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Balloonist Actually Flies in the Real-Life House From Up

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This weekend, North Carolina native Jonathan Trappe soared over the International Balloon Festival, in central Mexico, in the real-life version of septuagenarian Carl Frederickson's house from the Disney/Pixar flick Up. This isn't the first time Trappe set a replica of the home into flight—in March 2011 he did so for National Geographic—but for him (a balloon artist who uses balloons as his vehicle and not the kind who who uses the medium as decor) this latest feat was a "test run" in a long, hard-fought journey toward his ultimate goal: he plans to make the 2,500-mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a lifeboat kept aloft by 365 balloons. Read more, right this way.

· "Up" In Real Life [BuzzFeed]
· UP fan takes to the skies in a house by tying hundreds of balloons to it? just like character in Pixar film [Daily Mail]