a few, can you tell me who you mean?

  • March 7, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Made me laugh...

    by sonnyfern

    But grumpy old bastards crack me up!

  • March 7, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Millions was great, huh?

    by gotilk

    I love it when I find out I've missed a good one. Now I have something to watch.

  • March 7, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Has an old school adventure feel to it

    by lex romero

    I get a goonies kind of vibe from it. Looks like fun. <br><br> Also they have an old man as the main character! I can't believe people are just passing this by and saying "yeah pixar don't push the envelope" when if anyone had told me that a studio was making a kids film about an old man I'd say they were crazy. <br><br> whilst their plots are often structured pretty typically and the same for each film what they do within that structure is constantly unique and special. Just because they don't have some revolutionary plot ending that ignores standard 3 act structures doesn't mean they aren't pushing the envelope.

  • March 7, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by Jardinier

    I wasn't really sure what to expect based on the various teaser trailers, but this was totally unexpected. It reminded me of a late 19th/early 20th century British adventure story (THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU most obviously) crossed with the 1980ies sensibility of having children involved in those adventures. <br> <br> When I first saw Miyazaki's CASTLE IN THE SKY (my favourite film of his), my impression was: this is like a 100 year old adventure novel recently rediscovered and turned into a film. UP strikes me the same way.

  • March 7, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    What ho, fellow Professionals

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    This trailer kicked all kinds of ass, and I for one am seriosly excited for this. <p> PIXAR can do no wrong in my eyes. Dont get the hate. They havent actually made a bad film yet, just a couple that were mearly average - like Nemo and Cars

  • March 7, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    That dog will steal the movie.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    At least the 'talking' dog is plausible...

    by Anna Valerious

    I remember the Disney TV movie "Can of Worms" had an alien dog that used a talking collar...and was voiced by Malcom McDowell! I'm wondering if this dog is voiced by the funny Jeff Ross...I know he was doing voiceovers for the last 2 Muppet specials...

  • March 7, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    don't understand

    by ranma627

    How some of you can actually hate a studio like Pixar is beyond me? Talkbackers have just gotten to a point where they'll hate anything just for the sake of hating it. Pixar has a perfect track record, I have yet to see Cars because I'm not interested in that at all. This is going to be a great year for animation with Up, 9, Coraline (which was fantastic) and Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea. Up looks glorious because it seems like such a simple film but you know it's going to be something special. Pixar is brilliant and whoever says they aren't are complete dumbasses who know nothing about film. They win awards every year because they're deserving of all the accolades.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    That was very funny

    by catlettuce4

    Even without the dog that cracked me up.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    @ ranma627

    by Jardinier

    I wouldn't put too much hope into PONYO, if you haven't seen it yet. It's ok, at times delightful, but just very insubstantial. Miyazaki is clearly getting old. <br> Personally, I'm much more interested in seeing Takahata's new movie, regardless of topic.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:31 a.m. CST

    the best part isn't that he gets distracted - "Squirrel!", it's

    by white_vader

    that it makes him forget what he was saying before and go back to square one. So you could probably say it's a Dory joke, but whatever, it was great. <p> Is that James Belushi doing the voice? Or Ratzenberger again?

  • March 7, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by emteem

    Plus the fact that Pixar films work so well for us, and especially for parents, is actually just a bonus as the films are actually made for children. You guys remember being children, right? Most talkbackers were just as stupid, but probably (hopefully?) a little less jaded.<p>Well, except for Danny because I assume even at 5 he was, "Fuck this... fuck that... something about balls".

  • March 7, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I don't hate Pixar

    by MetiphisLabs

    I love Pixar, I just think this trailer had 2 stale jokes that we have all seen. Also who said Nemo was one of their mediocre movies? It's my favorite one.

  • March 7, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Metiphis an d Jardinier

    by ranma627

    even though Nemo isn't my favorite Pixar film, that would be the Incredibles, it is clearly their best made picture. And Jardinier, I'll hold out hope for Ponyo. I heard it's a simple film like Totoro was so I'm hoping I like it. Plus I'm one of the people who adored Howl's Moving Castle while others felt it was just ok.

