10 Things The First 10 Minutes Of "Up" Taught Us

10 Things The First 10 Minutes Of "Up" Taught Us

From beginning to end, Carl and Ellie did it right.
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When it was released in 2009, "Up" was acclaimed as one of Disney-Pixar’s greatest achievements. The first 10 minutes could have stood alone as its own short film. These few scenes took audiences on an emotional roller coaster from light-hearted fun to inspiring love to tragic loss. As shocked as people were by this unexpected start to what seemed to be a light-hearted movie, they loved it all the same for its raw emotion and touching message. Ellie and Carl showed us what the good life really looks like, warts and all. Here are 10 lessons we should all take away from this deepest of Disney moments.

1. The best lovers were friends first.

This is a refreshingly realistic departure from Disney’s usual model of love at first sight. Ellie and Carl were friends from the very beginning. They didn’t fall for each other in one momentary wave of passion. Carl didn’t pursue an evasive Ellie until she conceded and agreed to marry him. Ellie didn’t fawn over Carl as a Prince Charming. They were childhood buddies, and this strong friendship kept then together until the very end.

2. Not everyone finds their fulfillment in a “conventional” family model.

Perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment in the first part of "Up" was the scene of Carl and Ellie in the doctor's office implying their discovery that Ellie was unable to have children. However, this was not the end of their happy life together by any means. They found comfort in each other and learned to grow their love every day. I don’t think anyone could say in the end that there was anything missing from Ellie and Carl’s marriage.

3. In a strong marriage, spouses always find new ways to surprise each other.

Carl never forgot Ellie’s dream of traveling to Paradise Falls. Although they were old and Ellie had by then given up on that dream, Carl wouldn’t let the idea die. He goes out and plans the trip for him and Ellie to have one last great adventure together.

4. Only by stepping outside your comfort zone can you grow as a person.

Ellie pushes Carl to be adventurous, serendipitous, and quirky, qualities he never would have developed alone. Yes, her persuasion was the reason he fell two stories and broke his arm as a child, but he was no worse for wear in the long run.

5. Sometimes real life gets in the way of your lofty dreams, and that’s okay.

Carl and Ellie decided to set a new goal for themselves once they came to terms with the fact that children would not be a part of their marriage. They wanted to save enough money to travel to South America and see Paradise Falls, following in the footsteps of their hero Charles Muntz. However, they never are able to save enough. Real-life problems like a tree through the roof or Carl’s broken leg force them to dip into their rainy day fund, but this lofty goal of Paradise Falls gives them hope and brings them together.

6. The simplest things can carry the deepest meanings.

Ellie pinned a grape soda bottle cap to Carl’s shirt in the very beginning of the film, showing he was part of her very exclusive club. Carl kept this simple token as a symbol of his and Ellie’s love. It was a wedding ring of cheap steel instead of gold. Even when Ellie herself left Carl, the bottle cap pin remained.

7. In a good relationship, one person brings out the best in the other.

Only a person as special as Ellie would be able to bring Carl out of his shell like she did. Carl would only grow and change in the way he did because he really loved Ellie and wanted to make her happy.

8. Things don’t make a good life, experiences do.

Ellie and Carl lived simple yet beautiful lives. They were by no means rich; Ellie worked as a zoo keeper, and Carl was a balloon salesman. They didn’t live in a mansion. They didn’t go on dates to fancy restaurants. They found joy simply being with each other. Simply lying on a blanket in the park watching the clouds roll by was enough for them.

9. Common passions can bring even the most conflicting personalities together.

Timid Carl and boisterous Ellie first found common ground in their love for the great adventurer Charles Muntz. This simple icebreaker was an underlying theme to their whole relationship. Two people who may never have hit it off had the opportunity to develop a deep relationship because of one simple link.

10. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing you could ever do.

There’s a reason one spouse calls their partner “my other half.” Your significant other is more than a person you spend time with or with whom you share a physical relationship. They’re part of you, and once they’re gone, life can never be the same way again. Yes, it is important to eventually move on, but there is no replacing that person who made your life worth living.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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