Pixar Grants Girl’s Dying Wish To See ‘Up’

Just got a little dusty in here:

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.

  • Rampage_Rick

    I’ve always thought highly of Pixar, and this just reinforces it. Reading the play-by-play from the original article could almost bring you to tears.

    I’ve never been disappointed with any Pixar releases. I have yet to see Up, but at this point my favorite full-length feature is Wall-E. My daughter is probably mad at me for hogging it, as I’ve watched it at least 5 times in the past month.

    My favorite short is definitely Presto (which happens to be on the Wall-E DVD) I’ve watched Presto well over a dozen times, and I will always crack up. I’m amazed that despite it being only a few minutes long, I’ll notice yet another intricate detail upon each viewing.

    I also own v.1 of the Pixar Shorts on Blu-ray, which covers everything up ’til 2006. At this rate I’ll have to wait some time for the v.2 collection…

  • McGee

    I’ve never been disappointed with any Pixar releases. I have yet to see Up, but at this point my favorite full-length feature is Wall-E. My daughter is probably mad at me for hogging it, as I’ve watched it at least 5 times in the past month.

    Weird, because I’ve never been MORE disappointed in a Pixar release than I was when I saw Wall-E.

  • Pixar is a class act. Sure they got good PR for this, but they didn’t need it as Up is amazing and is getting great reviews. I can’t shake this story. It’s so sad and tragic. I’m happy that Pixar fulfilled her wish, but I want to scream at all the theists and say “Where is your God now?!?!”

  • justine

    that’s so sad

  • gorckat

    sniffle

  • Alex

    At least the merciful lord let her watch up.

    Seriously though, that is really just incredible. So sweet.

  • Julia S.

    PIXAR rules…

  • Wait, so all corporations AREN’T evil? Wow.

    That’s pretty cool PIXAR.

    McGee, if you knew going in that there was no dialogue for the first 45 minutes or so, would you have liked it more? I thoroughly enjoyed Wall-E, but knew about the squeaks and beeps dialogue. I also love robots.

  • lumpi

    My god, this is sad. Another reason to love Pixar.

  • Thanks for totally making me cry at work

  • I guess you could say she was dying to see it.

    Too soon?

    Let the hate mail for me begin….
    Seriously that was a pretty cool thing for Pixar to do and my condolences to her family…

  • I work for a company that works with Disney (and other companies) on a lot of the Make-A-Wish requests. There are literally thousands of stories just like this one but this is the first time I’ve ever seen it publicized. I doubt Disney initiated the publicity; I hope Pixar didn’t, either.

  • Palli

    So this is the kind of movie where you die 7 hours after watching it? Sort of like the ring then.

  • wileybot

    I hope to live to see the day when the word cancer is eradicated from our language like polio.

  • bigjohn756

    Where does all that dust come from?