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Up

I touched upon some publicity for the Pixar film “Up” earlier in the month. (They will always be “Pixar films” to me, no matter who owns Pixar.)

Tonight I saw the film, at a “Friends and Family” pre-release screening at Pixar’s theater in Emeryville. We then toured a gallery on the “East Side” of Pixar’s second floor to view sketches, paintings, digital art, clay sculptures, and models for “Up,” as we have done for every release from “Monsters, Inc.” onward.

Since “Up” has not yet been released, I will say nothing about it, other than that you should see it. We did not see “Up” in 3D, and we saw it in a theater filled largely with adults. It would be fun to see it in a theater with children.

In talking with my longtime friend at Pixar (and former coworker elsewhere), I learned that some reviewers have already written reviews that give away most aspects of the plot. If you are a reader who likes to “jump ahead” to read the last page of a novel just to see how it ends, before you finish the book, by all means read one of those “giveaway” reviews of “Up.”

Not me.

I like surprises.

See the movie and enjoy!

As for critics, I tend to agree with Teddy Roosevelt‘s quotation on the subject (of which I have seen several versions):

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

(From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910)

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