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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carl Fredricksen (voice) (as Ed Asner)
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Charles Muntz (voice)
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Russell (voice)
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Dug / Alpha (voice)
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Beta (voice)
Jerome Ranft ...
Gamma (voice)
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Newsreel Announcer (voice)
Elie Docter ...
Young Ellie (voice)
Jeremy Leary ...
Young Carl (voice)
Mickie McGowan ...
Police Officer Edith (voice) (as Mickie T. McGowan)
Danny Mann ...
Donald Fullilove ...
Nurse George (voice) (as Don Fullilove)
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Nurse AJ (voice)
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Omega (voice)
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Storyline

Carl Fredrickson is a little boy and a dreamer who idolizes the adventurer Charles Munts. When he meets Ellie, who also worships Munts, they become close friends. However Charles Munts falls into disgrace, accused of forging the skeleton of the monster of Paradise Falls. He travels in his blimp to South America to bring the monster back alive but is never seen again. Eventually Carl grows up and marries Ellie. They promise each other that they would travel together to Paradise Falls and build a house there. Many years later, Ellie dies and Carl, who's lonely, refuses to move from their house despite the offers of the owner of a construction company. When Carl accidentally hits a worker that damaged his mailbox, he is sentenced to move to a retirement home. However, he uses many balloons to float his house in order to travel to Paradise Falls. Adventure ensues. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for some peril and action | See all certifications »

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29 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,108,790 (USA) (29 May 2009)

Gross:

$292,979,556 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Trivia

The iconic, slightly out-of-perspective drawing of the house sitting by the falls is an homage to the style of Mary Blair, the artist credited with bringing the modern art look to Disney animation. See more »

Goofs

When the construction workers are around Carl's house, the letters in the mailbox change locations between the shots of Carl walking up to it. See more »

Quotes

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Newsreel Announcer: Movietown News presents, "Spotlight on Adventure." What you are now witnessing is footage never before seen by civilized humanity: a lost world in South America. Lurking in the shadow of majestic Paradise Falls, it sports plants and animals undiscovered by science. Who would dare set foot on this inhospitable summit? Why, our subject today, Charles Muntz!
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The photographs of characters shown during the end credits thematically match the crew members' positions, as do the "Wilderness Explorer" badges that also appear. See more »

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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) See more »

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The Spirit of Adventure
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Written by Michael Giacchino
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It's Just a House
31 May 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Another crackling collaboration of Pixar and Disney, and as expected, it is touching, funny, thrilling and amazing to look at and watch. Only a step below Toy Story just because it is not quite as ground-breaking, though the story is even better.

While I love technology and effects, I am first and foremost a story guy when it comes to movies. This has as good of story as any film you will see. My only caution is that it seems geared towards grown-ups, not kids. The montage of Carl and Ellie growing old together is without dialogue and will probably bore some kids. Their parents certainly won't be bored; however, as it will resonate with most anyone over age 40 who hasn't taken the time to chase their childhood dreams.

No question, this film is a barrage of color and eccentric characters, and can even be a bit frightening at times. Still, the key to this one are the stories and quests of the elderly Mr. Fredrickson and the young Russell, trying to earn his badge of honor. From the beginning, Disney has always had a finger on the pulse of youngsters. Here, we aren't given the usual Hollywood garbage of brainiac kids who make the adults look stupid. Instead we are given a pudgy, slightly goofy kid just trying to get his parents to take note.

Special kudos to Ed Asner for bringing Mr. Fredrickson to life ... in good times and bad. He never goes overboard and is quite often absolutely perfect. Christopher Plummer has a limited role as bad guy Charles Muntz. Or is he really so bad? Cast aside by society, he has spent his life searching for redemption.

I am not saying the kids won't enjoy, but I am saying make sure parents and grandparents tag along. You will be entertained, delighted and moved.


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