UP---------------------***1/2 out of ****
Though a little too maturely morose at times and pinch too childish at others, UP is nonetheless the 9th Pixar success in 10 tries by my movie measuring stick. (Sadly, I've never liked MONSTERS, INC. as much as everyone else - I found it too oriented toward little ones and not enough toward grown-ups, a trademark balance Pixar Films usually nails with ease but misses again here in my opinion, if only slightly.)
The film's general success is due in greatest part by magnificent voice-over work by Ed Asner in the lead role and the most stunning, rubber-and-model-looking animation the studio has thus far ever offered (...even moreso than CARS, their previous such height of physical work in my eyes.) Add good, villainous voice over work by Christopher Plummer as Asner's foil, a lovely score and yet another lump throat, heartwarming Pixar ending, and it's all well worth the price of admission if you ask me, despite it's (slight) tonal failings.
Like last year's WALL-E, I think UP is very good but being over-rated overall (I found several elements of WALL-E truly odd), however I also think many reviewers are failing to recognize UP's physical brilliance.
For me, FINDING NEMO, TOY STORY, THE INCREDIBLES, CARS and RATATOUILLE are all still preferred Pixar works, but like WALL-E, A BUG'S LIFE, and TOY STORY 2, I can still thoroughly recommend the picture overall.