Up (2009 film)

A house is in the air, lifted by balloons. A dog, a boy and an old man hang beneath on a garden hose. "UP" is written in the top right corner.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPete Docter
Screenplay by
Story by
Produced byJonas Rivera
Edited byKevin Nolting
Music byMichael Giacchino
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13) (Cannes)
  • May 29, 2009 (2009-05-29) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$175 million
Box office$735.1 million

Up is a 2009 American computer-animated film directed by Pete Docter, and co-written by Bob Peterson. It stars the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, and Bob Peterson. The film centers on elderly widower Carl Fredricksen (Asner) and Wilderness Explorer Russell (Nagai), who go on a journey to South America in order to fulfill a promise that Carl made to his late wife Ellie. Along the way, they meet a talking dog named Dug (Peterson), and encounter a giant bird named Kevin, who is being hunted by the explorer Charles Muntz (Plummer).

Originally titled Heliums, Docter conceived the outline for Up in 2004 based on fantasies of escaping from life when it becomes too irritating. He and eleven other Pixar artists spent three days in Venezuela gathering research and inspiration. The designs of the characters were caricatured and stylized considerably, and animators were challenged with creating realistic cloth. It was Pixar's first film to be presented in 3D format.

Up debuted at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2009, and was released in theaters in the United States on May 29. It was well-received by the media for its characters, themes, narrative, Asner's vocal performance, and Giacchino's score, as was the montage of Carl and his wife Ellie growing old together. Organizations like the National Board of Review and American Film Institute named Up as one of the top 10 films of 2009. It earned $735.1 million worldwide, finishing its theatrical run as the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2009. Up led the 82nd Academy Awards with five nominations (winning two), and received numerous accolades.

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