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06.19.2009

Colby Curtin When ten year-old Colby Curtin saw a preview for Pixar's high flying action adventure UP, like most children her age, she was instantly captivated and declared her absolute need to see the adventure that ensued after septuagenarian Carl Fredricksen strapped thousands of balloons to his house. Unlike most children her age, however, Colby had been diagnosed with an extremely rare and extremely fatal vascular cancer that had left her with only days to live. When an attempt to watch the movie at a theater failed and Colby's condition had worsened to the point where she could not be mobilized, a family friend immediately started placing calls to Disney and Pixar. After miraculously managing to get ahold of someone, she explained Colby's story and wish to see the movie. The very next day Pixar sent an employee with a DVD of UP to Colby's house and watched it with her and her family. Colby died seven hours later, on her own journey up. Read her full story over HERE.

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3:13PM on 06/22/2009
They're like Christ for the 21st Century, but less 'organized religion-y'
They're like Christ for the 21st Century, but less 'organized religion-y'
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11:19PM on 06/21/2009
i swear Pixar are a bunch of aliens or something...
i swear Pixar are a bunch of aliens or something...
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9:47PM on 06/21/2009
wow, wow.
wow, wow.
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2:13PM on 06/21/2009
We need to stop mentioning things that Donnie_Darko said. He was hoping we would say things about what he said. He's liking the fact that we are. Sadly I made that mistake. Just ignore him. Let him post more comments and no one say anything about what he says. Dealing with this topic or any other topic.

Just IGNORE him.
We need to stop mentioning things that Donnie_Darko said. He was hoping we would say things about what he said. He's liking the fact that we are. Sadly I made that mistake. Just ignore him. Let him post more comments and no one say anything about what he says. Dealing with this topic or any other topic.

Just IGNORE him.
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1:45PM on 06/21/2009
you better stop talking Darko.

you're digging yourself a bigger hole.

didn't your kindergarten teacher ever teach you that "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"?
you better stop talking Darko.

you're digging yourself a bigger hole.

didn't your kindergarten teacher ever teach you that "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"?
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12:30PM on 06/21/2009
"You obviously don't have kids and are a fucking loser."

I don't have kids, no... so THAT makes me a loser? Allllllright then.

And yea, it is a great gesture... I guess. But that's all it is, is a gesture of just how great Pixar are. Hey, they "sent an employee with a copy of the DVD and watched it with them." Wow... what a gesture. They made a dying girls simple dream of watching a movie come true... wow... above and beyond I tells you.

I'm an asshole, with zero compassion... I can
"You obviously don't have kids and are a fucking loser."

I don't have kids, no... so THAT makes me a loser? Allllllright then.

And yea, it is a great gesture... I guess. But that's all it is, is a gesture of just how great Pixar are. Hey, they "sent an employee with a copy of the DVD and watched it with them." Wow... what a gesture. They made a dying girls simple dream of watching a movie come true... wow... above and beyond I tells you.

I'm an asshole, with zero compassion... I can admit that. Now, until someone else admits THE PUBLICITY MACHINE IS WORKING FOR THEM, I'm going to keep telling it like it is.

Pixar did a great thing... and the positive publicity is working in their favor.

Would anyone care if this was an 18 year old boy with the same ailment, and all he wanted to see was the newest Jenna Jameson movie? Then she shows up, and they watch it together, then he dies. She'd be called a publicity whore, and this story wouldn't be stuck on the main page every time I come here.
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10:39AM on 06/21/2009

oops

In a cruel accident, the DVD contained a 'Coming Soon' section including the trailer for Toy Story 3.
In a cruel accident, the DVD contained a 'Coming Soon' section including the trailer for Toy Story 3.
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9:55AM on 06/21/2009
Hey Darko..fuck off. Compassion coming from anyone in this world should be applauded, let alone from a Hollywood movie studio. You obviously don't have kids and are a fucking loser. Guess I'm a negative bastard too..I hope a pink rabbit offs you.

Thanks to Pixar for having a soul.
Hey Darko..fuck off. Compassion coming from anyone in this world should be applauded, let alone from a Hollywood movie studio. You obviously don't have kids and are a fucking loser. Guess I'm a negative bastard too..I hope a pink rabbit offs you.

Thanks to Pixar for having a soul.
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9:44AM on 06/21/2009
Donnie_Darko--- You stated "It's a great gesture...I GUESS".

Therefore you think it might not be. Do you have friends? Go ahead and lie and say you do. Loser.

Donnie_Darko--- You stated "It's a great gesture...I GUESS".

Therefore you think it might not be. Do you have friends? Go ahead and lie and say you do. Loser.

