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.

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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The primary reason is to drive sales, and the conversion rate is 10% for Amazon, where they make billions of dollars from the email marketing.

Even bloggers use it effectively because it helps them generate traffic and sales. There is no secret that it also drive instant traffic from existing readers who know you or the brand.

How does this benefit you?

Major brands collect email, and they use it effectively like GearBest, eBay, Amazon, Souq, and more. We can name millions of top ecommerce companies using email marketing.

Long-term – Many people do not aim for long-term business, which is why email marketing is not working for them. When you have a visitor who is growing but not buying anything does not mean he is not interested. Collect the email and send relevant offers. On a long run, you will see the rise in conversion.

Instant Sales – You must have read somewhere that Amazon sold 100,000 Xiaomi smartphone in an hour, right? How does the brand reach the customers? Its email marketing and social marketing, which is a proven tool used by ecommerce giant last year.

Retention – eBay advertisements, have you ever seen them on social media or Youtube advertisements? Probably not. But, they have a tremendous amount of sales, how? After purchasing four products, I can say that they have the best email templates because I was insecure while shopping with eBay, but I still made a purchase one-after-another. 

So, copy their concept because IT WORKS and better conversions are guaranteed.

Additionally lets checkout few important tools for email marketing.

Tools for Email Marketing For Ecommerce:

Brands use various tools to send converting emails to the existing customers.We are going to list tools that you can use to email marketing for ecommerce


It is a growth tool which helps to build email lisy, social shares, like and followers. If you are looking for customer engagement for your products and want to robust you sales then this app will surely help you. Now let’s see how it works , when someone visit your online store the app will request the visitor to subscribe for an additional discount of say 30%, hence you will surely gain an audience. Not only this on further visits this app will create automatic additional discount for sharing on social media platforms. This is turn will lead you to more followers, subscribers and audiences. 


A cheap solution which created by a blogger, who understands the requirement of the people and He knows what people want because he faced your problem before.

It is a premium plugin that enables you to collect emails from the people who visit your ecommerce site.

No trial version is available, so you have to pay access the service & test the service. 

More than a million bloggers recommend the services because they are using it themselves.


SumoMe is a popular Email marketing for Ecommerce tool, which helps you create working templates used by millions of people around of the world.

They have a free version, so if you are a new brand or unable to invest money as of now, then you can opt for it. 

The free version is limited for it is right for free users, and you can upgrade later when you have enough funds. 

Remember, SumoMe is an expensive service, but they are good at what they do. 


A free tool for the free users, who do not have enough funds in their bank, who cannot invest because he has not made a single penny is what OptiMonk stands for it.

It’s very limited because it does not have templates, the design is simple and lacks many customizable options.

If you are a beginner, then this is the right option for you because of zero investment and gets the simple tool. 

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If you have a growing company, then you need to know the importance of the email marketing and   PhoneNumberMonitoring. Having multiple templates and trying them out to find out which one works for you is essential here.  Hire a developer who can help your design the pop-up or various types of email list building tool. 

We know that it cost you few thousand of dollars, but it is worth it because it helps you increase sales like no other tool in the market today. 

You can get it done at a cheap cost from Fiverr.


We have listed the best tools available in the market, and have also elaborated email marketing for ecommerce as a tool,so consider these aspects and tools mentioned above and skyrocket your business in quick time. 

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My Thoughts On Harm's Way's New Album, "Posthuman"

This band wasn't meant to be taken seriously, so don't do the same for this album.

Harm’s Way has gone through many different lineup changes since they formed in Chicago, Illinois during 2006. Their music has also changed drastically from a sludgy, heavy, power-violence sound, to a more hardcore, or metal-core.

Both of these forms of music rely on fast-paced drums and guitars, with nearly a breakdown in every song. Harm’s Way moves to a more mainstream, predictable metal-core style of music with nearly a breakdown in every track on their new album "Posthuman."

It’s clear that at the start of their career the band didn’t want anyone to take their music seriously. Lyrics involving beating up frat boys are featured in their earlier music for example. However, the band seemed to take a more serious approach to their music around 2011 when they released, "Isolation." From that point on, the band seemed to want to take themselves more seriously as a group, and also wanted their fans to do the same.

The first track on this album is supposedly one of the best tracks, but this song was super repetitive. “Human Carrying Capacity” was definitely made to play at the start of one of their live shows, and does not sound as good on an album as I’m sure it does in concert. The second “favorite track” according to iTunes Music is “Become a Machine,” which sounded like it should have been the first song on the album.

The lyrics, “Obey the cycle, become a machine.” are redundant, however, the breakdown around two minutes into the song makes up for it. Toward the end of this, the guitars paired really well with the cymbal crash of the drums.

Track six on this album, “Call My Name” was the final “best” song on this album. This track involved a great heavy guitar, and drum introduction but the lyrics were super frail in comparison. The best part of this song is the breakdown towards the end. My favorite track on this album, “Unreality” follows this song, and has one of the bounciest breakdowns on the album.

Overall, I found tracks six through ten to be the most interesting part of this album, and I often skipped to them before playing the first part of this album. Most of "Posthuman" focuses on heavy instrumentals, rather than impactful lyrics.

Seeing these songs performed in concert would definitely have been a better experience than listening to this album from start to finish. Harms Way was never a band that anyone was supposed to take seriously, so don’t take this album seriously. This received a hard 5 out of 10, and I would buy this album on vinyl.

Cover Image Credit: Harms Way Instagram

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