Director: Pete Docter
Stars: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson

After making eight movies, all of them being unbelievably successful, Pixar aimed even higher with Up. You kno what we're talking about. C'mon. Don't make us do this (we'll cry). Do we really have to talk about the most heartbreaking animated montage in film history? The one where the young couple finds out that they can't conceive?

Sorry. Just give us a moment. OK.

Carl, a retired balloon salesman, ties thousands of balloons to his house to fulfill his and his late wife's wish to travel to South America. Except, a boy scout and a dog get in his way of being alone. The animation is colorful and beautiful, just like its message of second chances and not letting anything hold you down. (See what we did there?)

But, ultimately, the rest of the film feels rather rote compared to the brilliantly executed montage of the Carl and his wife's relationship. That's what keeps Up from being truly great. —TA