Cleanse Your Palate Of MvA With These Pixar ‘Up’ Clips

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 9:28 am,

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I haven’t had a chance to write a review yet, but I saw Monsters vs. Aliens with my daughter this weekend and was pretty disappointed. I didn’t exactly go in with high expectations, but it was much weaker than I expected – even with the addition of 3D. It’s strictly for the 8 year old and under crowd.

So I’m happy to present these latest clips from Pixar’s next film, Up, which I’m quite sure won’t disappoint.

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not a big fan of Pixar’s Wall-E, but Up looks like a return to the type of film that has made Pixar so respected, loved and appreciated by parents starved for movies to take their kids to – which are wonderful to watch for the parents as well.

Up opens on May 29, 2009

Sources: IGN, MSN Movies, Yahoo Movies Hat tip: /Film

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  1. Aww, MvA sucked? Oh well. I guess it’ll be a rental then…

  2. Vic, you didn’t dig Wall-E? The first 40mins alone was a huge risk and step for Pixar and the last half was a better cautionary tale of what would happen if we are dependant on machines than what Ron D. Moore did with Battlestar’s finale.

  3. lol @ the WALL-E hate. You realize WALL-E was the film that earned Pixar the MOST respect for going above and beyond what they usually do and what animation has done before, right? The one that won multiple Best Picture awards from different critics groups? It’s funny, you say Up looks like a return to their usual. You’re right, it looks like a return to the great (but not absolutely perfect, like WALL-E) movies they usually make, but it doesn’t look like a big risk taker nor like a film that’s going to be on anyone’s radar for Best Picture. I’m sure Up will be great, but it will not be anywhere near as great as WALL-E, and I love seeing people coming out with their hate for WALL-E only to have the rest of the world laugh and roll their eyes at them.

  4. @Matt

    What strange universe do you live in where “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not a big fan of Pixar’s Wall-E” = “I hated Wall-E?”

    I thought it was fantastic until they introduced humans into the film. I didn’t like the heavy-handedness of the messages nor the fact they couldn’t make up their minds whether people should be portrayed by actors or CGI characters (did people used to be real centuries ago and morph into CGI or what?).

    BTW, I gave it 4/5 here:

    So maybe you want to get down off your soapbox, hmm?


  5. Absolutly gorgeous.Thats all I have to say about Up.

  6. Welcome to internet movie geekdom, where anything less than 100% support equals “it sucked”.

    I liked Wall-E more than Vic, but I still recognize it’s not a perfect movie. Ratatouille is my favorite Pixar film, which is only a hair above “The Incredibles” for me.

  7. I had a funny feeling about MVA ,
    I decided to skip it .
    Up looks cool though .

  8. LOL @ Matt, he’s a Wall-E fanboy…

    Anyway, The Incredibles is one of my favorite animated movies. Loved Finding Nemo too mainly because of Dory, her character was so cute and loveable.

    And I think I’ll probably watch Up when it comes out… unless people here say it wasn’t good either… dammit…

  9. Saw MvA tonight, and I agree with Vic. It was underwhelming. Sad considering the premise is brimming with potential. The basic storyline wasn’t even a bad one. Just executed with extreme mediocrity.

    The action scenes were cool to look at, but the whole time I kept thinking to myself: “Imagine how thrilling this would be if I actually cared about these characters?” The movie doesn’t have characters so much as it has stand-ins who talk but without rhyme or reason. We never know even one thing that makes them tick.

    The movie as a whole did hold my attention, but just barely at times. Would have been nice if they tried to throw some surprises towards the audience, but I had the remainder of the plot details worked out by the halfway point (down to specific events). Most of the good laughs are spoiled in trailers and commercials, and the few that weren’t spoiled come only at the very end. There were a few scattered chuckles in my audience, but no real sustained laughter. And Dreamworks still insists on putting at least one or two completely out-of-place pop culture jokes in their films. Dance Dance Revolution? Really? “Axel F”? Again?

    All of the visual elements for a film like this to work like it should were here, but’s it’s like hearing someone play “Freebird” note perfect, except the notes are out of order, so the whole effort falls flat and dull.

    I know this movie ruled the box office this past weekend, but I’m really curious to see how big the drop off is, and how long the enticement of the name alone will continue to draw people in.

