Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for..........

U is for...........Up.

I'm gonna make this a quick post. I just got back from a conference, and I'm beat. I haven't been around A-Z much the last five days, but now that I'm back, I'll start working on getting myself caught up.

Back in January of 2011, I did a post on my top ten movies of the first decade of the new century. If you get a chance, check it out, let me know what you think.

Number 3 on that list was Up. The best animated movies work on multiple levels, and Up is both a fun movie for kids, and a deeply moving film for adults.

The best movies give you something to talk about, and I have had so many great conversations about Up with the girls. One day Scout asked me why Mr. Fredrickson used a walker in the beginning of the movie. This led to a discussion about symbolism. I didn't have to tell the girls why he used that walker. I asked a few questions and they were able to figure out that the walker was a symbol for giving up, and that by the end of the movie, Mr. Fredrickson didn't need that walker because he had decided to enjoy his life again.

Not bad for a cartoon.

What's your favorite animated movie?

17 comments:

  1. Okay, I've watched that movie a ton of times but I never thought about the walker as a symbol. You are right though. Thanks for teaching me something I didn't notice about one of my favorite movies :)

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    1. I hadn't thought about it until my kids asked. That's one of the great things about Up, it can get kids thinking critically while they're having fun.

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  2. I've still never seen Up but keep meaning to watch it. Hope you had a good time at the conference. :)

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    1. I know people always say, "You have to watch this movie." But seriously, you have to watch this movie.

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  3. Oooh you'd think that you and I were doing the A to Z challenge or something and were on the same wavelength :))

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  4. Up was a great movie. GOod point about the walker as a symbol. That movie did quite a few little things like that.

    Kevin was my kiddo's favourite part. :)

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    1. You're right, so many little things. Put them all together and you've got a classic.

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  5. I'm convinced I need to see this movie. Have no idea why I haven't seen it yet. Everyone says how great it is.

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    1. Uh oh, you and Julie have work to do.

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  6. I think the best animated film that I have ever seen was Persepolis which is about a young girl growing up in Iran during the 1970s and 1980s during the political strife of that period. It as often heartbreaking but very moving.

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    1. I remember reading about it when it came out, but I haven't seen it. It's going in the Netflix queue.

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  7. What cartoons can teach us. Amazing! Really, my introduction to classical music and opera was through cartoons--and I still love both. And cartoons, of course. ;)

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  8. I haven't seen UP. I started watching it on a plane and then fell asleep :( It seemed fun until I fell asleep :D I liked Happy Feet and Surfs Up. I guess I really like penguins!

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  9. Fantastic movie! My kids loved it, too, and have watched the DVD so much we had to get a new one!
    My personal fav has always been Mulan.

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