Kevin from ‘Up’ set for Animal Kingdom visits

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The bird population of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about to increase by one very tall, very colorful resident. Kevin, the chocolate-loving feathered friend from the Disney-Pixar film “Up” will be making appearances in the theme park starting sometime in February, Disney says.

Other “Up” characters already at Animal Kingdom include Russell, the young Wilderness Explorer, and Dug, a golden retriever whose thoughts are heard by humans via a special collar. Russell and Dug appear in the stage show called “Up! A Great Bird Adventure” and in meet-and-greet situations on the park’s Discovery Island.

Kevin is not expected to be incorporated into the bird show, which features exotic birds in flight.

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In the film, which debuted in 2009, Kevin is befriended by Russell while on an adventure with Carl (voiced by Ed Asner). Kevin doesn’t speak, but his verbalizations were voiced by Pete Docter, the director of “Up” as well as “Monsters, Inc.” and “Inside Out.”