So..... I saw Up today. It is an exceptionally good movie.
But I have to say that this is not a kids' movie. Really.
This is not to say that child from, say, 8 up isn't going to enjoy it, they will. But this is not a kids' movie. There were a lot of children in the auditorium who were under 8 (of course! It's Pixar, it's about an old man, a kid and balloons).
I'm not going to say a lot about it, so much has been said by others, I will say that if you haven't seen it then I recommend taking tissues, you'll need them in the first 10 minutes, and maybe a couple of times after that. I did.
The imagery of this movie is so powerful that I can't even think about those first 10 minutes without welling up again.
This is a film about character, every one of them is beautifully drawn, and every one of them, even the animals, have their needs and goals. It's also a perfect example of how to build conflict into every scene naturally (even into the stair-lift scene). It has excellent set-ups and pay-offs throughout.
And, the Teacher and I agree, this is a devastatingly sad movie.
If it hadn't been Pixar this would never have been made.
Absolutely not for kids.
What's on the turntable? "Chanson d'amour" by The Manhattan Transfer