This movie deserves every one of the 5 stars that it has been awarded by me simply because it is the perfect Pixar movie. By this I mean that it appeals just as much to adults as it does to children, meaning the whole family can sit down and watch.
The storyline is beautiful. About a small child who is fascinated by the exploring feats of Charles Muntz and dreams of becoming an explorer. He clearly doesn't have many friends and bumps into a young girl with a similar fascination for exploring. Then you get treated to something which left me (a grown man) in floods of tears. A quick 2minute overview of his perfect life with this women, their marriage, her miscarriage then her death. It is so unbelievably sad and although not as emotional for children, it still shows how unlucky this man has been.
So, with an adventure scrap book left behind by his wife, he has the idea of flying to the dream place where him and his wife (Ellie) dreamt of retiring and getting away from angry developers who want to level his house.... By making his house fly with 1000's of helium balloons. It turns out a young scout kid who has been 'bothering' him is on his porch at the time and a huge adventure ensues.
Filled with your typical comical obscure animal type creatures along with an invention that allows dogs to talk, you will be filled with excitement about whats going to happen next. Every time Carl opens Ellie's adventure book you will be flooded with the tragic memories and be set to tears again.
It is a heartwarming story filled with unfortunate tragedy but then with a huge sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.
Buy it and sit down with you kids to watch it. You will all have different points to relate to but I warn you, keep the tissues handy because within the first 10 minutes you will be in tears :).
The Blu-ray picture quality looks absolutely incredible too, which I would never have doubted with Pixar as all their Blu-ray animations are well executed. One part to note is just how incredible and realistic the 1000's of balloons look that make the house fly. As the house takes off in the middle of the city, it looks almost as though you can reach out and grab them.
Incredible story and incredible picture in HD :).