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Script to Screen - Pixar's 'Up' Intro


For many of you, myself included, seeing Up in theaters was a delightfully fun, heartwarming experience.

Except the intro.

Never have I been subjected to big ugly tears as quickly as I was during the first 10 minutes of that movie. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THE CHARACTERS, THEY WERE MADE UP OF POLYGONS, AND YET HERE I WAS CRYING IN THE DARK DANG THEATER OVER ANIMATED PEOPLE. 

It seems appropriate to continue on the theme of wordless storytelling after my review of A Quiet Place. The fine folks at Pixar are absolute masters of showing a story rather than telling it. And so follows one of the most effective introductions to a character you're likely to see without hearing them say a word. 

Fellow writers take note, there's some wonderful stuff you can suggest here that you would normally be told are screenplay no-no's. "Oh well; Ellie adds her handprint as well." "Carl closes his eyes and smiles. He's lucky to be with her." "Without looking up from their books, they hold hands." I can't tell you how many times during school I was told not to write in this fashion, and as the years have gone by I've seen just how effective it is to express the world to your reader. 

Also sorry about ruining your morning. I'll make it up to you with the psychodelic tripping scene from Pixar's The Good Dinosaur.