Up (2009 film)

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Up is a 2009 film 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 line]
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!

Construction Worker 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".

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

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? What is it?
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.

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.

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.
Dog: Hi, there!
[Carl and Russell both gasp and tense up]
Carl: [spooked] Did that dog just say "Hi, there"?
Dog: Oh, yes! [Carl screams] My name is Dug. I have just met you and I love you!

[The dogs are searching in the forest for Kevin]
Gamma: Hang on, I–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 squeaky 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 have 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]
Alpha: Mayhaps you desire to– SQUIRREL! [All of them turn their attention to a nearby tree; slight pauses, Gamma whimpers] May-haps 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]
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]

Russell: Tents are hard.
Carl: Wait, aren't you super wilderness guy... with the GPMs and the badges?
Russell: Yeah, but... C–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 don'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...

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, that 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! Right?
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.
[Beat, Muntz glaring]
Muntz: 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, cataloging 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: [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!

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 bathroooooooom.
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.

Mr. Muntz: Careful. We’ll 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.
[Dug sadly walks away]
Carl: Now whether you assist me or not, I am going to Paradise Falls, if it kills me.

Carl: [sees Russell flying away] Russell!
Russell: I'm gonna help Kevin, even if you won't!
Carl: No, Russell! No!

[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 squeaky 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 are the dogs.]
Dogs: Yes, Alpha.
Dug: "Alpha"? I am not Alpha, he is... Oh.

Pete Docter on Up (2009 film)[edit]

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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