Pixar hops on the 3-D animation juggernaut with this vivid adventure
fantasy. The story follows a pint-size wannabe aviator and his tomboy best
pal through courtship and a blissful but earthbound marriage; years later
the hero, now a bitter old widower (given voice by Ed Asner), rigs his home
with hundreds of helium balloons in hopes of making the South American trip
he'd always promised his wife. When he and a young stowaway (Jordan Nagai)
land in a mountain jungle populated by a gangly rare bird and a pack of
talking dogs, the elderly crank finds himself way out of his comfort zone.
Writer-directors Pete Docter and Bob Peterson present hilarious insights
into bird brains and canine psychology and treat thornier human emotions
deftly, ending with the felicitous truth that only by letting go of the
past can we free ourselves to soar (89 min.).
Director: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Producer: Jonas Rivera, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
Cast: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, John Ratzenberger and David Kaye