Up (2009 film)

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Up is a 2009 film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells a story about an old man named Carl Fredricksen and a young wilderness explorer named Russell who fly to South America in a floating house suspended from helium balloons in order to fulfill a promise to Carl's late wife.

Directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Bob Peterson. Written by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter.


[First lines]
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!

Newsreel Announcer: But what's this? Scientists cry foul! The national explorer society accuses Muntz of fabricating the skeleton.
Young Carl: No!
Newsreel Announcer: The organization strips Muntz of his membership.

Carl: Quite a sight, huh, Ellie? [looks at the mailbox] Uh, mail's here. [goes to the mailbox, then getting the cards] Shady Oaks Retirement. Oh, brother. [blows the mailbox]
Tom: Hey, morning, Mr. Fredricksen. Need any help, sir?
Carl: Uh, no...Er, yes. Tell your boss over there that you boys are ruining our house.
Tom: Well, just to let you know, my boss'll be happy to take this little place off your hands for double his last offer. Whaddaya say to that? [Carl blasts the worker with a leaf blower] I'll...take that as a "no", then.
Carl: I believe I made my position to your boss quite clear.
Tom: You poured prune juice in his gas tank.
Carl: [chuckles] Yeah, that was good. Here, let me talk to him. [the worker hands him a megaphone] You in the suit! Yes, you! Take a bath, hippie!
Tom: [snatches the megaphone back] I am not with him! [to Carl] This is serious! He's out to get your house!
Carl: Tell your boss he can have our house.
Tom: Really?
Carl: When I'm DEAD! [slams door]
Tom: I'll take that as a "maybe".

Russell: Good afternoon. My name is Russell. And I am a Wilderness Explorer in Tribe 54, Sweat Lodge 12. Are you in need of any assistance today, sir?
Carl: No.
Russell: I could help you cross the street.
Carl: No!
Russell: I could help you cross your yard.
Carl: No!
Russell: I could help you cross your porch.
Carl: No!
Russel: Well, I gotta help you cross something.
Carl: Uh...no, I'm doing fine.

[after the constuction tractor backed up to the mailbox, with Carl noticing it]
Carl: Hey! [runs to his mailbox] Hey, you! W-What do you think you're doing?!
Steve: [tries to fix the mailbox] I am so sorry, sir.
Carl: [stops him] Don't touch that!
Steve: No, no, no, l-let me take care of that for you.
Carl: [pulls it away from him] Get away from our mailbox!
Steve: Hey. Sir, I--
Carl: I don't want you to touch it!
[Carl accidentally clubs Steve with his cane, making his blood drawn out. Then terribly looks everyone who looks shocked at Carl, realizing what he had done. He retreats back inside his house, ashamed.]

Russell: Hi, Mr. Fredricksen! It's me, Russell.
Carl: What're you doing up here, kid?
Russell: I found the snipe and I followed it under your porch, but this snipe had a long tail and looked more like a large mouse.

[In the jungle]
Carl: You got a run away in terror badge?
Russell: No.
Carl: Time to earn it!
[Both screaming]

Carl: Let's play a game. It's called "See Who Can Be Quiet The Longest."
Russell: Cool! My mom loves that game! All right then.

