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Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one!
―Ellie's final message to Carl, in her adventure book

Elizabeth "Ellie" Fredricksen is a character who, despite being dead before most of the events depicted, plays a significant role in the 2009 Disney/Pixar film, Up. She was the wife of Carl Fredricksen.

Background

Physical appearance

Ellie is slender with fair skin and blue-green eyes. As a little girl, her hair was auburn and had a bow. She had big teeth with a gap, and she wore overalls, and she was barefoot. As Ellie grew older, she has gray hair and wore glasses.

Role in the film

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Young Ellie.

In her childhood, Ellie (age 8) met Carl (age 9) when the boy wandered into her clubhouse -- an abandoned house in the neighborhood -- and discovered that they were both fans of the adventurer Charles F. Muntz. The children quickly became best friends; she passionately shared with him her dreams of travelling to South America, along with her desire to move her clubhouse to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, making Carl promise to help her; a moment that left a deep and lasting impression on him.

Years later, Ellie and Carl (as adults) marry each other and decided to turn her old clubhouse into their new home. To make a living, they become employees of the local zoo (a zookeeper and a balloon salesman respectively). Their marriage is a happy and loving one, and they look forward to starting a family together. However, Ellie suffers a miscarriage, and the doctor informs her she cannot have children. Ellie is devastated by the loss, so Carl decides to set aside her savings to organize a trip to the Paradise Falls, as they had always wanted. However, the couple are forced to postpone the journey for a number of daily reality problems such as bills, repairs, medical expenses and age ailments, but without losing their happiness.

Ellie eventually forgets about the promise as her and Carl's marriage continued to flourish blissfully into old age. Then one day while out on another picnic with her husband (who was planning to surprise her with the plane tickets he had bought), she collapses from illness and became hospitalized. Before passing away, Ellie gives Carl her old Adventure Book, but she is unable to tell him of its true meaning. Her funeral is held in the same church where she and Carl had their wedding.

After her passing, Carl mourns for Ellie and copes with his loss by conversing with a portrait of Ellie. Near the end of the film, Carl comes across an addition to Ellie's Adventure Book. Unbeknownst to her husband, Ellie had added photos of their happy life together in the Adventure Book and a final message saying: "Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one!" Her heartwarming note reinvigorates Carl at last, and he moves on from losing Ellie to living his life to the fullest.

In a twist of fate, following Carl's adventure, their house ends up on the cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, thus Ellie's wish finally came true.

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Trivia

  • Ellie has full speaking lines during her childhood years, but her dialogue is not heard in her adult years, as the Marriage Life Underscore plays over it.
  • Ellie was one year younger than her husband.[citation needed]
    • If she was still alive, she would have been 77 years old.
  • Ellie's name is based on her voice actress, Elie Docter, the film's director Pete Docter's daughter.
  • In Toy Story 3, a signature of Carl and Ellie Fredricksen[citation needed] was seen on a postcard in Andy's room.
  • Ellie has her own musical theme composed by Michael Giacchino that's first heard when she and Carl meet as children and plays several times throughout Up after her death, particularly when Carl gets the house up in the air with the balloons and during the climactic battle between Carl and Muntz as it plays against Muntz's theme.
  • The balloon with a stick, which is the same one that Carl got, resembles the balloon (nicknamed "Balloon") from the Winnie the Pooh franchise.
  • Ellie was kept away from all merchandise before the film's release.


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Up - Logo
Media
Films: UpDug's Special MissionGeorge and A.J.

Books: Little Golden BookThe Art of Up
Games: Video GameKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney INFINITY
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks
Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthKaribuni MarketplaceRedwood Creek Challenge TrailWilderness Explorers (Animal Kingdom)Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Pixar Playtime PalsUP! A Great Bird Adventure
Parade: Pixar Play ParadePixar Water Play Street Party!
Firework: Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWorld of Color

Characters
Carl FredricksenEllie FredricksenRussellCharles F. MuntzKevinDugAlphaBeta and GammaKevin's BabiesConstruction Foreman TomConstruction Worker SteveGeorgeA.J.Russell's Mother
Locations
Carl's Childhood HomeCarl's HouseParadise FallsShady Oaks Retirement VillageSpirit of AdventureSouth America
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxThe Spirit of Adventure (song)Wilderness Explorers

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