up up and away

A symphonic balance of captivating silence and clever dialogue, belly-laugh humor and tear-in-the-eye despair, fast-paced action scenes and scenes slowed for their precious detail, UP the newest movie offer from Disney Pixar tells the story of Carl Fredricksen a 78-year-old retired balloon salesman who – after the loss of his wife – is left agitated by the world around him and regretful of desires unfulfilled. An unfortunate altercation pushes Carl to escape society and finally chase after the couple’s lifelong dream. Carl quickly realizes he’s not alone in this adventure as 8-year-old wilderness explorer Russell has secretly stowed away for the ride.

A heart warming story of sentimentality, it speaks to the humanity in everyone. A sensitive and at the same time full of life and humor. UP delivers a wondrous world filled with people and creatures you'll fall head over heels in love with. For me it earns a spot as one of the best films of the year, and not just in the animated category.