AFI Movie Club: UP – American Film Institute
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AFI Movie Club: UP

The hit film UP chronicles the poignant story of Carl Fredricksenan aging widower who attempts to fulfill his late wife Ellie’s dream to travel to the beautiful South American destination of Paradise Falls. The movie, which features the vocal talents of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and newcomer Jordan Nagai as Pixar’s first lead Asian character, was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2009, recognizing it as one of the 10 most outstanding films of the year. 


DID YOU KNOW? UP was Pixar’s first film produced and releasein 3D. 

DID YOU KNOW? UP was the first animated film – and 3D film – to open the Cannes Film Festival. 

DID YOU KNOW? UP is one of only nine films to win a Grammy®, Golden Globe and an Academy Award® for Best Musical Score. Other titles include STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE and E.T.: EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – both of which appear on AFI’s list of the best film scores. 

DID YOU KNOW? Carl is voiced by screen legend Ed Asner. Now 91 years old, Asner boasts countless roles on the big and small screens – perhaps most notably as Mary Richards’ cantankerous boss, Lou Grant, on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW! 

DID YOU KNOW? John Ratzenberger has voiced a character in every Pixar feature film since TOY STORY. He shows up as “Tom the construction worker” in UP, but audiences may also recognize his voice as postal worker Cliff Clavin from TV’s CHEERS.  

DID YOU KNOW? References to other Pixar titles are interspersed throughout each of its films. You can see the Pizza Planet truck from the TOY STORY films throughout UP and the tree from A BUG’S LIFE is in the opening montage. 

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Discussion Questions

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  • What is your favorite animated movie? 
  • What is your favorite Pixar film? 
  • What is it that makes Pixar films so special? 
  • How did the film’s opening make you feel? 
  • What role does Carl’s tragedy play in his story? Why is it important to see how his life unfolded before the events of UP? 
  • At what point does Carl change from an isolated old man to a compassionate and engaged hero? 
  • Carl does not cut the figure of a typical “matinee idol” adventure hero. What other unconventional heroes come to mind in Hollywood? 
  • How would you rate UP? 


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