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Animation from Pixar to premiere at Cannes

THE Cannes Film Festival will open for the first with an animated film, 3-D feature "Up" from hit-making studio Pixar, organizers announced yesterday.

The movie is a comedy adventure about a 78-year-old man, voiced by Ed Asner, who rigs helium balloons to his house and flies to South America.

The screening of "Up" on opening night, May 13, marks Cannes' return to a populist curtain raiser after last year's bleak opener, "Blindness."

Several animated features have found favor at Cannes in the past, including "Persepolis" in 2007 and last year's "Waltz With Bashir."

The festival said it had not decided whether "Up" would be among the films competing for the festival's prizes.

Pixar and its parent studio, the Walt Disney Co, will be hoping "Up" repeats the critical and commercial success of films such as "Toy Story," "The Incredibles" and "WALL-E."


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