Up was released in 2009 and was the tenth Disney/Pixar film. It followed Ratatouille and Wall-E. It follows the adventures of 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson and stowaway scout, Russell, as they float away in Carl’s house and leave the big city for some jungle adventures. Along the way they’ll meet a talking dog named Dug and a crazy bird named Kevin. How was this movie not made for our podcast team?

In this episode we talk about this film’s animation and the story, and how these two factors have contributed to the enduring quality of this film. We talk about the first seven minutes, and how that sequence sticks with you even after the movie is over. We discuss the dynamics between Carl and Ellie and how they compare to the relationship between Carl and Russell.

Of course, we also talk a lot about talking dogs, and do we really want to know what our dogs are thinking? Or would we just be disappointed. We break off on some tangents, like could someone really float away with enough balloons. And Jake gets plenty of practice with the bleep button. And at some point, we bring it all back to Up.

What did you think of Up? Our hosts all put it in their top three Pixar films, maybe even number one. Does it rank that highly for you? Where would you put it in your Pixar list? Let us know by sending feedback to You can also send any of your feedback to that email, as well as suggestions or requests for future shows. You can also reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Jake Dietz

President Jake is a blogger, podcaster, and all-around geek/nerd. He enjoys all sorts of different “fandoms,” but more than anything he loves movies. Movies have always been a big part of his life. From escaping into them as a child and teenager to working in the business as a concessions worker at his local theater, movies have always been there for Jake. In addition to his extensive DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes movie collection, Jake is also a loving husband to one wonderful wife and father to six amazing children.

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