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Carl Fredricksen, the 70-something protagonist of Pixar’s “Up,” is a squat, short-tempered geezer, a virtual knot of rage on legs.

With his neighborhood torn down to make way for a mall, Carl’s is the one home left standing, defiantly, in the face of so-called progress. When the construction team accidentally backs a truck into his mailbox, you half expect Carl to go postal on them with a shotgun, a la Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino”. (Though the odds of a gun rampage in a Pixar film are about as far-fetched as a G-rated Maria Ozawa flick.)

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