Pixar's "Up" is hilarious and heartwarming, a perfect summer treat for young and old. The film's curmudgeony hero, Carl Friedrickson, is more sympathetic than the trailers might let on, thanks largely to the movie's introduction, which illustrates Carl's young life with his wife Ellie, told in beautiful pantomime.
Glancing at themes like aging, dying, and the old idiom "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans", the emotional heft of "Up" comes from careful attention to detail and smart writing. That's not to discount the laughs. There are some real gassers in this flick that are truly ingenius, which I won't write about here lest I ruin the surpise!
"Up"'s Oscar chances are more limitted than last year's "WALL-E". I suspect nods for Screenplay and Sound Editing could happen in addition to the obvious nomination for Best Animated Feature.
***1/2 out of ****