The Volume of Your Dreams

Image Credit: Pixar

Image Credit: Pixar

Pixar’s 2009 animated movie Up warmed our hearts and brought tears to our eyes. The story of Carl and Ellie who met as 8-year olds, grew up and fell in love won hearts around the world and many people wanted a love story like Carl and Ellie’s.

Carl and Ellie at work. Image Credit: Pixar

Carl and Ellie at work. Image Credit: Pixar

A rising dream

Ellie had a dream of moving her clubhouse to Paradise Falls, and Carl aimed to fulfill that dream by lifting his home using balloons up to the falls.

Now we all know that helium gas makes balloons float. In order to lift something as heavy as a house, you’re going to need a lot of helium. How much gas would you need?

During the production of Up, a technical director initially projected that lifting Carl’s home would require 23 million balloons. Given previous research that states that an average amusement park balloon contains 14 liters of helium, the calculation would work out like this:


Helium Liters

That adds up to 322 million liters of helium, based on this technical projection. While we can all dream of an experience located amidst the beauty of nature (and growing old together), we would certainly recommend a way that requires a smaller volume of gas, like a tent.

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