Pixar Employee Brought Pre-Release of Movie ‘Up’ to Dying, Cancer-Stricken Colby Curtain


Colby Curtin’s last day helped by Pixar.

Too sick to visit the theater to see a movie that wasn’t even out yet, Colby Curtin, 10, got to see the movie ‘Up’ from her deathbed.

A family friend of the Curtin’s called Disney and Pixar. After getting through to Pixar, an employee of Pixar’s was sent to Colby’s house with a DVD copy of the movie for a private screening. The Pixar employee flew out to the Curtin house and arrived with posters, toys and an “adventure book/scrapbook “written” by the main character’s wife at about 12:30 p.m.

Unable to keep her eyes open, Colby’s mother described scenes from the movie as Colby listened. After the movie was finished, Colby’s mom Lisa Curtin, asked her if she enjoyed the movie. Colby nodded yes. She died on June 10, 2009, at 9:20 p.m., about seven hours after the private screening started. She had battled vascular cancer since 2005.

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