Study Guide

Up Friendship


ELLIE: You and me, we’re in a club now.

Ellie is Carl’s original BFF. Sure, they get married and spend almost their entire lives together, but they start out as friends.

ELLIE: That’s it! You can take us there in a blimp! Swear you’ll take us! Cross your heart! Cross it! Cross your heart! Good. You promised; no backing out.

Ah, the heart-crossing promise. It’s a hallmark of friendship—and so much tidier than matching tattoos.

ELLIE: You know, you don't talk very much. I like you.

What else do you think initially attracts Ellie to Carl?

CARL: We’re on our way, Ellie.

Carl repeatedly talks to Ellie throughout the film, long after she’s gone, showing friendships last forever. Here, he’s making good on the promise he swore before they were married, when they were just a pint-sized pair of besties.

CARL: Now when you get up there, go ahead and hoist me up. Got it?

[Russell struggles to climb up.]

CARL: You on the porch yet?

[A scene change shows that Russell has climbed an inch.]

CARL: What? That's it? I came all this way just to get stuck in the wrong end of this rock pile?

RUSSELL: Hey… If I could assist you over there, would you sign off on my badge?

CARL: What are you talking about?

Russell: We could walk your house to the falls.

CARL: Walk it?

RUSSELL: Yeah! After all, we weight it down. We could walk it right over there, like a parade balloon.

After Russell’s brilliant idea, he and Carl start working together instead of against each other. Life lesson: Things go a lot more smoothly when you buddy up and cooperate.

RUSSELL: This is fun already, isn’t it? By the time we get there, you’re gonna feel so assisted.

It’s this kind of pure enthusiasm that eventually wins Carl over.

RUSSELL: An explorer is a friend to all, be it plants or fish or tiny mole!

CARL: That doesn't even rhyme!

RUSSELL: Yeah, it does.

If bickering about dumb stuff is a sign of friendship—and it is—then these two are totally BFFs.

ALPHA: Do not mention Dug to me at this time. His fool's errand will keep him most occupied. Most occupied, indeed. Ha ha ha! Do you not agree with that which I am saying to you now?

BETA: Sure, but the second Master finds out you sent Dug out by himself, none of us will get a treat.

ALPHA: You are wise, my trusted lieutenant.

Dug’s relationship with the rest of the dog pack is complicated. They’re supposed to be loyal allies—you know, being dogs and all—but they’re so not.

RUSSELL: You came back for Kevin. Let’s go get her!

CARL: I’m getting Kevin. You stay here.

RUSSELL: But I want to help!

CARL: I don't want your help; I want you safe.

If you’ll recall, at the beginning of the movie, Carl didn’t want to let Russell into his house, even as it was cruising at 30,000 feet. By the end, Russell’s safety is paramount. You’ve come a long way, Mr. Fredricksen.