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What's UP?

Hey folks, Harry here - not with MOVIE news, but basically one of those rare moments where we, the geeks behind Ain't It Cool News... well, we're big fucking geeks. Early this year when Pete Doctor came to Austin and interrogated me for the possible crime of never doing a PIXAR parody. Well, I didn't want to crush his illusion that we'd never acknowledged Pixar via Harry Head Parodies. Well, actually - Campbell and I lampooned WALL-E, just the year prior. BUT... What could I do? I told them the truth, that Cartuna - Cartuna is scared of PIXAR. Mortally terrified of PIXAR. Their films so make his privates tingle that he won't wash for a week for fear of electricution. It seems... their Kung Fu scares his Arm Wrestling. After weeks in therapy, Cartuna wrote me to say his therapist said he had to conquer his fear of PIXAR (known as Pixaphobiar). He had to parody UP! We still had a week to go for the actual release, so he set out to conquer. That week came and went. Reports of cats missing in Toronto set off my alarm though and I called up Cartuna to ask... "Sir, where's UP?" The boy broke. Tears. Massive fits of weeping. There was a small grove of wrinkled up papers with scratched out broken ideas. I tried to read a few - but he went to claw at me. I looked at the wretch and said, "Cartuna, let's marry UP and GRAN TORINO. Put me in the Boy Scout suit too small clutching the wall. Carl goes in, comes out with a shotgun, BANG, BLOOD, pull out, carl back in - sloppy zoom in, LOOP." Cartuna's single toe nail eye glimmered with hope. I loaned him my Commodore 64, the latest tech only for my boys! He set out to build the wireframes, write his shading tools and lighting apparati... but it was only a week before he realized he was in the backyard braiding grass into microchips... but he came to me - fingers bleeding from his attempt with the keyboard... when I suggested he animate it in 2D. Saying it would be a subtle commentary on the industry's CGing 2D away, we'll 2D right back at em! That was just 3 days ago. The pencils, the cels, the inking, painting... photographing, developing and then digitzing and lastly converting to FLASH... we had the below UP parody. You can see proof positive in the irrational drive of a crazed intimidated animator than his Tribute Merit Badges. See if you can identify them all... Go on, try...

Bullshit aside. I just wanted all of you to see how great a job Cartuna did here! That - and to just remind everyone in these dark days of summer... that UP was a friggin great movie!!! Right?

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  • July 29, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    It was a friggin great movie

    by OnusBone

    Props to Cartuna for a friggin great animation as well. BTW, what the hell was that last one with the bouncing Harry Head?

  • July 29, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    The Sun Is Shining...

    by Crow3711

    but the ice is still slippery.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Where's Script Girl, Harry?

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I needs some release!

  • July 29, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Might be shining where you are

    by savagedave

    but it's fucking pissing it down here.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    What was the bouncing head?

    by theBigE

    I never did figure that one out either!

  • July 29, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    It was the weakest Pixar film in awhile

    by Spandau Belly

    But still a fun time at the movies. I just didn't think it needed to have a villain. I think it would've been better to have Karl and Russel bond simply through witnessing cool sights and having funny little misadventures instead of getting sucked into fighting an army of superintelligent dogs and murdering Karl's childhood hero.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    NOT the weakest pixar film.

    by Six Demon Bag

  • July 29, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    script girl was at SDCC

    by Six Demon Bag

    and was torn apart like a Fergie in a robert rodriguez film.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah where is script girl?

    by ominus

    i miss her boobs

  • July 29, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Yeah what about the bouncing head?

    by ominus

    btw the above animation is wonderful.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    The bouncing head

    by Series7

    Was from a movie called Nothing. Directed by the guy who did Cube. He has a new movie called Splice coming out that this site needs to get some news on damnit.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    SIX DEMON - how'd she take the ribbing there?

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    And more importantly, did her top fall off?

  • July 29, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    UP still hasn't opened in the UK

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 29, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by Sith Witch

    Even though these are all archived on the site, I wish each one had a caption underneath to let us know which ones pay homage to which film, in the rare instance we don't get it (as was the case with the bouncing head one!).

  • July 29, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Dammit Series7

    by frongbak

    I was going to answer that one and feel like the smart guy. You are correct though, we need a Splice update fast, Vincenzo Natali is the director with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Cypher is a decent movie too.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by frongbak

    What is the worst Pixar film so far? I vote CARS

  • July 29, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I am a pixar fan

    by DDillustration

    I have like all of their movies that I've seen. (haven't seen cars) However, UP was very overrated. Probably due to my expectation it would be great. Wall-e, you see. I didn't see that til dvd and it was a lot better than expected. But UP? I give it a Meh.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Up looks pretty good.

    by GetEveryone

    If you are going to discuss a movie that isn't even released in the rest of the world yet a spoiler tag wouldn't go amiss.<P>I doubt it'll hold up to Coraline, though. That film was just magical.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Such a great movie...

    by Lloytron

    ... that they haven't bothered to release it in the UK yet. It's not on the cinemas until October, or Jauary for the 3D version!!,p>I mean come on, WTF is up with that?!

