Poster for Disney/Pixar's UpWhat's all this then? Only a couple of weeks after Dreamworks were accused of stealing the idea for Kung-Fu Panda, things are looking slightly uncomfortable for Pixar and their award-winning 2009 animation Up.

It seems that the movie about an old man who attaches balloons to his house in order to fly away shares a few similarities with a short French animation that was released years before Up even went into production. The evidence is compelling to say the least and it's got half of the internet shouting 'Foul!' whilst the other half are screaming 'Coincidence!'

Read more about the accusations and watch the French students film after the jump... Poster for Disney/Pixar's UpWhat's all this then? Only a couple of weeks after Dreamworks were accused of stealing the idea for Kung-Fu Panda, things are looking slightly uncomfortable for Pixar and their award-winning 2009 animation Up.

It seems that the movie about an old man who attaches balloons to his house in order to fly away shares a few similarities with a short French animation that was released years before Up even went into production. The evidence is compelling to say the least and it's got half of the internet shouting 'Foul!' whilst the other half are screaming 'Coincidence!'

Basically, in 2005 some French students from ESRA started making an animation called 'Above then Beyond', concerning a house that is flown above the clouds using balloons. Although Up was announced around 2007, it wasn't until 2008 that anyone knew what it would be about, although sketches of the lead character were started way back in 2004.

However, Up's creator Pete Docter, who'd previously directed Monsters Inc., claimed in an interview that he'd come up with the idea for the house and balloons first then worked backwards until they had the main character and storyline; this version of events completely goes against the official production notes.

Anyway, it seems a right old can of worms has been opened. You can check the complete evidence at slashfilm.com, read the original article at the excellent youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com or watch 'Above then Beyond' below and make your own mind up...



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