I made the mistake of popping Pixar’s UP into the DVD player while preparing today’s transmission. I just meant to have it on as background noise while I drew but several times caught myself getting sucked in. It’s such a wonderfully written film, especially the silent sequence near the beginning showing the young married couple growing old happily together despite the downturns life throws at them.

I read on Pixar artist Ronnie Del Carmen’s blog that the character Ellie in Up is among the studio staff’s favorite because she represents the spirit of adventure that is one of the themes of the movie. I can only hope that our Ellie here aspires to that same spirit.

Thanks Pixar!