|Carl horrified by Ellie's Cavalier Treatment of Library Books|
Ellie: "I ripped this right outta of a library book!" <Carl gasps in horror>
Ellie: "You know, you don't talk very much... I like you!"
In 2009, Disney and Pixar produced Up, a computer animated film which received both critical and popular acclaim. What sets this particular Disney feature apart from its predecessors (and anything that the Mouse-kateers have produced since) is that the film makes an artistic statement. Up opens with the 10 minute love story of Ellie and Carl which sets both the setting for the main character and the themes for the film. For me, perhaps like most, what always stands out about Up are those first ten minutes and how they tie so beautifully into the rest of the narrative. My favorite scene in the entire film comes with a very shy young Carl meets a brash and loud Ellie. As Little Carl runs down the street he hears Ellie barking orders at her Gerbil inside an abandoned house. Curiosity gets the best of the Young Man so he quietly approaches Ellie, noting she, like himself, happens to be a fan of the World Famous Explorer Charles Munz. Then Ellie notices Quiet Carl and barks at him asking if he believes himself fit to join her club. Poor Carl isn't sure whether to be fascinated or horrified ...or both. But Ellie means well and when she notices her new buddy's uncertainty she softens her voice, takes off her goggles, gives him a smile, and pins a bottle cap to his shirt saying: "Hey, I don't bite. You and me, we're in a club now." Then Old Ellie takes Carl by the hand to find his lost balloon, causes him to break his arm, and later sneaks into his bedroom at night to show him her "Livre D'Adventures" (something she'd never shown anyone in her "entire life!") As Ellie leaves she tells Carl: "You know, you don't talk very much...I like you!"