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 main protagonist of the 2009 academy award winning Disney and Pixar film Up. He is also the childhood friend and husband of Ellie Fredricksen.

As a child, he is voiced by Jeremy Leary in the English version of the movie, and by Arturo Valli in the Italian version of the movie.

As an old man, he is voiced by Edward Asner in the English version of the movie, and by Giancarlo Giannini in the Italian version of the movie.



Carl was born in 1929, one year before 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 little girl. The little 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 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.
  • His English voice actor, Edward Asner, also voiced Hudson in Gargoyles.
  • It is not known why Carl and Ellie after the miscarriage have never opted for adoption or artificial insemination, though it is possible that they no longer wished to have a child after this. 
  • If his wife never had a miscarriage, his child would be an adult by the time the movie takes place.
  • When the movie was first pitched, some thought that the movie's target audience (children) may have trouble relating to Carl, due to his old age. The director, however, believed that children might think of him as similar to their grandparents.


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