Pixar in Real Life

Two friends now, knowing how much I enjoyed a certain, recent movie that may be the best animated film of the last decade, have sent me this picture:

I did a little checking on the backstory; seems the story behind this house is actually somewhat similar to the one in “Up.” An elderly woman in Ballard, OR, refused to sell her place even when offered a cool million dollars for it by developers putting in a fitness club and a mall. So they built around her, and this was the result. She’s since passed away, and the house went to a friend she made who was working with the construction crews when the adjacent buildings went up. He allowed Pixar to place the balloons as promotional stunt for the movie, which takes a little of the fun out of the picture, but not too much.

You can read the full story here, although it’s not, for my money, particularly compelling. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it’s not written with the usual human interest angle of “David versus Goliath” and “tradition versus the rampant, indiscriminate march of progress” but rather, simply as a sketch of an odd old woman who, whether from an understandable sense of nostalgia or just from some inscrutable eccentricity, wouldn’t sell her house.


About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

One Response to Pixar in Real Life

  1. Kristi says:

    I am OBSESSED with “Up.”

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