Disney/Pixar’s Up takes over four months to get to UK

Why is Pixar’s latest, Up, taking so long to get a British release?

Pixar's Up

One of the most refreshing offshoots off the Internet world when it comes to movies has been to close the gap between the release of a film in one country, and its unveiling in another. Now, studios are far more inclined to have a worldwide rollout out of a movie, with it opening within days in most main territories across the world.

Sadly, though, that doesn’t apply to Disney/Pixar.

Last year, the UK hads to wait a couple of extra months to find out what all the fuss was about with Wall-E, and we also only got Bolt two months after it had made its US bow. Granted, in both cases the films were worth waiting for, but it’s frustrating nonetheless.

In the case of the fascinating-looking Up, however, it looks like things are about to get worse. For the UK release date of the film has been earmarked for 16th October 2009.

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To put that in some kind of context, it premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on 13th May, before opening in the USA on 29th May (curiously, a day after it’s opened in New Zealand and Russia). But then it’s four and a half months later before it arrives in Britain! Even taking into account the differing school holiday times, that’s plain crazy.

The only thing we can think of is that Disney wants the film out when the kids are off school, and that Ice Age 3 and Harry Potter will be duking it out for the family pound in late July and August. But then this isn’t some pretender to the throne: this is Pixar, the firm that has arguably created the most striking and innovative family entertainment we’re seeing on the big screen!

It’s a real pity. We’re convinced that both Wall-E and Bolt would have found an audience if they’d been released in line with the rest of the world, and it’s just a shame that by the time the US is getting to preorder the film Up on DVD, the UK will be gearing up for the cinematic unveiling.