The press was treated to an early look at Up at the New York Comic Con with 45 minutes introduced by director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera.
The press’ reaction? Yet another hit from Pixar! Although they say the style is completely different than that of WALL•E and Ratatouille for example, it’s still another great story. It’s defnitely magical and tear jerking but wackier than most of Pixar’s movies (and that’s saying something!)
Here are a few stats Cinematical shared:
• Up will run for about 87 minutes.
• Pete Docter was imspired by Hayao Miyazaki, The Muppets and classic Disney (Dumbo, Peter Pan), what a range!
• This is the fist time Pixar has had this much animation to share this early.
Cinematical says that even though the movie had a temp score and unfinished animation, it still looked amazing and charming. They also noted that Carl Fredricksen may be one of Pixar’s most sincere characters ever. With Pixar’s track record, that’s a huge statement!
Read the full article (contains minor spoilers) here.
Coming Soon also showed up at the press only screening. They said that the footage looked amazing and that the score drives the picture very well. Pete Docter also promised that the action ramps up after the preview ended.
If you would like to read the first 45 minutes of Up in a spoilerific post, be my guest, but remember, major spoilers lie ahead. The post from ComingSoon.net can be found here.
Exclaim! has a squeky clean post for those who would like to watch Up fresh. They reassure us hat Up will most definitely not be a flop and that the footage left them wanting to know what happens next. Clcik here to read on.
Note: As I write this (2:30 PM EST), Pete Docter is having his Up presenation at the New York Comic Con, so I’ll make updates of what fans thought when the coverage shows up. And don’t forget, if you are there and reading the blog on a mobile device, get in line as soon as possible for the 50 minute preview screening happening at the IGN Theater starting at 6:30 PM.
Update: The public was shown 5 separate clips of Up at the Disney panel. IGN has a quick wrap-up of the clips shown in their article.
P.S. The Up 50 minute screening has just started (6:30 PM EST), awaiting reactions…
Update 2: FirstShowing.net attended the 45 minute (previously reported as 50 minute) screening of Up and loved the movie. They say that the one thing you can expect from this film is that same magical feeling the other Pixar films have and that it’s something you have to watch to believe. In between all the praise, First Showing talks about the other two characters on the poster, Dug and Kevin. This post has a few spoilers, so read with caution.
Note 2: Since the 45 minutes the press saw did not differ from the footage the public saw, I will not make a follow up post, instead I will update here if need be.
Consensus so far: Yet another hit from Pixar Animation Studios, expect the unnexpected.