Up to open Cannes Film Festival; first 3-D toon so honored

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Disney/Pixar's 3-D animated film Up will be the Opening Ceremony film of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 13, the festival announced.

This is the first time that a 3-D animated film will have that honor.

Up, from director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.), tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), who in his golden years sets out on the adventure of a lifetime by tying thousands of helium balloons to his house. The only problem is that Carl gains an unexpected traveling partner in 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer Scout Russell (Jordan Nagai), whom he finds on his porch. Together they embark on a journey to remote South America in a quest to find the legendary Paradise Falls.

In the past, other animated films have been official selections in the festival, including Dumbo (1947), The Fantastic Planet (1973), Fritz the Cat (1974), Shrek (2001), The Triplets of Belleville (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), Over the Hedge (2006), Kung-Fu Panda (2008) and Waltz With Bashir (2008).

Up will be released in the United States on May 29 and in France on July 29.

The Festival de Cannes runs from May 13 to 24.