I sat down to watch this with very high exceptions. Mostly because all our friends had said it was very good (Gabe has it as one of his top favorite animations; that says something). I wasn’t expecting what I saw, but I loved it greatly.
There were a lot of things I liked about this movie: the beautiful relationship of Ellie and Carl. The balloons. The talking dogs that still act like dogs (and don’t have their mouths moving looking ridiculous). The floating house. The whole things, basically.
I wasn’t very thrilled with some of the style in the animation. Carl and his ‘squareish’ theme seemed over-done. The bird’s head looked too animated and unrealistic to be taken that seriously. And I wish Russel wasn’t so fat. But that’s about it.
I really liked Carl and Ellie’s house. It was very cute and quaint. I kinda liked all the wild colors they used on the outside. I liked seeing them grow old in the same house, never moving or leaving it.
Also, Dug is one my most favorite dog characters ever. Right up there with Pongo, Pluto, Lady and Tramp.