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Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see 'Up'
OC Register ^ | June 18, 2009 | ANNIE BURRIS

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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TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bucketlist; dying; hollywood; pixar; up
This story is heartbreaking.
1 posted on 06/19/2009 8:57:08 AM PDT by Scarpetta
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To: Scarpetta

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.)


2 posted on 06/19/2009 9:00:42 AM PDT by kaylar
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To: Scarpetta

Hat’s off to Pixar. Kudos.


3 posted on 06/19/2009 9:01:38 AM PDT by Melas
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To: Melas
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.

Hat’s off to Pixar. Kudos.

Agreed! Good on them!

4 posted on 06/19/2009 9:03:54 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: kaylar

I agree. It was a great movie, and the first 10 minutes was the best.

Nice move by Pixar to do this.


5 posted on 06/19/2009 9:14:11 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Scarpetta

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?


6 posted on 06/19/2009 9:15:17 AM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: icwhatudo

Because they have an obligation to protect their copyrighted materials and IP.


7 posted on 06/19/2009 9:16:34 AM PDT by misterrob (A society that burdens future generations with debt can not be considered moral or just)
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To: whatisthetruth

This one got me going WITT.


8 posted on 06/19/2009 9:24:07 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: misterrob

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?


9 posted on 06/19/2009 9:25:15 AM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: Scarpetta
Very decent thing for Pixar to have done.It's still a very sad story,however.
10 posted on 06/19/2009 9:27:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Scarpetta

I took my 10-year old daughter to see this movie last week. This sad, sad story makes me count my blessings.


11 posted on 06/19/2009 9:33:27 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: icwhatudo
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 don't know about that. Until the general release of a movie on DVD, the copies one might find online tend to be cheap bootleg cam jobs. Sometimes, the DVD sent to reviewers for things like the Oscars makes it online, but those usually have all kinds of junk placed on the video (such as color distortion or text messages) to prevent it from being distributed by pirates.

In other words, before the general release of the DVD, the only way for the girl to see a quality representation of the movie was for the studio to send her one, which they did. Good for Pixar.
12 posted on 06/19/2009 9:35:10 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: Scarpetta

Proof that angels do exist.


13 posted on 06/19/2009 9:48:14 AM PDT by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: Scarpetta
I would love to hear about a final chapter to this sad story, the release of hundreds of colorful balloons at her memorial.
14 posted on 06/19/2009 9:48:59 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: fr_freak

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.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 9:55:24 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Isn't she a little young to be watching Russ Meyer films?

Up (1976, co-written by Roger Ebert)

16 posted on 06/19/2009 9:59:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: icwhatudo
Why would they make a dieing girl wait for a dvd to be flown in?

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.

17 posted on 06/19/2009 9:59:38 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Out of gas become a pill box, Out of ammo become a bunker, Out of hope become a hero.)
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To: Scarpetta
Pixar came to the rescue

Typically pathetic propaganda flourish. The girl died anyway. 

18 posted on 06/19/2009 10:01:04 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (I don't suck the Hollyweird teat.)
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To: max americana

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.


19 posted on 06/19/2009 10:03:10 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Centurion2000

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.


20 posted on 06/19/2009 10:11:19 AM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: Scarpetta

Pixar did the right thing. Kudos.


21 posted on 06/19/2009 10:12:57 AM PDT by b4its2late (I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.)
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To: fr_freak

Agreed that its the only way to see a quality version but as time was the issue here they could have done both. Glad it worked out.


22 posted on 06/19/2009 10:13:51 AM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: All

Folks, could we please give Pixar some credit for doing a very nice thing in a timely manner?

It is about 50 miles from Burbank to Huntington Beach, and they FLEW someone up with a bunch of stuffed characters and the DVD.

Pixar has declined comment, they did NOT do this for gain.

I know they are a bunch of liberals (with the exception of John Ratzenberger) and I cannot bear to think I paid money to see a movie that had Ed Asner in it in any role, but come on.

This wasn’t going to save her life. They didn’t make money off of it. It was a nice thing to do.

Please give it a break.


23 posted on 06/19/2009 10:16:29 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I make a lot of joke comments on threads, but don’t you think you could hold off on the jokes for this one?


24 posted on 06/19/2009 10:17:46 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: icwhatudo

What Pixar did was kind and decent, and much more personal than emailing an IP address to the family.


25 posted on 06/19/2009 10:20:20 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: icwhatudo

In addition to not knowing how to spell “dying” you also don’t understand intellectual property law.

Keeping it short...Pixar did exactly what they should have done in order to accommodate the little girl and to retain their rights to demand payment from customers who see their property.


26 posted on 06/19/2009 10:21:58 AM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: rlmorel

Pixar did a good thing here. They’ve also done rotten things in the past (like denying film rentals of their shorts, before they’d ever made a feature, to someone in a state, who didn’t even work in the government, because of legislation restricting abortions in that state).


27 posted on 06/19/2009 10:22:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: krb

Ouch, the spelling police.

I agree that what Pixar did was great, but the girl was about to die at any moment. I’m sure a link to a copy of the movie could have “found” its way to the family (in addition to the mailed DVD quality copy) just in case she died before the mail arrived.


28 posted on 06/19/2009 10:31:45 AM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: Scarpetta
THanks for posting the story. Nice to know decent folks are still in business.

That said - I saw the movie yesterday. Will not take the grandkids. The movie - IMO - is basiclly an adult movie and only parts are for ‘kids’. The violence is something I have come to expect from Disney.... The Incredibles suffered from the same problem - OK for adults, questionable for 3 & 4 Y/Os.