  • March 7, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Miyazaki's Ponyo

    by Jardinier

    PONYO in some ways is like TOTORO, but I'd say tonally it bears even more resemblance to KIKI (a film which I also like, but don't adore, unlike TOTORO). <br> PONYO is charming, sure (at least when it centres around the main characters, not so much every single time the plot cuts to someone else), but also very lightweight. Personally, I thought it was *too* simple; TOTORO was certainly more emotionally gripping and at least touched on some serious issues. <br><br> I didn't think HOWL was "just ok," by the way; I thought the film was preachy, needlessly incoherent, and had an unbelievably sucky ending (a feature it shares with PONYO, in mitigated form). I also rather enjoyed the much-maligned EARTHSEA, despite its indeed many faults, and found it a promising beginning for Miyazaki fils. So feel free to take my opinion with a grain of salt. (Maybe especially since I would also disagree with your assessment of NEMO, which, just like WALL-E, has pacing issues and relies a little too much on cutesy-weird secondary characters.)

  • March 7, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Thoreau - Best Director

    by enderandrew

    The best director of our time is Steven Spielberg. From a story perspective, he has tackled some stories with weak endings as of late, but Spielberg's list includes:<p> Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indy, Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, Color Purple, ET, Poltergeist, Empire of the Sun, Jurassic Park, Schindler's Mother-Fucking List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, War of the Worlds, Munich, etc.<p>He can do a summer blockbuster like no one else. The man invented the summer blockbuster. However, he can do Oscar-bait as well as anyone. He can make a kids film like ET, or Hook. He doesn't make films for critics. All he does is consistently make great movies.<p>And while people were upset that he kept the original ending to War of the Worlds (bash a man for respecting source material, or bash him for not respecting source material, you just can't win) there is no doubting that the movie was brutal and terrifying. And while he was rushing War of the Worlds, he was quietly doing Munich, which is a damned fine movie. We expect Spielberg to be great, almost to the point that we take him for granted.

  • March 7, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Two sets of opinions

    by Dennis_Lynch

    Some of you get this film, and found it fascinating, funny, and great to look at. Congratulations. You are still connected to the human race. And you understand why this will continue Pixar's winning streak. The rest of you angry critics are so disconnected and blind to the quality in front of you that you will end up like that old man, alone, without the imagination or the power to create anything nearly as interesting or challenging. Or fun. What sad little people you must be. That is why Pixar wins, every time. It connects to the audience, that rewards the company by buying their products.

  • March 7, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Hurry up with Totoro on HD,

    by white_vader


  • March 7, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I liked the crack Jack Black made about doing the Dreamworks

    by white_vader

    stuff 'cause the money was good, and then coming to the Oscars to see Pixar win every time. <p> But then Aniston had to be the corporate-towing bitch... <p> Has anyone noticed how the bottom of her face looks unsettlingly like Dustin Hoffman?! She's got his mouth!!

  • March 8, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Looks cute, but that gag was done long

    by Dingbatty

    before in Two Stupid Dogs.<p>I'm a huge animation fan; I enjoy it more than live action, so I absolutely get the enthusiasm people have for Pixar movies, but their movies just don't fit my particular taste (particularly that they constantly fall into lazy formula like Disney's 90's fare and ephemeral topical references like Dreamworks' stuff). And I get the appeal of, and appreciate, the artistry, but only The Incredibles brought all the elements together: a worthy script, brilliant design, and fun voice acting (despite the -- I think, unintentional? -- creepy Randian undertone). And yes, I am aware Bird disavowed the accusations, despite having flirted with Objectivism for a time.<p>But nothing Pixar has done so far has equaled the astonishing, brilliance of episodes of Samurai Jack when the show hit it's stride. Now if only Tartakovsky and his crew at Orphanage could get some things up on the screen, I'd be as fucknutty anticipatory as Pixar fans.

  • March 8, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    astonishing brilliance (without the comma)

    by Dingbatty

    I meant to type.

  • March 8, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Pixar isn't the sole early flag bearer

    by Dingbatty

    for CG 3D animation -- Rainmaker Animation also had a profound influence on popularizing it.

  • March 8, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Well Dingbatty that'd be one of the few good things

    by white_vader

    about 2 stupid dogs (and was it McCracken or Tartakovsky who did some designs on that? Can't remember). And Bill Cosby did it long before that. Not sure about the Simpsons ep though. That could've been the same time I guess (but it was babies not dogs). <p> As for Genndy, the most exciting thing I've heard is that Jon Favreau realises the action in IM was a bit bleh and proved he's not all ego by employing Genndy to make that shit pop (after being wowed by SJ) this time around. Awe-some. <p> Rainmaker (or Mainframe) eh? Mmm. You said were a huge animation fan, not huge animation nerd. ;) Don't you think you're overstating things just a leeeetle bit? If by profound you mean bringing it to the lowest common denominator mainstream by delivering a weekly dose of reheated clichéd plots and bad design wrapped up in cookie-cutter techno-clothes for the geeks then... yes, I guess you're right. And maybe a little biased.

