Up to Open Cannes

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Pixar’s next feature, the enchanting-looking Up, is to open the Cannes Film Festival, the first 3D and first animated movie to do so. Thierry Fremaux, the delegate general of the Cannes Film Festival, said it has worked to support animated movies in the past, noting the likes of Waltz with Bashir and Persepolis.

He added: ‘It’s audacious to open the festival with an animated film, but we’re conscious of our duty : it’s by stretching its boundaries that cinema remains universal.’

It’s good and see an about time really, Pixar movies go well beyond the limits of traditional animation, both technically and through the sophistication of the storytelling, so the French should darn well start accepting such brilliance into their culture.

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