Up is often considered one of the best Disney/Pixar movies ever made. In fact, the movie earned $735 million at the global box office. The touching story combined with the great characters makes for a great movie. In fact, it has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is one of the highest-rated movies ever. Because of this success, Disney announced an Up sequel, fittingly named “Down”.
It’s been 14 years since Up hit theaters. To celebrate the movie’s 15th anniversary, Disney is releasing a squeal to the beloved film. However, this sequel is expected to be extremely sad and heartbreaking. This isn’t the only Disney movie with sad news. In fact, we reported here that Crush from Finding Nemo just passed away. Well, in Down, the sequel to Up, we have another sad storyline.
Down, The Sad Sequel to Up
Right now, the M.O. for new Disney movies is death and sadness. We saw this here with our exclusive leak of Toy Story 5. Also, Mickey’s Midnight Massacre is another example of a Disney movie that is about death, but in a much more gorey sense. Now, Down will be about death and sadness, but in a much different way.
At the end of Up, Carl Fredricksen adopts Dug, the adorable, talking dog. This happens after they go on an amazing adventure together. In Down, Dug, Carl, and Russell are preparing for their greatest adventure yet, a trip back to Paradise Falls. However, as soon as they get there, Dug gets very sick. Carl Fredrickson realizes that he needs to get back to Lousiana, where they had been living, to treat his sickness.
Along the way back, Dug, Russell, and Carl experience many difficulties and challenges that they have to overcome. Time is not on their side and each setback has a big impact on Dug’s health. He gets sicker and sicker as the movie goes on. Luckily, while they are on their journey back, they come across a pet doctor, who is able to look at Dug. This is where it gets sad.
Dug the Dog Dies?
When the pet doctor looks at Dug, he tells Carl and Russell the sad news that Dug has a rare disease and that there are no treatments for it. He warns them that Dug only has a few days left to live. After the diagnosis, Dug starts to experience serious pain. This forces Carl to make the tough decision to either put Dug down or let him live out his last few days in pain.
As you may have guessed by the title of the film, Carl Fredricksen decides to put Dug down. However, he wants to have one more great moment with his much-loved dog. Dug, Carl, and Russell take the house back to Paradise Falls, however, they bring the pet doctor with them. Once they get to the falls, they go out on the front porch.
They sit down with Dug to enjoy this view one last time together. After that, the doctor euthanizes Dug and puts him down. As you might imagine, this will be one of the saddest scenes in a Disney/Pixar movie ever. Despite the sad scene, Carl and Russell are able to come to terms with the death as the movie ends with them looking out over the beautiful Paradise Falls, remembering their favorite dog.
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