UP has to be the saddest Pixar film ever. I managed to catch it yesterday evening and it brought more than a tear to my eye. Throughout most of the film, I felt as though the Pixar crew were making it into a swan song. Afterall, there isn’t much of a story to speak of except the fulfilling of a life-long dream and the adventure that entailed.
Basically, the message of the film is that the real adventure of life is the relationship we have with other people, and it’s so easy to lose sight of the things we have and the people that are around us until they’re gone. More often than not I don’t really realize how lucky I was to have known someone until they’re either moved or passed away. So if you can kind of wake up a little bit and go, “Wow, I’ve got some really cool stuff around me every day”, then that’s what the movie’s about.
UP is really good stuff. It is something that appeals to both kids and adults. Kids will enjoy the many comedic sequences and the adults should be able to understand the underlying message really well – and hopefully be touched by it. In my opinion, the best part of the film was also the most cruel thing that Pixar has ever done to me. It lasted only for 4 minutes and did not have a single word of dialogue, but it made me cry.