  • July 29, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Don't worry I didn't know it on my own. Some other TB'er knew it, I just watched it recently. Weird movie, would have liked it more if the leads weren't so annoying.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Brilliant Animation

    by MaliceHighload

    These animated parodies are the best part of AICN.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    My biggest problem with UP

    by Series7

    And this is nit picking, is that the porch flys right in front of the screen as the house flys off and you don't see the kid. Sure he said he was under the house or something but that didn't make much sense. It just bothered me for some reason.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Slow news day?

    by spooky2k

    This news is neither cool nor relevant.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Sith Witch

    by Series7

    The bouncing head actually said Nothing as the file name and its the name of the movie.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    October for the UK....

    by Gabba-UK

    Which frankly, sucks donkey balls.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by Miami Lice

    Harry's Inglourious Basterds Review!!

  • July 29, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    i didn't realize it was a gran torino parody too

    by StonedWriter88

    i thought it was just random violence. im guess im used to it. also i noticed that gran torino has been on very long wait on my netflix since it came out, but all the other oscar movies were available real quick. maybe its cause i live in missouri.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    UP + Wall-e

    by rasALclart

    = pixar changing gear

  • July 29, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Up...I agree Harry

    by Philvis

    I agree that Up was a great film. My wife and I loved it. It's a great commentary on dreams and real life. As for Script Girl...who cares. I don't see what is so special about her. She is just someone trying to "break" into Hollywood by showing her cans each week. She is about as relevant as a Commodore 64 being used to make an animated Flash on AICN.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    The detail on the animation is fantastic.

    by Zarles

    If you look close at all the badges on Harry's Wilderness Explorer sash, you can see that they're all of old Pixar characters, logos, and props. There are symbols from every movie on there. Check it out.<p>Script Girl is in Harry's basement. I thought we all knew that already.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Yes, Up was great.

    by Phimseto

    I'm trying to think of a worse summer for movies in my life. 1997 (the year of Batman & Robin) comes to mind, but I'm drawing a blank otherwise...probably because the point is that those summers were so unmemorable. Any help?

  • July 29, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    What's up?

    by bingo the clown


  • July 29, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Post Them All Big Size Now

    by filegumbo

    Mad Magazine has (had?) a feature where they would print big-size versions of Sergio Aragones' marginals. It is neat to see them big.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Well, THAT was stupid.

    by rfid


  • July 29, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Why do you hate the UK, Pixar?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Films do well here whatever their release date. As long as you're not releasing against Harry Potter.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Harry, I thought you were an Eagle Scout!!

    by KnightShift

    What the heck are you doing in a Boy Scout uniform with WEBELOS beads hanging from your chest pocket?!?

  • July 29, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Pixar's (or rather Disney's) rationale for opting a staggered

    by Jardinier

    worldwide release schedule is that it makes them more money. And when you look at the comparison of domestic vs. international gross for their recent films, well... they may have a point. <br><br> Also, pirating may not affect them as much as other studios. I mean, I've already seen the film even though I'm currently a resident of a European country where it won't come out for weeks. There are... ways, as we all know. But I'm still going to see the film in the theatre once it gets here, this time with my family. If their movies were shit, I wouldn't bother, but they're not. Quality, as Lasseter likes to say, is a good business model.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Wall-e is very overrated

    by ominus

    i liked the movie,but it didnt deserve all this hype and ofc the oscar. <p>imho kung fu panda was the better cgi animated movie of that year.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The problem with oct release..

    by Tomarru

    Is that the blu-ray hits the states in nov, now why on earth would anyone pay £10 per person to go see a movie when they can get the same thing in 1080p to watch in the comfort of their own home for around the cost of 2 ppl seeing the movie. That's not even commenting on the fact that pirating a 1080p version will be a helluva lot easier too. Kinda stupid waiting this long to release it, heck they're even gonna miss the school holidays with this strategy. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I agree with Ominus

    by chewyou812

    Wall-E was vastly over rated. And how bored is Harry if he's writting this stuff?

  • July 29, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    First 20 minutes

    by MrD

    Among the best cinema ever. They could have ended with that and left me satisfied (if in tears). The middle, once they hit the plateau, lost some of its magic for me, but they recovered in the end and stuck the landing. In a year filled with horribly written films, Up stands tall.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Frozen river opened in the states

    by emeraldboy

    in jan 09. got all the buzz. we in the uk and ireland get the film a full 7 months later. by which time all the buzz was gone. do the us studios hate europe or something. personally I wont be suprised if we in the uk and ireland get UP on dvd in time for christmas. or get it in jan/feb bollocks!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Uber professional.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Good job, keep it up.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Er where is the wheelchair?

    by quantize

    No offense whatsoever to Harry, but i find the constant caricature as a cuddly able bodied ginger Santa Claus more than a little bit disingenuous..Ok so they're lighthearted goofing...find..but its just a little too 'PR' for me.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    This would have killed TWO MONTHS AGO

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Seriously, great work. Made me laugh out loud.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    And, for the record, saying "worst Pixar movie"...

    by Nasty In The Pasty like saying "worst orgasm".

