Up (2009) for Rent on DVD and Blu-ray, Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Up is the second Pixar movie (after The Incredibles) to receive a PG rating, mostly due to a few potentially frightening scenes involving a band of trained talking dogs trying to get rid of the protagonists, some moments where characters almost fall from a floating house, and some guns firing. That said, it’s Disney/Pixar, so the violence is mild. Viewers should note that an early wordless sequence follows an emotional and potentially upsetting trajectory that could trigger questions about old age, illness, and death.
There’s some mild peril from thunderstorms hitting the house, and a sad sequence that shows Ellie sick in the hospital and then Carl in a funeral home, surrounded by flowers. Both a real gun and a tranquilizer gun are fired at various characters. A house gets set on fire. Younger kids might be scared by some 3-D images that jump at them from the screen, as well as Muntz’ dogs, which sometimes appear seemingly out of nowhere, growling and angry. Muntz tries to get rid of Carl and Russell, even if it means trying to kill them. One character falls to his death.
Carl and Russell become good friends and teach each other about responsibility, caring for nature, and the movie’s main theme about “the spirit of adventure.” Loyalty, grit, and creative thinking are also themes.
This movie is part of the Disney-Pixar dynasty, with merchandise and other marketing tie-ins associated with the film.
Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
Two adults drink out of champagne flutes.
Not an issue
Depends on your kid and your family
Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it