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Pixar rocks

You will cry reading this story.

NOTE: There are possible Up SPOILERS in the quoted material below, but I'm not cutting them away. Read at peril.

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.

With her daughter’s vigil planned for Friday, Lisa Curtin reflected about how grateful she is that Pixar – and "Up" – were a part of her only child’s last day.

“When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,” said Curtin, 46. “I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.”

Pixar officials declined to comment on the story or name the employees involved.
The rest of the article talks about this little girl and the quest to get her to see the movie before she died. “Do you think you can hang on?” Colby’s mother said. “I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied.

This is the part that just kills me.
Among the Up memorabilia the employee gave Colby was an “adventure book” – a scrap book the main character’s wife used to chronicle her journeys.

"I’ll have to fill those adventures in for her,” Lisa Curtin said.

Yay Pixar!!


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Jun. 19th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I saw this earlier this morning and I wept for about five minutes after reading it.

I loved Pixar before but now it's off the charts.

And the last part about the adventure book just kills me too. I'm sitting here tearing up again just thinking about it.
Jun. 19th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
oh, what a beautiful story. thank you so much for shraing it!
Jun. 19th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, you were right.

Jun. 19th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful yet sad story. Pixar did such a great thing for a little angel.

I saw the trailer for this in the theater with the grandkids and we want to see it. I may have to just make room to take them after this.
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