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Up with Pixar

Emeryville animators' latest picture takes it up a notch—in three dimensions.


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It seems that the filmmaking wizards at Pixar Animation Studios raise the standards on cutting-edge technology and classic storytelling with each release. Their latest is no exception—just ask the directors of the Cannes Film Festival, who selected Up as the first animated feature ever to open the famed fest on May 13.

Up follows the adventures of a 78-year-old man and his eight-year-old sidekick on a King Kong–style adventure through mountaintop jungles in South America. As Pixar’s first 3-D release, Up should be the Emeryville studio’s most visually stunning film yet—and producers have been consulting with Oakland’s Blind Babies Foundation to improve a descriptive narrative audio track so that visually impaired fans can enjoy the film as well.

In October and February, the studio will release 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, before Toy Story 3 hits theaters next summer. Meanwhile, sci-fi fans were thrilled to hear that Berkeley author Michael Chabon has been hired to write the final screenplay of Pixar’s first live-action movie. Planned for a 2012 release, John Carter of Mars will be helmed by WALL-E director Andrew Stanton.

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