Russell: Hey, I like dogs.
Carl: We found your dog! Wonder who he belongs to.
Russell: Sit, boy. Hey, look, he's trained! Shake. Uh-huh. Speak.
Dug: Hi, there!
[Carl and Russell both gasp and tense up]
Carl: [spooked] Did that dog just say "Hi, there"?
Dug: Oh, yes! [Carl screams] My name is Dug. I have just met you and I love you!
Carl: [Dug jumps up on to him.] Wha...
Dug: My master made me this collar. He is a good and smart master and he made me this collar so that I may talk. SQUIRREL! [turns his attention to a rock; slight pauses out] My master is good and smart.
Carl: It's not possible.
Dug: Oh it is, because my master is smart.
Russell: Cool! What do these do, boy? [inspects the collar and twists a dial]
Dug: Hey would you- [click] -cuerdo con tigo- [click] I use that collar- [click] -watashi wa hanashi ma- [click] -to talk with, I would be happy if you stopped.
Carl: Russell, don't touch that. It could be radioactive or something.
Dug: [sniffs the ground around Carl and Russell] I am a great tracker. My pack sent me on a special mission all by myself. Have you seen a bird? I want to find one and I have been on the scent. I am a great tracker, did I mention that? [Kevin tackles Dug and screeches] Hey, that is the bird! I have never seen one up close but this is the bird. May I take your bird back to camp as my prisoner?
Carl: Yes! Take it! And on the way, learn how to bark like a real dog!
Dug: Oh! I can bark! [barks] And here's howling! [howls, Kevin screeches]
Russell: Can we keep him? Please, please, please?
Carl: No.
Russell: [falls to his knees, pleading] But it's a talking dog!
Carl: [grabs Russell] It's just a weird trick or something. Let's get to the falls.
Dug: [as he and Kevin follows] Please be my prisoner. Oh please, oh please be my prisoner.

[The dogs are searching in the forest for Kevin]
Gamma: Hang on, I picked up the bird's scent!
Beta: Wait a minute, what's this? [sniffs the ground] Chocolate, I smell chocolate!
Gamma: I'm getting prunes and denture cream! Who are they?
Beta: Oh, man, Master will not be pleased. We better tell him someone took the bird. Right, Alpha?
Alpha: [in a high-pitched voice] No. Soon enough the bird will be ours yet again. Find the scent, my compadres, and you too shall have much rewarding from Master for the toil factor you wage.
Beta: [trying his best not to laugh] Hey, Alpha, I think there's something wrong with your collar. You must've bumped it.
Gamma: [not trying to hide his laughter at all] Yeah! Your voice sounds funny!
[They both laugh]
Alpha: Beta! Gamma! [they both stop laughing] Mayhaps you desire - SQUIRREL! [all of them turn their attention to a nearby tree; slight pauses out, Gamma whimpers] Mayhaps you desire to challenge the ranking that I have been assigned by my strength and cunning.
Beta: No, no, no...but maybe Dug would. You might wanna ask him.
Gamma: Yeah. I wonder if he's found the bird on his 'very special mission'.
Alpha: Do not mention Dug to me at this time. His fool's errand will keep him most occupied. Most occupied, indeed. Ha ha ha! Do you not agree with that which I am saying to you now?
Beta: Sure, but the second Master finds out you sent Dug out by himself, none of us will get a treat. [he and Gamma whine]
Alpha: [Lunges and growls at them] You are wise, my trusted lieutenant. [presses a button on Beta's collar with his nose and barks] This is Alpha calling Dug. Come in, Dug.
Dug: [whispering] Hi, Alpha. Hey, your voice sounds funny.
Alpha: [growls] I know, I know! Have you seen the bird?
Dug: Why yes. The bird is my prisoner, now.
Gamma: Yeah, right. [screen shows Kevin who screeches]
Alpha: Impossible. Where are you?
Dug: I am here with the bird, and I will bring it back, and then you will like me. Oh, gotta go!
Russell: Hey, Dug. Who are you talking to? [screen turns off. The dogs start barking loudly]
Alpha: No, wait! Wait!
Beta: What's Dug doing?!
Gamma: Why's he with that small mailman?!
Beta: Where are they?!
Alpha: [pushes a button that shows where Dug is on the map] There he is. Come on! [They follow to where Dug is]
Dug: Oh please, oh please, oh please, be my prisoner!
Russell: Dug, stop bothering Kevin!
Dug: That man there said that I could take the bird, and I love that man there like he is my master.
Carl: I am not your master!
Dug: I am warning you once again, bird!
Russell: Hey, quit it!
Dug: I am jumping on you now, bird!
Carl: Russell, at this rate, we'll never get to the falls!
Dug: Here, bird!
Carl: I am nobody's master, got it? I don't want you here, and I don't want you here! I'm stuck with you! And if you two don't clear out of here by the time I count to three...

