Monday, June 4, 2012

Tuesday Movie: Up


Yeah, it's a kid's movie.  Yeah, it's animated.  And triple yeah, it's got a talking dog named Doug, but I dare you to watch the first ten minutes of this movie without shedding a tear.  I remember seeing it in the theater with my kids and totally losing it without an adequate supply of napkins.  Heck, my kids watched it so many times when I bought the DVD, but I still couldn't bring myself to watch those first few minutes.  Now, I just let myself go there.  It's such a beautiful movie.  And who doesn't love a talking dog?

Maybe I'm really a kid at heart, but I now find myself loving movies that were made for kids probably more than movies made for adults.  And this one, right along with "Finding Nemo" tops my list.

Am I the only adult that enjoys movies made for kids?  Tell me your favorites!

22 comments:

  1. I love all the pixar movies and UP is one of the best!

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    1. It is. I think it should be required to watch this movie. Like most of Pixar's movies, it appeals to the kids, but it goes deeper and over the heads of those kids to appeal to the adults.

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  2. 'Now, I just let myself go there.'

    I like the way you put that. A lot.

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  3. I find that I would almost always rather watch a really well-made kids' movies than just about anything else. Especially a smart, non-sugar-coated kids' movie. "Hugo" was an exception; I thought it would be all magic and wonderful but it turned out to be an incredibly poorly scripted lecture on early film history. Martin Scorsese should never have been in charge of something aimed at people under 17.

    I still haven't seen UP but now I kind of want to...

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    1. Both of my kids read Hugo and they were hugely disappointed with the movie. They watched it on DVD and lost interest in the middle. That's rare.

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    2. Agreed - I haven't read the book, but for me the whole movie was sort of... sweetly boring.

      Still haven't managed to put my finger on exactly where it went wrong, but it was a considerable disappointment.

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  4. I'm going to say this as someone with a massive, unrelenting Muppet-crush: the older I get, the more I appreciate anyone who can entertain children and adults simultaneously. I can't think of a better test of true storytelling mastery.

    The other thing that "Up" really crystallized for me is how far you can diverge from the usual tropes, if your execution is truly splendid. It's almost like the Pixar guys chose their story elements by throwing darts at a board (old man, sadsack boy scout, talking dogs, flying house, emu, Argentina, dirigible) and then went with it.

    Lastly, and then I'll shut up: WE NEED MORE OLD-PEOPLE PROTAGONISTS. I'm looking at you, SF&F!

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    1. I agree. We are such a youth obsessed culture. When I was a kid, I liked to hang out with older people and I'm not talking teenagers, I'm talking middle-aged and beyond. They have the best stories.

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  5. I cried and cried watching Up!....ugh... I'm such a sap. My Fav "kids" movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It's even better as an adult! ~Angela

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    1. The Gene Wilder version scared me as a kid, but I love the Johnny Depp version. It's definitely a movie that we've seen multiple times. The moment when Charlie gets the golden ticket never fails to give me goose pimples.

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  6. Toy Story 3 makes me sad, too.
    I don't think I'll ever get sick of Finding Nema. And I'm taking the boys to see Madagascar 3 this Friday (though, I've not seen the first two).

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    1. My favorite is Toy Story 2. Toy Story 3 was really dark. I had no idea about the Madagascar film opening. I loved the first one, second one was eh, so I think that might be our Friday movie. Yay!

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  7. For some reason I don't like any of these things nor do I appreciate fantasy books or anything mythological. Lack of imagination? I don't think so because I love science fiction and movies like Star Wars and Star Trek. I've often wondered why these stories bore me so. Anyway, it must be fun to enjoy them.

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    1. You may have an aversion to animation. I loved Star Wars, well the first three, but I never got into Star Trek.

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  8. I hardly consider "Up" to be a kid's movie. Then again, most kid's movies have a lot of adult stuff mixed in. I love this movie, too. And Dug (I believe that's how it is spelled in the credits) reminds me of a dog I once had. He is such a stereotypical golden retriever. And don't forget Kevin, the girl!

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    1. Well, the kiddos liked it for the action, adventure and the dogs. I think the adults related to the love story and the sadness of not fulfilling a dream for adventure.

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  9. My Companion and I have seen 'Up' so many times, I've forgotten the number. Other favorites are Madagascar, Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, and Wall E, in no particular order. Kid's shows? Perhaps, but they appeal to me in a way no other movie can!

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    1. I wasn't a huge fan of Wall E. Probably because it was such a sad commentary on where we're headed.

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  10. Great kids movies are always the best movies - especially with a talking dog. I surrender too!

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  11. "Up" is simply the best, IMHO.

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