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Friday, May 29, 2009

In Theaters: Up 

Compared to last year’s cosmic Wall-E,Up is a more humble film, but no less interested in the triumph of courage and the human spirit.

As with previous Pixar movies, the characters who find their courage are unlikely—in this case, old widower Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) and young Russell (Jordan Nagai), a Wilderness Explorer scout with a lot of enthusiasm and few friends. Unlikely heroes are the stock-in-trade of animated features, but Up is triumphant in finding humanity in the archetypes of the cranky old man and clueless youngster even as it puts them in progressively wilder adventures.

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