So long, boys! I'll send you a postcard from Paradise Falls!
~ Carl when he sets off for Paradise Falls

Carlton "Carl" Fredricksen is the protagonist of the 2009 academy award winning Disney and Pixar film Up.

He is voiced by Edward Asner, who also voices Hudson, as an old man, and Jeremy Leary as a child.


Carl is a cranky, widowed 78-year-old former balloon salesman who has lost his wife, Ellie, and is determined to fulfill his promise he made with her to go to Paradise Falls in South America.



Carl was born in 1931, one year after Ellie. At 8 years old, when Carl watches a movie about Charles Muntz, he gets disgusted that he lost his license for not capturing a legendary bird. Carl later goes inside an abandoned house inhabited by a girl. The girl removes her helmet and introduces herself as Ellie. Carl obeys Ellie's words and later is sent to the plank upstairs to retrieve a balloon that got away from Ellie. Carl falls off the plank and his arm is injured. When Carl meets Ellie again in the tent, the balloon has popped.


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Carl and Ellie get married as young adults. Ellie's family cheers loudly. However, Carl's family applauds softly. The next day, Carl and Ellie are rebuilding their old house. They spend their life in the park, in the zoo, and saving tips for Paradise Falls. Carl continues smashing the tips with his hammer. One day, Ellie find that she was pregnant, and the couple built a nursery room, however, a few days later, they go into the doctor's office, Ellie had a miscarriage, and the doctor either knows that Ellie is now sterile. Years later, their hairs turn gray and they start to slow down. Ellie gets sick because of old age and Carl goes to her. Ellie is in the hospital and later dies. When Carl sits alone in church, funeral flowers are next to him. Carl goes into his house without Ellie.

The next day, Carl looks at a construction site in the background. Construction worker Tom says to him that it is a good day. He tells the worker's boss that he can have his house when he's dead. Carl then meets Russell, who is reading about being a wilderness explorer. Later, Stevie almost broke Carl and Ellie's mailbox. Carl hits his forehead with his cane. While Carl watches TV, he is bleeding and taken to the hospital. Carl is taken to the courtroom for mistreating Stevie. Officer Edith says that his new home will be in the retirement village.

The next day, George and A.J. meet Carl and ask him if he is ready to go. However, his house spawns thousands of balloons. The house floats to the street until Russell shows up.

When Russell, a wilderness explorer, stows away on board, Carl learns from his new friend that adventure is not from the places you go, but from the friends you make and the everyday experiences you have with them.



  • He is inspired by Spencer Tracy and Walter Matthau.


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