  • July 29, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Can we get an embiggened thing for all of these?

    by SoylentMean

    It's actually pretty damn impressive to see in detail. Oh, and UP is the best movie of the year so far!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Dude, that was so awesome seeing it blown up to fill my monitor. You should have a gallery of those. I didn't realize how much detail was in them. Seems kind of a shame it is lodged in a corner.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    What's UP? My thumbs UP your ass


    The beginning montage was fantastic, moving and all, but the rest was meh.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by MrD

    I see the door from Monsters Inc, the acrobatic pill bugs from Bug's Life, the octopus from Nemo, snowglobe from Knick Knack, Incredibles logo behind neckerchief, rat w/ chef's hat from Ratatouille, Wally B from Adventures of Andre and Wally B, hand from Geri's Game, carrot from Presto, clownfish from Nemo, mermaid from Knick Knack, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and many others, BnL from Wall-E, Mike from Mike's New Car, Lightning McQueen's eyes from Cars, birds from For the Birds, Dinoco logo from Cars, Eve from Wall-E, Jack-Jack from Incredibles/Jack-Jack Attack, Shark from Nemo, UFO from lifted, food from Ratatouille, Planet Pizza Rocket, the Captain from Wall-E, Syndrome logo from Incredibles, and of course, Luxo (or is that Luxo Jr?). I can't identify the pair of eyes on the orange background, or the 3 white stars between 2 red stars. Nothing from Bounding, One Man Band, Partly Cloudy, or Red's Dream.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Badges!!? We don't need badges!!! Or do we???

    by tbdeinc

    Harry this is one of my favorite animations posted. Well done to the animator. AND... Close up of the badges:

  • July 29, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Do it to the Billie Jean video, or better yet You Are Not Alone where his shirt's wide open.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I third the Gallery idea

    by JohnnyLaBamba

    Make it happen, Cap'n.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    UP was okay...

    by sonnyfern

    Yeah you heard was freaking wierd as hell, flying dogs, kookoo birds, old men tied to houses. WEIRD shit. But truthfully, NONE of these pixar movies...not Wall-E, not The Incredibles, not Monsters Inc. NONE OF THEM can fuck with Disney in their prime. Not one of them can lick the balls of The Lion King, or Alladin, or Beauty and the Beast. Those movies were classics, they KILLED characters back then...shit...even Bambies mom got blasted. I miss those days.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Still Surprised by the UP hype

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I’m not sure where the unabashed love for UP comes from (#25 on the IMDB in terms of the greatest films of all time?) it is a very good, but definitely not great film. I would say it is very uneven – the first 20 minutes are amazing, extremely touching (probably among the best thing Pixar has ever done). The initial balloon trip is fun too, but then when they get to the mesa the film becomes quite scattered. The speaking dogs and bird are amusing, but they don’t do much to support the core story. Then, the whole thing devolves into a basic chase film, and portraying Muntz as somebody who has actually murdered a bunch of people (as he tries to do to Carl) causes an unexpectedly dark shift in the film. Then ending is great, again extremely touching (and there are plenty of great little moments as well – the tennis ball solution to the pursuing dogs comes to mind) but I don’t think UP would have received as glowing reviews as it has had it not been for the rest of the Pixar canon. Of course, UP benefits from the fact that a lot of movies produced these days are utter crap, but still, I think it’s just a tad over-hyped.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Soylent Mean

    by MrD

    Just right click on the animation, click play to pause, and zoom.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    worst pixar film is...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...A Bugs Life, almost boring, love the rest though, even Cars. And yes, we in the UK have been screwed big time with UP. no wonder illegal downloading is so prevalent!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    The Lion King, or Alladin, or Beauty and the Beast

    by MrD

    Was Disney in its PRIME??? Ah, the ignorance of youth...

  • July 29, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    One more badge

    by MrD

    Missed the first one, also obscured, which is Luxo Jr's ball (which was in the LJ short and I think every feature).

  • July 29, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Pandu sucked ass.

    by Dkev00

    I put it right down there with Ice Age. Wall-E was awesome, and Up, was pretty average for a Pixar flick.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hey all the Badges close up...

    by tbdeinc

  • July 29, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I had quite a few problems with 'Up'.

