So after kicking off a round of Shenanigans dealing with Pixar films a little while back (see our Finding Nemo chat here) and taking a brief break to take part in The IPC’s epic Shitfest, my sister and I have returned to discuss arguably the most heartbreaking Pixar film yet. Yep. We’re talking about Up.
Cara: T-minus 1! Ready Freddy?
Laura Jo: Cued up and ready to goooo!
LJ: LET’S GET EMOTIONAL
LJ: Charles Munce, the beloved explorer!
C: And cute baby Carl!
LJ: With the goggles!
LJ: So so cute.
LJ: Muntz’s mustache is a little Hiter-y….
C: Yeahhhh. Well, to be fair, that might be a pre-WWII ‘stache.
LJ: OMG HOW CUTE IS LITTLE CARL
C: SO cute. And now we get to meet Ellie!
LJ: There is something down there!
LJ: …I will bring it back for SCIENCE
C: Love her missing tooth. And static hair.
LJ: Why are there so many redheads in Pixar movies
C: BECAUSE WE RULE
LJ: OMG with the theme music
C: Aaaaaand Carl takes a tumble.
LJ: Aaaaaaand Ellie breaks into his room
LJ: What is this, Twilight
C: LOL. At least she didn’t watch him sleep…
C: “It’s like America, but SOUTH.”
LJ: Hahaha he is horrified that she ripped the page out of a library book
C: I would’ve gasped, too. Even now. I used to work in a library…
C: “You know, you don’t talk very much…I like you!”
LJ: Their families at the wedding! Hilarious
C: Perfect. And they’re all grown up!
LJ: Oh god I’m already tearing up
LJ: it’s inevitable
C: This sequence MAKES YOU FEEL FEELINGS.
C: All the ties! They’re getting older!
LJ: WHY DIDN’T THEY ADOPT
C: THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS
LJ: She can’t get up the hill
LJ: And now she’s sick
C: Uggghhhh the stick balloon. I can’t.
LJ: I AM C R Y I N G.
C: UUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH UGLY CRY
LJ: Please let’s get on with this movie, cranky Carl
LJ: Staircase chair
C: And one minute later I am laughing my ass off at the stair chair and his face.
LJ: And the 14 locks on his door haha
C: The music is perfectly timed in this.
LJ: Yes it is
LJ: The details in this movie are incredible
C: They really are.
LJ: Ugh why do they want to take Carl’s house
LJ: Just leave the poor guy alone!
C: Lame construction people
C: OMG RUSSELL!!!!!!!!!
LJ: He’s a wilderness explorer!!
C: All the kids in this are way too damn cute.
C: I love that he starts his spiel over each and every time.
LJ: I know
LJ: He is precious
C: CAW CAW RAWR
LJ: A snipe!!
C: Heeeeere snipey snipey…
LJ: I love that this movie’s heros are an elderly man and a kid
C: Haha right?
LJ: Oh no!
LJ: The Mailbox!
C: Carl whhhhyyyyy?
LJ: He just got so upset!!
C: UGH nasty construction guy putting his hand on the fence…
LJ: And really the frightening alien construction guy needs to CHECK HIMSELF.
C: Bahaha right? It’s like that guy is from the Matrix! “Misterrrrr Frederickson…”
LJ: And…public menace?!
LJ: How is that even possible?!
LJ: Oh god the theme music
LJ: I’m crying again
C: OMG UNLEASH THE BALLOONS
LJ: THEY ARE AMAZING
LJ: Suck it Shady Oaks guys@
C: I stand by my statement that this is one of the most visually awesome animated films ever.
LJ: It is so beautifully fantastical
LJ: I love that he steers with the weathervane as the rudder
C: Right?? Pixar people are geniuses.
LJ: This is undisputed
C: When you think about all the pieces that make up the story, it’s kind of incredible.
LJ: Aaaand…knock at the door!
LJ: HA! Russell’s face!
C: “Please let me in.” “No!” *slams door* PANIC
LJ: Ha! …Please let me in. No!
C: WE ARE THE SAME
LJ: Except you won the hair color genetic lottery
LJ: But I’m not bitter
LJ: NOT AT ALL.
LJ: STOP BRINGING IT UP.
C: I…didn’t…? *shrinks*
LJ: Ha! He turns off his hearing aid
C: Cumulo nimbus!
C: And suddenly house plane went allll wrong!
LJ: It’s so hard to watch him watch the house get all messed
C: Hey, he saves the important stuff!
LJ: HA! …I thought you were dead!
LJ: It was a cinch with my Wilderness Explorer GPS
C: “With this baby, we’ll NEVER be lost.” *accientally flings GPS out window*
LJ: “Woah, that’s gonna be like a billion transfers to get back to my house”
LJ: Oh god, a man hanging onto his house by the garden hose
LJ: This whole thing just breaks my heart
C: And the fact that he talks to the house and calls it “Ellie.” UGH.
