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Tom Sutcliffe: When a film is not a film

When the Cannes organisers invited Disney/ Pixar to present Up as the opening film of the 2009 festival they made history. It was, as was widely reported at the time, the first animated feature to open Cannes and the invitation was broadly treated as an acknowledgement – by the most Brahmin band of cineastes – that animated film really has acquired the status of "filme" , not just a children's entertainment. I'm sure the organisers didn't regret it. Up, as most reviewers agreed last week, is hugely enjoyable and a masterclass in a certain kind of storytelling – particularly in the wonderful opening section, which compresses an entire marriage into a few poignant minutes. But, as I peered through my 3D glasses at the adventures of Carl and Russell, I found myself thinking that what I was looking at wasn't really a film at all – but a kind of literature.

Up, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, 96 mins, (U)<br/>Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer, 80 mins, (15)

Pixar up to its old tricks while Woody (Harrelson) finds his role in life

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Up (U)

Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (96 mins), starring Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai

Win Toy Story Mania videogame and Wii console

To celebrate the release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in 3D, we are giving away a copy of the Toy Story Mania videogame plus a Wii console!

Pixar: The real toon army

Toy Story, Wall-E, Finding Nemo &ndash; and next month, Up. How does Pixar stay on top? The secret's in its incredible studios in California. Guy Adams takes an exclusive tour

Disney in a cartoon coup

The news that one of Hollywood's biggest studio chiefs has quit has set Blackberries buzzing across Beverly Hills

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (U)

Science geek invents machine that makes it rain cheeseburgers, then finds there's no such thing as free lunch: is it me, or is this supposed children's animation really a parable about runaway consumerism?

Win tickets for Disney/Pixar's 'UP' 3D screening and Q&amp;A

To celebrate the release of Disney/Pixar’s UP, The Independent are giving a lucky film fan the chance to win a pair of tickets to BFI Southbank’s exclusive 3D screening, followed by a Q&A with Academy Award-nominated director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera.

Observations: Toy story shows Ernö's still the man with the golden touch

Ernö Goldfinger – the architectural establishment's favourite villain (the inspiration for his Bond-baddy-namesake, no less) – was not just the man behind Brutalism's favourite behemoth, Trellick Tower in London's Kensington. He also had a softer side. Just look at the exhibition currently showing at Hampstead's 2 Willow Road (Goldfinger's one-time home and now a National Trust property). It features the architect's lesser-known work on Abbatt's toy shop, a Wimpole Street outlet best-known as an exemplar of 1930s Modernism, containing many a twee treat too. "It was more of a gallery built at child-height," says the curator Jane Audas. "It was full of traditional wooden toys sourced from all over the world and sharp children's furniture."

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