Pete Docter talks about the intro to Up: “It’s the scene that we did best. I’m very proud of it”

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Pete Docter talks about the intro to Up: "This is the scene that we have done the best.  I'm very proud of it"

Carl and Ellie’s married life is one of Pixar’s most emotional sequences.

M6 will offer a double dose of animation, this evening, by rebroadcasting up therethen Wreck-It Ralph. These two Disney studio productions were well received by First when they leave. Especially the film by Peter Docter and Bob Peterson made for Pixar in 2009. Screened at Cannes, it had moved the editorial staff from its introduction, which summarizes the love life of Carl and his wife Ellie, from their meeting as a child until the death of the wife. A compendium of sad moments and moments of joy, punctuated by the captivating music of Michael Giacchino, which will push this elderly hero to go on an adventure.

Met at the time to talk about this ambitious project in Firstthe co-director of up there, Peter Docter, who has since become one of the studio bosses, explained that it was the scene of which he was most proud. However, he admitted a few moments later to being eternally dissatisfied. Here is an excerpt from this interview signed by Véronique Le Bris in n°389 (July 2009 with Johnny Depp on the cover).

The moving intro to Up, from the storyboard to the film

What part of the film are you most satisfied with?

Honestly, I’m pretty happy with it overall. But the sequence we call between us “Carl’s Married Life”, where we explain his relationship with Ellie, his wife, where we look back on their past, is the one we have done best. I’m very proud of it.

And the one that you would gladly retouch?

The rest ! (Laughs.) I know there could have been a way to make certain scenes from Carl and Russell’s journey even more effective. When I make a film, I imagine that I watch it with the possibility of pressing a button ” pause “ and saying to myself: “What’s next?” » And I dream that my neighbors in the room answer me: “I have no idea, but quickly press the play button. » I took notes along these lines during the Cannes screening…

When do you consider a film finished?

When it finally slips out of my brain. John Lasseter says: “We never finish our films, we release them in theaters, that’s all! »

It has been said a lot that Up was a risky bet. How is it, in your opinion?

We were told that taking on an old man as a hero, killing his wife almost live was dangerous. But the story needed it. We weren’t specifically looking to break the pre-established rules. I also find that there should be more old people in the films: they are the ones who have lived the longest and who have the most things to tell. I’m going to suggest to Hollywood that, from now on, all heroes should be at least 70 years old!

Up there takes us for 1h35 of happiness [critique]

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