Reviewed on 2009 June 8
I’ve never seen a Pixar movie I didn’t enjoy, but this was the first one that made me cry. The introduction to the characters was very touching, and it showed us how a curmudgeon becomes a curmudgeon.
Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) refuses to give up his pretty little gingerbread-covered house, deciding that the wonderful years he spent there outweigh any city developments springing up around it. When it looks like he’s going to be forced out of his home, he decides to relocate it via what looks like every balloon in North America. He always wanted to see South America anyway, and it looks like his scheme worked. The only problem is that he didn’t plan on an uninvited guest — a little scout named Russell (Jordan Nagai), who in his own way is every bit as stubborn as Carl.
And you’re on your own from this point on; I’m not going to give anything more away. The Incredibles is still my favorite Pixar movie so far, but this is a close second. As Mr. Shukti observed, the introduction in itself is a full story, but Pixar piled more into the 90 minute run time and kept up their usual standard of animation. Parts of the tale got a little silly for me, but I still enjoyed it.
Three chocolate morsels and a grape soda.