Pixar has whetted the appetite of fans at Comi-Con 2008 with a quirky teaser trailer for its upcoming animation, Up. Interestingly, the hero of the movie is a 78-year-old man named Carl Fredricksen! Maybe Hollywood is learning from the fashion industry and its recent trend of using seniors as models?
Pixar has previously said of Fredricksen, â€œOur hero travels the globe, fights beasts and villains and eats dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon.â€
The official plot of Up goes like this, â€œThe hero of the film is a 78-year-old man named Carl Fredricksen, who walks around hunched over with a tripod cane. When he was a kid he met a girl named Ellie, who grew up in small midwestern town. The two fell in love and eventually got married. Her dream was always to explore the world and visit paradise falls, but as usually happens, life got in the way. They were never able to make good on their promise, and Ellie eventually passed away. Now Carl is a widower living alone in his small home. Developers are threatening to move him into an old folks home.â€
I think this unusual portrayal of a very old man as the main character in a big budget movie is awesome. It goes to show that you can never be too old for an adventure.
The Disney/Pixar movie is slated to come out May 2009.
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