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>And as such, it as become my least favourite of the Pixar films.</p> <p>SPOILERS (for our UK friends). As stated by Series7 above, Russel is not on the porch when the house lifts off. I can't believe that if a house is floating away and someone is hiding under it, they're not going to hang on. That bugged me too. And again when it happens later on with Dug.</p> <p>But that's only one problem, I don't believe that Carl would be able to inflate all of those balloons in one night, hide them out of site until needed, and rig the rest of the hose the way he did, all by himself.</p> <p>After that, I was unfortunately picking the movie apart rather than enjoying it like so many others. The balloon strings must've been made out of adamantium steel to be able to carry the load of that big house. It's more than impossible for those balloons to stay inflated and strong enough to last as long as they did, through a thunderstorm no less. Not to mention how unlikely the fireplace grating would be able to hold the weight of the house as well.</p> <p>Which leads me to the physics of the house. It behave more like a thought balloon than a floating abode. When they were being chased by the dogs, dragging the house behind them, jumping the cavern, the house would've dragged them along about 50 feet after they reach the other side.</p> <p>Yes it all seems rather 'nit-picky' but that's the problem. Pixar shouldn't BE the kind of movie that you can pull apart. The first thing they usually nail down is the physics of the world they are working with. In ALL of their movies up until now, like them or not, you don't often hear yourself say "Oh, I don't believe THAT would happen." because everything has a weight to it. A real presence. In 'Up', the entire gimmick, the floating house, was treated as if it were made of fantasy. Too much so for my tastes.</p> <p>It's unfortunate. But it makes me hope that 'Coraline' get the Oscar next year over this one..... the 3-D was amazing though.</p>

  • July 29, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I liked Up

    by Bass Ackwards

    but I also feel it was simply alright. With a couple of really interesting looking claymation films this year (9, $9.99, Fabulous Mr. Fox), Pixar may be in a run for it's money come awards time.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Wow, The Cartoons are not appreciated in that Tiny Size

    by mitortilla

    This website needs some massive redesign.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Missing Badge

    by AugustusGloop

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see a Woody from Toy Story in there. Harry's missing the Woody badge? Har har, "Harry can't get a woody" but I'm sure Yoko can confirm that's not true.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Stop with the preamble frames

    by Autodidact

    Those corner animations have been getting steadily better over the years. One thing that bothers me is the over-use of "pre-motion" where for instance if a character is going to look left, first their head will bounce up and down slightly to give the motion some momentum. Harry's corner animator seems to do it on almost every motion, and it bugs the shit out of me.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I do however

    by Series7

    Want that Alien from Toy Story poster for Toy Story 3 thats hanging up at my local cineplex. <P> Maybe it was this poster? I thought it was just for 3, either way I want it. As much as I want a Dug t-shirt. <P>

  • July 29, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    That animation tickled the hell out of me...

    by Shermdawg

    ...when I saw it yesterday. <br><br> Harry, you really need to set up a page here where you can post all of these gifs. I'd love to see some of the old ones I missed out on.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I agree! Where can we see them all please?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    everyone that has ever been on AICN would be very cool to see. I started coming here around the batman and robin days, so I guess i've seen a lot by now, if not all? can't even remember when the first one even appeared.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    If you were a real geek, Harry, you would

    by Ingeld

    have a page on AICN where we could look at all of Cartuna's head shots that have been done for the site. Maybe vote for the best one.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    pixar not as good as disney

    by StonedWriter88

    they are for kids after all. and i remember loving disney movies, especially alladin and lion king. lets not forget the classic music numbers from disney movies that pixar doesn't really have. i dont know if kids have it as good with wall e, up, rats, cars, finding nemo, maybe the incredibles

  • July 29, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by TooWhippy

    The timing is off on this and you pan from old guy to harry and then back to the old guy who looks to camera and then reacts then pull out wide? You should tighten up the timing on this and have the old guy react to harry first when he steps out of the door. no pan to harry just one pull out wide for the reveal of harry and gun gag.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Pixar sucks anyway

    by LtShinySides

    Who over the age of 10 likes anything they produce?

  • July 29, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    When the hell is Tartakovsky going to have

    by Dingbatty

    features with Orphanage Animation, so we'd have animation on the big screen, that isn't derivative or relies upon a formula like Pixar or Dreamworks?

  • July 29, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Up's the best movie of the summer

    by SnowDogs

    And a great bounce-back after the shit that was Wall-E.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I'm down with UP.

    by disfigurehead

  • July 29, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I thought UP was great

    by axel fff

    The opening sequence covering Carl and his wife's entire relationship made it worth the price of admission.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "who over the age of 10 likes anything they produce"

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • July 29, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Their is more emotional heart in your average Pixar film

    by skimn

    than there is in most live action films Hollywood produces. And that is FUCKIN SAD. LtShiny, enjoy Transformers 2 for the sixth time this weekend, ok?

  • July 29, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Yes, I was yelling.<p><p>Those little animations are great.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    archive of AICN Flash animations?

    by SantiagoAtez

    Is there a gallery somewhere?

  • July 29, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Not much, same old same old really...


    Oh wait, I thought you were just being conversational.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    up is a 10

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    fucking amazing movie...god damn i loved it

  • July 29, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Always love your satires in the top left corner

    by Yeti

    This one is great. My fave though is "The Birds" send up.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    This "Up" Harry animation is in the top 5 AICN of all time

    by Snookeroo

    And there have been some really good ones. Kudos.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    It's just a cartoon


    Who gives a shit what he really looks like? If you think his caricature should be some grotesque, jabba the hutt style, wheerchair bound freak then you're pretty much missing the point.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by axemurder

    I just wanted to remind you all about my overblown sense of self importance...

