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While Pixar has made quite a few films with outlandish, whimsical premises, that doesn't mean those films are immune to realistic consequences.

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    A Bug's Life 
  • Ants rely on systematic teamwork and cooperation. So those like Flik, who think independently from the colony, can risk causing problems. The reason for such, and how the story kicked off, was because he was using his faulty harvesting inventions at the worst possible time. The ending shows more ants using his invention for not just more efficiency for the crops, but for celebration, implying that it was properly tested after the grasshoppers were driven out.
  • No bug stands a chance against birds, and it's revealed to be a Trauma Button for Hopper as he lost a working eye to one in the past. This inspires Flik to construct a fake bird to scare away the grasshoppers when they return. It works until it catches on fire.
  • After spending the whole summer working on the fake bird and banishing Flik and the Circus Bugs when she learned they lied to the colony about being "warriors bugs", Princess Atta orders the ants to gather what food they have left on the island, hoping it when satisfy Hopper and the other grasshoppers. Because of a lack of foresight to split priorities for food harvesting and building the bird, the colony's last-second effort for the former ends miserably and enrages Hopper.
  • Rain is a hazardous, if not fatal, problem for all bugs. They scatter at the first sign of rain and Flik and Atta are later seen temporarily trapped in a single giant raindrop
  • Hopper knows that his grasshopper swarm is grossly outnumbered to the ants, so he has to use his size to instill power and fear and prevent them from learning this. Once Flik stands up to him again and discovers that Hopper's gang needs their help in gathering food, the rest of the colony catch wind and revolt.

  • Merida is to be part of an arranged marriage to one of the clan Lords' sons who wins the archery contest. Not wanting this, she attempts to get out of it by forming a loophole: She'll take part in the contest and not marry anyone if she wins. Indeed she does so, but there is a twofold problem: Not only does this cause a massive argument with Queen Elinor that leads to Merida's bow getting burnt and her running away, but the resulting humiliation to the the clan lords' sons pisses off said clan lords and nearly causes a civil war. In short, the Loophole Abuse made everything go From Bad to Worse.
    • Adding to the above, we see what really happens when someone (even a Disney Princess) gets their way. Whether it's out of romance or not, defying a politically arranged marriage because one doesn't wish to marry is rather selfish, since it's inciting a war that could otherwise be prevented.
  • Merida, a skilled archer, shoots at Mor'du and hits him... with little to no effect. Annoying Arrows is a reality when the bow is light enough to be drawn by an average-sized teenage girl, however strong she may be, and the target is an unbelievably massive bear.
  • This movie gives a realistic portrayal of the repercussions of parents trying to mold their children into being what the parents want. That is, Merida is resentful towards her mother for forcing her to be a prim and proper lady who marries without fully enjoying her youth.

