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“Vroooomm vrrroom!!,” hears young Carl Fredricksen as he enters into an old, abandoned house to figure out where this noise was coming from. “What are you doing?!,” Ellie says boldly. Carl, being an explorer, let go of his blue balloon and it floated up into that house where he meets a young, outgoing girl named Ellie wearing the same adventure goggles as him. Minimal words were said by Carl, but cute Ellie invited Carl to part of her explorer club. Carl agrees that he has what it takes to be part of this club. "Welcome aboard!," says Ellie loudly. This is where we first see Carl and Ellie’s relationship start kindling. UP, directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, show us how nothing else in the world matters when we have love and good relationships in our lives; this can be one of our biggest distractions. In California, young Carl and Ellie both share the same love for Charles Muntz; the biggest explorer of their time. The film focuses on these lovers throughout their lives and shows their relationship grow and grow. Carl and Ellie end up getting married, build a house together and have jobs together at the zoo. Carl makes balloon animals for kids while Ellie tames the animals, which fits their personalities exactly. They continue to fall more and more in love every single day of their happy life. They decide to start saving up money to go to Paradise Falls, because they made a pinky promise to each other at young age that they would do so. Sadly, many accidents like a flat tire and broken bones happen that cause them to have to use their money in the Paradise Falls money jar so they have keep starting over to continue saving money. This kept delaying the process of them getting to go to Paradise Falls but the couple couldn’t be happier.

The plausible impossible distracts us from the realities from the physical world and helps us to feel love and compassion. The film UP, is designed to remind people of their relationships with one another and does it by using the plausible impossible. As viewers we see this all throughout the cartoon movie UP.

Carl later loses the love of his life, Ellie, after many happy years of life. Carl becomes depressed and and mad at his life. Carl, is sitting on his big rocking chair when his and Ellie’s Adventure Book falls open to a page with a picture of their multi colored house at the top of Paradise Falls. Carl gets sadder because he never took Ellie to Paradise Falls which had been her dream since she was young. He comes up with an absurd idea and decides to use his balloon making skills at the zoo to make a bunch of balloons, tie them to his house and float his house down to South America where Paradise Falls is located. In the movie Carl used about ten thousand balloons and Pixar calculated that in order to make a house float you would need over 25 million balloons to even begin to make a floating house possible. Watching the movie, you don’t notice this impossible situation because you are so focused on his love for his deceased wife Ellie. Not only are you focused on that love but you are focused on the fact that Carl threw out couches, decorations, food, etc. from his house to make his house “appear” lighter to us so it seems more possible for the house to float.

“The reason a balloon reaches a certain height is that the buoyant force is not constant with altitude. As the balloon rises, the density of the air decreases. This has the effect of a lower buoyant force. At some point, the buoyant force and the weight are equal and the balloon no longer changes altitude.” - Allien R.

This explains why the amount of balloons Carl used to make his house float is simply not possible as well as for his house to make a clean cut off the ground when it was lifting off.

Pixar UP house first lift off
Pixar UP house first lift off

Before his house actually goes into flight, little Boy Scout Russell comes into broken hearted Carl’s life. Russell knocks on Carl’s door many times wanting to do any act of service he can for Carl but Carl continued to shut the door on him. This did not stop Russell from coming back again and again. Now, this leads us back to when Carl’s house first begins to take flight. His house floats straight up into the sky and surprisingly doesn’t hit any of the big skyscrapers built next to his home. Carl begins to relax because he is finally on his journey to Paradise Falls to accomplish Ellie’s dreams. Soon after his house is up in the air, soaring over California, Carl gets a surprising knock on his door. At first he ignores the sound then, “knock, knock, knock, knock!!!” Carl hears again. Confused he heads over to his front door and opens it. “Uh.. can I please come in sir?,” says Russell very nervously. Carl, having no other option, lets him in. As they get closer to Venezuela the balloons start to lose helium and they begin to drift lower to the earths surface. The directors had to make sure the balloons lost helium at some point in the movie or else we would begin to be suspicious.

