A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this computer-animated adventure scripted by Pixar veteran Bob Peterson and co-directed by Peterson and Monsters, Inc. director Peter Docter. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocks his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn't alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russell. Later, as the house touches down on the world's second largest continent, Carl and his unlikely traveling companion step outside to discover that not only is their new front lawn considerably larger, but that the predators therein are much more ferocious than anything they ever faced back home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I'm not really sure who the target audience was for this movie, and I don't see why it received all the accolades. As usual for Pixar, the animation is very impressive. However the story mainly focused on the themes of death, human mortality, and loneliness of the elderly which to me would make it unsuitable (and probably upsetting) for a very young audience. Meanwhile, the tone made it seem as if the film was aimed at a very young audience. Maybe it would make a good educational film for parents trying to explain what grandpa is going through after the death of grandma, or to help explain the idea of death in general. In that context, I can at least see a positive use for the film. However, don't rent it expecting to feel entertained or uplifted if you're an adult.