THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

UP (2009)
– 5 out of 5 stars

This is my third 3D movie, by the way, and it’s great!

The story revolves around Carl Fredricksen, an old man with a heart for adventure, who ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off for South America. However, he does not realize that Wilderness Explorer, Russell, has been hiding on his porch waiting to capture a snipe in a bid to “assist the elderly”, the last badge he requires to become a Senior Explorer. Together, the duo set off for the adventure that will change their lives forever.

They arrive at Paradise Falls, where they meet with an exotic bird and a talking dog, Dug. Russell is SO CUTE!!! Whenever Carl opens his door, he starts his conversation all over again, like a brand new taping! When he reaches the island, he whines after walking for too long, asks questions like whether he should dig a hole before or after he has done his business and has a penchant for making pets/friends along the way. But I guess one of the funniest things is that Russell manages to get dragged by Carl (a 78-year-old) when he starts walking too slow. Dug turns out to be an unlikely alliance and helps the duo escape when they are captured by his owner, shamed explorer Charles Muntz, who would kill to bring back the exotic bird Russell calls Kevin. Dug is rather cute too, always very eager to prove himself and profess his loyalty/love (“My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you.” and “I hid under your porch because I love you.”) to Carl. Oh, those fighter pilot-dogs are quite dumb, cos they are easily distracted by the mere mention of squirrels!

Stay during the credits as they are shown in a scrapbook format and details the later adventures of Carl and Russell together (including Dug’s adorable puppies), both whom have bonded over their adventure at Paradise Falls.

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