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Balloons Lifting a House in "Up" is Realistic

Posted: May 30th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Balloons Lifting a House in "Up" is RealisticSubmit Comment
Pixar films have been accused of having unrealistic points in their stories, like Remy controlling Linguini by pulling his hair in "Ratatouille." But one thing that's not unrealistic is Carl Fredricksen's house being lifted by balloons in "Up."

In the movie, Carl ties 20,622 balloons to his house and flies to South America. Andrew Baird, president of the Balloon Federation of America, says that it's completely plausible for that many balloons to lift a house.

Given the fact that one cubic foot of Helium can lift 60 pounds, with even small, 1 x 1-foot balloons, Carl's rig has the capacity to lift about 618 tons enough to lift about 150 Hummers. [via Popular Mechanics]

Click here to read our "Up" review.

Source: Popular Mechanics


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Ronsauce writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 6:54:23 PM

Bullsh*t a cubic foot of helium can lift 60lbs. Otherwise you'd hear of a lot more little kids going airborne by holding 2 or 3 regular-size, helium-filled balloons.
borat writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 6:55:43 PM

yeah!!!
DisasterBlaster writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 8:10:03 PM

What a load of sh*t.
LifeInAGlassHouse writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 8:17:42 PM

Okay, let's make a big deal out of it.
Ronsauce writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 8:29:15 PM

Time to write my congressman.
synthetic1985 writes:
on May 30th, 2009 at 8:34:58 PM

ronsauce said it all
minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 3:00:29 AM

BS. A 12foot helium balloon can lift only a mere 57 pounds. http://science.howstuffworks.com/helium2.htm That and the fact that the real life inspiration for Danny Deckchair got severely busted for using this ruse. He raised the FAA's ire and got busted hard. Larry Walter's needed *45* helium balloons to get aloft. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Walters
minkowski writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 3:06:31 AM

Oh, but 20,622 balloons would likely lift his house if the house was properly detached from the foundation, electrical and plumbing connections beforehand. The cubic foot/60lb is BS though. And what's a 1 foot by 1 foot balloon? Are we talking *balloon* surface area or gaseous volume? None of this makes any sense. square is area, cubic is volume. You wouldn't talk about squared helium, only cubic volume of gas. I demand the PM link. And yeah, if just a little H2 in a balloon could lift a kid, it would be a much more regulated element.
masKritic writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 3:09:30 AM

hahaha thats an awesome title: "President of the Balloon Federation of America"
synthetic1985 writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 3:29:39 AM

i couldn't help but laugh when it says 'given the fact that one cubic foot of helium can lift 60 pounds'...will somebody give popular mechanics a fake nobel prize please?
Vetterli writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 6:15:47 AM

It took around 3500 balloons to lift a 4-year-old in Mythbusters and she was about 44 pounds...
rzmsauce writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 9:20:13 AM

So can Eric The Midget fly then???
Vetterli writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 11:09:06 AM

Eric the Midget can indeed fly.
BlueMobius writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 11:39:52 AM

I think Mythbusters actually busted this myth...kind of. They did indeed get a kid lifted off the ground but it took hundreds of balloon (might have been a thousand, I don't remember) and the kid only lifted a few inches. So...yeah...not gonna happen. However, this really isn't going to stop me from seeing this movie. :)
onthejon writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 12:37:22 PM

I don't know what's worse; the fact that somebody needed to justify if lifting a house with balloons is possible or that their is a Balloon Federation of America.
onthejon writes:
on May 31st, 2009 at 12:37:44 PM

*there
bluemeenie writes:
on June 1st, 2009 at 10:54:40 AM

Myth Busters played around with this too- The important thing is they convinced you enough in the film to tell a good story
PrevalentMind writes:
on June 1st, 2009 at 1:20:17 PM

lol Finally science takes its rightful place in the world. Now that we've proved the house in UP can actually float lets move on to other things like cancer. hahahaha JK
stegrelo writes:
on June 1st, 2009 at 4:23:27 PM

Pixar films have been accused of having unrealistic points in their stories, like Remy controlling Linguini by pulling his hair in "Ratatouille." Are people really arguing about the realism of a movie where rats are able to talk? Really?
Figwit1216 writes:
on June 3rd, 2009 at 2:49:09 PM

onthejon said it best! haha. Are you guys seriously debating about weather an animated film is realistic? haha. Cuz I find that very amusing. While you're at it, the fish in Finding Nemo didnt have Australian accents, Wall E would NOT have been able to stay "alive" for 700 years because his solar panels would have eventually worn out, and the ants in A Bug's Life only had 4 legs and ants have six. So this baloon thing is the last staw, Pixar is clearly sending VICIOUS lies to the children of america!

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