The authentic story behind Up that touches everyone’s heart who knows it.
The Disney film tells the story of how an old widower is accompanied by Russell, the boy scout who made us despair but also won our hearts, to fulfill the last wish of his wife Mr. Frederickson.
Besides opening with one of the most touching scenes in the history of animation, this story shows us the love that this grumpy man has for the house where he lived all his life and that is why, when they try to buy the house, he rejects every offer that comes his way.
We do not know if this story inspired the Disney production, but it is certainly very similar. The protagonist of this story is Edith Macefield, 86 years old, who rejected offers to sell her house to a corporation that intended to build a shopping mall on the land that included Edith’s house.
The company intended to buy the property in order to carry out this project, however Mrs. Macefield rejected every offer that came in, even declining a payment of $1 million dollars.
Unable to convince her with anything, the builders opted to take the construction project around Edith’s property. This story also has a best friend helping the homeowner. Barry was Edith’s neighbor and was always walking around the neighborhood to make sure she was doing well and that the construction around her house wasn’t affecting her.
Over time the two became very close, sharing many activities together, such as going to the hairdresser and even, when Edith needed it, helping her with her basic needs, such as going to the bathroom.
Sadly Edith died in 2008 due to complications from a cancer she developed, however she left her house to her friend Barry, who ended up selling it for $300,000. This caused many people to criticize him and say that he only befriended Edith for money.
The house is currently fenced and receives thousands of visitors a year who are fans of the movie “Up” and leave hundreds of balloons on its facade as a form of support to preserve Mrs. Macefield’s memory.