We saw "Up" tonight. I have been looking forward to it for a long time. The little clips they've been showing for over a year really pull you in. And, it is an excellent movie. Some reviewers touted that it was the best of the year so far and I would agree. The story, the characters, the visual effect of it all - magnificent.

So, critics will have it in their top 10 lists at the end of the year. Allow me to put it in my own special list.

Hmmmm. What other movies would be in this list? I'm thinking, maybe, "Beaches". Yep, and "Brian's Song". "Love Story", maybe? "Driving Miss Daisy"? Are you seeing a theme here?

It's one of the saddest movies I have seen in a long time. That's right - sad. In fact, it's just about tragic at times. That's not to say that there are not funny parts. But, every time I'm ready to sit in for a laugh, they nail me again. I won't go into details because that will spoil the whole movie. And, just because it is sad does not mean it is not good. It is excellent. And Pixar does always have the thoughtful angle in their movies. But, this time, it's a bit more than thoughtful.

Hopefully all of this went way over my kids heads. This is the second Pixar movie in a row that doesn't have the merchandise/marketing appeal because it really doesn't relate much to kids. "Wall-E" was much worse in that respect. And, it was way too preachy and way un-entertaining.

"Up" will be a classic. Just take the Kleenex. And prepare to get all introspective afterwards. I'm hoping I sleep it off.