A to Z Challenge – Up

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Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson

Quick synopsis… Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, part rascal and part dreamer, takes to the sky by tying thousands of balloons to his house. Unbeknownst to Carl, a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell becomes an unexpected stowaway on the journey they never expected.

  • The first 10 minutes of this movie may be one of the greatest love stories of all time.
  • And then Pixar freakin’ rips your heart out and tears it to shreds as if you won’t be needing that particular organ ever again.
  • Seriously, if you can make it to the 12-minute mark without ugly crying, I’m concerned for your ability to express emotions.
  • Carl and Ellie are just about the greatest couple of all time.
  • They connect as kids over their love of adventure and their desire to follow in the footsteps of their hero, Charles F. Muntz.
  • Ellie shares her Adventure Book with Carl, and the two vow to one day make it to Paradise Falls in South America.
  • They grow up, get married, move into the old abandoned house that served as their clubhouse as kids, and life happens.
  • When they discover that they can’t have children (this is where the tears begin, BTW), they decide to focus on their childhood dream of saving up and finally getting to Paradise Falls.
  • And life happens.
  • It isn’t until they retire from the careers at the zoo that Carl finally decides to surprise Ellie with plane tickets.
  • Sadly, and this is where the ugly crying comes in, Ellie falls ill and dies.
  • All the tears.
  • Sometime after Ellie’s death, Carl is the only hold out as skyscrapers are being built all around him.
  • He refuses to sell his property, until he loses his temper and assaults a construction worker.
  • The court deems him a public menace and he is forced to go to a retirement community.
  • But when the staff from the retirement home come to pick him up, he unleashes his helium balloons and his house breaks free of its foundation, allowing him to fly away.
  • As he floats south, high above the earth, he’s surprised to hear a knock at his door.
  • Russell, a local Wilderness Explorer, accidentally stowed away on Carl’s front porch.
  • Unbelievably, they survive their trip and make it to Paradise Falls.
  • Carl and Russell come across the mythical giant bird that Charles Muntz had been claiming to find years ago.
  • Russell names the bird Kevin… guess that’s as good a name as any for a giant bird.
  • It isn’t long before they come across a talking golden retriever named Dug.
  • Okay… Dug doesn’t really talk.
  • He has a special collar that allows him to sort of speak.
  • Dug is part of a pack of talking dogs that a now elderly Muntz is using to find Kevin.
  • Remember how Pixar shattered your heart in the first 10 minutes?
  • They find a way to try and piece it together and warm it up with the relationship that grows between Carl and Russell.
  • It really is a great movie and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
  • Especially if you need to spend 10 minutes getting dehydrated.

A to Z Challenge - UThanks for stopping in while I participate in this year’s A to Z Challenge. I’m gonna keep on hitting these Disney movies each day, except Sunday. You’re welcome to come back for more if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

Tomorrow’s Disney movie begins with a V and is an animated movie about pigeons in World War II. It wasn’t produced by Disney or Pixar, but was instead distributed in the U.S. by Walt Disney Pictures. Any guesses?

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