  • July 29, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Juggernaut- Are you kidding? UP was GREAT.

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Are you really asking for realism in an animated feature about a man who ties a gazillion balloons to his house and flies it to South America? Your post was a joke, right? I mean, you know that there's no such thing as 'the force,' too, right? And I don't care how many wardrobes you walk thru NONE of them lead to Narnia. C'mon, dude, sometimes a FANTASY movie is about the willing suspension of disbelief. I agree with SNOWDOGS who said UP was the best of the summer movies so far.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    what was the one before up?!?!?!

    by krod

  • July 29, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    The bouncing Harry head from some obscure

    by skimn

    movie 17 people had seen before..

  • July 29, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Sorry Zombie, we'll have to agree to disagree.

    by Juggernaut125

    I agree that the characters were great. And the story itself was engaging. But these were problems I personally had with the movie that never seemed to come up in previous Pixar films. I can suspend my disbelief when the occasion calls for it. In a movie about superheroes, I can believe that a man can throw a car at a plane. In a movie with talking toys, I can believe that two toys can ride an overblown fire cracker. But 'Up' didn't have superheroes. Yes, it had talking dogs, but it tried to 'explain' them with sci-fi collars. If they could talk on their own, I would forgive all of the other problems because the 'world' is different, fantastical. But they try to keep the fantasy in a realm of believability. And for me, that hurt the story rather than helped it.

  • July 29, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Just for fun, here's a still of the badges on Harry's sash.

    by Royston Lodge

    So you can bask in their coolness at length:<p> <a href=""></a>

  • July 29, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by ZombieHeathLedger

    But by it's very premise, it's telling you it's fantasy. It's not structurally possible AT ALL to float a standard house with balloons, everyone knows this going in,therefore by it's movie poster alone it's telling you this movie is a fantasy.

  • July 29, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The house shouldn't float until Harry's off the porch.

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 29, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Very cool BUT.. woulda been better if

    by Cotton McKnight

    The house immediately shot up in the air after Harry was pushed off. I thought for sure that's where that animation was going- kind of like throwing sandbags off a hot air balloon. Still cool though.

  • July 29, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Get over it

    by MajorFrontbum

    UP and WALL-E were both steaming, giant animal turds, wrapped in silver foil. Pixar make CRAP movies, at least they do that well.

  • July 29, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    At least it's better than the actual movie

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 29, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    To those nitpicking at UP

    by rogueleader66

    Stop, just fucking stop. Is it that you have to find flaws in EVERYTHING??? It is a fucking animated FANTASY. Who cares about the strings on the balloons, that we didnt see Russell, OMG these are such petty things in a god damned FANTASY movie. With all the shit that has been released this summer, and this YEAR, this movie is better than just about everything that has come out this summer, but people STILL have to fucking nitpick at stupid shit. Oh and I know opinions are subjective, as I am the first to say that, but please, if ANYONE says Cars was better than this (and sincerely means it) you are out of your fucking mind. Carry on.

  • July 29, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Cars wasn't better than this

    by lockesbrokenleg

    All of Pixar's work just bores me. Even Wall E.

  • July 29, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    "Pixar makes CRAP movies"

    by rogueleader66

    Probably the dumbest most idiotic thing I have ever heard in my life. If you're gonna make an idiotic statement like that, back it up.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    So, you fucking LIKED the Rat Chef movie?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I know lots of People like Pixar, and that's fine. I don't I think they're just boring.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Wow, I had no idea the quality of those clips.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    It loses so much when shrunk, you should make the animation a link to the hi-res version Harry. I for one would appreciate it.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    You don't like Pixar. You have no soul.

    by skimn

    Enjoy hell fellas.

  • I've always wondered this...

  • July 29, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    stop making fun of harry!!!

    by PixarsSUP

  • July 29, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Considering the The Lion King is the highest grossing traditiona

    by sonnyfern

    -I'd say yes, that was Disney at their prime, when they were the king of the world, it was all downhill after that, mainly because I think they started doing that ugly angular animation, with the square jaws like in Hercules...just ugly stuff. BUT again, nothing Pixar has ever done has hit me as hard as say...Mufasas death, or even frightened me, or made me feel real danger. Again, I miss those days. Where's the aw of A Neverending Story...the goddamn surreal shit of The Dark Crystal. I'm telling movies today STINK.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Yes I liked Ratatouille, I like all of Pixar's work. If you find them boring, that's fine, but my statement was directed at the individual who stated that Pixar makes CRAP movies, you stated why you don't like them, at least you gave a reason. But to come out and say that their movies are crap without backing that up is just a stupid statement.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I didn't say the movies were crap

