Frankly, when my son asked me to see it with him, I agreed reluctantly. As he later reminded me, Pixar movies usually are better than you'd guess.
The animation was as good as I expected. Yet, the 3-D effects were the best I've seen, because it seemed real and natural, rather than a gimmick.
On the surface, this adventure comedy is about an old-man trying to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Then soon after setting-out, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since a
wilderness explorer — 70 years his junior — has somehow become a
stowaway on the trip.
The story and underlying message were good and uplifting. And not just because the old-man choice of transportation was to tie thousands of balloons to his home.
It is worth the few extra dollars to see this in 3-D.