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Up Movie Analysis
Transcript of Up Movie Analysis
Up Movie Analysis
The film we are studying is called Up, and was produced by Pixar Animation company, in collaboration with Disney.
It was directed by Pete Docter
The Music was composed by Michael Giacchiano
It was orchestrated by Tim Simonec.
It has won an academy award for music, on top of being a great film.
The movie was meant for kids but everyone can enjoy it.
Psycological impacts on the film
When the house with balloons is caught in a huge thunderstorm, the music is loud, frightening and fast, with a panic-inducing feel to it.
It signals the severity of the situation -if the balloons start popping because of the high winds, Mr. Frederickson's house will plummet to the ground and they'll most likely die.
Rapidly changing keys, tempos and rhythms add to the feel.
However, throughout this dialogue eerie, discomforting music plays in the background, telling viewers something unexpected is going to happen, and also explains the body movement of Mr. Frederickson who seems to be more uncomfortable than usual. It reveals that Mr. Frederickson suspects something about the boy leaving, rather than being happy about it.
When Mr. Frederickson tells Russell that he must leave him and get home via bus from South America, Russell is disappointed.
Like all boys, he realizes he can’t change somebody else’s firm thoughts, especially Mr. Frederickson’s, so he packs up and gets ready to leave.
This happens right before Mr. Frederickson discovers he is in South America.
The Main Theme is called "The Married Life"
It has 50's jazzblue style elements as well as romantic-era waltz-like elements.
The music is what holds
this part of the movie together, because
it tells us nothing new is happening and
we’re still watching the couple grow up together. Without the music, the viewer would have to
take a couple of seconds to think about and
analyze the new scene and what it was about,
whereas with music the interpreting is done
for them and they can enjoy the story.
When Carl and Ellie get married, a montage of scenes only 5-10 seconds in length are strung together to show their life together in fast forward.
The same themes are played
throughout, but in different tempos, keys and with different feels to it, almost like variations written by classical composers. For example, the music is very bright and cheerful with a lively tempo when they get married, but slows down significantly
in the end when Ellie dies, even going down an octave from the usual.
Parts of Russel's speech are fitted into small recessions in the music where the soundtrack is less loud, but the speech and music are fitted so seamlessly it is barely noticeable that the music becomes more subdued.
When Mr. Frederickson gets rid of Kevin (the giant bird at paradise falls) by throwing chocolate far away, and gets rid of Dug (the dog) by doing the same with a tennis ball, the music turns intense.
Mr. Frederickson runs as fast as he can through the jungle towing Russell along, and although Mr. Frederickson is eager to get rid of the two unruly creatures,
but Russell notices that Kevin and Dug might not be able to find their way back. He continually insists that they stop already, all throughout very fast, energetic music.
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Saxophone and violin are the most prominent instruments, often used to mimic the voice of an accordion.
The piece is repeated at several times, often for different uses - meeting "Kevin" the bird is an example
It sounds like a mixture of a boy running, then a couple slowly walking,
then at parts it seems like if you are gazing at the sky
The simple, moderate tempo lets the syncopated
+ swinging notes to come out more, reflecting on the movie's innocence
The music has a blues mood that gives a quirkly feeling, allowing the possibilities to be endless.
Little harmony is made up for by having simple bass accompaniment - also reflecting on simplicity
In many films, Music is used to do many things with the setting, such as the location and the time period
Up is definitely no exception.
The jazz-blues mood in the main theme makes us think that the movie takes place in the U.S. during the 40s-60s, however the Accordion music and Bizet's Carmen fantasy could signify this takes place in France
Upon first hearing the music, it was somewhat reminding of music first used in Comedic silent films - like Charlie Chaplin. This however, tended to have more expressive melodies.
Charlie Chaplin had peaked in the 40's, and since this piece is so joyful, it must be after World War II. That is what has led me to conclude it must have taken place around the 50's.
Scene: "Wake up Carl"