Real Life UP: The Story of a Priest Who Flew Thousands of Feet in the Air Tied to 600 Balloons for Charity

Feb 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm |

Did you know this fascinating backstory to the movie Up?

Who wouldn’t love the chance to fly?

The idea of strapping ourselves to hundreds of brightly-colored balloons has been engrained in our minds by films like Danny Deckchair and Up and by the likes of real people like “Lawnchair” Larry Walters, who rose to 15,000 feet outside of Los Angeles after strapping 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair back in 1982.

The concept later evolved into a sort of extreme sport, literally taking humans up into the heavens on the adventure of a lifetime. But naturally, not unlike the myth of Icarus, flying too high comes with the inherent risk of falling.

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This priest got more when he bargained for after taking off with hundreds of helium balloons.

Did Pixar get the idea for “Up” from this real-life story?