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7:14AM on 06/21/2009
Touching gesture and heartbreaking story at the same time.
Touching gesture and heartbreaking story at the same time.
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6:43AM on 06/21/2009

good news

Heartbreaking, but a nice story. Pixar did the right thing.
Heartbreaking, but a nice story. Pixar did the right thing.
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5:48AM on 06/21/2009
Wow, inject some heartless honesty and the world collapses.

I stated, "It's a great gesture", and that's TRUE.

I also stated, "The publicity doesn't hurt either", and that's also TRUE.

I'm not a bleeding heart, cup of sunshine person. I don't know who presented this story, but I'm just saying, this could have been kept on the "hush hush", if Pixar didn't want to come out looking like superheroes. Wonderful things are done for people every day, yet we don't get press releases for all
Wow, inject some heartless honesty and the world collapses.

I stated, "It's a great gesture", and that's TRUE.

I also stated, "The publicity doesn't hurt either", and that's also TRUE.

I'm not a bleeding heart, cup of sunshine person. I don't know who presented this story, but I'm just saying, this could have been kept on the "hush hush", if Pixar didn't want to come out looking like superheroes. Wonderful things are done for people every day, yet we don't get press releases for all of them.

Again, a wonderful thing for Pixar to do... and the publicity STILL doesn't hurt.

And quickly to cupajoe, that's okay, I don't want a boyfriend. I don't swing that way.
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12:32AM on 06/21/2009

WTF

Why the hell didn't she ask to see Public Enemies?
Why the hell didn't she ask to see Public Enemies?
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12:18AM on 06/21/2009

Wow....

I hope more studios do this in the future..bravo Pixar for having a bigger heart than we imagined. Hope the family can move on for her sake. She probably had finally seen the movie with her only two eyes....from UP there.

Btw on the Darko comment, ignore it people. There's always a jackass or heartless bastard when a sad or touching story comes up. All you guys doing is making him jerk off to your angry comments.
I hope more studios do this in the future..bravo Pixar for having a bigger heart than we imagined. Hope the family can move on for her sake. She probably had finally seen the movie with her only two eyes....from UP there.

Btw on the Darko comment, ignore it people. There's always a jackass or heartless bastard when a sad or touching story comes up. All you guys doing is making him jerk off to your angry comments.
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12:03AM on 06/21/2009

Humanity still wins out!

This is humanity at its best everyone! For those that can't see it, then I am saddened for you. HUGE kudos to the people at Pixar for doing so much to improve people's vision of what it means to be alive! Pixar honored little Colby in life. I only hope that her family continues to honor her in her death. Rest in Peace little one. You fought hard, now it is time to rest! My thoughts are with you and your family.
This is humanity at its best everyone! For those that can't see it, then I am saddened for you. HUGE kudos to the people at Pixar for doing so much to improve people's vision of what it means to be alive! Pixar honored little Colby in life. I only hope that her family continues to honor her in her death. Rest in Peace little one. You fought hard, now it is time to rest! My thoughts are with you and your family.
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11:19PM on 06/20/2009

Thank God!

God bless the people at Pixar for their sympathy and compassion in making the last day of a dying child a happy one. This brought a tear to my eye as I read the story. God bless the folks at Pixard and Disney and Godspeed to the little baby Colby. My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Love.
God bless the people at Pixar for their sympathy and compassion in making the last day of a dying child a happy one. This brought a tear to my eye as I read the story. God bless the folks at Pixard and Disney and Godspeed to the little baby Colby. My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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10:10PM on 06/20/2009
I'm sure it wasn't much trouble for Pixar to do this but it must have meant the world to that girl and her family. Pixar has shown a lot of heart through their films and now they show it through their actions. They have set an example for everyone to follow. It is a shame that she passed on and my thoughts are with her family.
I'm sure it wasn't much trouble for Pixar to do this but it must have meant the world to that girl and her family. Pixar has shown a lot of heart through their films and now they show it through their actions. They have set an example for everyone to follow. It is a shame that she passed on and my thoughts are with her family.
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9:14PM on 06/20/2009
That is one of the most touching things I read in a while. I feel really bad for the family and hope they can get through this someday.

And Darko honestly what the fuck man? And you probably wonder daily why you have no friends or a boyfriend. There is a thing called manners and spitting on a ten year olds grave just shows how much of a grown up you clearly are not. Pull your head out of your ass and grow the fuck up. Say that shit around a family member whose kid is dying of the same
That is one of the most touching things I read in a while. I feel really bad for the family and hope they can get through this someday.

And Darko honestly what the fuck man? And you probably wonder daily why you have no friends or a boyfriend. There is a thing called manners and spitting on a ten year olds grave just shows how much of a grown up you clearly are not. Pull your head out of your ass and grow the fuck up. Say that shit around a family member whose kid is dying of the same sickness and see how far that will get you. But somebody like you would most likely email them something like that.
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9:14PM on 06/20/2009

Touching.