Carl: Well, thanks for keeping us dry anyway, Ellie.
Russell: Which one's the front?
Carl: Oh, boy.
Russell: Is this step three or is this step five? There. All done. That's for you. [the pole catapults the tent cover in the air, then it plummets down the cliff] Oh, tents are hard.
Carl: Wait, aren't you super wilderness guy...with the GPMs and the badges?
Russell: Yeah, but...Can I tell you a secret?
Carl: No!
Russell: Alright. Here goes. [quickly] I've never actually built a tent before. There, I said it!
Carl: You've been camping before, haven't you?
Russell: Well...never outside.
Carl: Well, why didn't you ask your dad to help build you a tent?
Russell: Ah, I don't think he wants to talk about this stuff.
Carl: Why don't you try him sometime? Maybe he'll surprise ya.
Russell: Well, he's away a lot. I don't see him much.
Carl: He's gotta be home sometime.
Russell: Well, I call often… but...Phyllis told me I bug him too much.
Carl: Phyllis? You call your own mother by her first name?
Russell: Phyllis isn't my mom.
Carl: Oh...
Russell: But, he promised me he would come to the Wilderness Explorer Ceremony and pin on my Assisting the Elderly badge. So, he can show me about tents then, right?
Carl: Hey, why don't you get some sleep? Don't want to wake up the traveling flea circus.
Russell: Mr. Fredricksen, Dug says he wants to take Kevin prisoner. We have to protect him. [yawns] Can Kevin go with us?
Carl: All right, he can come.
Russell: Promise you won't leave him?
Carl: Yeah.
Russell: Cross your heart?
Carl: Cross my heart. What have I got myself into, Ellie?

Beta: Not you!
Gamma: What do we do with Dug?
Alpha: He has lost the bird. Put him in the cone of shame.
Dug: I do not like the cone of shame.

Muntz: Having guests is a delight. More often I get thieves, come to steal what's rightfully mine.
Carl: No!
Muntz: [picks up the lantern] They called me a fraud, those... [illuminates the room, revealing a skeleton of Kevin's species, festooned with maps of the area] But once I bring back this creature, my name will be cleared! Beautiful, isn't it? Oh, I've spent a lifetime tracking it. Sometimes, years go by between sightings. I've tried to smoke it out of that deathly labyrinth where it lives. You can't go in after it. Once in, there's no way out. I've lost so many dogs. And here they come, these bandits, and think the bird is theirs to take! But they soon find that this mountain... is a very dangerous place.
Russell: [notices the skeleton] Hey, that looks like Kevin!
Muntz: "Kevin"?
Russell: Yeah, that's my new giant bird pet. I trained it to follow us.
Muntz: Follow you? That's impossible! How?
Russell: [pulls out a chocolate bar] She likes chocolate!
Muntz: Chocolate?
Russell: Yeah, I gave her some of my chocolate. She goes ga-ga for it.
Carl: But it ran off! [takes Russell's chocolate bar] It's gone, now.
Muntz: [glaring] You know, Carl... [illuminates a shelf of flight caps] These people who pass through here, they all tell pretty good stories. A surveyor, making a map. [knocks one flight cap over] A botanist, cataloguing plants. [knocks another cap over, then picks up a third] An old man, taking his house to Paradise Falls. [drops the cap, glaring at Carl] I mean, that's the best one yet. I can't wait to hear how it ends. [grins sinisterly]
Carl: Well, it's been a wonderful evening, but we'd better be going.
Muntz: Oh, you're not leaving.
Carl: We don't want to take advantage of your hospitality. Come on, Russell.
Russell: But we haven't even had dessert yet!
Muntz: No, the boy's right! You haven't had dessert! Epsilon here makes a delicious cherries jubilee! Oh, you really must stay! I insist! We have so much more to talk about!

Muntz: [groans] You lost them?
Beta: No, it was Dug.
Gamma: Yeah, he's with them! He helped them escape!
Muntz: [grunting angrily] Wait. Wait a minute. Dug.
Carl: See anything?
Dug: No, my pack is not following us. Boy, they are dumb.
Carl: This is crazy. I finally meet my childhood hero, and he's trying to kill us. What a joke!

