Do you ever wonder what Carl Fredricksen is up to since landing in Paradise Falls? Is it the dream location he hoped or does he ever get bored? Does he even live there? What about Boy Scout Russell, whom we last saw finally being upgraded to a Senior Explorer? Does he finally get to spend some time with his deadbeat dad? If you are asking yourself the same questions, here's another one: when will we see a sequel to Up? Relive its best scene:
Given the incredible financial and critical success the film received — including being the second ever animated film to get a Best Picture nomination — it seems that an Up sequel is a no-brainer. With such unforgettable characters, and a positive message about honoring the memories of the people you love, the sequel to Up would have the potential to equal or perhaps even better that of the original.
What Could It Be Like
One fan, Arno Kiss, imagined a sequel to Up that instead of reaching into the clouds, descends into the depths of the Earth. Check it out below:
With the Pixar design and the lovingly drawn animation, this really does look like a sequel to the beloved film. It also just makes perfect sense — from the one word title, to the opposite thing happening to that in the original. With so much brilliant world-building happening up in the sky, the potential to populate the underground world with bizarre worm-like characters and societies would be too good to miss.
The studio has done something similar with A Bugs Life, which used the perspective of insects to build towns and circuses under the ground. This should be easy territory for them to tackle. If this angle doesn't interest the studio, they could also take a leaf out of Monty Pythons book and attach sails to the house before jetting off across the ocean:
Nevertheless, the key question remains:
Will They Bring Back Carl?
The original Up begins with one of the most beautiful, heart-pulling montages in film history, telling an entire love story over the course of four minutes. At the end of it, we see that Carl's wife has died. Pixar, more so than traditional Disney films, aren't afraid to go straight for the jugular. Given their penchant for breaking hearts, maybe Carl, who is an octogenarian at the start of the previous film, would be seen passing away as the sequel starts.
This could work as a good motivation for Russell, who having the house bequeathed to him by the old man, honors its legacy by applying a drill to it to explore underground, or setting it across the seven seas. Maybe, unlike Carl, he has the chance to bring his own partner along, creating an opportunity for him the old man never had. One thing is for certain — the scene-stealing Dug has to be there!
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When Will It Happen?
The current slate of upcoming Pixar films are:
- Cars 3 (June 16, 2017)
- Coco (November 22, 2017)
- Toy Story 4 (June 5, 2018)
- Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019)
- Untitled Animation 1 (March 13, 2020)
- Untitled Animation 2 (June 19, 2020)
Sadly, as of yet, there has been no talk of a sequel to Up, and if one will come, it won't be for at least another six years, as after the next three sequels, four originals are planned.
Talking about sequel making Jim Morris explains how his team makes their choices:
"Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on"
Following up one of the best Pixar movies — ranked no.1 by Slant magazine — is a tough act to follow. Anything less than perfect would be to disrespect the original. Nevertheless, if Finding Nemo, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99% could get a sequel, than when the right idea comes along we can be sure to see Up 2 hit our screens. Just don't expect it to come any time soon.