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Still shot from the movie: Up.


Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen (voice of Edward Asner) has always wanted to see South America, so he ties thousands of balloons to his house and heads UP and away on the adventure of a lifetime. All seems to be going according to plan until the elderly man discovers some excess baggage, in the form of a pesky nine-year-old named Russell (voice of Jordan Nagai), who has inadvertently come along for the ride. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 29 May 2009
Video Release: 03 Dec 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What does Carl have to get rid of in order to be the hero in this film? How can possessions, past grievances or other issues keep people from progressing or fully enjoying life? What positive things come out of his relationship with Russell?

To get the eager Wilderness Explorer to quit bothering him, Carl sends Russell on a snipe hunt. For anyone who hasn’t gone to camp or experienced this activity, you can learn more at this Wikipedia article.

Having lost our family pet in the recent past, I wonder what our dog would have said if he had been given a voice. Would you want to be able to have your pet "speak" or is it better to have the benefit of a more silent companion?

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