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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Disney's Up is Deep and Wonderful, Really!

I'd heard there was a really funny dog in this Disney flick, so I went.  Didn't expect much, but it had me within the first five minutes.  
Disney's Up has a wonderful combination of things: a unique elderly hero, a cross-generational friendship, a cute dog, mythic story, and great animation (the 3-D is something I enjoyed at first and rapidly forgot about later, although for a while it was sooo beautiful).  I thought it was noble of Disney to create a believable elderly character with semi super-hero qualities.
I don't want to give away anything, but watching him drag his floating house by a garden hose reminded me of the Greek myth of Sisyphus.  Sisyphus was condemned to roll a huge boulder up a hill, watch it roll down again, and then roll it back up for the rest of eternity.

Kind of like life, you know?

There was so much symbolism in Up.  I think they came close to James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the depth in this very good film.

I cried, I laughed, I cried, I ate chocolate.  It was a great hour and a half.  You'd like it too. And the dog was hilarious and so true to dogness.

If you see it let me know what you thought.



Mare said...

I've heard this was a great movie too. I'm in! I'll let you know what we thought. Thanks Laura!

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Janet Spiegel said...

Hi Laura,

My husband loves the mala! Thankyou so much!


Janet Spiegel said...

I would love to be on your link list! Thankyou! I will add you to mine again when I put it back up.