• Movie
  • 2009
  • 0
  • 1h 36m

8.3 Avg. rating

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Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Plot: 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger



Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Oben (2009)
Edward Asner, Bob Peterson, and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
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Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)
Oben (2009)
Christopher Plummer in Oben (2009)
Edward Asner in Oben (2009)
Jordan Nagai in Oben (2009)


Did you know


Before the film's worldwide release date, Pixar granted a wish from 10-year-old Colby Curtin to see the movie before she died. Colby had been diagnosed with cancer and was too sick to go to a theater. A Pixar employee flew to the Curtins' house with a DVD of the finished film and screened it for her and her family. Curtin died seven hours later at 9:20 pm, shortly after seeing the movie.


The age time-lines of the characters don't add up. When we see Carl as a child, Charles Muntz is a late middle aged man. But when they meet, they are about the same age. This is because the plot was slightly different in an earlier version of the movie. In that version, the birds' eggs would keep you alive for ever if you ate them, which is why Muntz was so interested in the bird, and the reason why he is still alive when Carl meets him. Pixar eventually decided to drop the concept about the eggs, but by then it was too late to change the part about Muntz still being alive and healthy. So they kept him in the final version and deliberately ignored that he should actually have been decades older than Carl.


[Carl, in his once-again airborne house, suddenly hears a knock at the front door]

Carl Fredricksen [Surprised] : Russell?

[opens the door to find Dug on his doorstep and is very happy]

Carl Fredricksen [Smiles] : Dug!

Dug [Looking sad] : I was hiding under your porch because I love you. Can I stay?

Carl Fredricksen [Delightfully] : Can you stay? Why, you're my dog, aren't you? And I'm your master!

Dug [His sadness turns to happiness. As he happily wags his tail] : You are my master? Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

[lunges forward and covers Carl in slobbery kisses]

Carl Fredricksen [laughing] : Good boy, Dug. You're a good boy.

Crazy credits

The photographs of characters shown during the end credits thematically match the crew members' positions, as do the "Wilderness Explorer" badges that also appear.

Alternate versions

In international prints, the label on the savings jar for Paradise Falls bears a drawing of said place as opposed to text.


Edited into Dug's Special Mission (2009)



(uncredited) (1875)
from "Carmen"
Composed by Georges Bizet
Arranged by Michael Giacchino


Real tear jerker opening
Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) as a young quiet kid idolized explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) and his discovery of Paradise Falls. Ellie is much more animated and also a great fan of Muntz. Together they would marry and live their lives together until the day she dies. Now Carl is hounded by a property developer and forced to go to a retirement home. Instead he ties a sea of helium balloons to his home and float away to Paradise Falls. Wilderness Explorer scout Russell who's trying to get an Assisting the Elderly badge gets dragged along on the adventure.

The first part of this movie is a real tear jerker. When Carl and Ellie's lives flash through the years, all the heart breaks and all the love just jump off the screen. Then there is comedy as the journey to Paradise Falls starts. The movie gets very surreal with dog translators, and a very colorful bird. The villain is a bit too villainy. The story gets too serious at times. But it ends almost as emotionally as it starts. It is one of the best of Pixar.

Rated 9/10 by SnoopyStyle on Dec 30, 2013.

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Top rated (#112)

Won 2 Oscar (out of 3 nominations)

81 wins and 88 nominations in total

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Release date: (Germany)

Countries of origin: United States

Official sites: Official Facebook, Official site

Languages: English

Also known as: Up

Filming locations: Pixar Animation Studios - 1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California, USA

Production companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Box office

Budget: $175,000,000

Gross US & Canada: $293,004,164

Opening weekend US & Canada: $68,108,790 (May 31, 2009)

Gross worldwide: $735,102,136

Technical specs

Runtime: 1h 36m

Color: Color

Sound mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1

Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1