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Postby wannabechef91 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:36 am

"Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy" Can't wait for this!!! I wonder what was he doing before he met Carl, Russell, & Kevin?

I can smell youuuu...

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Postby Jackalope » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:44 pm

This is gonna be awesome!
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Postby karly05 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:57 pm

I love Dug, and I think this is a great idea. One of the things I really loved about how they presented his character in Up was... [spoil]They let us meet Dug without telling us his backstory. We hear that he's a great tracker, and his pack has sent him on a special mission - he is obviously very important! Only after that, in the scene with Alpha, Beta & Gamma, do we learn that Dug is the laughingstock, and Alpha has sent him off on a "fool's errand." Dug's line about how he will bring back the bird "and then you will like me" steps awfully close to the point of pathos/pity. We want to like Dug because he's cute and funny and lovable, not be manipulated into liking him because we feel sorry for him. I just think it's great they let us meet him and fall in love with him before we know all about his place in the pack.[/spoil]

That said, now that we know him from the movie, it's going to be fun to see the backstory. I hope they address the comment from the Alpha/Beta/Gamma scene about how [spoil]Muntz is going to be mad that they sent Dug out by himself. I'm guessing there's an overall rule that no dog goes out alone, because it's too dangerous, and Muntz, for all his faults, actually does care about the dogs.[/spoil]
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Postby Majesticstorm » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:57 am

looking forward to it. -Squirrel- :lol:
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Postby ffdude1906 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:12 am

They released a preview of the short today, (as well as showing the full short at the Ottowa Film Festival, I think Haunt got to watch it, lucky!), here's the link.

http://www.moviefone.com/movie/up/30386 ... 4027784001

It's pretty amusing to say the least. Some of Alpha's lines are a bit recycled, and his expressions seem a bit dramatic, but it's great so far. Doesn't give much away either, I'm really excited to see the whole thing. :D

One thing I noticed though, there's a plot inconsistency (even from the clip shown). [spoil]Alpha's voice shouldn't be high-pitched in the short. The short takes place before Dug meets Carl and Russell, and Beta, Gamma, and Dug don't notice Alpha's voice change until AFTER Dug has met Carl and Russell, Alpha even talks to Dug while he's with them and Dug says, surprised "Hi Alpha, hey your voice sounds funny!" which assumes that Alpha's collar malfunction is recent. Beta and Gamma are also surprised to hear his voice like that in the same scene, moments ago.[/spoil]

Just an interesting thing I noticed.
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Postby Haunt » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:43 pm

I did see it, and it was absurdly hilarious. That's all I'll say until the rest of you see it. Not too long really. :D

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Postby Mykonos_Fan » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:22 pm

Would the clip happen to be anywhere else?

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Postby lizardgirl » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:10 pm

Speak for yourself, Haunt. :P Though I am tempted to watch the preview, I think I'll wait until the DVD is released. I am very curious as to what exactly Dug's 'special mission' is, though.
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Postby karly05 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:30 pm

Oh, my gosh, I was laughing out loud at the clip! Dug is so adorable. I hadn't thought about it, but ffdude's comment about the plot inconsistency is right. [spoil]Although - ok, correct me if I'm misremembering, but Muntz reacts to Alpha's funny voice as if it's happened before - oh, it's that loose wire again - although maybe Alpha's collar malfunctions have been different before, wrong language, slowed-down speech, etc., and the squeaky voice is a new one.[/spoil]
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Postby ffdude1906 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:31 pm

Yeah, thanks for pointing that out karly, I did remember that, but probably should have posted it. Regardless, I think it's excusable for the most part, it's a comical thing, no biggie. ;)
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Postby karly05 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:47 am

LOL, this is the fun of seeing the movie something like 8 or 50 times: The filmmakers [spoil]give Alpha his squeaky voice in the short because it's a funny gag (and casual viewers probably expect it), but then the serious fans realize that (as ffdude points out) Alpha shouldn't have the squeaky voice in the short, because Dug and the others reacted to it later in the timeline as if they hadn't heard it before. Then we get to make up explanations for why Muntz knows the collar has been malfunctioning but the other dogs haven't heard Alpha's funny voice till now.[/spoil] It's stuff like this that makes Fandom fun! :)
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Postby ffdude1906 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:39 am

Don't forget being a nerd! :P I actually mentioned the inconsistency to Ronnie Del Carmen, who actually directed the short, I think he might have been a bit put off by it O.o but he never responded. Then again, not too many Pixarians have been responding to me too often, but a few do every once in a while (and it's awesome! :D )

But yeah, some people look at us about this stuff and are like "what a nerd, who cares!" I'm just like, whatever, miss out on the nerd-fun. It's more fun without those people anyway! :D

So, I wonder what other hilarity shall ensue for Dug and the pack,... Hmmm,...
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Postby karly05 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:55 pm

ffdude1906 wrote:I'm just like, whatever, miss out on the nerd-fun.


I like your philosophy. :) Actually, that would make a great sig line!
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Postby Mykonos_Fan » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:36 pm

Just thought I'd say that it'll be hard for you guys to find disappointment with this short, it has a very sweet "Awwwww" ending.
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Postby karly05 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:42 am

This was so cute... and a lot more "awwww" than I expected, even after what Mykonos_Fan said. Dug is so lovable, they really could just keep going with more shorts built around him.
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