On the rare occasion that I watched a Disney movie at my home, I discovered a gem of a film. This animated flick was released in 2009 and is called “UP.” I heard about the movie when it first came out, but all I really knew was the far-fetched element of a house floating around on helium balloons.
Yet this film is so much more! It is fresh and original in a medium where plots have become predictable. It is artistic and yet simple in a medium where special effects often overshadow any meaningful message. It affirms what is good in our world.
Three messages shine through:
- The seemingly ordinary, everyday things we do are ultimately more memorable and important than “the one great adventure” we may be living for or saving up for
- The priority of human connections and doing the right thing
- “A house is just a house”