Young girl's dying wish to see 'Up' granted with home screening

Up_l-2 By now, you’ve probably heard the bittersweet story of 10-year-old Colby Curtin. If not, you’ll want to get out the tissues. Curtin had wanted to see Up from the moment she saw the film’s trailer but was unable to go to a movie theater when the Disney/Pixar film was released because she was losing her nearly three-year battle with vascular cancer. (GET OUT THE TISSUES NOW.) A family friend phoned Pixar, and on June 10, the company flew an employee with a copy of Up on DVD to Colby’s Huntington Beach, Calif. home. She watched it with her family and friends — and about seven hours later, she passed. “When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,” her mother, Lisa Curtin, told the OC Register. “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.” 

Every time I let myself think about Colby, I well up. I know the excitement at seeing the trailer — the colors, the humor, the mystery of how this latest Pixar film will take you on an adventure that always leads back to your own heart in the end. And Up is all about making a dream come true. How wonderful that her family got even the smallest comfort knowing that they made this happen for her (and knowing that even as her body gave out, her sense of wonder and imagination didn’t).

Sometimes movies are just fleeting entertainment, and sometimes they are memories that stay with you. I’m sitting here brushing away tears because I’m happy that Colby got to take Up with her. I hope somehow her 10-year-old mind was able to understand that Carl’s quest to get Ellie to the Paradise Falls means that your loved ones don’t forget you when you’re gone. And now, Colby, neither will we. 


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  • Jeff

    Truly a touching story. All my best to her family.

  • mark

    I never cry, this had me in tears going on an hour now.

  • Jen

    I cried like a baby at Up and now I’m crying again. Really poignant story.

  • brandon

    wow, that is heartbreaking. pixar should be proud. my thoughts and prayers go with the family during this difficult time. your little angel is in a better place.

  • WendyT

    We should all go to see this movie to support such a kind gesture from Pixar.

  • WendyT

    We should all go see this Pixar movie in support of how kind this company was to this sweet 10 year old’s dying wish.

  • Andrea D

    What a classy thing. I didn’t think I could love Pixar more, but now I do.

  • kim smith

    What a wonderful thing to do,How touched I was when I read Colby’s story.

  • Snarf

    Very touching. Props to Pixar for granting a kid their dying wish.

  • john

    that is really cool God Bless

  • Melinda65

    I hadn’t heard this story and yeah, crying now. As if the movie wasn’t already moving and bittersweet, now it’s even more so. The people at Pixar rock.

  • Terrell Orum-Moore

    As the “frantic friend” who asked Pixar to let Colby view the movie – I can say you compare the meaning of the movie to what Pixar did for Colby so perfectly – better than anyone else has. They only learned about Colby the day before she died – dropped everything else they had planned and made flight arrangements and took the only dvd copy of the film to her house the next day. They crossed their hearts and kept their promise. And may I note, this was all Pixar – no help from Disney I’m sorry to say. None. I had asked and was declined.

  • Silv

    Thanks for this story, Mandi. May God bless Colby and comfort her family.

  • Wickeddoll

    I cried like a baby when I first read this on, and now the waterworks have started again. We need stories like this *so* much, and I share them as soon as I see them in the news.

  • Lula

    The beautiful thing is that for Colbie it was a dream come true but the film also has a lovely message for her family & friends.My best to all of you, Pixar included, who made this possible.

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