Up – the greatest animated movie ever

It’s official, I’ve seen the greatest animated movie ever – I know it’s quite a statement but I can tell you that the outright winner of that title is UP.

What a movie! Pete Docter, the genius behind Monsters Inc. and WALL.E has surpassed even those with UP, a sublime piece of film-making about how a friendship that may at first seem unlikely, can ultimately save your life.

Kevin, Russell, Dug and Carl in Up

Kevin, Russell, Dug, and Carl

Carl Fredricksen (fantastically voiced by Edward Asner) is a pretty grumpy old man but he has a good reason – his wife and soulmate Ellie has passed away and now their beloved home is about to be bulldozed by developers. Russell (so winningly voiced by Jordan Nagai) on the other hand, is a very eager, young boy scout, one badge away from becoming a ‘Senior Wilderness Explorer’. And what’s the one badge he needs to get? Helping the elderly.

When Russell knocks on Carl’s door, a dazzling adventure begins for them both involving a lost explorer (exquisitely voiced by Christopher Plummer), a bird called Kevin, a talking dog named Dug and a hell of a lot of balloons. If you have children, they’ll love Russell and the animals; if you’re a parent, you’ll love the dry humour of Carl. You don’t need to either though to love this film because it’s one of that very, very rare breed of movies that seem to hit something quite profound and epic and touching in all of us – whatever our age. E.T. had it and so did Toy Story 3 but there aren’t many others.

So catch up UP at the very earliest opportunity and you certainly won’t be – “SQUIRREL!!” – disappointed.