The Story Geeks with Jay Sherer

Pixar’s UP - The Most Emotional Opening Sequence in Cinematic History?

August 9, 2021

Pixar's UP - All the Emotions

Certainly one of the best, most emotional opening scenes in cinematic history: Pixar's UP, "Married Life." Jay Sherer and Chris Rosa break down the art of storytelling in this opening scene from Pixar's UP in the latest episode of the Impactful Writing Podcast!

Watch the opening scene from Pixar's UP here:

Read Pixar's UP script here:

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More great movie openings are coming for the following films:

  • ALIEN: COVENANT - July 5th (YouTube)/July 12th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - July 19th (YouTube)/July 26th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • UP - Aug 2nd (YouTube)/Aug 9th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • INGLORIOUS BASTERDS - Aug 16th (YouTube)/Aug 23rd (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • THE MATRIX - Aug 30th (YouTube)/Sep 6th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • WATCHMEN - Sep 13th (YouTube)/Sep 20th (The Story Geeks Podcast)
  • MOULIN ROUGE - Sep 27th (YouTube)/Oct 4th (The Story Geeks Podcast)


  • What makes Pixar's UP opening scene great?
  • Pixar's UP has, arguably, one of the most emotionally potent openings in cinematic history. What gives it that emotional punch?
  • One could argue that the opening of Pixar's UP works far better than the rest of the film. Do you agree? Does it hurt the rest of the film
  • What are some key storytelling elements that we can learn from Pixar's UP opening scene as we craft our own opening scenes?

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