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By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway.

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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)
Josh Cooley ...
Omega (voice)
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A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure-spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a lost land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However, he has a stowaway aboard: an 8-year-old boy named Russell, who's trying to get an Assisting the Elderly badge. Together, they embark on an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin. Written by Garfield2710

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

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Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,411,836 (UK) (9 October 2009)

Gross:

£34,284,193 (UK) (18 December 2009)
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The only Best Picture nominee to have just 2 letters in the title. However, the record for shortest Best Picture nominee title belongs to the film Z (1969), a 1969 nominee. See more »

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When they are flying and Russell speaks of the cumulonimbus cloud, Frederickson turns his hearing aid off by turning the knob forward. When the lightning strikes, he turns it back on... by turning the knob forward. See more »

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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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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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