By far the saddest, most moving, story this blogger has ever posted on:
Colby, a 10-year-old California girl dying of cancer, too sick to leave her home, got her wish of seeing Up last Wednesday in a rather extraordinary way.
After receiving "frantic" calls from determined family friends, Pixar flew an employee to the girl's home in Huntington Beach (about 415 miles from San Francisco/Emeryville) on a day's notice with a copy of the film on DVD (and a bag full of Up stuff) so she and her family could watch it. Afterwards, the disc was returned with the employee responsible for its safekeeping. Colby died about seven hours later.
Reportedly, "Pixar officials declined to comment on the story or name the employees involved". This could suggest that the Pixarian who visited the family —whose "eyes were just welled up"— might be more well-known than the studio wants to let on.
Read the full story at The Orange County Register.
Update: This story is understandably receiving a lot of attention —worldwide, in fact.
At last count, at least 198 news/media outlets had picked up the OC Register story, according to Google News, foremost among them the Associated Press (AP). Specifically online, it made the homepage of major social news websites like Digg and Reddit, and has been emailed countless times by individuals.
Even the normally snide commenters at blogs like The Consumerist and Gizmodo have been moved by the tragedy and, like others, are giving Pixar kudos for its gracious, 'classy', 'human', handling of things.
(Updated June 19)