This one is an adventure that I’d love to go off to once in my lifetime.
It all begins with a young Carl watching a documentary on Charles Muntz, who’s been off to a place, called Paradise Falls, which is lost in time. Muntz is supposed to have returned with a skeletal structure of an unseen animal. But unfortunately, the scientists run a series of tests on the skeleton and call it a fake. Muntz vows to come back back with the real thing or not at all.
Young Carl is totally fascinated by Muntz and dreams of becoming a high-flyer like Muntz someday. On his way home, he meets a like-minded girl called Ellie, who tells him about her planned adventure to ‘Paradise Falls’. They fall in love get married, sadly have no kids and Ellie dies. While watching these scenes pass by, I kept wondering, “What’s Up?”, because I was expecting a fun story and I see people dead in the first 15 minutes?
Old Carl is now a widower balloon salesman and holds a house right in the middle of a huge construction site. He refuses to sell it but is forced to go to a retirement home. Carl instead decides to take up the adventure that he had always dreamed of. He fills up and ties more than a thousand balloons to his house and manages to lift the whole house off the ground and is off to South America where ‘Paradise Falls’ awaits him and the soul of Ellie.
This is when the adventure begins along with the fun. The animation is impeccable. The characters are not people you could relate to but are adorable nonetheless. The storyline is good, though it is pockmarked with just a few humorous bits. The story is pretty much on a serious note with deep undertones. Kids will however love the funny parts and I think they’ll barely make the rest of the story out.
This is an adventure you can be a part of at least once.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair