Did you see Disney Pixar’s animated film, Up? A Salt Lake City homebuilder was smitten by the movie two years ago and created an actual model of the floating house. At the intersection of Meadowside Drive and Herriman Rose Boulevard, look for the helium balloons tied to the chimney of the sherbet-painted Victorian.
Blair Bangerter, son of former Utah governor Norman Bangerter, made it his personal mission to construct the Up house. His business, Bangerter Homes, is marketing the 2,800-square-foot home in Disney fashion, using stills from the film, featured music, and the official logos. The charming replica is priced at $400,000.
Disney typically protects its copyrights with a passion, but this project struck an emotional chord with Up’s director, Pete Docter. When Docter viewed architectural drawings of the house, he felt touched that the film had inspired such a reaction and advocated the approval of construction.