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Up (2009)

Up movie logo by Disney Pixar

Up Overview

As a boy, Carl Fredricksen wanted to explore South America and find the forbidden Paradise Falls. About 64 years later he gets to begin his journey along with Boy Scout Russell by lifting his house with thousands of balloons.

Up Trailers & Clips

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Movie Details

  • Release Date: May 29, 2020
  • Run Time: 1hr 36min
  • Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Up Cast & Characters

  • Edward Asner – Carl Fredricksen
  • Christoper Plummer – Charles Muntz
  • Jordan Nagai – Russell
  • Bob Peterson – Dug, Alpha
  • Delroy Lindo – Beta
  • Jerome Ranft – Gamma
  • John Ratzenberger – Construction Foreman Tom
  • David Kaye – Newsreel Announcer
  • Elie Docter – Young Ellie
  • Jeremy Leary – Young Carl
  • Mickie McGowan – Police Officer Edith
  • Danny Mann – Construction Worker Steve
  • Donald Fullilove – Nurse George
  • Jess Harnell – Nurse AJ
  • Josh Cooley – Omega

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Up Quotes

Good Afternoon. My name is Russell, and I am a Wilderness Explorer in Tribe 54, Sweatlodge 12. Are you in need of any assistance today, sir?
No.
I could help you cross the street.
No.
I could help you cross your yard.
No.
I could help you cross your…porch?
No.
Well, I gotta help your cross something!
Russell speaking to Carl Fredricksen
Hey, let’s play a game. It’s called “See Who Can Be Quiet the Longes.
Cool! My mom loves that game!
Carl Fredricksen speaking to Russell

Up Parents Guide

Parents should know that Up is a Pixar animation movie about an older gentleman following his lifelong dream of discovering a hidden paradise. There is mild violence throughout with aggressively trained dogs in some scenes, shooting guns, and tense moments when characters nearly fall from great heights.

There is also a theme throughout of old age, love, and death that may affect young kids in different ways. Overall the movie Up is a great Pixar film that highlights family, adventure, positive character traits.

Up Box Office

Opening weekend in the U.S. Up brought in an estimated $68,108,790. The movie budget is estimated to have been around $175 million. Up brought in a worldwide gross total at the box office of $735,099,082.

Up Games & Apps

Disney Emoji Blitz app store app icon

Disney Emoji Blitz

Collect and play with hundreds of Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars emojis like never before in an exciting matching game! Play fast-paced rounds of match-3 to earn prizes, complete missions, and discover new emojis.

Disney Emoji Blitz iphone screen shots

Up Plot Summary (Spoilers)

UP is a film about Carl Fredricksen, an aged widower and a sincere boy named Russell. Carl had promised Ellie, his late wife, about their adventure to visit South America and experience the cool-amazing winds, but unfortunately, he doesn’t make it to take her there.

Carl now believes that if he ties thousands of helium-filled balloons to his house, it could help him fly and fulfill his wife’s promise. Pete Docter is the film’s director, while Bob Peterson is the co-director and takes part in writing the film’s screenplay while Michael Giacchino composes the background music.

Up 2009 movie poster

The idea about the film was conceived by Doctor back in 2014. He began to work on a fantasy comedy known as the Helium homes to enable homeowners to escape from the harsh life when it turns to be unbearable.

It took him three days for him and other Pixar artists in Venezuela to correct inspirations while researching the movie. Animators are forced to excite their skills to develop realistic clothes that would caricature the film’s characters and designs.

Related: Finding Nemo

The film has received global praise from its audience and ranked the best-animated film of the decades. The film has received several Academy awards, such as the Best Animated Feature, not forgetting its three nominations, making it the top two animation films to attain that history level.

Movie Plot

The story is about Carl Fredricksen, a young man who hero-worships Charles F. Muntz, the famous explorer. The explorer receives allegations of skeleton fabrication of an old mythical creature he had bought while exploring South America at Paradise Falls.

Up Carl, Russell, and Dug hanging from a floating house

These allegations compel him to run away, but he makes an oath of never returning home, but he is eventually seized alive. While still in South America, Carl comes across Ellie, a girl she falls in love with due to their common love for Muntz.

The girl agrees to move with him and her abandoned house, the Clubhouse, to a nearby village close to Paradise Falls’ cliff.

The couple finally agrees to marry after two years of courtship and settle in a restored house. Carl is an ordinary balloon salesman with an unstable income to cater to his wife in her pregnancy.

Up Carl sitting on the front porch of his floating house

The result is a traumatic miscarriage which affects Ellie to conceive children. However, the couple continues living together without children, which gives them a chance to save most of their income.

Their goal is to save enough money that would enable them to move to Paradise Falls. Unfortunately, they cannot save enough as they keep spending their income on recurrent and emergency expenditures.

By the time he manages to organize for the trip, the couple is past childbearing age, and unfortunately, his wife, Ellie, dies after a short illness.

Up Carl, Russell, and Dug

Carl remains single for several years, and now he’s a stubborn older man who doesn’t want to advance his home like his neighbors who are establishing skyscrapers.

Things become worse for him after accidentally injuring a nearby construction worker. The court judges against him, terming him as a social misfit who must now live in retirement homes.

Determined to fulfill the promise he made to his wife, he flies away from his home using an improvised airship made up of hundreds of thousands of Helium balloons.

Up Carl, Russell, and Dug flying a blimp

A young man the named Russell, a skilled Wilderness Explorer, visits Carl. He’s determined to help Carl return to get the finalist merit badge for his work of helping an older man. However, the unexpected happens, and finding himself a stowaway man.

While Carl is trying his best to land the makeshift airship, a powerful storm drives the airship uncontrollably to South America.

Mysteriously, the house successfully lands on Tepui, which is on the opposite side of Paradise Falls. They both try to yoke on the buoyant house as they start their journey across the mesa.

Up Charles Muntz, Carl, Russell, and dogs sitting at the dinner table

They are hopeful of reaching the falls on time before the balloons completely deflate. While on the walk, Russell comes across even an extremely colorful and tall wild bird.

Besides, they come across an experienced Golden Retriever named Dug, who has a unique collar that gives him the ability to talk with his friends.

Dug swears to help evin reconnect with his master. The following day, they meet a pack of extremely hostile dogs under Alpha’s leadership, a well-known Doberman pinscher.

Up Carl and Russell

They are led back to the king, an elderly Charles Muntz. Carl receives an invitation from Muntz, so Russell decides to accompany him while riding his airship.

Russell gets a chance to explain his efforts in searching for the giant bird, similar to Kevin, which makes Muntz aggressive as he tries to protect his bird from being captured.

Russell, Dug, and Carl are scared by the aggressive dogs persuading them, so they decide to the runway. Fortunately, Kevin, the tall bird, comes to their rescue, but unfortunately, his leg is injured.

Up Young Carl and Ellie laying on a blanket in the grass

To make the matter worse, Kevin is captured by Muntz a few minutes after Carl accepts to escort her home to meet her chick’s family. Muntz further ignites a fire under Carl’s house, which puts Carl in a dilemma between rescuing Kevin and his house.

He, however, opts to save his house, and he successfully reaches the falls, but this annoys Russell, who wanted Kevin rescued first.

Carl comes across the scrapbook from Ellie’s child book, and he’s excited to see that she had drawn several photos while they were together in marriage and also her hospital bed notes praising her husband for the chance of the adventure he offered her.

Up house with balloons floating above a cliffs edge

She even encourages her to find a new one. By the time Carl is outside, Russell is flying away via a leaf blower and some helium balloons in a mission to rescue Kevin.

Muntz overpowers Russell, but luckily, Dug and Carl come to his rescue, although Muntz chases them away and is forced to escape via an airship. Luckily, Muntz meets his death when the fatal balloon lines catch him up.

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However, Carl’s house loses almost half of the balloons; it disappears through the huge clouds.

Kevin is finally reunited with her family chicks by Carl and Russell and flies to their home. She takes Muntz’s dogs with her.

Russell gets his treasured Badge for assisting the elderly before Curl gifts him with a precious soda bottle cap, a present given to him by Ellie on their first date.

Mysteriously, Carl’s house lands near Paradise Fall’s at a clifftop, finally fulfilling the promise to his wife, Ellie.

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