29 posted on 06/19/2009 10:32:50 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: rlmorel

I’m with you on this....good for PIXAR! I hope I can go see it this weekend...


30 posted on 06/19/2009 10:39:54 AM PDT by shredderman (Living in a Blue State, with a Blue Wife, But I'm Red to the bone.....)
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To: Scarpetta

My son had a liver transplant when he was an infant. Over the course of a few years he had multiple long stays at a hospital in San Francisco.

During one of our stays some of the artists from Pixar came through and visited every child’s room for a short period of time - talking with the kids and drawing for them. We have the 4 cartoons of “Finding Nemo” characters that they drew for us.

They also arranged for “Finding Nemo” to be played on the the televisions in all the rooms. This was when the movie was only playing in theaters. Very nice of them!


31 posted on 06/19/2009 10:49:34 AM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: icwhatudo
I’m sure a link to a copy of the movie could have “found” its way to the family

Unfortunately, if they did that then Pixar would have officially forfeited their copyright rights. Anyone could make a claim on the property then. Pixar would be stupid to have done that.

It's the same thing if I decide I want to print out some Coca-Cola t-shirts for myself. If Coke finds out and they do nothing about it, then they have de facto given up their rights to their trademark. It's just how this stuff works.

the spelling police.

Not really...but some incorrect words are just painful to look at. Dieing is one of those words. Plus since dieing is a real word I figure your browser didn't give you the hint that it was wrong.

32 posted on 06/19/2009 11:07:43 AM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: kaylar

I loved that movie...its cartoon cgaracters had more depth, lova and sincerity that 99.99 % of non-cartoons made in the last ten years.

Whenever I see that a movie is made by Pixar, inevitably it turns out to be wonderful...

Ed


33 posted on 06/19/2009 11:09:48 AM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: Scarpetta

My husband took my 10 yo to see it last week. They both came home exhausted and red-eyed from all the crying they did during the movie. My husband couldn’t even retell the story line without tearing up again.


34 posted on 06/19/2009 11:12:07 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: rlmorel

I second what you said.


35 posted on 06/19/2009 11:34:34 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: rlmorel

“It is about 50 miles from Burbank to Huntington Beach, and they FLEW someone up with a bunch of stuffed characters and the DVD.”

They were probably able to do that faster than it would take me to figure out out to play the movie off the internet. (Okay - but now where to I plug it into the TV so I can see it? Do I have to disconnect the rabbit ears?)


36 posted on 06/19/2009 11:40:03 AM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: Sir_Ed; Retired Greyhound

There were so many nice touches to the film : The way the old man left ‘her chair’, ‘her side of the bed’ , ‘her end of the table’, inviolate, the way he touched the faded outline of her hand on the mailbox and you just know he did that every time he got the mail, the way the nurse’s tag stuck up out of the back of his shirt, the scene at the end when he finally brought himself to look at the rest of the pages in her adventure book...Just a lovely film. Touching, exciting, and funny by turns. I never thought Pixar could top The Incredibles, but I think they may have-and I don’t think they’ll ever top Up (but they’re certainly welcome to try).


37 posted on 06/19/2009 11:47:12 AM PDT by kaylar
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To: max americana
I am not surprised that Pixar would allow this event to happen but what sad timing that the child died 7 hours later.

I think the girl got her wish and finally let herself go.

38 posted on 06/19/2009 11:57:58 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: krb
It's the same thing if I decide I want to print out some Coca-Cola t-shirts for myself.

You're confusing copyright and trademark. You can lose trademark (Coke T-shirts) due to non-enforcement, but copyright (Up!) remains until it expires even if you don't enforce it equally.

39 posted on 06/19/2009 12:11:14 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Cool, thanks for the clarification.


40 posted on 06/19/2009 12:24:51 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: 21twelve

Right...that was what I was thinking. If you don’t have everything set up to watch on your PC (assuming they had a PC that could even handle watching a movie off the Internet...) it could be really be problematic.

Especially for a family under stress with a dying child.


41 posted on 06/19/2009 2:11:16 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: shredderman

Normally, I would never support a movie with Ed Asner.

But in this case I make an exception.


42 posted on 06/19/2009 2:13:59 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: krb

You’re welcome. An addendum though, I believe if you don’t enforce your copyrights, when you finally do you may be looking a less money you can get from the infringer since you have in the past shown your copyright isn’t very valuable to you. But Disney enforces its copyrights, so that’s not an issue here.


43 posted on 06/19/2009 2:34:07 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: beaversmom

The story or the movie?


44 posted on 06/19/2009 4:24:56 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: whatisthetruth

The story—haven’t seen the movie yet.


45 posted on 06/19/2009 4:47:30 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Well there’s no video to watch, but it’s a sad event nonetheless, thanks for the ping, now I’m interested in the movie.


46 posted on 06/19/2009 5:49:00 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: whatisthetruth

Me too—I’ve heard good reviews from a couple of people.


47 posted on 06/19/2009 9:47:21 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Scarpetta

I could have done without reading this. Poor little kid.


48 posted on 06/19/2009 10:27:26 PM PDT by calex59
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To: icwhatudo

Amazing that someone could spin the story this way.


49 posted on 06/20/2009 5:06:43 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: rlmorel

It is about 50 miles from Burbank to Huntington Beach, and they FLEW someone up with a bunch of stuffed characters and the DVD.


Pixar is in Emeryville near Oakland (site of the ice cream parlor in the film) so it’s a bit more than 50 miles. I hope the child got to hug those stuffed toys - since she couldn’t actually see Dug and the dog pack in the film.


50 posted on 06/21/2009 2:35:38 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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