Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

On Carl’s adventure to escape the world, what does he ultimately learn? How do the relationships along the way help him?

Consider Carl and Russell’s friendship and how it evolves. What do you believe each them goes into the relationship expecting and what does each of them end up taking away from the friendship?

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