10. Up
I know there’s a kid’s movie in here somewhere—my 6-year-old says so—but it takes a good 20 minutes to find it. That’s how long it is till Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) lets loose with the balloons and winds up in South America, where he confronts a hero-turned-villain—the stuff of every great cartoon, including every one of Pixar’s previous. But, first, the wind-up: a nearly wordless love story in which little kids Carl and Ellie meet cute and grow up and marry and suffer heartbreak (she can’t have kids!) and smile through each defeat with grace and grow old till—oh, no—Ellie’s dead. And then the old man lugs over his slumped shoulders every single memory, literally, till at last the burden is eased by another who has been abandoned. Pretty mature stuff. (RW)

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