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At a time when too many animated films consist of anthropomorphized animals cracking sitcom one-liners and flatulence jokes, the warmth, originality, humor, and unflagging imagination of Up feel as welcome as rain in a desert. Carl Fredericksen (voice by Ed Asner) ranks among the most unlikely heroes in recent animation history. A 78- year-old curmudgeon, he enjoyed his modest life as a balloon seller because he shared it with his adventurous wife Ellie (Ellie Docter). But she died, leaving him with memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. When well-meaning officials consign Carl to Shady Oaks Retirement Home, he rigs thousands of helium balloons to his house and floats to South America. The journey's scarcely begun when he discovers a stowaway: Russell (Jordan Nagai), a chubby, maladroit Wilderness Explorer Scout who's out to earn his Elderly Assistance Badge. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for: Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), a crazed explorer whose newsreels once inspired Carl and Ellie; Kevin, an exotic bird with a weakness for chocolate; and Dug (Bob Peterson), an endearingly dim golden retriever fitted with a voice box. More importantly, the travelers discover they need each other: Russell needs a (grand)father figure; Carl needs someone to enliven his life without Ellie. Together, they learn that sharing ice-cream cones and counting the passing cars can be more meaningful than feats of daring-do and distant horizons. Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. ) and Bob Peterson direct the film with consummate skill and taste, allowing the poignant moments to unfold without dialogue to Michael Giacchnio's vibrant score. Building on their work in The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the Pixar crew offers nuanced animation of the stylized characters. Even by Pixar's elevated standards, Up is an exceptional film that will appeal of audiences of all ages. Rated PG for some peril and action. --Charles Solomon Feel free to look around a bit.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is based on the children's storybook created by author Judi Barrett & illustrator Ron Barrett in 1978. The sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, follows in 2000. The animated feature film is a 3D rendered, CGI creation produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures in 2009 with a budget of $100 million. The movie was shown in 3D using RealD Cinema, IMAX 3D, and Dolby 3D.

Meet the Characters

Flint Lockwood is a young inventor who captures Samantha's heart and is voiced by Bill Hader.

Fran Lockwood is Flint's mother who always believed in him and is voiced by Lauren Graham.

Tim Lockwood is the old-fashioned, technophobic, but supportive father of Flint who wants his son to work at his Bait N' Tackle shop and is voiced by James Caan.

Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a cute, young weather intern from New York City dreams of a chance to become a professional TV weather reporter and ultimately Flint's love interest. She is voiced by Anna Faris.

Manny is Sam's uncommunicative, Guatemalan TV cameraman with a very special skill set (doctor, comedian, pilot) and is voiced by Benjamin Bratt.

Steve the Monkey, Flint's best friend and colleague, can speak through the Monkey Thought Translator, although nearly every thought is "Hungry! Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!". He is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris.

The self obsessed & cruel Mayor Shelbourne wants to become famous and pushes Flint's food weather machine over the limit causing epicurial harm and mayhem for the town below and is voiced by Bruce Campbell.

Brent "Baby Brent" McHale was the celebrity mascot of Baby Brent's Sardines, Flint's rival in school, and is voiced by Andy Samberg.

Officer Earl Devereaux is the town's athletic, always strictly by-the-book cop and is voiced by Mr T.

Cal Devereaux is Earl's adorable young son and is voiced by Bobb'e J Thompson. Cal frequently doesn't obey many rules.

Patrick Patrickson is the anchorman of the local weather station and is voiced by Al Roker.

Joe Towne is the ubiquitous redneck citizen of Chewandswallow and is voiced by Will Forte.

Trivia: Some of the writers and directors have said the motion picture was thought to be a parody & homage to now classic modern disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow, Twister, and Armageddon. Feel free to look around a bit.

Music is composed by Mark Mothersbaugh while "Raining Sunshine" performed by Miranda Cosgrove is the hit single from the movie. 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.[47]

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