Apparently, a scene in ‘Up‘ movie from the iconic Carl and Ellie ‘Married Life’ montage in which Ellie is depressed after finding that she will not be able to have children was the source of multiple ‘notes’ from the studio, who thought it may have gone too far. The scene was briefly cut in response to the criticism.
Pete Docter directed the 2009 computer-animated feature Up, which he co-wrote with Bob Peterson. Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, and Peterson provide the voices for the film. The story revolves around an old widower Carl Fredricksen (Asner) and a Wilderness Explorer Russell (Nagai) who embark on a voyage to South America by tying thousands of balloons to Carl’s house, fulfilling a promise made to his late wife Ellie. As adventurer Charles Muntz (Plummer) hunts for her, they team up with a talking dog named Dug (Peterson) and come upon a bird named Kevin.
Docter devised the premise for Up in 2004 under the working title Heliums, based on fantasies of escape from reality when it became too unpleasant. He spent three days in Venezuela with eleven other Pixar artists gathering knowledge and inspiration. The characters’ designs were heavily caricatured and stylized, and animators were tasked with generating realistic cloth. It was Pixar’s first film to be shown in three dimensions.
On May 13, 2009, Up premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and was distributed in theatres in the United States on May 29. The montage of Carl and his wife Ellie getting old together was favorably appreciated by the media for its characters, themes, narrative, Asner’s voice performance, and Giacchino’s score.
Up was recognized as one of the best ten films of 2009 by organizations such as the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It grossed $735.1 million worldwide, making it 2009’s sixth highest-grossing film. Up had five Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, as well as several honors.
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