Carl: Darn thing! Come on, Russell, would you hurry up?
Russell: I'm tired and my knee hurts.
Carl: Which knee?
Russell: My elbow hurts, and I have to go to the bathroom.
Carl: I asked you about that five minutes ago!
Russell: I didn't need to goooo theeeeennn! [falls to the ground; the house drags him] I don't want to walk anymore. Can we stop?
Carl: Russell, if you don't hurry up, the tigers will eat you.
Russell: There are no tigers in South America. Zoology.
Carl: Oh, for the love of Pete. Go on into the bushes and do your business.
Russell: Okay, here. Hold my stuff. I always wanted to try this.

Muntz: Careful. I want her in good shape for my return.
Russell: Let her go! Stop! KEVIIIIIIIIN!!

[After Muntz kidnapped Kevin and almost burned Carl's house]
Russell: You gave away Kevin. You just...gave her away.
Carl: This is none of my concern. [angrily turns to Russell] I DIDN'T ASK FOR ANY OF THIS!
Dug: [walks to Carl] Master, it's all right.
Carl: [enraged] I AM NOT YOUR MASTER! AND IF YOU HADN'T HAVE SHOWN UP, NONE OF THIS WOULD'VE HAPPENED! BAD DOG!! BAD DOG!!! [Dug sadly walks away] Now whether you assist me or not, I am going to Paradise Falls, if it kills me!

[after arriving at Paradise Falls to put his house down]
Russell: [angrily] Here. [throws his sash on the ground] I don't want this anymore.

[After Carl looks through the scrapbook, heads out to find Russell]
Carl: Russell?
[A shadow crosses Carl. He looks up to see Russell floating off, hanging from a bunch of balloons]
Carl: Russell!
Russell: [angry] I'm gonna help Kevin, even if you won't! [fires up the leaf blower and steers himself off to the sky]
Carl: No, Russell! No!

Carl: [hears a knock on his door en route to rescue Russell] Russell? [opens the door to find Dug] Dug!
Dug: I was hiding under your porch because I love you. Can I stay?
Carl: Can you stay? Well, you're my dog, aren't you? And I'm your master!
Dug: [happily] You are my master?! [jumps on Carl in joy] Oh, boy, oh, boy!
Carl: Good boy, Dug! You're a good boy!

Muntz: And they wouldn't believe me. Just wait till they get a good look at you.
Alpha: Master, the small mailman has returned.
Muntz: What?
Russell: Let me go!
Muntz: Where's your elderly friend?
Russell: [bitterly] He's not my friend anymore.
Muntz: Well, if you're here, Fredricksen can't be far behind.
Russell: Where are you keeping Kevin? Let me go!
Beta: Scream all you want, small mailman.
Gamma: None of your mailman friends can hear you.
Russell: I'll unleash all my Wilderness Explorer training!
Muntz: Alpha, Fredricksen's coming back! Guard that bird! If you see the old man, you know what to do.
Russell: Hey, where are you going?! I'm not finished with you!
Muntz: Nice talking with you.

[After Dug put the cone of shame on Alpha which his deep voice from translator broke, all dogs gasp]
Dog: He wears the cone of shame!
Alpha: [in a high-pitched voice again] What, what? Do not just continue sitting. Attack! [all the dogs starts laughing] No, no! Stop your laughing! Get this off of me!
Dug: Listen, you dog! SIT!
[Alpha obeys, so do the dogs]
Dogs: Yes, Alpha.
Dug: "Alpha"? I am not Alpha, he is...Oh.

Gamma: I hate squirrels.

Pete Docter on Up (2009 film)


The idea came from the idea of escaping the world, actually. For me, there’s definitely days where I feel like I’ve been overwhelmed by people, and I need to get away. So Bob Peterson, who is the lead writer and co-director, he and I were just sitting in a room thinking of ideas. And we were experimenting with this visual idea of a guy in floating house, and it just seemed really intriguing.[1]




  1. Pete Docter - Interview. A.V. Club (2009-05-28).
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