Cannes Chooses "Up" as First Ever Animated Opening Film


Disney/Pixar's Up has been chosen by this year's Cannes film festival to be their Opening Ceremony film. It marks the first time an animated film is bestowed with this very prestigious honor, no doubt the result of Pixar's great achievements over the years.

It's also the first 3-D movie to open the esteemed festival, but really, who cares about that.

Pixar co-founder and Disney CCO John Lasseter released the following statement:

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Cannes Film Festival has chosen ‘UP’ to be its prestigious opening night offering.  This is a huge step for animation, and further supports our belief that a great animated film is simply a great film.  Pete Docter, the director of 'UP,' and the amazing team of artists, animators, technicians, and storytellers at Pixar have worked so hard to create a great motion picture that is impressively fresh, funny, and powerfully emotional.”

Other animated films that have been chosen as Official Selection for Cannes are Dumbo (1947), The Fantastic Planet (1973), Fritz the Cat (1974), Shrek (2001), The Triplets of Bellville (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), Over the Hedge (2006), Kung-Fu Panda (2008) and Waltz with Bashir (2008).

Up will be released in the United States on Friday, May 29th and in France on July 29th.

The Festival de Cannes runs from Wednesday May 13th to Sunday 24th of May, 2009.

Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for


New Reviews