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Jun. 2nd, 2009

07:16 pm - Up again, and truck!

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Today I took Mom to see "Up". She loved it! Also, I spotted the Pizza Planet truck! When Mr. Fredericksen's house first takes to the sky, there's a shot looking down on a city street with two vehicles stopped at a traffic light, & the drivers look up. One of the vehicles is the Pizza Planet truck.

Pixar is great at doing "floorless" scenes, where the characters have no ground beneath them. This movie has lots of scenes of people and things flying, dangling and falling, all taking place hundreds of feet up in the sky. "Up" takes us into the sky the way "Finding Nemo" took us into the ocean. Both movies also have scenes where the characters are literally in the middle of nowhere, like when Mr. Fredericksen looks out the window and all he can see is sky and clouds, just like when Nemo and Dory are trying to get to Sydney and they find themselves in open, empty ocean.

When Muntz sends the dogs out in little dog-sized planes to fight Russell, didja get the inherent pun? It's a dogfight! Y'know, in any other movie, there would've been some character saying "Whoa... a dogfight!" But to Pixar's credit, they didn't do that. They let me figure it out on my own. :}

The short before the movie, "Partly Cloudy", is unusual in that it takes place in a similar setting to the main feature (in this case, the sky) in contrast to previous totally unrelated pairings of shorts and features: Presto/Wall-E, Lifted/Ratatouille, One Man Band/Cars, Boundin'/The Incredibles, etc.

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From:wbwolf
Date:June 2nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I didn't notice it when I saw it today (I kinda figured it'd be in the place you noticed). Any other shoutouts to other Pixar films?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 2nd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Apparently there were some more, but I failed to spot them and can't verify.
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From:shell524
Date:June 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I felt so bad for the poor stork that got the cloud-creature that was into making all the dangerous stuff.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 2nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
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All he needed was a nice long tow rope!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 29th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
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If he has the communication skills, he might also request that the cloud alternate between dangerous and nondangerous. (Can't be the only cloud making uncuddly babies, either, unless it's more proficient than others.)

"Presto" and "Lifted" remain my favorite Pixar shorts. Incidentally, they accompany two of my favorite Pixar features.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 29th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Saw it yesterday. This was the first time I figured out who John Ratzenberger was before seeing the credits. Usually I forget to keep an ear out for 'im.

I see that the dogfight did find its way onto the TV Tropes "Stealth Pun" page.
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