Pixar’s Up might get the critics drooling but for Critic After Dark Noel Vera, it’s Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo or even Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers that that either tug the heartstrings or set the adrenaline pumping.

Far as I can see Pixar’s Up (Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, 2009) is very in with critics (Liza Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly says it’s a “lovely, thoughtful and, yes, uplifting adventure;” Richard Corliss of Time Magazine calls it Pixar’s “most deeply emotional and affecting work;” heavyweight film critic Roger Ebert declares it “another masterwork from Pixar, which is leading the charge in modern animation”), and most audiences too ($288 million in US boxoffice receipts as of this writing, with another hundred million in foreign receipts – cream off the top, in effect).

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