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"Up" Wins First Award at Cannes; News Article Roundup

The BBC News reports that Disney/Pixar’s Up has won its first award after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, with Dug the dog taking home the “Palm Dog” for “the best canine performance seen at the event.” The tongue-in-cheek award is an alternative to the festival’s Palm d’Or and is voted on by British film critics, with Dug beating out competitors from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Lars Von Trier’s controversial horror film Antichrist.

Up is also beginning to appear in more mainstream news coverage, including:

  • A design gallery hosted by The New York Times (free registration required), which includes audio commentary by director Pete Docter and production designer Ricky Nierva.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer speaking with Docter about the film, its genesis, and its use of digital 3-D.
  • The Boston Globe speaking with Docter about being able to affect the price of Disney’s stock, in response to earlier reports of financial analysts and retailers expressing concern that Up wouldn’t be able to draw as much in licensing revenue or ticket sales as earlier Pixar movies.

Disney/Pixar’s Up opens on May 29, 2009. Check out Toon Zone News’ coverage of Up at the 2009 New York Comic Con and our roundtable interview with Docter and producer Jonas Rivera.

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