Pixar Makes Up House Call, Fulfills Girl's Dying Wish


This story is amazing, and I'm just going to get out of its way: A Pixar representative last week fulfilled a terminally ill Huntington Beach girl's dying wish to see Up at home when she was too frail to visit a multiplex. She passed away seven hours after the film ended -- she was 10 years old.

Colby Curtin was diagnosed with vascular cancer in late 2005, with her condition worsening over the spring. She saw an Up trailer prior to viewing Monsters and Aliens, and declared she'd hold on to see the film when it opened. And did she ever:

At about 12:30 p.m. the Pixar employee came to the Curtins' home with the DVD. He had a bag of stuffed animals of characters in the movie and a movie poster. He shared some quirky background details of the movie and the group settled in to watch Up.

Colby couldn't see the screen because the pain kept her eyes closed so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the film. At the end of the film, the mother asked if her daughter enjoyed the movie and Colby nodded yes, Lisa Curtin said.

The employee left after the movie, taking the DVD with him. [...] Colby died with her mom and dad nearby at 9:20 p.m.

Team Pixar. (Sniff.)

· Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see Up [OC Register]


  • stolidog says:

    if there's a god, he's gross.
    good for pixar.

  • bess marvin, girl detective says:

    every time someone brings up religion, I offer that no compassionate and just "supreme being" would afflcit its youngest, most impressionable creations through diseases like cancer. I usually get told that "It's all in His plan."
    Fuck that and fuck Him.

  • icallthebigonebitey says:

    I believe it was Homer Simpson who said something like, "It's not that God is evil, it's just that he's insecure. Like Barbra Streisand before she met James Brolin."

  • Inhaler says:

    I think whatever it was that initially breathed life into our universe has had nothing to do with the trappings of anyone or anything's daily existence in quite some time.
    With callousness not intended: people live, people die. The notion of fairness is not a principle that time is familiar with. I can't imagine the sorrow her friends and family feel over her passing, but more to the point she undoubtedly brought immense joy and pride to her loved ones during the time she was given.
    In summation, trying to blame "God" over this is a cop out. We know as much about Him as we do about human consciousness. To live with the mindset that there is something out there controlling fate on a individualistic level is utterly miasmatic.
    I think the best any of us can do is just appreciate the moments we have while here. Steps off soapbox, tries to dodge tomatoes.

  • Mike says:

    Sad story. I don't know what else to say. Nice of Pixar to do that but wish there was a happy ending this time.

  • sweetbiscuit says:

    The question of God's existence notwithstanding, I love this story. "Up" would be a great choice to see and hear as one slips away. Very sweet.

  • Icarus says:

    Isn't it strange that the story bothers to make note that the Pixar rep took the DVD w/him when he left? I mean, why is this important to the story? What's being implied here? Strange.