Pixar devotees eager to get a look at more footage from director Pete Docter’s upcoming buddy adventure toon can catch the new trailer for Up. Slated to soar into theaters on May 29, 2009, the film involves an old man, a young boy and a flying house. Choosing an elderly man as the main protagonist is a gutsy move on the part of Pixar, given the youth-obsessed nature of Hollywood. Watch the trailer below.
Up stars iconic actor Ed Asner as the voice of Carl Frederksen, a 78-year-old man who is about to be evicted from his home when he unleashes a plethora of helium balloons that lift the house off of its foundation and into the sky. Determined to fulfill a dream he shared with his late wife, he sets a course for an exotic, largely uncharted part of Venezuela, where he plans to set the house down and live out the remainder of his life atop a remote plateau. At 30,000 feet in the air, he hears a knock at his door and realizes he has a stowaway. Russel is an eight-year-old boy who has collected every Wilderness Explorer badge except one, the badge for assisting the elderly. Together the two embark on a thrilling adventure and develop an unlikely friendship. The voice cast also includes Christopher Plummer, Delroy Lindo and, of course, John Ratzenbeger.
Docter spoke at Comic-Con over the summer, declaring the Up is the highlight of his career. He previously directed the Pixar hit Monsters, Inc., and served as a writer on Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and WALL’E. Up is largely inspired by Disney’s Nine Old Men, who made Docter realize that senior citizens can be fascinating people with incredible stories to tell.
Co-directed by Bob Peterson, Up is Pixar’s first movie designed for stereoscopic 3-D presentation. Toy Story 3 will also be release in 3-D in 2010, following 3-D re-releases of Toy Story (Oct. 2, 2009) and Toy Story 2 (Feb. 12, 2010).