Real-Life 'Up' Balloon House Takes Flight Over Australia

Disney fans, rejoice. A giant hot-air balloon replica of the one featured in Disney/Pixar's Up took flight over Canberra on March 15. The balloon, constructed in Bristol, joined around forty others as part of the 30th edition of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2016.

Painted every colour under the sun, the hot air vessel has 600 balloons sewn onto its exterior. It does not, however, carry the house of an adventure-seeking 78-year-old; it simply bears a traditional wicker basket.

The idea for the true-to-film creation was dreamed up by Simon Askey who is, according to site Bailey Balloons, one of the UK's most experienced hot-air balloon pilots. As well as appearing in a number of TV shows as a pilot or acting as a consultant for balloon flights, he also appeared in the 1999 James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough.

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Next stop: the world

The replica was conceived back in 2009 to accompany the release of Up. At the time, the balloon, officially named Cameron TR-84, took flight over Disneyland Paris.

Askey explained to BuzzFeed Australia that the balloon has now moved on from promotional business; it now aims to complete a round-the-world tour in honour of Pixar heroes Russell and Carl.

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According to Askey, the next stop for the balloon, that delighted Instagram users last week, will be Japan. 

After that? Paradise Falls, probably...

Early mornings #canberraballoonspectacular2016 #up @piknikpilot @ponysnakemoore

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Here's a closer look at the balloon during lift-off:

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By Théo Chapuis, published on 21/03/2016

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