May 29, 2009

'UP' Up and Away at the Newseum

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WTTG Fox 5 reporter Holly Morris prepares to take a ride in the 'UP'™ chair. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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WTTG Fox 5 reporter Holly Morris prepares to take a ride in the 'UP' chair. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
WTTG Fox 5's Holly Morris interviews Newseum executive director Joe Urschel. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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WTTG Fox 5's Holly Morris interviews Newseum executive director Joe Urschel. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

WJFK-FM's Kevin McCarthy reviews 'UP' 50 feet in the air. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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WJFK-FM's Kevin McCarthy reviews 'UP' 50 feet in the air. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Newseum visitors watch an ABC camera operator take a ride. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Newseum visitors watch an ABC camera operator take a ride. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The Newseum's News Hound gets a reaction from young visitors. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The Newseum's News Hound gets a reaction from young visitors. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The view from the 'UP' chair 50 feet in the air. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The view from the 'UP' chair 50 feet in the air. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Sixty five balloons are attached to the 'UP' chair. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Sixty five balloons are attached to the 'UP' chair. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

WASHINGTON — Visitors got an "UP"-lifting experience May 29 at the Newseum to celebrate the opening of Disney/Pixar’s new PG-rated animated movie "UP." Several lucky Newseum visitors got the chance to soar up to 50 feet in the New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News strapped in a balloon-powered easy chair.

WTTG Fox 5 anchor Holly Morris was the first reporter to ride in the chair. Click here for her report.

"UP" is the story of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman who ties thousands of balloons to his house and takes off on an adventure to South America with an 8-year-old accidental stowaway. Actor Ed Asner provides the voice of Fredricksen.

In 2008, Disney/Pixar’s star robot WALL*E thrilled visitors during an exclusive visit to the Newseum. Last February, the "WALL*E" movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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