Oben

  • Movie
  • 2009
  • 0
  • 1h 36m

8.3 Avg. rating

1.1M No. of votes

930 Popularity (↑158)

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Plot: 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger

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Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Jeremy Leary and Elie Docter in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Oben (2009)
Christopher Plummer in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner in Oben (2009)
Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)

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Trivia

Before the film's worldwide release date, Pixar granted a wish from 10-year-old Colby Curtin to see the movie before she died. Colby had been diagnosed with cancer and was too sick to go to a theater. A Pixar employee flew to the Curtins' house with a DVD of the finished film and screened it for her and her family. Curtin died seven hours later at 9:20 pm, shortly after seeing the movie.

Goofs

The age time-lines of the characters don't add up. When we see Carl as a child, Charles Muntz is a late middle aged man. But when they meet, they are about the same age. This is because the plot was slightly different in an earlier version of the movie. In that version, the birds' eggs would keep you alive for ever if you ate them, which is why Muntz was so interested in the bird, and the reason why he is still alive when Carl meets him. Pixar eventually decided to drop the concept about the eggs, but by then it was too late to change the part about Muntz still being alive and healthy. So they kept him in the final version and deliberately ignored that he should actually have been decades older than Carl.

Quotes

[Carl, in his once-again airborne house, suddenly hears a knock at the front door]

Carl Fredricksen [Surprised] : Russell?

[opens the door to find Dug on his doorstep and is very happy]

Carl Fredricksen [Smiles] : Dug!

Dug [Looking sad] : I was hiding under your porch because I love you. Can I stay?

Carl Fredricksen [Delightfully] : Can you stay? Why, you're my dog, aren't you? And I'm your master!

Dug [His sadness turns to happiness. As he happily wags his tail] : You are my master? Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

[lunges forward and covers Carl in slobbery kisses]

Carl Fredricksen [laughing] : Good boy, Dug. You're a good boy.

Crazy credits

The photographs of characters shown during the end credits thematically match the crew members' positions, as do the "Wilderness Explorer" badges that also appear.

Alternate versions

In international prints, the label on the savings jar for Paradise Falls bears a drawing of said place as opposed to text.

Connections

Edited into Dug's Special Mission (2009)

Soundtracks

Habanera

(uncredited) (1875)
from "Carmen"
Composed by Georges Bizet
Arranged by Michael Giacchino

Reviews

In my personal opinion, this is Pixar's funniest and most poignant film
I love Pixar and feel they have been pretty consistent. True I do prefer Toy Story over Cars and Finding Nemo over Ratatouille, but I find their films amazingly animated and thrilling. I thought that after the first two Toy Story films, that Pixar wouldn't be able to make a film to top them. WALL-E, yes I loved it, came pretty close, but in my opinion Up is Pixar's masterwork. And why do I say that? Because it is widely imaginative and astonishing in its emotional range.

First of all, the animation is stupendous, beautiful backgrounds, beautifully drawn characters and stunning colours. The scenery and sights are just fantastic, down to the colour and visual detail that went into the film. Michael Giacchino's music is stunning as well, simple yet melodious and sublime. And I do have to concur with the majority about the opening montage; Finding Nemo had some beautiful moments and WALL-E's haunting isolation moved me close to tears but this opening montage was so poignant and utterly heart-breaking. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful and effective beginnings ever to an animated film.

I have heard complaints that the story meanders when the talking dogs are introduced and that they were irritating. Can I respectfully disagree? What I loved about Up was how widely imaginative it was, in short why shouldn't a dog talk? It's an animated film, why does it have to COMPLETELY realistic? Elephants don't fly, look at what Disney did with Dumbo.The story, back on target was well written, thrilling and startling with a sense of adventure with enough action and high-flying escapism for kids and adults. The script had some truly hilarious and surreal moments, while Toy Story had wonderful sophisticated dialogue, the dialogue in Up made me laugh and it made me cry.

And finally the characters, I loved them all, grumpy old widower Carl, stowaway Russell, eccentric adventurer Charles Muntz, the big bird and the hilarious Doug. Russell may be a tad annoying at first, but he grows on you. The voice acting is exceptional- Carl is voiced with real demeanour and depth by Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer, the wonderful underrated actor he is, is superb as Charles Muntz. But I do have to give mention to Bob Peterson, he is simply brilliant as Doug, he is really funny when he needs to be and never overdoes it.

Overall, this is a wonderful film. There may be controversy over how Beauty and the Beast is no longer the only animated film to be nominated for best picture. Beauty and the Beast has been and always will be my favourite animated film and one of my favourite films of all time (The Lion King is a very close second), but Up is a great film and does deserve an award of some kind. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Accolades

Top rated (#113)

Won 2 Oscar (out of 3 nominations)

80 wins and 87 nominations in total

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Details

Release date: (Germany)

Countries of origin: United States, Japan

Official sites: Official Facebook, Official site

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian

Also known as: Up

Filming locations: Pixar Animation Studios - 1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California, USA

Production companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Box office

Budget: $175,000,000

Gross US & Canada: $293,004,164

Opening weekend US & Canada: $68,108,790 (May 31, 2009)

Gross worldwide: $735,099,102

Technical specs

Runtime: 1h 36m

Color: Color

Sound mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1

Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1