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Idea: 'Up' - ideas for a fan edit sought....

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I never really cared for the Pixar film ‘Up’.
I realize it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won 2, but re-watching it tonight I realized what is wrong: The first 11 minutes.

The beginning is completely unnecessary and a real downer from which the movie never recovers. Cut it.

You’d start with a grumpy old man, living alone. Within the first few minutes of that you would easily deduce he lost his wife, you’d also see he is in danger of losing his house, to which he is obviously attached. It’s weighty enough and covers all the information needed.

Some of the opening scenes could be cut in later as flashbacks where needed to fill in backstory.
What we don’t need is to sit through his drab little life on fast forward and the sad conclusion of his relationship with his wife. It puts a cloud over the rest of the film.

I haven’t done a true fanedit in years… but what do you guys think?

Dr. M

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Sounds like a good idea. Any update on this?

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I appreciate different ideas and takes on things, but I think you’re missing literally the WHOLE POINT of the movie lol. Carl loses his sense of wonder and adventure with his wife passing. He wants to honor her and the adventures they didn’t get to go on by moving the house. It was later that he realized that his life with her was his greatest adventure and she tells him to keep having them, in the book. His loss and jaded approach contrasts with Russell who is young, naive and looking for adventure on his own. Basically, by lessening the wife’s role, you kind of take away how she’s the catalyst for the entire movie. It’s like taking Leia out of Star Wars. She’s the glue that brings them altogether as the wife and her passing brings Carl and Russell together on the adventure.

Sorry. You tackle your vision. I just feel that if you’re feeling down during the beginning, then Pixar did exactly what they were aiming for…helping you relate to the character. You know he’s hurt and sad, not just an a**hole.

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Totally agree with musiced921, you cannot cut the beginning, it’s what makes the movie so great.

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Yeah, that’s like…the part of the movie that most people love most, remember best, cry over, etc.