  • The plot of the movie kicks off when Lightning, during the season finale, foregoes the thirty or so seconds that getting his tires replaced would take and insisting on just refueling in order to keep his lead, despite his pit crew yelling at him that he needs to change them. In real-life competitive racing, going at high speeds wears tires out quickly, making it vital for them to be changed out to keep the lead and also keep the drivers safe. Sure enough, on the last lap, his rear tires puncture right before the finish line, resulting in both Chick Hicks and the King managing to catch up and causing a three way tie.
    • Lightning also has a terrible relationship with his crew chief and pit crew, and after his ego makes him put down their efforts yet again, his entire team quits on him. When he finally goes to the Piston Cup at the end of the movie he has no crew at all, and the Radiator Springs gang has to take over.
  • Lightning forces his truck driver, Mack, to drive him to his next race non-stop through the night despite Mack complaining about drowsiness, with Lightning claiming that he'll keep talking to him through the trip. In the next scene, Lightning himself falls asleep and Mack nearly does fall asleep en route thanks to the Delinquent Road Hazards and he's only snapped awake when one of them sneezes. Mack himself even lampshades how dangerous driving while drowsy is.
  • After Lightning accidentally falls out of Mack's trailer, he tries desperately to catch up to him. The thing is, not only is he on a highway with other similar looking trailer trucks at night (as highways tend to have lots of shipping trucks at that time of night), but Lightning's "headlights" are just stickers. He eventually thinks he sees Mack and catches up to him... and it ends up being someone else entirely. Since he didn't bother learning the route to his destination, Lightning ends up taking the wrong exit and getting lost.
  • Lightning gets arrested after accidentally vandalizing Radiator Springs, is given community service by the local judge, and takes it rather poorly. He decides to just speed off once the boot is taken off his wheel... however he only gets to the town limits before he suddenly loses power and finds the Sheriff and Sally there waiting for him. They inform him they siphoned his gas while he was sleeping, since they figured that he'd pull a stunt like that before he served his sentence. They even correctly guessed where he would stop in order to greet him.
    • However, the fact that even with a full tank Lightning probably wouldn't have made it to his destination (even if he knew the way) is downplayed.
  • When Lightning is forced to repave the road he accidentally destroyed for community service, he tries to speed up the job to get it out of the way quicker so he can legally leave the town. However, the tar machine is only effective when pulled slowly, so his first attempt is a mess that's definitely not fit to drive on. After his race with Doc, he now has to remove all the jagged asphalt and redo the road correctly, making him stay in the town for longer than if he just did the job right in the first place.
  • Speaking of said race, Doc makes a deal with Lightning that if he can beat him in a race, he'll get the community service dismissed. Lightning takes him up on the offer, as he thinks it'll be easy enough to beat an older and slower car. However, when Lightning shoots out from the starting line, Doc... drives at a car's normal "walking" pace while having Mater come with him. Why? Well, he knows there's a hard curve on the dirt track and, after seeing Lightning's "I'm the fastest" attitude, predicts he'll try to take said curve at full speed. Naturally, Lightning ends up losing grip and skidding off the track and into a cactus patch, since he doesn't know how to turn on dirt properly. Later on, Doc shows Lightning a way to turn into the curve without going too wide, which Lightning uses in his race later on.
  • Radiator Springs was a nice little town back in its heyday, but that was when roads that followed the landscape were commonly used because they were cheaper to build. When the nearby highway was constructed to lessen travel time, it was away from the town (since modern road development creates more direct routes) and caused a lot of businesses to fail and shut down due to lack of traffic flow, with the handful of residents left surviving on business from lost travelers that end up in Radiator Springs. It's only thanks to Lightning's endorsement that it thrives as a tourist spot at the end of the movie.
  • While Chick Hicks, Lightning's rival, did win the Piston Cup, he did so by causing The King to spin out near the finish line so he could catch up to and overtake Lightning, while the latter abandons his lead to help the King. Since all three of the aforementioned cars were on the approach to the finish line, the stadium's cameras filmed the entire incident and broadcast it to both the stadium's audience and those watching on TV. When Chick goes to his award ceremony, he gets booed off the stage by the stadium's crowd and gets taken out of contention for the Dinoco sponsorship since they don't want to be associated with a poor sportsman like him. Lightning, meanwhile, is praised for his selfless deed and is the one considered for said endorsement, even though he politely declines it.

    Cars 2 
  • During the race in Tokyo, Mater acts as Lightning's coach during his run, but he's also acting as a spy on the lookout for the Lemons and in contact with Holly and Finn. As multi-tasking in any context is difficult, he ends up getting his communications crossed while trying to give Lightning advice. Needless to say, it ends up confusing Lightning on the track and ultimately leads to his loss.
  • The Lemons manage to capture Finn, Holly, and Mater and were smart enough to remove their ammunition when they tied them to their trap. However, Mater, after getting over his Heroic BSoD, finds that the rotation of his machine gun still causes friction against his ropes and uses that to free himself. It turns out that they predicted that as well - or at least the possibility that they'd break free - and put a bomb on Mater's gas filter as a back-up, lying about the bomb's real location (they claim it's inside Lightning McQueen's pit in the race) to trick Mater into going over there in the event he broke free.
  • In the climax, Finn goes after Zündapp who runs to his henchboat. The henchboat tries to use a magnet to pull Finn away from Zündapp, so Finn uses that to his advantage by dropping the mines from his tires. Since they're also metal, they end up getting pulled into the magnet and explode.

    Cars 3 
  • As the film shows, Technology Marches On, and more modern race cars start hitting the track in an analogy of younger athletes. It doesn't take long for them to soon replace Lightning's fellow racers, with Lightning himself starting to be outclassed by some of them, including a rookie named Jackson Storm. In the end, while he attempts to continue racing, he accepts that he's getting old and can't keep pace with the newer generation. However, he knows that he can share his skills, which he does in Cruz, his trainer turned protégée, with him ultimately becoming her coach.
  • Lightning's crash in the middle of a race comes about because he loses focus while pushing himself to catch up to Jackson. When you're going at high speeds like that, a moment's hesitation is all that's needed to send you flying off the track.
  • While Jackson seems like a formidable racer, it's only because he uses his simulator to plan out the best way to navigate through the courses ahead of time, thus training himself to adjust his speed in order to push himself to the front to get his results. None of this prepares Jackson for being able to improvise and adapt to changing conditions, so when Cruz starts catching up to him with her more unorthodox methods taught from Lightning and Smokey, he can't adapt properly and ultimately has to resort to trash talking and trying to ram her off the course to keep his lead, which ends up failing.