I have a daughter and I couldn't imagine something like this ever happening. I don't think any parent ever could. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Bravo to Pixar for showing such heart. Darko-I hope you get hit by a fucking bus.
I have a daughter and I couldn't imagine something like this ever happening. I don't think any parent ever could. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Bravo to Pixar for showing such heart. Darko-I hope you get hit by a fucking bus.
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9:08PM on 06/20/2009

True story...

YEARS back when Toy Story was their only film, my friend sent "Toy Story" drawings to Pixar. John Lasseter send back a personalized letter saying what he specifically enjoyed about the drawings and included an autographed hardcover copy of an "Art of Toy Story" book. He even asked for my freind to send more drawings in the future!


And no, Donnie_Darko, Pixar didnt spread the news, you fucking retard.
YEARS back when Toy Story was their only film, my friend sent "Toy Story" drawings to Pixar. John Lasseter send back a personalized letter saying what he specifically enjoyed about the drawings and included an autographed hardcover copy of an "Art of Toy Story" book. He even asked for my freind to send more drawings in the future!


And no, Donnie_Darko, Pixar didnt spread the news, you fucking retard.
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9:01PM on 06/20/2009

what's even sadder is

that she could not see the movie...her mother had to narrate what happened
that she could not see the movie...her mother had to narrate what happened
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8:28PM on 06/20/2009

hey darko....

three step plan for your life...
1. get cancer
2. suffer
3. die alone

kudos pixar, kudos
three step plan for your life...
1. get cancer
2. suffer
3. die alone

kudos pixar, kudos
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8:13PM on 06/20/2009

Touching

Very cool. A sad story, but it was a very generous thing for Pixar to do.
Very cool. A sad story, but it was a very generous thing for Pixar to do.
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6:45PM on 06/20/2009
wow, nice darko, way to be a dick.

Pixar did keep it low key, they declined to comment on the story and wouldn't even release the employee's name. I'm sure the parents told everyone they knew and the news eventually got wind of it.

I highly doubt Pixar ran home to tell the press right after she passed away, what's wrong with you?
wow, nice darko, way to be a dick.

Pixar did keep it low key, they declined to comment on the story and wouldn't even release the employee's name. I'm sure the parents told everyone they knew and the news eventually got wind of it.

I highly doubt Pixar ran home to tell the press right after she passed away, what's wrong with you?
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6:42PM on 06/20/2009
Donnie_Darko----You're a jerk for saying what you said.
Donnie_Darko----You're a jerk for saying what you said.
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6:30PM on 06/20/2009

aww man.

this makes me want to cry, look at how beautiful she was.
this makes me want to cry, look at how beautiful she was.
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5:57PM on 06/20/2009
awesome. nothing else to say.
awesome. nothing else to say.
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5:03PM on 06/20/2009

so many cool points for pixar

I'm so glad she got her wish
I'm so glad she got her wish
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4:38PM on 06/20/2009
Just when I feel like I've lost all faith in humanity, something like this comes along and completely restores it. Thanks for posting this. I'm really glad she got her wish. RIP.
Just when I feel like I've lost all faith in humanity, something like this comes along and completely restores it. Thanks for posting this. I'm really glad she got her wish. RIP.
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3:53PM on 06/20/2009

pixar

Very touching, now we know where all of the heart and emotion of their films comes from.
Very touching, now we know where all of the heart and emotion of their films comes from.
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3:39PM on 06/20/2009
I'm touched...

... not really, but it was a nice gesture I guess. I just hope her parents ripped the DVD and upped somewhere.

No... wait... I don't want to see it, so never mind.

Yes, bravo move on their part, but I don't think the positive publicity is going to hurt them either. I mean, if it was so "heartfelt", why not keep it low key?

Yea, I'm a negative bastard, carry on.
I'm touched...

... not really, but it was a nice gesture I guess. I just hope her parents ripped the DVD and upped somewhere.

No... wait... I don't want to see it, so never mind.

Yes, bravo move on their part, but I don't think the positive publicity is going to hurt them either. I mean, if it was so "heartfelt", why not keep it low key?