C: Omg Paradise Falls!!!
LJ: It’s BEE-YOOOU-TIFUL
C: Russell trying to climb is much like my attempts to climb the rope in elementary school gym class…
LJ: Why do we have to climb ropes in gym class anyway
LJ: NO ONE ACTUALLY NEEDS THAT SKILL
C: Like, unless we become Panem and are forced into the Hunger Games, I think we’ll be okay.
LJ: Hahaaha “by the time we get there, you’re going to feel so assisted”
C: Lol. He’s the best little Wilderness Explorer.
C: I love that they’re like squashed versions of regular breeds.
C: Snipe tracks!
LJ: Sweet sweet Russell
LJ: I have chocolate for every situation too, buddy
C: THE LITTLE WINGS
LJ: AND ITS ANGRY NOISE
C: It’s the greatest.
LJ: It’s reminding me a little of the raptors in JP
LJ: AND HE NAMES IT KEVIN
LJ: I forgot about that
C: Swallowing the cane!!! Loooolllll.
C: Hahahaha Kevin following and trying to hide
C: “I can smell you!”
C: THERE HE IS
C: THE CUTEST, CHUBBIEST PIXAR DOG EVER
C: “My name is Dug. I have just met you and I love you.”
C: “May I take this bird back to camp as my prisoner?”
C: Dug is, like, Pixar’s greatest creation. I could quote him all day.
LJ: Can we keep him please please please??
LJ: BUT ITS A TALKING DOG
C: OMG ALPHA’S CHIPMUNK VOICE
LJ: Oh man the tiny Doberman tail wag
C: PRESH. Even though Alpha is a little intense.
C: “Why’s he with that small mailman???” LOL.
LJ: And why does the bulldog have red eyes
C: Did he? I’ll have to look again…
C: “I do ever so want the ball!”
LJ: Haha Dug! A ball! I will go get it and bring it back!
C: Hahahaha. It’s like they were literally able to get inside the mind of a dog. Genius.
LJ: Yes it is
LJ: I love the presentation of the slobber-covered tennis ball
LJ: Haha “Can I tell you a secret?” “No.” “Okay, here goes…”
LJ: Oh god, Russell’s absent father!!
LJ: I AM SAD
C: Aww Russell. I love that he and Carl get this little moment.
C: Hahaha the frog alarm clock
LJ: I love it
LJ: “Get off of his ROOF!”
C: Sly, sly writers.
LJ: Well at least you have now led us to the small mailman and the one who smells of prune
LJ: Island of doggies
LJ: This is my dream
C: It’s the truth. Except not growling doggies like now.
C: Charles Muntz!
C: Also Christopher Plummer!
LJ: Holy cow Muntz must be like in his 90s
C: “I like you temporarily!” “The small mailman smells like chocolate!” These dogs are the greatest.
LJ: OH NO
LJ: CONE OF SHAME
C: POOR DUG
LJ: I LOVE HIM
C: HA! I love the dog dusting the skeleton who starts chewing on it when they walk away.
LJ: And the dog Maitre de haha
C: Ahhhh Alpha’s voice just dropped like 10 octaves!
LJ: The dogs are so amazing
C: Hahaha right? Serving Russell and then stealing all his food.
C: Ahhhh Russell stop talking!
LJ: Evil Muntz face
C: He just got real scary!!
LJ: Like American Horror Story scary
C: American Horror Story: Paradise Falls
C: The snipes would be terrifying
LJ: So would the cone of shame
LJ: Aw Dug!!
C: Awww poor Dug!!! “Stop, you dogs!” Gets trampled.
LJ: So dramatic! Things took a turn
LJ: Dog chase, Kevin is hurt
C: Pixar, playing with emotions.
LJ: EVERY TIME HE LOOKS AT THE HOUSE
LJ: I just see his struggle with his FOREVER DREAM
C: LOL. Dead squirrel joke.
LJ: I just want to smack Russell’s father
LJ: GET IN YOUR KID’S LIFE, BRO
C: RIGHT? What would make you abandon that adorable kid???
C: Disney does like their messed up families, man.
LJ: KEVIN IS CAUGHT
LJ: MUNTZ COME ON
C: AND MUNTZ IS BURNING THE DAMN HOUSE
LJ: I FORGOT THIS
C: It’s devastating.
LJ: I am so sad.
LJ: I need a hug.
LJ: “You gave away Kevin”
C: INTERNET HUGZ
LJ: ITS NOT THAT SIMPLE, RUSSELL
LJ: NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE ME ENOUGH TO BALLOON A HOUSE TO SOUTH AMERICA UUUGH
C: You…what?? Do we need to take a break from this?? Hahaha.