  • Even though Miguel is a plucky, street-smart Kid Hero, he needs a lot of help from the adults in order to make it out of the Land of the Dead. In fact, part of his Character Development is realizing that, while his older family members are flawed, he shouldn't reject their legitimate help.
  • Imelda has spent the majority of her life and all of her afterlife believing that her husband abandoned her and left her to raise their daughter on her own. Even when she finds out that he eventually regretted it and actually tried to come home but was murdered before he could do so, she doesn't forgive him immediately. Several decades' worth of resentment and anger can't simply disappear overnight, and Héctor still left her and Coco in the first place. In the epilogue, however, which takes place a year later, she is shown to have reconciled with him and they have rekindled their romance. She did eventually forgive him, but she needed time in order to do so.
  • Dante attempts to save Miguel after Ernesto throws the boy off a roof, but due to Dante's small size, he isn't strong enough to halt the fall. Pepita, who is much larger than both of them, is the one who ends up saving Miguel.

    Finding Dory 
  • While Dory's decision to find her parents in California was rather noble of her, she ends up getting lost in a dark place and gets attacked by a giant squid. Relying on memories that randomly pop up is no replacement for proper navigational skills, and her lack thereof caused her, Marlin, and Nemo to almost get killed by said squid.
  • The characters are constantly subjected to the reality of ocean pollution with shining examples being Dory getting stuck in a 6-pack holder and the giant squid getting stuck in a shipping container.

