Disney’s UP <3

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      The movie UP is a sweet, heart warming story. In the beginning of the movie Carl and Ellie meet as young kids, who both love adventure. As you get to know the characters the shy young boy Carl comes out of his shell a little when he is with Ellie, because she is wild and free spirited. As you begin to fall in love with both of the characters, they start to fall in love with each other. The first five minutes shows how they grow up, then end up getting married and going on so many adventures together. As they start to get older, Ellie becomes sick and dies, thus leading up to the opening of the movie. There sits a grumpy Carl a senior citizen who is depressed and alone now that is wife is gone. When she passes away he is so sad and decides to just let it overcome his entire life.

      I feel as though this is a very accurate depiction of what death in life is really like. When a loved one dies, especially a spouse, someone you see everyday, it has to be extremely hard to be motivated after that. The portrayal of death in this movie I don’t think is misleading at all. The audience is fully aware of Ellie’s death. Furthermore, the audience is probably more often than not, just as upset at this point, as Carl would be if he was a real person, and not just a cartoon.

      From my point of view, I would say that the media influences our understanding of death sometimes in the sense that they like to make it peaceful and simple. The people die in their sleep and they are forever comfortable. While really people are dying in hospitals, ambulances, in car crashes, murders, and from many different diseases that are anything close to comfortable. I feel as though the media masks the true heartache and disparity that can come with the death of a loved one. As I say that though, I also have to address that often times there are movies where people grieve their losses and the deaths aren’t always pretty. But, I would have to say that in general I feel like death in movies is often times simpler than real life. I think that the media influences us to think that death is as real as the movie that we are watching, everything works out, and will end up happy and beautiful in the end. When in reality sometimes life has loose ends and the sadness will never actually be gone, some part of you will always miss the person.

      Carl in this portion of the movie is a grumpy old man who sits inside like a hermit all day, I feel as though this only explains part of how people will react to death. This is because everyone is different. I don’t think that in one movie you can explain how death will affect everyone, because each life, and each story will be different. I think that the language in this movie shows that we are not all death denying but that verbally we tend to use other words for death. Or in this case specifically you visually get the point through visions of hospitals, tears, graves, and black colors. I think everyone knows that death will happen, and some people will deal with it differently than others.

      As this explanation of the movie focused mostly on the negative death in the first few minutes of the movie, it really does set the scene for the rest. Since I don’t like to spoil movies for people, and this is a Disney film, there is a happy ending, and a talking dog. If you haven’t seen this heart-warming movie yet, you have no life and should WATCH MORE MOVIES, only kidding, but for real, WATCH IT!! 😉

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9 thoughts on “Disney’s UP <3

  1. Great choice of movie that truly defines a type of death i find more common within America. Losing a instrumental piece of your daily life , be it a family member, friend, or lover can be a true ground-shaking experience that can leave one in a state of drowsiness and reduced motivation. It’s also very true that many deaths tend to occur in a dramatic fashion that is not always the fairy tale ending in a peaceful sleep. Chronic Illness is one of the most depressing of the selection in my opinion due to the fact that day by day you watch yourself slowly lose grip of your own life.

    • I would definitely have to agree with you that Chronic Illnesses would have to be a terrible way to go. Just for the basic fact that you wouldn’t really feel like yourself anymore! 😦

  2. I completely agree with Adam, great choice! This movie was really nicely made especially because it’s a Disney movie and has younger audience. I can’t get through this movie without crying however, I don’t really think a lot of younger kids really held onto the moment of Ellie dying as much as an older audience did. I say that because the rest of the movie (for the most part) is happy! I like how you mentioned how Carl is a grumpy old man for the rest of the movie because it never really occurred to me that, that’s his way of dealing with death of a loved one.

    • His grumpiness is definitely how he coped, and there were many ways to see how. One of which was that he just tried to hold on to the memory of Ellie in any way that he could. Even if it meant smacking someone with his cane, to protect their mailbox…

  3. To alisonbrown10-
    I loved that you choose this movie, I am kind of upset I didn’t think of it first! However, I want to address a perspective you brought up. When Ellie dies and Carl stays in the “house like a hermit”,it is not necessarily because he was depressed of her dying; Carl stayed in the house to protect her spirit in living on. I believe that as individuals who survive the death of a loved one we cling to the objects or possessions that evoke them the strongest. This even in a sense can be realistic to how many widowers keep the room exactly they same, or clothes in the drawers for a while after a death. The house that Carl and Ellie lived in for so many years was the house where they had first met, it was the house they fixed up as a reflection of their childhood dreams. Their house was a symbol to their life together. In a way it was a poetic sense of preservation to their love.The new routine that kept Carl willing to live was to fight against the construction worker’s desire to build on his property. Aside from that, I agree that this adaption is real to death and how we hope our loved ones die peacefully and quickly. This film also shows the full circle of life to death; it begins in childhood and carries through to the very end of one life.This film outside of touching the effects of after death it gives you a sense of new beginning and “new adventures” that blossom out of it too.

    • For sure, his being grumpy and reserved inside was his way of keeping everything the same, so it was if she was still there. I agree.

  4. I loved the movie Up and while I agree that it is an appropriate depiction of death given the intended audience, I disagree with your portrayal of Carl. It is understandable that Carl is initially depressed after losing Ellie. He may also be feeling regret that they were not able to fulfill their dream of an adventure to South America before she died. However, in real life *most* older adults who suffer the death of a spouse are very resilient in dealing with that loss. I don’t think Carl was chronically depressed. Moreover, I think Carl showed amazing resiliency in dealing with the impending loss of his house. Carl was able to think outside the box to save his home (and his memories of Ellie) and to take that trip to South America to honor Ellie’s dream.
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  5. This movie is one of my absolute favorite Disney films and the most shocking to me in many ways. I agree with you in the aspects of how well they portrayed death in the film. I feel as though this is the first Disney film that focuses on death in a realistic perspective. Ellie was old and death took over. For many older folks, that happens too many. I agree that Carl is depressed because his wife died but I don’t believe that it was an illness for him. He kept her spirit in the house therefore him never wanting to leave. He showed that he can overcome the grief of death and make his dreams reality through Ellie. The death of Ellie gave him the achievements to travel and have an adventure they always wanted for each other. This film shows society that you can overcome the loss of others and make it a dream setter for those who had plans for the future.

  6. This is definitely one of my favorite Disney movies and I always cry like a baby. I feel like Disney always does a pretty good job in portraying death for the younger audience. I agree that Carl was upset but he managed to keep her spirit everywhere throughout the house. While watching the movie, I understood that Carl wanted to stay in the house to keep her spirit alive with things that had to do with them and their memories, not because he was depressed. Everything he had in the house, was a symbol (like we talked about in class) of their life together and of her. It sucked having such a sad scene in the beginning of the movie but overall, the movie is amazing and it does bring out the topic of death in a happy way.

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