Is it just me or was this movie one giant tribute to Hayao Miyazaki? While I was watching it, I was constantly thinking, “That is totally something he would do.” We all know that Pixar looks up to Studio Ghibli, especially John Lasseter. Plus a few Pixarians have been in charge of the dubbing of his movies into English.
Miyazaki is obsessed with flying machines. And it doesn’t even have to be your standard airplane. (Though his obsession stems from his dad building airplanes). The concept of using balloons to fly a house wouldn’t too far fetched for him to use.
[spoil]Dogs flying airplanes. Miyazaki made a whole movie about a pig who flies a plane. This isn’t too far off.[/spoil]
The amount of action in this movie was comparable to the action in his films, especially ones like Princess Mononoke. Real life threatening situations, a genuinely threatening villain, and even the use of [spoil]blood[/spoil].
Yeah, I know I’ve heard lots of times of much JL looks up to Miyazaki, but I’ve only ever seen one or two of his films (Spirited Away I love). It makes sense, but really there’s never been anything like Up before, it’s so original. That’s just me though
They really do have fantastic storytelling and animation values, even if you’re no fan of anime you may enjoy them. (I know several people who have utter disdain for Japanese animation but still like his movies)