    The Incredibles 
As the film is an active Deconstruction of the Superhero Genre, many of the narrative protections afforded to heroes and villains are revoked in this story.
  • Bob refusing to take Buddy on as a Kid Sidekick in the middle of his fight with Bomb Voyage. While the rocket boots that Buddy made are impressive, the sun's going down and Buddy, who is otherwise a ten year-old boy that Bob barely knows, wants to go into a hostile combat situation where people could be hurt or killed. It would have been very irresponsible for Bob to let a child help him against an armed criminal, with or without rocket boots. Also, if (God forbid) Buddy were to ever get seriously injured or killed, Bob would have been held responsible (hence Bob telling the police officers that Buddy wasn’t affiliated with him). Even when Buddy/Syndrome recalls the hurt he felt at being rebuked for his foolish decision to interrupt the hero-villain confrontation, the flashback is actually a Self-Serving Memory — Bomb Voyage is completely missing in Syndrome's version, while Bob's tone and posture is far more condescending than the actual events.
  • While it's satisfying to see Bob throw his Mean Boss Huph through several walls, the former gets fired instantly for this act. Even though Rick is willing to keep the company quiet, workplace violence is still grounds for immediate termination at the very least. Doesn't help that Huph was his superior, corrupt as he is.
    • Additionally, Bob using just a fraction of his Super Strength on Huph leaves the latter in the hospital in a full-body cast, and it's lucky that Huph wasn't killed.
  • While working at Insuricare, Bob gives his clients advice on how to get around the red tape in his company's overly convoluted inner workings to get the insurance payouts they need. As well-meaning as Bob is in doing this, it costs Insuricare money and hurts their bottom line. And since it's only customers that speak with Bob that suddenly know the very specific forms they need to fill out, Huph is understandably frustrated with him. Both Sides Have a Point, though: Huph's insistence on denying insurance claims would be a breach of contract with Insuricare's customers, and could subject the company to class-action suits and regulatory sanctions.
    Bob: We're supposed to help people.
    Huph: We're supposed to help OUR people! Starting with our stockholders, Bob! Who's helping them out, huh?!
  • While Huph is unaware of Bob's past as a superhero, he is aware that Bob is 8 times larger than him, so being such a complete jerk is not a great idea. Bob tolerates the indignity because Huph is his boss, however after Huph demonstrates his complete Lack of Empathy toward a guy getting mugged, Bob reaches his Rage Breaking Point and Huph gets thrown through a few walls.
  • Despite Huph's Lack of Empathy for the guy getting mugged and threatening to fire Bob if the latter goes out to intervene, he was right for preventing Bob from doing so as it'll be irresponsible to allow a (seemingly) untrained employee to fight off a criminal when it doesn't involve the company.
  • Bob learns the hard way that time and inactivity have a way of catching up with someone at the worst possible time. Case in point, when facing the Omnidroid, he throws out his back doing a victory pose. Fortunately, reality works in his favor as well, since all he'd need to do to snap it back is to apply enough force in just the right way. Guess what the Omnidroid does when it tries to pull him apart?
  • Despite being superheroes, Bob and Helen have both gained weight in their years of marriage in ways they don't appreciate. Even though Helen is a Rubber Woman capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting, she can not adjust her base form the way she wants, which is why she is shown at one scene lamenting the size of her butt. When Bob dons his old uniform, his belly paunch is exposed when he stretches overhead, prompting him to an exercise regimen when he is recruited back to hero work. While he still has super strength, he still needs to get back in fighting form.
  • Even though Dash can punch at machine-gun speed, he's still just a ten-year-old boy punching a grown man; there's only so much damage he can do.
  • Dicker freezes Syndrome's assets after he's revealed as a supervillain and borderline-terrorist, which deals a crippling blow to his operation.
  • Syndrome gets ready to pull a classic Villain: Exit, Stage Left, taunting that he will get Jack-Jack someday. Bob responds as any father with super strength fearing for the life of their child would: he hurls a car at Syndrome's plane.
  • Syndrome gets sucked into the plane's engine, causing the already damaged plane to catch fire and explode — and since it was hovering above the Parrs' house, the wreckage falls right on the house and destroys it.
  • When Dash embraces his super speed for the first time, he encounters several doses of reality, from realizing that running into a bunch of bugs will cause them to splatter all over his face, to finding out that stopping on water (while running on it) will make him promptly sink (though the latter did save him when Syndrome's goons try to catch him in a pincer maneuver).
  • One of the Velocipods chasing Dash uses his flying razor disc of a vehicle to slice through a palm tree that Dash used as a springboard. Even with an Absurdly Sharp Blade, brief contact with a solid object during a high speed chase will cripple your momentum, and the Velocipod ends up crashing into the ground not even a second later. To add insult to injury, the tree landed on another Velocipod flying behind him.
  • The film also shows that, despite the things that superpowers can do, it doesn't mean that they're painless. Bob visibly winces before catching an oncoming train, and whilst holding the R.V. to the plane, Helen cries out in pain when she lets go.
  • The movie shows the difficulty in fighting adversaries willing to use lethal force against you. Although the Incredibles aren't trying to kill anyone, the movie shows that, in their effort to take the henchmen down quickly, some of their actions will result in several deaths.
    • Helen warns the kids that, unlike villains and criminals in fictional media, the ones in real life can and will attack/kill without hesitation and if given the chance, even if the victims are children like them. They are required to run, or later fight, if they ever find themselves in this situation.
  • A major idea throughout is that, competent and powerful as the superheroes are, what they do is very dangerous and not to be attempted by people who aren't prepared to take it seriously.
  • Edna Mode has a very strict "No capes!" policy when it comes to designing superhero suits and refuses to include them, due to a history of them snagging on various stuff and killing the one wearing it.
  • One Frozone himself points out when Bob and he save some civilians from a burning building. His powers work by freezing the oxygen enough to produce ice. Since they're surrounded by flames, they suck up oxygen and he can't generate any power. What'e more working around fire dehydrates him and he has to stall a cop that holds them up long enough to get some water from a nearby cooler to at least generate enough power to allow the two to escape.

