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Last week, an intrepid reddit user posted an image of the actual house that inspired the Pixar favorite Up. Unlike the many colorful replicas of the animated house that cropped up after the movie’s release, the original is a reminder that reality can toy with our emotions even better than the animators.

Surrounded on three sides by the concrete prison of a shopping center, the house clearly never made it to Angel Falls on a character-building balloon ride. It’s a sad reminder of what Carl Fredricksen was trying to avoid when he devised the plan in the first place. Yet, you might say that it still looks cute, livable, and something that Mr. Fredricksen could maintain while complaining about the ruckus around him. Maybe not so bad after all.

Well, it gets worse.

As it turns out, the above image is from 2011, and the onscreen home we’ve grown to love now looks like this:

Boarded up and overgrown, it is now devoid of all hope and joy. No pastel colors, no framed wedding photos, and certainly no young Wilderness Explorers looking for adventure. Not even Dug could find something to enjoy here.

Apparently, the house was owned by a woman named Edith Macefield in Seattle, WA, and she refused countless payouts to construct on her property. Despite the fact that developers essentially built a structure ON TOP OF HER HOME, she got a kick out of standing her ground until she died in the house in 2005. It’s safe to say that Carl and Ellie would be proud.

Now please excuse me while I become a blubbering mess.


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