According to balloonfaq.com, latex balloons generally last between 12-20 hours when filled with helium, and this is when they are just sitting in your house. The balloon house in UP floats across several countries at a very slow speed, which would take a lot longer than 12-20 hours; the balloons would have lost their helium way before even reaching Central America.

According to Pixar, once you are in Venezuela it would take three days to get to Paradise Falls after you had traveled on two different planes, one helicopter and hiked many many miles.

As viewers we don’t even realize that the helium in the balloons should’ve run out earlier because we again, are distracted by Carl and Russell’s relationship. Not only would the balloons in a real life scenario lose helium a lot sooner, they would not be able to float that high in the sky without pooping from the pressure. This cartoon leads us to believe that Carl floating his house down to South America could be possible.

Carl and Russell in the balloon house
Carl and Russell in the balloon house

As I mentioned earlier, Carl’s balloon house loses helium and becomes extremely low to the ground. Carl and Russell have to put the house on a leash so they are able to control its path of direction. While “walking” the house, they meet a dog named Doug. Doug is not any ordinary dog though; he can talk through a collar! This collar also has a control button to make this dog, Doug be able to speak in any language so that he is able to communicate with anyone. We get distracted by the collar because the bong Carl, Russell and Doug start to form. They make another animal friend on the way and his name is Kevin, he is a beautiful colorful bird who cannot fly: an ostrich. They all become best friends. There is many impossibilities in this scene, one being that ostriches don’t live Venezuela; ostriches are from the country of Africa. Later on in the film we are introduced to Doug’s posse of dogs with the same speaking collars in a giant blimp. These dogs work and act like the humans which is impossible.

Doug, Kevin, Russell and Carl
Doug, Kevin, Russell and Carl

Carl is confused but he later meets the owner of all these dogs, to his surprise the owner, is his life long hero, Charles Muntz. Charles invites Carl to dinner and begins flying his blimp into the sky. Charles wasn’t as nice as Carl had expected him to be. After they ate, Charles gave Carl a tour of the blimp. They went through a museum and Carl noticed pictures and footprint fossils of the exotic bird he had became friends with earlier. A light went off in Carl’s head and he realized what Charles must have wanted from him; his bird friend Kevin. Carl started to back away from Charles. Charles noticed his suspicion then abruptly yelled, “Give me him!” Carl didn’t say a word and began running towards the door they entered into to get to the museum. Carl found Russell and Doug and told them that they needed to get out off there. They all separated to look for Kevin. They began to fight, swinging their canes and walkers at one another. This is where our next impossible scenario comes to play. Charles and Carl are both very old. They would not be able to even swing their canes hard enough to actually injure the other person. Carl ended up winning and sadly Charles Muntz ended up dying because he fell off the blimp. Carl tied his balloon house to Charles Muntz blimp and flew the blimp near Paradise Falls. It was foggy so Carl blindly dropped it off at the top of Paradise Falls through the clouds and the multi colored, little house that Carl and Ellie built and painted when they first got married landed next to paradise Falls, exactly where Ellie wanted it to be. The last impossibility we see is this scene because Carl couldn’t have dropped off the house next t to Paradise Falls without some sort of a GPS.

Carl letting go of his house to Paradise Falls
Carl letting go of his house to Paradise Falls

The movie ends happy; the house is exactly where it is supposed to be, Russell gets all his boy scout badges and Kevin and Doug are let free. As Carl looks through his and Ellie’s Adventure Book, he realizes that she had written more in the book than he thought. Carl was looking through the pages and the whole beginning of the book was his and Ellie’s life growing up together. With pictures from when they met, their marriage and all their adventures together. The last page said, “Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one.” Clearly the main argument of this movie is relationships and their importance. We realize that relationships are the key to happiness and we as humans are easily blinded by love.

Psychosis talk about a thing they call, “a loss of reality.” This is when an argument is supported by a claim and how the claim seems plausible to us. This is going to make people see the movie a lot differently, by allowing and informing their brain to think about what is actually going on. The audience listens and sees what is going on that they don’t actually think about what is happening because they are distracted. This is the Plausible Impossible.

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