    Incredibles 2 
  • The opening battle gives us a twofer. The whole family suits up at the end of the first movie, implying they'll take the Underminer on as a family. However, Bob and Helen are Good Parents who wouldn't purposely endanger their children, so they are told to stay back and look after Jack-Jack and keep the civilians out of the line of fire. Furthermore, the family is without work and, since the end of the first movie had Syndrome's aircraft fall onto the Parrs' house, they have to live in a hotel room with what they could salvage from the wreckage.
  • Even though the family saved the day in the first film and garnered a positive public reaction, their subsequent battle with the Underminer and the resulting collateral damage quickly soured their public image. Public opinion is very fickle, and it takes a concerted effort for supers to have a more positive representation.
  • It's pointed out that going after the Underminer for robbing the bank wasn't necessary because the money in the vault was insured and can easily be replaced.
  • After spending years as the bread-winner and dreaming of reliving his super-heroic past instead of living in the present, Bob is terribly unsuited to life as a stay-at-home dad, even with his superpowers. Caring for a normal baby is tiring enough, but caring for Jack-Jack, who won the Superpower Lottery and has Power Incontinence? Good luck. That's not even going into Barrier Warrior Emo Teen Violet and Super Speed Keet Dash. While he does eventually get the hang of it, he still needs help from his family, Lucius, and Edna.
  • Even though the family's heroic efforts at the end of the first film doesn't immediately reverse the law against supers operating in public, it did spawn a movement to have the ban reconsidered.
  • When the Deavors choose someone to show that the ban should be reconsidered, Elastigirl is considered the ideal hero for bringing Supers back in the public's good graces because, thanks to the very nature of her powers, she's far less of a Destructive Savior than her husband or Frozone.
  • Elastigirl's first act for the movement is stopping a runaway train. Like many other moments in movies like this, she unhooks the engine from the rest of the train and stops it. After she stops it, however, the engine comes back, almost bumping the other side off the rail. In many other movies, the hero usually unhitches the train and never explain what happened to the other cars they unhitched.
  • Violet learns that her crush, Tony, does not remember her at all due to the attempted Laser-Guided Amnesia not working. While it was unintentional, Violet is furious because she just got the courage to ask him out on a date, only for him to completely forget about her. She impulsively decides to renounce being a superhero and tries to destroy her supersuit by stuffing it down the kitchen sink garbage disposer. However, she quickly discovers just how sturdy Edna's creations can be.
    • Also, while Tony was initially shocked at finding out that Violet's a Super, he later felt regretful that he just ran away instead of trying to talk to her about it.
  • Winston states that an important part of his plan to re-introduce Supers is Hero Insurance. Supers will make mistakes, after all, so they need malpractice insurance just like many high-risk professions have in real life. A lack of this actually caused the downfall of Supers in the original movie after Mr. Incredible being sued for injuries rescuing someone opened the floodgates for a wide variety of other lawsuits that caused superheroes to withdraw from the public eye.
  • The raccoon, despite being somewhat anthropomorphic, is portrayed as an actual wild animal, snarling, hissing and spitting at Jack-Jack during their fight.
  • Elastigirl has difficulty hanging onto a jet in mid-flight, and it takes her and Voyd multiple tries to finally get Helen on the plane.
  • A threefold one occurs when Elastigirl and Evelyn are falling from the plane. First, there's the acknowledgment that Soft Water doesn't exist, since Evelyn hitting the surface will kill her. Secondly, Voyd can't just immediately portal Elastigirl and Evelyn back to the ship because objects leave her portals at the same speed they enter, so Voyd has to wait for Helen to slow down Evelyn's velocity. Finally, Voyd recognizes that even with Helen's parachute technique, they are both too close to the water to decelerate in time, so she shifts her final portal so they emerge horizontally to give them more time to slow down.

     Inside Out 
  • A main theme of the story is that while happiness is a great emotion in life, sadness is just as essential and is needed to balance out a functional human being. This is a lesson Joy comes to learn over the course of the movie and realizes that Sadness isn't trying to mess things up for Riley, but do her function. The conflict of the movie comes about as the move to San Francisco and Joy's reluctance to let Sadness do her job causes problems because Riley can't express herself properly to what's going on.
  • Likewise Fear, Anger and Disgust are defensive emotions at best. While Joy and Sadness are making their way through the Cerebral areas, they're left in charge to monitor Riley for the time being. As you can imagine, this affects Ridley very negatively to the point the three nearly make Riley run away from home.
  • Riley's emotions in the movie react as well as a child (or a pre-teen in this case) does to things as Riley is still a growing girl and maturing. So they're pretty much learning along when she does.
  • As in most things in life, people sometimes will outgrow things when they're older. Bing Bong, a imaginary friend Riley had when she was a toddler, finds himself mostly bumming around her head as she's gotten too old for him and is completely forgotten when Joy and he land in the forgotten memories area.
  • When Joy and Bing-Bong attempt to get out of the Memory Dump using Bing-Bong's rocket wagon. Their weight make it too heavy for them to do so as the rockets can only get so much lift. Bing-Bong ultimately sacrifices himself so it can be light enough to get Joy out of the canyon.

    Monsters, Inc. 
  • This is discussed at the end when Mike and Sulley stop Randall and Waternoose. Mike talks about how since the CEO of Monsters Inc. was so corrupt that he got arrested, Monsters Inc. as a whole will be shut down and, since it provides power to the whole city, no power. Mike also points out they will probably be run out of town. Becomes subverted due to the discovery that a child's laughter is more powerful than their screams, so Monsters Inc. is merely reworked.

