Is this movie a cartoon, its more like an animation movie for adults. Kids will like it but adults will be moved by it. Easily one of the best animation movies because the storyline is very strong, rooted in reality, does not sugarcoat issues such as loneliness and death. One will take different things away from the movie. To me, it tells me how people tend to make plans or have aspirations but life is what happens to them in between. To have high objectives is good but life is worth celebrating more. When someone you love departs, we tend to hold onto things, when we should be more willing to let them go and live life, just the way our loved one intended us to.
The producers deliberately did not pay multi millions to famous actors for voice overs. Instead they relied on proven, classical actors in Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer, most under 30 would not even know who they are. The story is strong and it does not deliberately squeezes tears from you whenever they can or get too sentimental.
Its a story about trust, about letting go ... the best line was from the kid who said that the things he tells the old man about the things he did with his dad probably sounded boring to the old man ... but that's his best memories with his dad. Things mundane and trite may mean something more to some people than we care to give them the time of the day to hear them out.
The Hollywood Reporter lauded the film: "Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, this gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it."
Although the San Francisco Chronicle noted that the film "contains many boring stretches of mindless freneticism and bland character interaction," it also declared that there are scenes in 'Up' of "Such beauty, economy and poetic wisdom that they belong in any anthology of great movie moments...to watch 'Up' with any attention is to be moved and astonished by the economy with which specific visuals are invested with emotion throughout [the film]..."Variety enthused that "'Up' is an exceptionally refined picture; unlike so many animated films, it's not all about sensory bombardment and volume...Unsurprisingly, no one puts a foot wrong here. Vocal performances...exude a warm enthusiasm, and tech specifications could not be better. Michel Giacchino's full-bodied, traditional score is superlative..."