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First Reaction: Pixars Up

Last night, was invited to take a look at 45 (well, 47.16 to be exact) minutes of Pixar’s latest, Up, in Los Angeles.

Directed by Monsters Inc’s Pete Docter, Up follows retired balloon salesman and all-round crank Carl Fredricksen as embarks on the sort of adventure he’s never gotten the chance to live before.

What we got to see comprised an almost completed version of the movie’s first 45 minutes – some of the music was temp, the rest was Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score. And some of the sound needed tweaking.

Plus, while the final version of the film will be in 3D, we saw the current working print, which had yet to be converted.

Things don’t quite go to plan for Carl as along for the ride is Russell, an overly eager eight-year-old wilderness ranger who just wants to help – and earn his latest badge.

When the two land in South America, they meet an odd bird that Russell names Kevin and a dog with a very special collar, about whom we’ll say nothing for fear of spoiling one of the footage’s greatest gags.

Up looks like another marvel from the Emeryville bunch – now what we want is to see the rest of it. Get a move on, Pixar bods!