    Monsters University 
  • Towards the climax of the film, Mike and Sulley are about to be kicked out of Monsters University for failing to meet the academic standards of the school. But then, they perform a feat of scaring wizardry that the entire monster world has never seen before and was thought to have been impossible. Impressive as it might have been, they still get expelled. The most Mike and Sulley get for all their trouble is a pat on the back and a heartfelt "good luck" from Dean Hardscrabble.
  • At first, Sulley impresses all the teachers with his natural scaring ability. But because he didn't spend any time studying, when he is properly evaluated, he finds that a single great roar can't account for every child.
    Prof. Knight: One scary face does not a scarer make, Mr. Sullivan.
  • Also, while Mike clearly has passion and knowledge for Scaring, he lacks any natural talent and physical ability, meaning that he's incapable of being scary by himself since children find him too cute-looking.
  • A more lighthearted version in the end of the movie as well: The pair do get to work at Monsters Inc... as mail clerks, because they don't have the qualifications to immediately be scarers. However, as the years go by, they work their way up to becoming the top team in the company through hard work and determination like many people do.
  • Likewise, while Mike doesn't get to be a scarer like he wished, his hard studies do make him an asset to those that have the necessary appearance. So what does he do? Become a coach, first to his fraternity to help them through the scare games which ultimately allows his frat mates to join the scare program in the following semester and eventually become scarers later in life, and eventually Sulley's main assistant when they're hired for the main floor.

  • The premise of the movie is that while magic exists and is quite awesome, it is also difficult to master and limited to gifted individuals. So, over time, magic has faded in favor of technology which is easier for the bulk of the population to use. This theme is carried even into the epilogue. Even when The Magic Comes Back, it's still clear it won't be replacing technology anytime soon and that society functions best with a mix of both.

  • After everything seems set for a Happily Ever After, it gets derailed into more of a Bittersweet Ending. Despite everyone's efforts to revive Gusteau's, it's shut down for good when Skinner and the Health Inspector are eventually freed from the closet they are tied up in, who are entirely unmoved by the fact that the rats cooking food in the kitchen are perfectly sanitary. In any context, rats in a restaurant are a massive health code violation. Remy, Linguini, and Colette do bounce back and open up another restaurant (with a strong hint that it's financed by now-former food critic Anton Ego), keeping it from falling into a full Downer Ending.
    • Additionally, despite Anton Ego's positive review of Gusteau's, the news of the rat infestation being broke out by Skinner and the Health Inspector causes him to lose both his credibility and job.
  • Linguini reveals his secret to the kitchen, only to have everyone who works in the restaurant to walk out due to feeling betrayed. Linguini spent the whole film appearing like a diamond in the rough to the others, magnificently rising to the occasion after Colette teaches him the ropes... just to reveal that he has no talent and is relying on a rat, of all things, to cook. At worst, he could be depicted as crazy. Only Colette (who he was emotionally connected to) chose to come back.
  • Linguini and Colette's Falling-in-Love Montage is suddenly interrupted when Remy falls off Linguini's head, and is abruptly faced with the very real danger of being a rat in the middle of the street.

  • While most media portrays falling down a manhole as Played for Laughs, the movie shows how realistically dangerous an accident like that can be. When it happens to Joe, he goes into a comatose state where he's barely clinging to life.

  • Ellie encourages young Carl to walk over a single wooden plank spanning a huge hole in the floor. The old plank breaks, and Carl falls down and breaks his arm. Cut to the hospital.
  • Balloons naturally aren't the most durable of aerodynamics. Many of them getting popped or lost during the adventure. Likewise Carl notes they'll only have so much air in them before they eventually leak out, which will gradually cause the house to lose it's levitation. In the climax, Carl has to toss out some of his belongings and furniture just so it can be light enough to pursue Russell when he foolishly goes off to save Kevin from Muntz by himself.
  • When Dug attempts to stop the other dogs from chasing after Carl, he heroically jumps in their way as the music swells. They then knock him around and run right pass him as the music abruptly ends.
  • Once Muntz gets tired of having Russell and Carl get in his way, he decides to just attempt to gun them down in cold blood.
  • It's strongly hinted that Russell's Disappeared Dad will show up at the ceremony if Russell gets his final Wilderness Explorer badge, but when Russell is at the ceremony, right when the film sets up a heartwarming redemption/family bonding scene... his dad still doesn't show. Carl comes up to do it instead.


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