Disney•Pixar’s Up | Movie Review

About the movie:

DisneyUPAn exhilarating, hilarious and heartfelt animated adventure comes home when Disney•Pixar’s Up arrives on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on November 10, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Blending inspired whimsy with powerful emotion, the hugely successful feature film is an artistic and entertaining tour de force for the entire family. Up is available in a four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, and a two-disc DVD, which both include DisneyFile, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic devices, as well as enough bonus features that keep the fun coming.

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy. Up follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.

What we thought of the movie:

This movie is definitely for people of all ages. From the youngest who would just love the animations and colors to the oldest who remembers those days when they would say “One Day, …”.  It’s truly a wonderful movie filled with laughter, joy, sadness and adventures.

If you’re an emotional person (like myself), better get your tissues ready because you will get teary-eyed.  There’s definitely an array of emotions in this movie.  Disney•Pixar Up, the movie,  is truly made for the whole family to enjoy.  My family and I really enjoyed “Up” and we encourage everyone to see it too.

Check below for some cool, character facts:

  • Up has 330 characters and variants.
  • The aviator cap is worn eight times in the movie.


  • In Up, Carl Fredricksen’s hometown is Bloomington, PD, which the sharp eye may be able to spot on Carl’s mail. The fictitious location is a nod to director Pete Docter (PD), whose own hometown is Bloomington, Minnesota. The distance from that part of Minnesota to Angel Falls is 3,268 miles.
  • Carl Fredricksen’s last name came from relatives of director Pete Docter.
  • Carl Fredricksen is so stylized that he’s only three heads high. Most people are about seven heads tall.
  • Director Pete Docter animated Carl in the last scene of the film.


  • Ellie is named after and voiced by Pete Docter’s daughter, Elizabeth “Elie” Docter. She also drew some of the pictures in the adventure book.


  • One of Russell’s merit badges is the Luxo Jr. ball. He also has a badge for 2D Animation, Toe Touching, Knot Tying, and many others.
  • Jordan Nagai was 7-years-old when he was cast as Russell.


  • Muntz’s jacket is the first time in Pixar history where a cloth garment is made of fur.  No CG animals were harmed.


  • Dug’s Greek dog pack name was Lambda.
  • Dug is voiced by Up’s co-director, Bob Peterson.


  • Kevin is 13-feet tall.
  • Director Pete Docter voices some of the bird noises for Kevin.
  • Pixar created new feather technology just for Kevin, but it’s used three other places as well: Ellie’s parrot, a feather duster, and the feathers on Muntz’s wall.
  • Kevin’s design is based on many birds, including an ostrich (legs), cassowary (feather shapes), Monal pheasant (feather iridescence), heron and other large birds (behavior), toucan, quail, and peacock (beak and “dongles” on its head).

disneyupballoonsHave you ever wondered how many helium balloons it would take to lift different objects Up into the air?

It’s a tricky question and an even trickier answer because there are so many variables to consider. For instance:

• How big are the balloons?
• How heavy is the object?
• How quickly to do you want the object to rise Up?

Disney•Pixar have come Up with a general formula you can use to figure out how many balloons it would take to lift… well, just about anything!

• Helium has a lifting force of about 1 gram per liter.
• An average size party balloon is approximately 30cm (one foot) in diameter.
• It can hold approximately 14 liters.
• That’s 14 grams of lift power per balloon.
• Estimate and subtract the weight of the string and the latex balloon.
• Formula: 1 balloon = 10 grams of lift power.


How Many Balloons Would It Take To Lift:

Disney • Pixar’s Up Blu-ray™Combo Pack?
At approximately 227 grams (or 0.5 lbs) in weight,  it requires approximately 22 balloons to send the movie Up, up and away!

A Blu-ray Disc™ Player?
Most models weigh just over 2 kg (4.5 lbs.) which requires 200 balloons to add a whole new meaning to Blu-ray™ “high definition.”

Your Neighbor’s Dog?
A happy Labrador Retriever dog weighs in at about 32 kg (70 lbs). It would take approximately 3200 balloons to lift this furry friend off the ground.

Fun Fact: The voice of Dug (the Dog) in the movie Up is actually the voice of Co-Director / Screenwriter, Bob Peterson.

A Bicycle?
The average bicycle weighs approximately 19 kilograms (or 42 lbs). You will need approximately 1,900 balloons
to turn a 2-wheeler into an air-bike.

Fun Fact: Before the Wright Brothers built their first flying airplane in 1903, they operated a small bicycle repair shop.

A Sumo Wrestler?
The average weight of a Sumo wrestler is approximately 148 kg (or 326 lbs). That means it would take about 148,000 balloons to send this guy Up.

Fun Fact: Sumo wrestling was established as a national sport in 1909.

A Small House?
This figure can vary in terms of quantity of balloons given the size and scale of the house. Let’s say the house in Disney/Pixar ’s movie Up weighed about 46,000 kg (that’s 101,413 lbs). That means it takes approximately 4,600,000 balloons to send Carl’s home Up and away!

Fun Fact: Nearly 70 animators worked on the movie Up during peak production.

*4-Disc Blu-ray Combo pack will be available on November 10, 2009.

Disclosure: Disney*Pixar Up on Blu-Ray & DVD set was sent to me by Click Communications to review & to keep.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for the review.


  1. I saw this movie during the pre-screening and I loved it! They had some intense scenes that even had grown-ups crying but its def. a movie I am going to add to my collection! Thanks for the review Lisa

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