Yesterday I went with nine kids of various ages to see the new Pixar movie, Up. After watching it I would have to say that it accomplishes a rare feat. It is a children’s movie and an adult’s movie. Not a movie for kids that adults like, nor a grown-up movie that kids enjoy. It addresses suffering and selfishness with whimsy and magic, and yes, even silliness.
Themes of loss, grief, loneliness and friendship abound—I cried. The teenagers who were with me were of various ages and sexes and some, though they will remain nameless, also wiped away tears. Normally, I’d wonder what the little ones were thinking, except that six year old Luke sitting next to me was so enthralled by the movie that he couldn’t stay in his seat. He’d stand and lean forward as though he might be able to get just a little closer to the wonder of the film. And in the light reflected from the screen, his eyes sparkled and danced in delight.
I can’t help but wonder if this year instead of winning the Academy Award for best animated picture, Pixar might actually win best picture. Of course, if they were nominated for best picture it wouldn’t be fair to the other nominees. In the meantime, go and see Up with someone you love.