Disney Pixar’s “Up” and Balloon Science Fun

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
November 20, 2009

Up balloon science fun


Have you ever wondered how many helium balloons it would take to lift different objects Up into the air?

It’s a tricky question and an even trickier answer because there are so many variables to consider. For instance:

• How big are the balloons?
• How heavy is the object?
• How quickly to do you want the object to rise Up?

We have come Up with a general formula you can use to figure out how many balloons it would take to lift… well, just about anything!

• Helium has a lifting force of about 1 gram per liter.
• An average size party balloon is approximately 30cm (one foot) in diameter.
• It can hold approximately 14 liters.
• That’s 14 grams of lift power per balloon.
• Estimate and subtract the weight of the string and the latex balloon.
• Formula: 1 balloon = 10 grams of lift power.

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How Many Balloons Would It Take To Lift:

Disney • Pixar’s Up Blu-ray™Combo Pack?
At approximately 227 grams (or 0.5 lbs) in weight, it requires approximately 22 balloons to send the movie Up, up and away!

A Blu-ray Disc™ Player?
Most models weigh just over 2 kg (4.5 lbs.) which requires 200 balloons to add a whole new meaning to Blu-ray™ “high definition.”

Your Neighbor’s Dog?
A happy Labrador Retriever dog weighs in at about 32 kg (70 lbs). It would take approximately 3200 balloons to lift this furry friend off the ground.
Fun Fact: The voice of Dug (the Dog) in the movie Up is actually the voice of Co-Director / Screenwriter, Bob Peterson.

A Bicycle?
The average bicycle weighs approximately 19 kilograms (or 42 lbs). You will need approximately 1,900 balloons
to turn a 2-wheeler into an air-bike.
Fun Fact: Before the Wright Brothers built their first flying airplane in 1903, they operated a small bicycle repair shop.

A Sumo Wrestler?
The average weight of a Sumo wrestler is approximately 148 kg (or 326 lbs). That means it would take about 148,000 balloons to send this guy Up.
Fun Fact: Sumo wrestling was established as a national sport in 1909.

A Small House?
This figure can vary in terms of quantity of balloons given the size and scale of the house. Let’s say the house in Disney/Pixar ’s movie Up weighed about 46,000 kg (that’s 101,413 lbs). That means it takes approximately 4,600,000 balloons to send Carl’s home Up and away!
Fun Fact: Nearly 70 animators worked on the movie Up during peak production

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

8 Responses to “Disney Pixar’s “Up” and Balloon Science Fun”

  1. Kayla says:

    That’s so fun!!
    Although I don’t know if I’d want a flying house >.<

  2. Honey Mommy says:

    What a fun fact-filled post!

    I actually did wonder how many balloons it would take to lift his house. Or how many balloons it would take to actually lift up one of my kids! Now I know it would take way more balloons than I could afford!

  3. Now my daughter wants to see how many balloons it will take to lift my car so Daddy can buy me a new one. LOL

  4. Doramiyi says:

    Like your post with a bit of science twist. Good bit of educational info I can pass along too. Thanks.

  5. mytwogirls says:

    I never thought to take an educational spin onto that movie. I will talk about this with my 3rd grade daughter. Perfect!

    The movie was so deep, I was surprised when we saw it in the theater.

  6. Badger Momma says:

    Was this on the special footage of the DVD? Cool facts! Although I shudder at sharing them with my girls. They love balloons and would want to get some to test some of the objects around the house. Like the cats!

  7. Brittany says:

    I don’t even want to know how many balloons it would take to lift me, LOL! Fun facts.

  8. fancygrlnancy says:

    It is always fun to hear interesting facts like this. I agree with Brittany I don’t want to know how many will lift me.

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