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Wait... The House From UP Is Real?!

Nordling here.

Well, not exactly.  But Gizmodo posted some pictures of a replica built by National Geographic, and it's only 16' by 16', but, well, look at the pics and see for yourself:

Yes, it actually flies.  Beautiful.  Just beautiful.  Goodbye, Ellie.  Thanks to Andrew Molinaro for the tip off.  Click on the Gizmodo link for more photos.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 6, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    And people doubted the physics?

    by allyousay

    Really? People at Pixar do their homework...kinda.

  • March 6, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by Snuggle_Bunny

    I liked up. Fat kids are funny.

  • March 6, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by allyousay

    I was first for once. Awesome. Now, check out a video about two pot smoking puppets.

  • March 6, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by GrapeFruit

  • March 6, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Too expensive for Mythbusters to do?

    by Fred

  • Charlie Sheen's gotta a sweet tweet.

  • March 6, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    If homeless people were living somewhere other than in the streets, they would cease to be homeless, therefore defeating their purpose in society. The lack of homeless people would also give bleeding hearts one less thing to try to make other people feel guilty about. We can't have that.

  • March 6, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    UP is in my top 5 favorite films of all time

    by Rebel Scumb

    Its just a perfect movie in my opinion. I'm sure many will disagree, but I just adore every single thing about it. (if anyone cares, some of my other favorites are The Empire strikes back, Amelie, Master & Commander, Dark city & The Insider)

  • March 6, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    did anyone else

    by Jon Brand

    get the vibe the kid was asian in dat movie?

  • March 6, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Well he was Asian

    by Rebel Scumb

  • I'll have to find it on demand.

  • March 6, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen a Pixar movie since Bug's Life and don't care to

    by JuanSanchez

  • March 6, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Good call on NG, larrylongballs

    by JuanSanchez

    And is there no longer such a short limit on the length of the Subject line?

  • March 6, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I would have liked UP if Ed Asner was not in it

    by zillabeast

    Old fucking blowhard. He brings the whole film down with his angry white man routine.

  • in my basement, NOBODY SHOWED UP! :(

  • March 6, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    back in the good old days...

    by RipperGiles

    one turned to National Geographic when one was in study hall in junior high and wanted to see big floppy titties. Now they're recreating Pixar movies? At the sacrifice of big floppy titties? Foul, I cry... FOUL!

  • March 6, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    "Up", as in the 1976 Russ Meyer skin flick?

    by Jet Jaguar

    Co-written by Roger Ebert

  • March 6, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST




  • March 6, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Great! Now i'll know who to sue when this lands on my head!

    by ahdvd

    What are they gonna do when that thing comes down?

  • March 6, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    rubbish film

    by BBSloth

    Is it just me or are Pixar films getting worse and worse?

  • March 6, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    UP was almost as bad as Ratatouille

    by Rupee88

    Go worshop Cars 2, you cretins

  • March 6, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    No bbsloth, it appears rupee88 also has no taste.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Pixar is refined perfection. I would put Up(and over) with such esteemed films as Pinnochio, Beauty and the Beast, or any other children's classic you care to name.

  • March 6, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    braindrain.. maybe to people with A.D.H.D.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    at least you still have Resident Evil films, and those Crank films right?? Classics....

  • March 6, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Look.. I love schlock

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I can be just as happy watching The Last House at the Cemetary as I am watching 2001..... I just always appreciate how hard it must be to actually produce individual art in the swamp that is Hollywood. Pixar does it EVERY FUCKING TIME.

  • March 6, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Wow ripping on Pixar movies how pathetic is your life?

    by Andrew Coleman

    I'm looking at the losers hating on Up and WallE. Like really? I mean seriously... I get hating on Justin Bieber and I get hating on comic book movies an ranting about Oscar films. But Pixar movies? What do you hate kids or having a good time? Or do you just hate good movies? I understand that living in a basement can make a person bitter but this is just stupid. If you can't get the stick out of your ass then maybe you should avoid movies all together.

  • I kid. I kid.

  • March 6, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    For me its not necessarily the message that makes Up so good (although I do love Wall E also). But I wouldn't say its about how old people can do stuff. The movie is about a series of characters, all the primaries, including the villian, who all feel there is this hole in their lives, this empty thing inside of them. For Carl its his wife's absence and the unfullfilled dream of going to amazon with her, for the kid its earning all his badges and for Christopher plummer, its catching the bird and each of these characters cling to these obsession, with a subconscious belief (delusion) that somehow, if they can just accomplish this one impossible task then, for Carl, Ellie will come back, or the kids dad will stop ignoring him, or for Muntz that the world will take him seriously again. They don't articulate these beliefs, they aren't really even conscious that this is why they are doing these things, which is a very adult idea to put in a kids film. But it does motivate each of them. Even the dog is trying to win favour from his master. And its interesting when you can have a film where the protagonist and the antogonist are both motivated not by the same thing that the need, but by the same way that they need it. Ultimately Carl lets go of his obsession, and Muntz isn't able to and it destroys him. But I would say equally I love UP just on aesthetic level, I just really like the way its realized, and it has a Studio Ghibli like glee and surrealism to it. I mean this is a movie where the "big chase scene" is an old man with a floating house tied to his back races through a series of narrow cliffs on the back of a rainbow coloured ostrich while being chased by a pack of talking dogs. It doesn't get much more inventive than that.