Yea, I'm a negative bastard, carry on.
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3:38PM on 06/20/2009
An amazingly sad story. Bravo to Pixar. And well reported, JoBlo.com. Good job.
An amazingly sad story. Bravo to Pixar. And well reported, JoBlo.com. Good job.
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3:07PM on 06/20/2009

BRAVO FOR PIXAR

Other studios should learn from this ...
Other studios should learn from this ...
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3:06PM on 06/20/2009
Congratulations to Omar for being the first internet writer to ever make me cry. This is an incredibly great story and my best wishes go out to her and her family. Great story and RIP.
Congratulations to Omar for being the first internet writer to ever make me cry. This is an incredibly great story and my best wishes go out to her and her family. Great story and RIP.
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2:52PM on 06/20/2009

pixar,

you're the best =]
very very sad and amazing story.
the movie was appropriate because i bet her family felt like karl frederickson when ellie died. never gave up and continued to have their own adventure. i'm sure Colby is UP there =]
thoughts and prayers to her family and friends
you're the best =]
very very sad and amazing story.
the movie was appropriate because i bet her family felt like karl frederickson when ellie died. never gave up and continued to have their own adventure. i'm sure Colby is UP there =]
thoughts and prayers to her family and friends
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1:05PM on 06/20/2009
Wow, I did not expect to be getting choked up this morning. I tip my hat to the entire Pixar team.
Wow, I did not expect to be getting choked up this morning. I tip my hat to the entire Pixar team.
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11:18AM on 06/20/2009
that is ridiculously awesome and sad all at once
that is ridiculously awesome and sad all at once
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9:00AM on 06/20/2009

so sad

Pixar was great for doing that. I can't believe how sad and tragic that is. she didnt even have enough strength to watch the movie with her eyes open. That employee must have been honored to have been there after witnessing this. Im pretty sure he probably shed a tear or two on his way back.
Pixar was great for doing that. I can't believe how sad and tragic that is. she didnt even have enough strength to watch the movie with her eyes open. That employee must have been honored to have been there after witnessing this. Im pretty sure he probably shed a tear or two on his way back.
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3:21AM on 06/20/2009
I wish more companies are like pixar. :'(
I wish more companies are like pixar. :'(
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1:16AM on 06/20/2009
Amazing story... nothing else needs to be said, really.
Amazing story... nothing else needs to be said, really.
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1:08AM on 06/20/2009
in the story, it said that she was too weak to even open her eyes. she was given a play by play of the movie by her mom

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in the story, it said that she was too weak to even open her eyes. she was given a play by play of the movie by her mom

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1:03AM on 06/20/2009
I really think this is what makes Joblo.com stand out from other sites. Thank you for letting a grown man know its ok to shed a few tears.
I really think this is what makes Joblo.com stand out from other sites. Thank you for letting a grown man know its ok to shed a few tears.
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12:25AM on 06/20/2009
Wow. This really makes me sad. I'd like to think more studios were willing to do more things for people like this.
Wow. This really makes me sad. I'd like to think more studios were willing to do more things for people like this.
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12:21AM on 06/20/2009

Wonderful indeed

Definite class act. Well done Pixar!
Definite class act. Well done Pixar!
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11:44PM on 06/19/2009
Beautiful story. Puts things in perspective when you read things like that, thanks for posting it. Up is an amazing film.
Beautiful story. Puts things in perspective when you read things like that, thanks for posting it. Up is an amazing film.
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10:28PM on 06/19/2009
And that is what its all about, making a child happy no matter what. Good going guys.
And that is what its all about, making a child happy no matter what. Good going guys.
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10:24PM on 06/19/2009
This is definitely a welcome change of pace from business as usual, and a bittersweet tale of charity on behalf of Pixar. More than that, I'm glad that whoever the family friend was, they put forth the effort to try and secure a copy for Colby. A lot of people I know probably would've just given up.

I guess(hope) Colby got her final wish. Which is something rare indeed.
This is definitely a welcome change of pace from business as usual, and a bittersweet tale of charity on behalf of Pixar. More than that, I'm glad that whoever the family friend was, they put forth the effort to try and secure a copy for Colby. A lot of people I know probably would've just given up.

I guess(hope) Colby got her final wish. Which is something rare indeed.
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10:23PM on 06/19/2009
talk about bringing tears to the eyes. i respect pixar even more now. RIP
talk about bringing tears to the eyes. i respect pixar even more now. RIP
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9:27PM on 06/19/2009
This is both incredibly sad and quite moving. Best wishes to her family, i can't imagine what this has been like for them all.
This is both incredibly sad and quite moving. Best wishes to her family, i can't imagine what this has been like for them all.
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9:10PM on 06/19/2009

Fan and Father

As both a fan of Pixar and a father to two young girls, this story brings such a smile to start (way to go Pixar) and a tear to end. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
As both a fan of Pixar and a father to two young girls, this story brings such a smile to start (way to go Pixar) and a tear to end. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
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8:44PM on 06/19/2009
Great posting. Sometimes, I think its important that we take a step back and hear about things like this.

Truly touching, and heartfelt.

I'm really happy that Omar posted this.
Great posting. Sometimes, I think its important that we take a step back and hear about things like this.

Truly touching, and heartfelt.

I'm really happy that Omar posted this.
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8:34PM on 06/19/2009
That is very touching.

Makes me sad that she passed away.
That is very touching.

Makes me sad that she passed away.
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