With Toy Story 4 currently riding high, Greystones Film Club have decided to throw a party for a Pixar classic’s 10th birthday.
Part of the computer animation pioneers’ initial golden run, when each new film – The Incredibles! Ratatouille! WALL-E! Monsters, Inc! – was heralded as a masterpiece, Pixar’s Up is certainly a film worth celebrating.
As with WALL-E, this is a film of two distinct halves. The first is a love story that will break your heart, a cuddle-to-the-grave ballet of love that sets you up for an emotional rug-pull about 10 minutes in. And so, when lonely, grumpy and sweetly stubborn Carl Fredricksen refuses to move out of the house that love built, we understand. And when he steadfastrefuses to engage with that noisy, needy outside world – even in the form of a cute and chubby little boy scout – hey, we definitely understand.
It’s that second half, when Carl and his nervous young companion, Russell, head off on a balloon ride to Venezuala’s Paradise Falls, to fulfill his late wife’s life-long dream trip – well, that’s when things get a little weird, and a whole lotta wonderful. With talking dogs, giant exotic birds and an old adventurer hero who turns out to be far more Colonel Kurtz than Indiana Jones.
Pixar realised early on that a little darkness can make all the colours and the magic of their stories shine that little bit brighter. And that’s certainly the case here.
And, besides, this movie features Doug. The greatest dog that ever strutted across the silver screen.
And who in Greystones can watch this magical movie, and not think, hey, George Jones is looking well…?
This special 10th anniversary screening of Pixar’s Up will take place at 3pm on Friday, August 30th, and your €10 admission will include a free Kids snackbox – fresh popcorn, sweets and a drink – or, for the big kids, a free large box of freshly-popped popcorn. Each kid will also get a free balloon. Just because.
In the meantime, here’s an interview GG did in a previous life with Up’s writer/director Pete Doctor. Whose parents, by the way, are both actual doctors.
You can go grab your ticket for this very, very groovy birthday party right here. But hurry – this one will sell out fast.