Let me start by saying I haven't seen a Pixar movie I don't like, though I haven't seen A Bug's Life but that is my kid's fault. They don't want to see it and I can't rent it on my own without looking weird.
I was even excited to see what the short was going to be. It was called Partly Cloudy and was a nice take on some classic cartoons. I won't say what, so I don't give anything away, but it reminded me of some old school animated shorts. I think you'll know what I'm talking about after you see it.
The movie itself was great. Smart, sad, funny, it hit all the perfect notes. Ed Asner was great as the curmudgeonly old man who wanted to go on the adventure he always dreamed of, but only did it because he was being forced to. He ends up dragging along a boy named Russell. They have a great adventure in South America, and both learn something, of course. There is danger, adventure, dogs that talk, everything you'd expect to find in South America!
Okay, I suck at this. I can't tell you things I liked about the movie with out giving things away. Ugh. Just go see it, trust me it's good. Pixar knows how to put a movie together that appeals to adults and kids with out getting all slpastick-y and throwing random references together to get a cheap laugh. (I'm looking at you DreamWorks). Also, it's not about the cast that they out together, it's about the final product. About the story that is being told. That's why there movies work.
Is it my favorite Pixar movie? No, that is still The Incredibles. But still, it's better than a ton of other movies out there.
Update: Turns out Quincy has some thoughts on the movie too. Kinda.