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I said I THINK they are crap. But, you like them.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    I sort of agree with you, I feel Pixar makes consistently quality material, but in general, kids movies today are definitely not what they were 10 years ago. It seems that fart jokes and stereotypical characters are easier than coming up with something original. <P>It's as if film makes see kids as a dumbed down audience, and yea, kids like the fart jokes and dumb stuff, partly because that's all they are getting. But as a parent, I know kids do appreciate quality. I have made it a habit to try and show my kids movies I liked when I was younger, and they really like the old stuff. The Neverending Story, The Muppet Movie, The Iron Giant, The Dark Crystal. Sure kids like dumb stuff, but given the chance, they can also appreciate real quality, unfortunately Hollywood doesn't see this.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Dude, I know what you said , it was Major Frontburn's remark that irked me. I totally understand what you are saying, and like I said you gave a reason why you don't like them.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you rogueleader66-

    by sonnyfern

    -look, Pixar makes ok movies...that's all I'll give them...just OKAY, not terrible, not awful, just okay. I mean..again..I don't think anything they've made can touch say...The Secret Of Nimh, not by a longshot.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Just a little egotistical, aren't we, Harry?

  • July 29, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    It's one of my favorite Harry animations to date.

    by Orionsangels

  • July 29, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I recently re-watched The Incredibles

    by skimn

    and to call that witty, thrilling, and because Pixar still plucks the heartstrings ( the line " I'm not that strong...strong enough to lose you again.."..gets me every time), touching, just OKAY...well, I just don't know what to say to you.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Incredibly boring

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Rip off James Bond, Superheroes, family sitcoms, and throw them all together.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Okay, you call it rip-off, I call it homage

    by skimn

    (the score practically steals outright from John Barry, yes I know), but boring?

  • July 29, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Agree with skimn

    by jerseycajun

    Incredibles wore its influences on it's sleeves, but it did so in fantastically creative and fun ways. If they didn't do anything with those influences, then it would be pandering off of audience recognition, but the exploding jet scene gets me worried for the family every time, and knowing it turns out okay doesn't stop it from happening. The argument in the RV is classic. It's every camper trip I've ever been on condensed into about 30 seconds of quick banter. Then there's the already mentioned scene where Bob has to confess his weakness, and how that brings resolution to the family. The scene when Helen, stretched between multiple doors still takes out four goons, Dash's giddy realization under stress that he can run on water, Frozone whole argument with Honey, the finale going into the credits (which were also phenominal, and which I will continue to watch 'cause the design work rocks), I mean the list goes on and on. Boring is never a word I could use to describe all of that.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I almost forgot "E"

    by jerseycajun

    ... an un-powered, dwarf of a fashion designer whose personality allows her to talk down to supers more than twice her height, and have them suitably intimidated. Great stuff. Boring? Really?

  • July 29, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Pixar needs a new formula. Its tired.

    by TooWhippy

    Of, course they will still make money with it.... but I've been board with the last two films.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    It's cute..but...again...

    by sonnyfern

    You want pulling at the heartstrings? When Bambi's mom gets her lil head blow off with a shotgun...THAT'S pulling at the motherfucking heartstrings. That scene is more terrifying, heartbreaking and downright scarring than anything Pixar has EVER done.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    UP is the best movie of the summer...

    by NoHubris

    ...and will be among the top five of the year.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    They had a new formula for CARS...

    by Orionsangels

    A talking car paves a road for 50 minutes. Sure it put everyone to sleep, but they were thinking outside the box.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The Hangover is the best movie of the summer.

    by Orionsangels

  • July 29, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    If you really want to nitpick

    by rogueleader66

    Pixar lifts ideas from a lot of movies for its own stories (Cars=Doc Hollywood) But they put their own spin on them, and make them entertaining. Hey, it's not for everybody obviously, but I defy anyone to say that Pixar's last three movies are not better than most of the shit that has come out this year, at least they put some actual effort into their films, unlike many other supposed "film makers".

  • July 29, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I was really impressed with that one

    by CherryValance

    when I saw it. It's supercute. UP is pretty awesome but not my favorite this year. Surprisingly, it's Bruno.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by ZooTrain

    You really appreciate how gorgeous those GIFs are when it's blown up.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by ZooTrain

    The Shadow knows.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I fucking love UP

    by I_am_Error

  • July 29, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Huberto! HubrisFree! Hubrislessness!!

    by chromedome

    good to see ya, sir!<p>I agree: UP was a great film, one of the best of the summer for sure. The sequence at the beginning--childhood to old age montage--was just superbly done and great in its own right.<p>Sad to say, though, that being a great film this summer is a lonely category: this has been a really disappointing summer: from a lackluster xfrmers to a fairly sterile Potter flick, greatness is hard to come by this summer. I hope District 9 will be good.<p>and, hope to see you in a TB for The Plan later on this fall. Maybe they will follow it up with "8 Is Never Enough!"--an All Grace Park and Only Grace Park Cylonstravaganza!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I thought it to be very UP lifting.<P>

    by DrMorbius

  • July 29, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Pixar fycked me UP the ass again with another one

    by lockesbrokenleg

    of their shitty movies.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    That answers the UP or down question.<P>

    by DrMorbius

  • July 29, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Fact: Anybody who thinks this film was bad...

