The real-life version of Mr Fredricksen’s house in Up is up for demolition. We guess this means the evil corporate guy wins.
In 2006, Edith Macefield’s Seattle neighborhood was due for a metropolitan upgrade. She was offered one million dollars to sell her house, but refused, stating that she would not part with it for any amount of money.
The developers ended up building around her house, painting a pretty vivid picture of independent house owners’ slow defeat in the battle against real estate corporations.
Macefield’s tale of resilience resonated with Pixar, which was developing its smash hit Up at the time.
While Macefield passed away in 2008, a year before the movie was released, her story lives on. Pixar dubbed her house “the real-life Up house,” and even made sure to place balloons outside of her house in acknowledgement.
Now, life is imitating art in the most depressing fashion possible: where Carl Fredricksen literally uprooted his life and flew his house to South America, fulfilling a life-long dream and proving that it’s never too late to have an adventure, Macefield left her house to a construction superintendent who ended up selling it.
The house is currently in foreclosure, and unless someone buys it, it will likely be torn down.
In protest, more than 100 people have left balloons at the house. Will Pixar step up and purchase it, either making it a (probably pretty profitable) tourist spot or moving it to a more appropriate location… say, Paradise Falls?
Here’s a Kickstarter campaign we’d most definitely be supporting.