  • March 8, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Oh and P.S.

    by white_vader

    That's rubbish about not being the sole flag bearer thing. Pixar's short films were around for the best part of a decade before Reboot. You'd have more of a case if you said Triple I or Klaiser/Walchak (sorry bad sp), or MAGI or Robert Abel... If you're really a fan you know this. Not to mention that so many of the techy bits that cg is made up of come from techniques invented by Alvy Ray Smith and Ed Catmull...

  • March 8, 2009, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Sorry to belabour the point but

    by white_vader

    you can't say Pixar "fall into" lazy Disney stuff at all, because it was always their stated intention to be a Disney-like company run more like Walt Disney ran it than say Eisner or Katzenberg.

  • March 8, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by white_vader

    The crying shame of Blue Sky is that they are the only other Pixar-level company in terms of both the skill of the animation and strength of their character designers (although DW have turned the corner there). But aside from Bunny (which was sublime), their stories and storytelling skills, er, fucking suck.

  • March 8, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Oops - and except for Panda.

    by white_vader

    I think half the reason everyone flipped for it is that apart from a couple of little things like action figures it was relatively po-culture/referential in-joke free. They just got on with it. Which basically makes it the Anti-Shrek, Dreamworks-wise.

  • March 8, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I want a spin-off starring The Talking Dog

    by DarthBakpao

  • March 8, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Halloween tree...

    by MsAcer

    Loved it.

  • March 8, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, someone took the name White Vader

    by D.Vader

  • March 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    I recommend good shit. But Fahrenheit 451 remains my favorite Bradbury book.

  • March 9, 2009, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    And Animals dancing to rap music. THAT NEVER GETS OLD!

  • March 9, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Looks great

    by Walter_Burns

    Some people are hard to please. This looks great

  • March 9, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    I said "popularizing" it. I imagine the public who grew up in the 90's recall Reboot and Beastwars, not Pixar shorts, or Tron (originally in the theater or always on cable in the early 80's), though I grew up in the 80's, so what do I know of their experiences?

  • March 9, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Anyhow, not slamming Pixar and their formula

    by Dingbatty

    or intentions, but wouldn't you like to see a broader range of styles and targeted age range in big screen animation from Hollywood?

  • March 9, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Oh, sorry Dingbatty

    by white_vader

    I guess I was concentrating on the 'flag-bearer' part more and the creator side where CG would not have even got to the public if it hadn't been popular with animators first. Semantics I guess. Are you excited about Genndy and IM 2 though? How could we ask for more than that?! <p> And yes of course I'd like more variety in Animation. But as far as targeted age range - this is one where I see Pixar as being way ahead of the rest. They TRULY make movies for the widest age range. Usually "family movie" is a fucking euphemism for "kids' movie". But not with Pixar. They write double-barrelled stuff that works for both young and old at the same damn time! And if they do pop-culture references, those are usually wrapped in something integral to plot or character. If a kid is too young to have seen Star Wars they still get that Buzz makes a funny astronaut breathing sound inside his helmet. Adults get both that AND the Vader joke. When he rolls out of the way the kids get the joke of a stupid world globe being like a boulder about to crush him. We get that AND the Raiders in-joke. The fact that these morality lessons/fables wrapped in comedy/buddy movie/road movie trappings are viewed as childish because they're animated - is the audience's myopia. They see the same thing in live-action 'adult' movies all the time but don't saddle it with the same baggage... Anyway I'm coming off like a planty mcplant but I don't think you can say targeted age range is an issue - because it sounds more like you're actually sort of saying a NARROWER age range (when you say target), which seems like a step back in some ways. I do think that will come eventually though as the stories become more specific and smaller in scope, and the directors do the same. <p> Anyway sorry for the slight misinterpretation dude. And "Dingbatty" eh? Typography freak?

  • March 9, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Hey D.Vader

    by white_vader

    It's just me, Half Vader. I'd been talking about changing it from oh, the first thousand posts of the Baleback, to honour the glory. <p> Took me a bit longer to get around to it though (they opened up the rego again too). What can I say? I was FUCKING DISTRACTED!!

  • March 9, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by petedrinksduff

  • March 9, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by The Penultimate Gunslinger

    I haven't been this excited for a Pixar film since... well, never. This looks really, really cool. A proper adventure film. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  • March 9, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I used to point up a tree and say "squirrell?" to my dog

    by zooch

    He would go nuts.

  • March 10, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by MsAcer

    I love all the Bradbury stuff. I had almost forgotten about the Halloween tree until you brought it up, it's a good,short read. I will be seeing UP :), with popcorn.