When it comes to animated movies, there is no one in the industry that does it better than Pixar Animation Studios. They have released multiple animated films throughout the course of over two decades, all of which have gone on to become huge box-office successes. One of their most critically and commercially successful films is the 2009 adventure film entitled Up. The plot of the movie is focused on Carl Fredricksen, an elderly man who lives alone, and Russell, a good-natured boy scout. Carl wants to fulfill the adventure that he promised to his late wife, Ellie, and Russell was accidentally brought along for the ride. Opening at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (the first animated film to do so), Up was met with critical acclaim and commended the storyline and humor of the film. It also received a Best Picture nomination at the 2009 Academy Awards, being only the second animated movie to ever receive this prestigious nomination (the other one being Beauty and the Beast).
Up Dog Names in Pop Culture
Dogs are frequently featured in numerous pop culture works, most notably in film. The movie Up actually has a number of canine characters that the fans and audience have come to love. Perhaps the most memorable one is the friendly Golden Retriever called Dug.
The story of Up starts with an eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen who becomes friends with a girl named Ellie. Carl is an enormous fan of Charles F. Muntz, an explorer who became notorious for faking a skeleton of an exotic bird that is said to reside at Paradise Falls. Muntz swears that he will not return unless he captures this mystical giant bird alive. Carl and Ellie become close friends after discovering a mutual love for Muntz and Ellie shares her dream of moving her “clubhouse” onto a cliff that overlooks Paradise Falls.
Through the years, the two grow up and end up marrying each other. Ellie gets pregnant but, unfortunately, goes through a miscarriage. This tragedy meant that they could no longer have kids. Looking for something to keep them occupied, they recall their dream of going to see Paradise Falls and start saving for the trip. However, certain needs and emergencies caused them to spend their savings bit by bit. As they get older, Carl finally gets to arrange their dream trip. However, Ellie gets sick and is brought to the hospital, where she eventually passes away.
In present day, Carl is still residing in their home and refuses to leave. All the homes in the neighborhood have been bought out and are being demolished to be replaced by buildings. During one incident, Carl unintentionally harms a construction worker, which results in the court ordering that he be moved to a retirement home. But instead of moving, Carl attached thousands of balloons into his house to turn it into an airship. Russell, a young Boy Scout who visited Carl’s home to try and assist him and earn his final merit badge, was brought along with the house.
This was the start of an adventure for Carl and Russell, who eventually make it to South America. Throughout their journey, they meet a pack of dogs who have special collars that allow them to speak. The pack brings the two to their master, who ends up being Charles Muntz. One of the dogs in this pack is Dug, a Golden Retriever who has a good heart, unlike the other dogs. Throughout the film, he helps Carl and Russell with their adventures and eventually becomes the leader of his dog pack.
Up Dog Name Considerations
Disney films are some of the most common sources of inspiration for pet names. Aside from the fact that these films spawned several memorable characters, they commonly feature animals as part of their storylines as well. This is also the case with the movie Up; the film has been praised not only for its lighthearted humor but also for the development of its characters.
If you want to give an Up-inspired name for your pooch, there are a handful of ways to narrow down your options. The easiest route would be to choose a name based on your personal preference. Do you have a favorite character from the film? You can simply use this as basis for your pooch’s new name. For instance, if you are partial to Carl Fredricksen, then you can name your furbaby after him.
Another consideration you can make when thinking of an Up-themed name is to match a character with your dog’s attributes. If you have a kind-hearted pooch with a streak of stubbornness, then the name Russell (after the spirited boy scout in the movie) will suit them well. Or maybe you have a playful and social Golden Retriever? If so, you can name them after the “Dug”, the Golden Retriever from the film with the same characteristics.