30 Day Film Challenge/Day 6

Today the challenge is to feature a film you put on when you are sad. You might think the goto choice would be a full out comedy, but not for me. When I am sad, the adjustment to my mood cannot happen that quickly. I need time to transition. One of my biggest pet peeves are with people who try to cheer me up because they are uncomfortable with my sadness. Whew. That being said, let’s move on.

The movie that comes to mind is the Pixar animated film “Up”. It is a wonderful story about young explorers (Carl and Ellie) who grow up idolizing the once disgraced world-renowned explorer Charles F. Muntz. They fall in love, marry, and their progression through life continues, often sadly.

The movie takes you through love, loss, fighting city hall, adventure, friendship, healing, the love of animals, and the closing of the generation gap. All tied up in a Disney bouquet made of colorful balloons. What more could you ask for? An animated movie with all the feels makes us realize we are not alone in this world.

This clip shows how Carl and Ellie meet. It makes me laugh out loud.

There was some suggestion that the movie was based on the real life struggle of Èdith Macefield, who refused a million dollar offer to sell her house to a developer in her Seattle neighborhood. Her refusal left the construction company no choice but to build around her home. In 2009 (a year after Macefield’s death), Disney tied balloons to the roof of Macefield’s house to promote the movie “Up” but the movie was not based on this story.

A young couple from Utah had many parallels between their life and the lives of Carl and Ellie. They purchased the home from a developer who had permission to build the house on the condition the plans be turned over to Disney so it would remain a one-of-a-kind house.  This is their story and even it brings happy tears.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the sixth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

11 thoughts on “30 Day Film Challenge/Day 6”

  1. I have to say that if I feel sad but not sad enough to still be able to watch a film, then I’m not sad enough! 🙂
    I usually play very sad songs when I am sad, which of course makes me feel sadder. But that also helps to justify me (in my own mind) having a little ‘wallow’ in that sadness.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I do love the film UP our youngest son introduced us to it, he often watches it with his sons.
    My favourite cheer up film is Once because it’s a gentle story and has a beautiful soundtrack.

    Beautiful song.

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  3. When I am sad I like to wallow in it with a movie. My favorite wallow movie is the old “The Way We Were” with Streisand and Redford. It seems to capture a lot of my early adulthood, gives me a good cry, and reminds me that present life is pretty good.

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