  • March 7, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Up was not as good as...

    by The Dum Guy

    Below. But, they were both better than Blow,

  • March 7, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    UP isn't very subtle.

    by little_lebowski

    It's one of the best movies I've seen... but Up is so blunt with it's messages, it's funny that anyone wouldn't get it. 1) Appreciate the adventures your on, without lamenting the one you aren't. (As demonstrated most obviously by Ellie's adventure book, and to a lesser extent by Russel's desire to be with his absent father.) 2) It's ok to let go. Obsessing over your losses will inhibit your life. (As demonstrated by the obsessed Charles Muntz, who wasted his life in his single minded pursuit to reclaim his honor, and Carl's nearly losing his ersatz family due to his "need" to finish his quest.)

  • March 7, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    someone tie a thousand balloons to braindrain....

    by bluebalrog

    ...and launch him into outerspace.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    there is a real "up" house in Seattle

    by captzeep

    Completely surrounded by a 5 story commercial development, the lady didn't want to sell.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    If it would this easy to make a building float in the air

    by David Cloverfield

    We would be living in the floating city of New Chicago. This ain't real.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    To answer the question

    by Truxton Spangler

    IIRC, yes, Pete Docter did say that the 'Up" house was inspired by a real house that he passes on his way to work, but would not reveal to discourage looky-loos. But, this post was really more about the physics of lifting a house with balloons, despite the misleading title.

  • Kudos!

  • March 7, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Kudos to you

    by Truxton Spangler

    for recognizing it. I've liked your nick as well.

  • March 7, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Perfect rape trap.

    by Super Joker

    No escape.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Braindrain, I'll give you an 8/10 for trolling. Plenty of bites on that line of yours! You done good, son.

  • March 7, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Isn't this movie like 2 years old?

    by seasider

    Nordling, I get that you love Pixar movies but why is this tidbit of information newsworthy for AICN's frontpage?

  • March 7, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I want to have some different things.

    by Frank Conniff

    Anyone know where I could get them? Up is a good movie.

  • March 7, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    UP! Was A Really Lame

    by NeonFrisbee

    The opening scene was touching, but the rest of it was really kinda bad. WALL*E is *easily* the best Pixar flick... especially those first 20 minutes.

  • March 7, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    ripping on pixar films?

    by slappy jones

    here is why. because Wall-E , Ratatouille and Up! are not all that great. Everyone was so hypnotized by Wall-E's amazing first 30 or so minutes that they seem to give it a pass when he winds up on the ship and it turns into a boring, predictable run of the mill cartoon. Ratatouille suffers from having the film halfway through get handed over to the worst "lead" of all time. I forget his name but the guy the rat uses to cook ...whatever his name is has no motivation. no goals. nothing to root for and once it becomes his story it falls to pieces. and Up! has the same problem as Wall-E. everyone was so in awe of the admittedly wonderful opening segment that they seem to forgive it for having a lame talking dog that if it came out of dreamworks everyone would've fucking hated. Not to mention the stupid bird. and it alos gets very very boring. Now do I hate these films? no. and I really love Incredibles, toy story 1-3, nemo. Bugs life is rather average and I had no time for monsters inc. Cars is what it is but I do not get the pixar fellatio at all. Have they made a true stinker? not really although for me monsters inc is unwatchably boring but all the love heaped upon them is overboard as far as I am concerned.

  • Example: TBers.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb

    by SithMenace

    Amelie is fantastic. I saw it for the first time a few months ago and I've watched it 4 times since. I don't know how I missed it on release, but I'm guessing that I saw it was from the same director as Alien 4 and just dismissed it. It's probably in my top 10 now.

  • March 7, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Incredibles is my favorite Pixar film

    by SithMenace

    As far as them never having a bad movie, I disagree, I think it was Cars. I couldn't even make it through that movie. Although I'm not a nascar fan either, so maybe that has something to do with it. Btw, where were all the people in that movie?

  • March 7, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Duh, I Forgot About INCREDIBLES

    by NeonFrisbee

    I guess that's my fave too, then, followed closely by WALL*E. But yeah, either way, as people have been mentioning, the best part of Wall*E is the opening 20 minutes. The latter part isn't as good. I still loved it, though. I feel for the robots, you know?

  • March 7, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah but he probably doesn't have furniture in his house.

    by Josh

  • March 7, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Cars is the only one I don't like.

    by Rebel Scumb

    And its not even really all that bad, especially by kids movie standards. My nephew and my girlfriend's kids all love it. I just couldnt get into it. the talking cars sort of unnerve me, and I identified with Lightning Mcqueen the whole movie. I just wanted him to get out of that town so he could go fast again!! Cars 2 looks dreadful. I knew eventually there would have to be a Pixar movie that didn't appeal to me at all, but I won't be seeing it. Otherwise I've liked all there stuff. Monsters Inc is always a lot better than I remember, Bugs life is my next least favorite after cars, but it still has a lot of charm and is good for what it is. I give 10/10 to all their other movies. And I will easily conceed that the reason UP tops them all for me has a lot to do with my own personal tastes. I don't have any technical reason to rate it above Incredibles, Nemo, Toy Storys 1-3, Ratatoullie or Wall E. I just happen to like it best.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Old-ass news.

    by MiloDC

    Come on, Nerdling.

  • March 8, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by Andrew

    is pretty much spot on with everything he's said here. Took a bunch of words right out of my mouth.

  • March 8, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by LegalizeRomulanAle

    This is a test project to build flying homes for the homeless.

  • March 8, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    UP never interested me

    by ciroslive

    I guess I'm only into the more 'mature' fare by Pixar i.e. The Incredibles. The only Pixar film I've paid to see in the theater. I keep hoping that Pixar will take their talent to PG-13 or R-rated land, but being owned by Disney I doubt it will ever happen