Thursday, May 14, 2009
Up Launches Cannes Film Festival
Pixar's 3D film Up has opened the 62nd Cannes Film Festival - the first time an animation has launched the event. A host of celebrities donned 3D glasses for the film, not in competition, about a curmudgeonly man who ties balloons to his house in order to get airborne. British Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were among those on the red carpet. The festival continues on the French Riviera until 24 May, when the winner of the Palme d'Or will be announced. John Lasseter, Up producer and Pixar co-founder, beamed with delight as he and his colleagues posed on the steps of the Palais des Festivals. "We're just a bunch of animation geeks from northern California on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival," he said. Lasseter and Up director Pete Docter were joined by French singer Charles Aznavour, who voices the lead character in the French version of the film.