Pixar Grants Dying Girl's Wish To See "Up"

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see 'Up'
    Company sent DVD so Huntington Beach girl, 10, could watch it.


    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.

    Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer on Dec. 23, 2005 after doctors found a tumor in her liver. At the time of her death, her stomach was about 94 inches around, swollen with fluids the cancer wouldn?t let her body properly digest. The rest of her body probably weighed about 45 pounds, family friend Carole Lynch said.

    Colby had gone to Newport Elementary School and was known for making others laugh, family friend Terrell Orum said. Colby loved to dance, sing, swim and seemed to have a more mature understanding of the world than other children her age, Orum said.

    On April 28, Colby went to see the Dream Works 3-D movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens" but was impressed by the previews to "Up."

    ?It was from then on, she said, ?I have to see that movie. It is so cool,?? Lynch said.

    Colby was a movie fan, Lisa Curtin said, and she latched onto Pixar?s movies because she loved animals.

    Two days later Colby?s health began to worsen. On June 4 her mother asked a hospice company to bring a wheelchair for Colby so she could visit a theater to see "Up." However, the weekend went by and the wheelchair was not delivered, Lisa Curtin said.

    By June 9, Colby could no longer be transported to a theater and her family feared she would die without having seen the movie.

    At that point, Orum, who desperately wanted Colby to get her last wish, began to cold-call Pixar and Disney to see if someone could help.

    Pixar has an automated telephone answering system, Orum said, and unless she had a name of a specific person she wanted to speak to, she could not get through. Orum guessed a name and the computer system transferred her to someone who could help, she said.

    Pixar officials listened to Colby?s story and agreed to send someone to Colby?s house the next day with a DVD of "Up," Orum recalled.

    She immediately called Lisa Curtin, who told Colby.

    ?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.


    At about 12:30 p.m. the Pixar employee came to the Curtins? home with the DVD.

    He had a bag of stuffed animals of characters in the movie and a movie poster. He shared some quirky background details of the movie and the group settled in to watch Up.

    Colby couldn't see the screen because the pain kept her eyes closed so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the film.

    At the end of the film, the mother asked if her daughter enjoyed the movie and Colby nodded yes, Lisa Curtin said.

    The employee left after the movie, taking the DVD with him, Lynch said.

    ?He couldn?t have been nicer,? said Lynch who watched the movie with the family. ?His eyes were just welled up.?

    After the movie, Colby?s dad, Michael Curtin, who is divorced from Lisa Curtin, came to visit.

    Colby died with her mom and dad nearby at 9:20 p.m.

    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.
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  2. blackhit

    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    What can one say after reading this........
  3. mosoi148

    mosoi148 Regular Member

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    Go Pixar! Way to make a sick little girls day. Sad, but heartwarming at the same time.
  4. ironlifter76

    ironlifter76 Registered Member

    Sep 15, 2008
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    Terrific, absolutely terrific. Let me wipe my eyes so I can continue. Thanks for posting this Scarlet. Shows where the important things really lie. And kudos to Pixar for handling it in such a great way...not looking for praise and/or compliments. Just doing something to help a child. Congratulations to all involved.

  5. antsaoo

    antsaoo Supreme Member

    Oct 1, 2008
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    Wow , Well done pixar ;) hats off from me :)

    now excuse me ill go see if i can find this from piratebay.
  6. hydroflame7

    hydroflame7 Junior Member

    Jul 22, 2008
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    Wow, who'd thought Pixar would do something like this for a random 10 year old girl? They gained my respect and also intrigued me to see what "Up" is all about.

    The previews did not interest me at all and I love cartoon movies lol
  7. wowhaxor

    wowhaxor Elite Member

    Apr 28, 2007
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    Pixar has my respect for sure. The fact that this had absolutely zero to do with publicity, they even refused to comment, shows that even big business has a heart.
  8. etatsitna

    etatsitna Newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
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    Very cool of pixar - if this brought a tear to your eye google childsplaycharity and drop some of your blackhat earnings this month on some entertainment goodies (books,games,dvds) for a childrens hospital near you you'll make the day of some poor lil kid that totally doesnt deserve this shit.
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  9. photoads

    photoads Regular Member

    Jan 16, 2007
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    Way to go pixar, this story sure leaves a lump in your throat & a tear in ones eye. Nice share thanks
  10. Moneymaka

    Moneymaka Junior Member

    Apr 28, 2009
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    You know, if i ever earn big money i would love to give money to charity to help kids in this situation, but how can we be sure the money gets delivered to the right places?

    I've seen a video where the big stars donated millions of dollars, but the ones who were supposed to receive it didn't get a dime.
  11. henga

    henga Junior Member

    Aug 20, 2007
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    Greatly done by Pixar.
    Also they know they will get some free PR for them as all the newspapers picks it up.