    If anyone is thinking of seeing this, I recommend to wait till it comes out for rental, or pick it up on Netflix.

  10. By the way, Vic, if you’re looking for a good one to watch with your kids until UP is released, “Bolt” is a really sweet one. Don’t know if you’ve seen it, since I don’t remember seeing you post a review for it.

    It doesn’t break any new ground storywise, but it finds a way to be fresh in it’s own way, and enjoyable for the adults as well. At least, it left me with that warm feeling inside when it was over.

  11. jerseycajun, I am with you, to me Ratatouille is their best offering! Especially when you look at it in the way that it speaks to everyone who wants to pursue their dreams in whatever field and should not worry about the obstacles.
    Wall-E, I agree about the weird use of using real humans and cgi humans, that was a mistake but the heavy-handed message should be there. I mean, after all their core audience are children correct? I doubt kids at a young age would get subtle messages, it has to be in your face. Like how we were at that age, correct?

  12. @jerseycajun

    No, I haven’t seen Bolt, I should rent it.


    Depends on the message.


  13. Vic, it is a pretty important message. Next thing you’ll know these toasters will be taking over!!! Dump them all in the airlock!
    We better find John Connor quick and put some cyborg parts into Arnold along with two chainguns that he carries in both arms with over a million rounds of shells!

    I get what your saying but for this message it has to be heavy handed, how else can you put it?

  14. SK47,

    They found a really subtle way to convey a much more complex message in Ratatouille (Ego’s flashback – wordlessly no less, and later within the context of a published review) than having the captain in Wall-E say: “You just needed someone to take care of you”, talking to the plant, and then glancing over at the globe. It’s the difference between having the message come from natural flow of good characterization, and having the characters almost stop the film to what almost comes off as a direct aside to the audience.

    The rest of Wall-E’s stewardship theme (inter-personal and environmental) was conveyed more subtly, but that moment stood out as too overt and took me completely out of the film. It drew attention to itself when it should have blended, like in all the other Pixar films.

  15. Well said Jerseycajun

  16. One thing I always like about Ratatouille
    was that the kitchen scenes were shot like action sequences.
    Very impressive .

  17. Ah, but you see jerseycajun, that whole Ego flashback is actually a comment on us adults.
    When we grow up and have gone through the hardships and have seen the hypocrisy of the world we often become jaded and cynical, etc., to the point where become something like Ego. Then something comes along which brings us back to our childhood to a time where we were innocent and in the end we truly appreciate all the wonders of this world. Example the transformation of Ego from a dark character to that of a light one at the end of the film being cheery at the Bistro.
    Now, I am not saying that you, or me, or whoever is like that but I am sure you know someone who is like Ego. I know I do, actually I know several. So that message is more adult in nature than kid oriented. Maybe when these kids who watch the movie see it again 12 years down the line they will understand the message.

  18. Well, I have to agree with you about MvA, Vic. It was being advertised with such praise about its being the best 3D movie out there, but when I took my daughter to see it, I was disappointed. The 3D presentation wasn’t as good as the expectations set it up to be, the story was rather weak and felt rushed, I didn’t really care about any of the characters, and overall it was well below Dreamwork’s quality.

    UP looks cute, funny, and I agree that it is going back to the well that Pixar draws from for its stories and visuals to combine to make a great and entertaining movie for the whole family.

  19. SK,

    I agree the themes in Ratatouille are more mature, but I wouldn’t put it past kids to get the emotional connection, as the method for conveying the flashback is a purely emotional beat. Sure, some might not realize at first what they’re seeing is Ego’s childhood memory, but once they understand that, the rest requires only feeling that emotion in order to understand.

    When I was a kid, I remember picking up on the overall theme of Mary Poppins, even though putting it into words would have challenged me at the time. Never underestimate kids. That was another movie where the writing was saying so much more than the words appeared at face value.

  20. jerseycajun, I don’t know, after yesterdays April Fools joke we might have to underestimate them…I get what you are saying.
    It all depends on the director’s decision on how to convey their message. Sometimes subtle, sometimes in-your-face! And it comes with a matter of opinion too, I liked that direct approach in Wall-E, some messages need that.