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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Up can be found here.

What is this movie about?

78-year old balloon salesman, Carl Fredericksen (voice of Edward Asner), uses 10,000 balloons to up and fly his house to the Venezuelan jungle. Inadvertently, he takes with him eight-year old Wilderness Explorer scout Russell (voice of Jordan Nagai), who was hoping to earn his "Helping the Elderly" merit badge.

Is "Up" based on a book?

No. Up is a Pixar-animated film, based on an idea by director Pete Docter and a screenplay co-written by co-director Bob Peterson, screenwriter Thomas McCarthy, and animation storyboarder Ronnie del Carmen.

Russell tells Carl that he was searching for the Snipe under his porch. Later in the movie, after the house is relaunched, Dug also knocks at the door and says that he was hiding under the porch when it took off. Apparently, the porch has a floor underneath which goes with the house when it is airborne. Another possibility is that both Russell and Dug hang on to the underside of the porch when it takes off and then climb up onto the porch in order to get inside the house. In the short film "George & A.J." an attempt is made to handwave this by showing Russell bracing himself underneath the house as it takes off.

She and Russell's father are divorced or separated. Russell lives with his mother, who is shown in the crowd at his graduation ceremony.

How does the movie end?

While Russell goes off to save Kevin, who is being held prisoner in Muntz's dirigible, Carl relaunches the house and goes after Russell. Russell has been captured, tied to a chair, and the chair situated at the top of an open runway. As Russell's chair slowly slides down the runway and is about to plummet to the ground, Carl steers the house close to the runway and saves Russell, pulling him back into the house. He tethers the house to the runway, and he and Dug enter the dirigible to save Kevin. Carl lures away Muntz's dogs by tossing them a ball from the end of his walking cane. He releases Kevin from his cage, but Muntz corners them in the room and goes after Carl with a sword. Just as Muntz is about to run his sword through Carl, Dug accidentally brushes against the dirigible's steering stick, causing the airship to tilt. Meanwhile, Russell has managed to steer the house close enough to the dirigible so that Kevin and Dug can come back into the house. Muntz follows and start shooting at them. Carl lures Kevin with a piece of chocolate, and Kevin flies out a window with both Russell and Dug hanging onto him. Muntz tries to follow, but get his foot entangled on the balloon strings and goes plummeting toward the ground. The house sails off on its own. Kevin stays behind on Paradise Falls to raise her chicks, and Carl, Russell, and Dug pilot the dirigible back home. When Russell's father doesn't show up at his Senior Explorer celebration, Carl steps in to receive Russell's honor. Carl bestows upon Russell his own badge...the Ellie grape soda badge, and then takes Russell out for an ice cream. Unbeknownst to Carl, his house has finally settled down next to Paradise Falls, just where Ellie wanted it.

If you like Pixar's animation in Up, you'll certainly want to see some of the other Pixar productions, including Toy Story (1995) and its sequels -- Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010) -- and perhaps A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), Ratatouille (2007), and WALL·E (2008), and Brave (2012).

This is the second film by Disney and Pixar to be rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. The first Pixar film to be rated PG was The Incredibles. The reason why this and The Incredibles were rated PG was because of more intense action scenes. This is also a rare Pixar film to have blood shown (the G-rated Finding Nemo did too), but it's not too graphic and only two scenes contain it.

If Carl's house was approximately 1600 square feet, and the average house weighs between 60-100 pounds per square foot, it weighs 120,000 pounds. If the average helium balloon can carry .009 pounds (or 4.63 grams), it would take 12,658,392 balloons to lift his house off the ground. 20,622 balloons appear on the house when it first lifts off, but tearing the house out of the ground and being able to maneuver it is another story.

The film skirts around this by never actually saying how old Muntz was when he set off on his journey. He could have been in his early to late 20s or his early 30s. Since Carl was around 10 at the time he saw the news reel of Muntz, and he is apparently 78 at the time he meets Muntz, that means 68 years have passed, meaning Muntz would be in his 90s.

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