    by Evangelion217

    Has poor taste in cinema, and should stick with "Transformers 2." ;)

  • July 29, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    don't worry about lockesbrokenleg...he's a FUCKING TROLL who hates on anything that a majority of people like. I'm sure if it had been overlooked he would think it was fine. Then again, I don't think he has ever posted anything positive on any talkback. Hey locke...why the fuck do you even bother. Just kill yourself and do us all a favor. On topic....Up was 'good' nothing more; certainly better than Wall-E.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah. I hate everything. Right.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I'm one of the few people that LIKES movies like Star Trek and Transformers. Your Wall E doll misses you.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by NoHubris

    Backatcha, good sir!<p>Agreed, about the dearth of good summer movies, if it wasn't for UP, TREK and HURT LOCKER, this summer would've been a bust.<p>I'll take an Eight-centered BSG series any day. I'm sure that there a few still hanging out somewhere in the former colonies, right?<p>I'll certainly be in THE PLAN TB, but hopefully, I'll catch you in another TB way before that. :-)

  • July 30, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen it yet!

    by chrismata

    Don't tell me if it was good or not. Don't spoil it for me.

  • July 30, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Um... An animation of an old guy shooting Harry...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...dressed as a little kid. <p>Therefore, this is technically an animation of an old guy shooting a little kid. <p>...yeah. Not cool.

  • July 30, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    TooWhippy that's not the joke though

    by Talkbacker with no name

    the old guys reaction is not the joke. This is why this guy makes these and you don't.

  • July 30, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Harry,you get a month's free goodwill pass for noticing that GRAN TORINO was UP with guns, Hmung neighbors and wanna-be gangstas.

  • July 30, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    ooh and for those asking about script girl earlier...

    by RockLobster800 the TB, I saw a photo of her at Comic Con...with a T-SHIRT on! thats right-the puppies were hidden underneath something for once. It actually took me a minute to recognise her....

  • July 30, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Mmm, but why does cartoon Harry

    by belasco_house

    look NOTHING LIKE Harry, when the animator clearly CAN do good likenesses? <p> More like a plump Egon from Real Ghostbusters

  • July 30, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 30, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Rated with a capital OVER

    by MajorUndeclared

    I enjoy smart movies and I can't bring myself to enjoy pixar movies. I can't quite figure how pixar has paid every "well-respected" critic to love their movies. Up is definitely the worst, even worse than cars and bugs life. It wasn't for kids and it wasn't for adults. I'm still holding out for the one brave critic to stand up to the pixaropoly.

  • July 30, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    You seem to have a general dislike for Pixar films, yet after 10 of them now, you still go to see them anyway?<br></br><br></br>I hated the original Transformers film, and when the sequel was released, I skipped it.<br></br><br></br>Do the pay the audience to like them too? Up was second only to Transformers ROTF in box office this summer.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Dumb Masses

    by MajorUndeclared

    What does that say about the people who spend this much money on these movies? Dumb People have spent a buttload to see humping robots, and sent their kids to see Up about 14 times to keep them busy. No story in either movie, if you ask me. No one does but I'm putting it out there anyways.

  • July 31, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    UP aint out here in Ireland

    by Semen Stains

    till October or something but i have watched it through other means cos i simply couldnt wait that long,its my fav Pixar movie along side Wall E and i cant wait to see it on the big screen,more than once too.

  • July 31, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Their is more emotional heart in your average Pixar film

    by Semen Stains

    Than their is in any live action Hollywood movie.

  • July 31, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Coraline get the oscar? For what, WORST Movie?

    by Snake Foreskin

    Coraline was horrid. Absolute tripe. I don't understand how anyone could watch that and think it was deserving of any praise whatsoever. The art direction was terrible. The story sucked (I much preferred Neil Gaiman's book version)...the 3D was blah. Nothing worked.<p> As far as comparing it to UP...I haven't seen UP yet. It didn't seem my cup of tea for some reason. I didn't care for the previews... it didn't seem inspired like most other Pixar movies.<p> If Pixar has made mis-steps, it has been since the tragic loss of Joe Ranft. Since Joe died, a lot of the best bits haven't been present. He really was the comic genius of the bunch.<p> CARS wasn't terrible, but it certainly wasn't on par with Monsters, Inc or Finding Nemo. I don't understand the dismissal of A Bug's Life. It is clearly one of their best movies. It's The Magnificent Seven in the Bug Kingdom! So it's not a super high-concept, thought-provoking movie... so what? It was fantastic!<p> And as for more recent outings, Ratatouille was the beginning of Pixar's downfall of writing great dialogue. It just wasn't good. The animation was great, but the writing dragged the whole film down tremendously. It is my least favorite thus far.<p> Wall-E was absolutely adorable, and gorgeous to look at, but the plot in the middle of the film ended up screwing the whole thing for me. I didn't care for the subplot regarding the humans at all. They would have done better to stick with Wall-E trying to win the hand (literally) of Eva.<p> I guess Pixar is on a bit of a backslide right now. So when I saw ads for UP, I wasn't at all interested. I will see it on DVD but I hope Pixar understands that they are at their best when they are doing stories that capture the most human of emotions. They don't need all the extraneous action or stupid characters. Leave that up to every other animation house.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    My least favorite Pixar movie...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...was Finding Nemo. That's right, I said it. :-P

