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


HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtain, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.

From the minute Colby saw the preview to the 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.

**There’s more to the story, but it’s awfully sad, obviously.

3 Responses to “Pixar Grants Girl’s Dying Wish To See ‘Up’”

  1. Retired Geezer Says:

    Thanks for sharing that story. We’ve seen that movie twice, in 3D.
    Great movie.

  2. Woody Says:

    What a poignant story. Classy that Pixar kept a low profile. They would not release the name of the employee they sent, but I bet it was the film’s creator Pete Docter.

  3. KMorris Says:

    Now I’ve got tears all over my keyboard.

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