Pixar Animation Studios puts an elderly man named Carl in the lead role of an animated movie titled Up. The movie begins with a montage showing how Carl met his wife as a kid. The couple share happy memories and difficult times together as they grow up, and the montage ends when Carl reaches the age he is now. Those ten minutes contained more character development than the whole of most other movies.
The musical score of Up is fascinating, almost what you would hear if there was background music in real life. Although you can go the easy route and bank on some very irritating song that the children will remember easily and sing along to, Up relies on substance rather than gimmick. Thankfully, such a movie aims not only to entertain the kids, but also the adults who are watching with the kids. When you manage to captivate such a diverse group of demographics at once, you know your movie is good.
It is amazing how a simple story of an old man and his floating house can evoke so many emotions in people. Besides Carl, the main cast includes a boy scout, a talking dog and a giant bird who are all very well introduced and developed. This film is humourous, action packed and heart warming. Up is no doubt one of the best films of the year, and of all time.