Skip to comments.Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see 'Up'
Posted on 06/19/2009 8:57:07 AM PDT by Scarpetta
HUNTINGTON BEACH Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing a movie.
From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.
After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.
The animated movie begins with scenes showing the evolution of a relationship between a husband and wife. After losing his wife in old age, the now grumpy man deals with his loss by attaching thousands of balloons to his house, flying into the sky, and going on an adventure with a little boy.
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.
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Good job, Pixar.( BTW, the movie is one of the finest I’ve seen in a long time-the first 10 minutes would make an excellent standalone short.)
Hat’s off to Pixar. Kudos.
Hats off to Pixar. Kudos.
Agreed! Good on them!
I agree. It was a great movie, and the first 10 minutes was the best.
Nice move by Pixar to do this.
Why would they make a dieing girl wait for a dvd to be flown in? UP has been available online since the day it was released. Luckily it got there in time (she died only hours later???-sad. Are the studios that obsessed with fighting online copies that they couldn’t just give them the website?
Because they have an obligation to protect their copyrighted materials and IP.
This one got me going WITT.
It was a dieing girls last wish. Telling her family the movie website that already has multiple copies of “UP” certainly would not have hurt the company. Protecting their IP? Not sure how sending them to a site that has nothing to do with the studio, that already has multiple copies of the movie, will hurt their IP.
I understand the studio wanting to protect its copyrights, but cmon...the girl is going to die any moment and them the site that millions of people already know about?
I took my 10-year old daughter to see this movie last week. This sad, sad story makes me count my blessings.
Proof that angels do exist.
Well said, frf. The copies that the other Freeper mentioned are cam versions and not even an R5’ nor a screener’ which is the earliest pre-DVD versions available. Not worth to “hide the IP”. This is akin to knowing you 24 hours to live and you rob a bank.
I am not surprised that Pixar would allow this event to happen but what sad timing that the child died 7 hours later.
Up (1976, co-written by Roger Ebert)
Think of it this way. Rather than having a cheap bootleg internet copy they HAND-delivered a professional DVD copy for her to watch.
I give them kudos for personal attention they gave her wish.
It's one thing to redirect someone to a web page, it's much more personal to deliver it to their hands by a guy flying cross country.
Typically pathetic propaganda flourish. The girl died anyway.
Maybe she went out with a smile and some nice thoughts.
Sigh. So young, and the movie meant so much to her.
At least Pixar did it.
I agree with you that sending the DVD copy is better than a poor quality online version, but time was the issue here-she was going to die at any moment and it was her last wish. She was desperate to see the movie, not desperate to have dolby surround sound.
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