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In theaters: May 29 Studio: Disney/Pixar Directors: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson Featuring: the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Pixar's 10th full-length film is also the studio's first venture into 3-D, which required some technical adjustments. But it wasn't entirely different from making the previous films, co-director Docter says. "Bob Peterson and I thought about things we've always wanted to animate, and we came up with a grouchy old man, like George Booth's cartoons in The New Yorker. Grouchy old men are really fun; they can afford to be curmudgeons, and you still like them." The grouch here is Carl (Asner), who so desires solitude that he affixes helium balloons to his house and flies away from civilization, bound for the forests of South America. The one flaw in Carl's plan is a talkative stowaway, 8-year-old Russell (Nagai). "It's a rebirth kind of story, like A Christmas Carol," Docter says. "Carl is going through the motions - he's not really alive - and this persistent little kid draws him back in."
For research, Docter and his team were thrilled to get out of Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters: "On Toy Story, we got to go to the toy store. For Monsters, Inc., we talked to some kids and went to the library. But for this one, we had to go to South America. It took us 3 days to get to this place in southern Venezuela, then we hiked in and camped on a tabletop mountain and lived the life Carl and Russell live in the film. It was fantastic."