C: Aw Russell throws down his badges…
LJ: Oh no! Russell doesn’t want his Wilderness Explorer vest!!
C: The house is so sad. 😦
C: OH GOD THIS SCENE
C: I FORGOT THIS
LJ: I totally forgot that SO MUCH OF THIS MOVIE IS SAD
LJ: I thought it would be over in the first 10 minutes!
C: UNNNNGGGGHHHH ALL OF THEIR PICTURES
C: I can’t. I cannot.
LJ: This is devolved into me just eating candy and crying
C: LOL. I’m so sorry.
LJ: Oh no! Russell take off!
LJ: And Carl throws everything out of the house!
C: Throwing everything out of the house! Carl is letting go!
C: BUT OMG THE CHAIRS
LJ: Ugh THE CHAIRS
LJ: I WAS HIDING UNDER YOUR PORCH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU
C: BEST. LINE. EVER.
LJ: Russell navigating with the leaf blower
C: He’s a gutsy little kid!!! I woulda been scared to death flying that.
LJ: Why doesn’t Muntz just take a picture of the damn bird
LJ: Or like, Skype somebody
C: Ha! Well tech wise he’s a bit behind the times…
C: OMG but don’t kill Russell, Muntz! Whhhhyyyy???
LJ: Is he really going to throw a child out of his blimp?!?!
C: RIGHT? A bit much, Captain von Trapp.
LJ: HOLY COW CARL!
LJ: HE ZIPLINED WITH A GARDEN HOSE AND A CANE
C: He’s like geriatric Rambo!!!
C: LOL. The dogs and the tennis balls!!
C: Russell’s face sliding across the glass. Perfect.
LJ: Aaand Russell almost falls off the house and then is dragged across the glass
LJ: **aka making fun of fat kids…
C: Hey, anyone can get their face dragged across glass and be hilarious.
LJ: Also is this a Star Wars reference or what??!
C: Star Wars reference??
C: Old man fight! It’s the best kind of fight.
LJ: yes the fight is amazing
LJ: But yeah, the dogs in their fighter planes
LJ: Star Wars reference
C: LOL. Omg totally!!
LJ: HE WEARS THE CONE OF SHAME!
C: “Alpha? I am not Alpha. He is—ohhhhh.” Atta boy, Dug.
LJ: …Okay, this is the one situation where the rope-climbing at gym class is helpful
C: Yes. This and Hunger Games. That is literally it.
LJ: MUNTZ WITH THE GUN
LJ: SHOOTING BALLOONS
C: Omg don’t shoot the balloons Muntz you psycho!!!
C: Oh gees! And Muntz meets a grim end…damn, Disney.
LJ: AND yet another Disney villain falls to his death
C: That DOES happen a lot, doesn’t it…
LJ: The house disappears in the clouds
LJ: SO SAD
C: OMG THE BABY KEVINS
LJ: Little Kevinettes!
C: I WANT A BABY KEVIN
C: HA! All the dogs with their heads out the window.
LJ: The Explorer badges!!
C: And Carl is there for the ceremony!!!
LJ: CARL GIVES HIM THE BADGE
LJ: I’M CRYING AGAIN
C: THE ELLIE BADGE
C: OH GAWD
LJ: All the dogs in the audience
C: Yes. SO much yes.
C: And the car game!!!
LJ: The Spirit of Adventure!!
C: And OMG THE HOUSE FOUND ITS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LJ: I def did not remember how sad that was
LJ: Holy cow
LJ: It’s like they sat down and were specifically like LET’S MAKE THEM FEEL
C: I’m sorry. 😦
LJ: Don’t be sorry!
LJ: I like the movie!
C: It’s so good. But also heavy.
LJ: I love that the protagonist is grappling with so many things though
LJ: But really without Dug the whole thing would be just soaked in tears
C: HA! That is entirely true. Dug and Kevin basically keep us from sobbing ourselves to death.
LJ: Oh man. It’s much easier when you can make fun of the movie the whole time
C: Right? The good news is the next one is soooooo much happier. I mean, you know, as happy as Pixar can be.
LJ: I’m excited to not be horrified by cockroaches for an hour and a half (note: our next movie is WALL-E)
C: LOL. It’s definitely a change of pace.
C: The fact that Disney can manage to make awful bugs cute is amazing. If they ever pull it off with spiders, I’m going to make a donation or something.
Another film Shenaniganed! As we revealed, WALL-E is up next! After that…who know? We’ll definitely be taking a break from Disney though. Any suggestions? Anyway, have excellent weekends, everyone! See you on Monday—same time, same place! 🙂