  • July 31, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    No originality

    by MajorUndeclared

    Triple-j, I forgot about that one. I hated that one, and everyone else loves it. I think a pixar pitch meeting goes a little like this: "So we need to make another critically loved film that will make us billionaires. Any ideas?" "Yeah, What if we do a movie about toys?" "Done it." "Ok ok, What about bugs, or fish?" "Done that too." "I've got a great idea, rats have never been filmed before..." "You've got my attention, keep going with that one..." "Rats in France?" "Perfect!" "Also what about a movie about cars?" "Any other vehicle genres we don't know about?" "Boats!" "Love it." Coming Summer 2010, Boats, rated G

  • July 31, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    It may be a great movie...

    by penhapus

    but due to Disney's fuck-headed 'leave Pixar releases on the shelf until October school holidays' approach to marketing, I haven't seen it... chances are it'll be R1 before big screen here.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    UP's 100-year old villain

    by Mr. Neutron

    As a little kid of 8 or 10 Carl sees the adventurer in the movie newsreel. Then when Carl is 78 freaking years old, he meets the adventurer again, who is somehow more agile and spry than Carl despite being at least 100 years old, more likely 110. This is just stupid and more than the maudlin treacle of the first act, took me out of the movie. It wasn't a typical animated fantasy, so I think this kind of nitpicking is acceptable. They went to great lengths to tie it to the real world, right down to the construction guy's bloody wound when Carl hit him with the cane. I watched The Incredibles last night with my daughter and Cars with her tonight. Cars is so much better than UP in every way it's not funny. UP is the first Pixar movie I didn't love, won't bother watching again, buying or even renting. I'd just as soon forget I ever saw it.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Wow, that was a lousy film.

    by TheGreenhornHornet

    I fell asleep when some dogs came out. Did anything interesting happen afterwards? Certainly, nothing did before.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    "The Wizard Of Oz" starts out in the real world before the protagonist is transported (via a storm no less) to a place where the rules are decidedly different. Paradise Falls is like Oz. It's described in the prologue as a place time forgot. Things are seemingly preserved there - including almost prehistoric sized creatures. Everything ordinary takes on metaphorical overtones once they get there. The house is Ellie, Muntz is Carl's past and possible future if he chooses to isolate himself within the confines of his memories. Russel is Carl's other option - to re-engage the world a healed man with new purpose.<br></br><br></br>When the film ends, the house is left behind in a place where Carl's memories are preserved without him being entombed by them, and Muntz, along with his obsessive single-mindedness is defeated in favor of forging a new path where he shares adventures with Russel, and presumably the rest of the living world.<br></br><br></br>So Muntz's presence at Paradise Falls is not as out of place as you think. Like Gollum, he is unnaturally preserved. There is a level of subtext to the film that Pixar has not previously achieved.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by MajorUndeclared

    Seriously? What, did you write a college thesis paper on Up being the moral modern symbol of Wizard of Oz. Wow. I could relate it to Matrix or Fight Club too if I tried hard enough. And if it was patterned after wizard does that mean pixar is running out of ideas?

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    A hearty fuck you to pixar

    by mooli_mooli

    From the UK. <br> Seriously, I have to wait until October? Goddamn you for making some of the best cinema and then making us wait like Pavlov's fucking salivating dogs while the rest of the world wallows in a spoiler-happy orgy of Pixar love. <br> AAARGH!

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Oz metaphor

    by Mr. Neutron

    It would have maybe been a good idea for anyone at all to remark on the magical properties of Paradise Falls. Maybe Carl could have expressed a tiny bit of surprise, astonishment even, that this guy was a) still alive or b) surrounded by talking dogs, created in the super-advanced lab this guy made out of rocks and cactii. <p> Even if I concede on the age thing, he disappeared before computers were invented - did the magic of Paradise Falls also imbue him with the ability to program brain-scanning technology for another species? <p> The first act was maudlin, sentimental treacle and did nothing to earn my goodwill for the rest of the movie. It tried half-heartedly to be funny with the dog and bird but quickly stopped trying and resorted to half-heartedly trying to be exciting, before reverting to the maudlin sentiment again. A huge mis-step in the story department by Pixar.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I laughed my ass off when I first saw this one...

    by HB_Dad

    I still laugh my ass off everytime I see it! Funny shit, great work!