For the first time in history an animated film is opening the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Just announced this morning, Pixar's Up will become the first Disney film since Dumbo to premiere at the prestigious festival, and it will also mark the first time they screened an animated film in 3D. The 3D aspect of Up is also a first for Pixar -- so there will be plenty of cherries being popped in France come May.
Cannes has warmed up to animated films these last few years, with studio's staging elaborate events to promote their projects -- like Jerry Seinfeld flying through the air in a bee costume to promote Bee Movie, and Jack Black arriving on a boat last year with an assortment of Kung Fu Pandas to promote that film. No word on what fantastical stunt Disney will churn out, but I imagine it will include a whole bunch of multi-colored balloons. Other animated films to have played at the festival include 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).
The 62nd Festival de Cannes will run from May 13 to May 24. For more on Up, check out our preview of the film over here. Up arrives in theaters on May 29.