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Married Life is an instrumental score cue from the 2009 Disney/Pixar animated feature film, Up. It is one of the film's memorable scores heard throughout it and is one of the most successful scores used in animation and film industry to date.

Following the success of the film, the score also became a cult, making it one of the most popular scores heard in Disney/Pixar history.


The score is briefly heard during the part where Carl meets Ellie for the first time in his childhood home. It is heard during the scene after Carl and Ellie get married together and then they start their own home where they would have a baby throughout lifetime in a happy melody. Over the years, the couple spends their whole lives together as the score plays throughout Carl and Ellie's relationship to which it is found out that Ellie cannot have a baby after looking at clouds resembling babies to which the score slows in a solemn sad melody briefly. Over lifetime, the score resumes normally in a happy melody as Carl and Ellie become older over the years while saving money for a ticket to Paradise Falls. The score loops into a solemn sad melody where Carl discovers that Ellie is ill due to a bad health condition at an old age, followed by Carl sitting sadly in a church where it is found out that Ellie died of an illness no one can save her. The score ends in a sad, slow melody when Carl walks back to his house at night, finding himself all alone without Ellie, sad for the loss of his wife.

With Carl adapting a new life without his wife, instrumental portions can be heard in the following scenes prior to the score heard again during the credits:

  • The scene where Carl returns home after talking to Officer Edith who tells him about the Shady Oak Retirement Village just as he reads Ellie's adventure book.
  • The part where Carl's house has dozens of balloons on it just as he bids George and A.J. a farewell that he would send a postcard from "Paradise Falls".
  • The scene where Carl peacefully relaxes in his house with no one to bother him as his house floats in the sky until his peaceful moment is interrupted upon hearing Russell knocking on the door.
  • The scene where Carl and Russell run away from Charles Muntz's dogs who are trying to capture Kevin in order for Muntz to prove himself just like in the time when the skeleton of the Monster of Paradise Falls was deemed fake. The score plays in an ominous melody.
  • The part where Kevin tries to reunite to her babies to which the score plays in a happy tune which is interrupted when Muntz discovers Kevin using a spotlight, followed by Muntz and his dogs taking Kevin to the Spirit of Adventure.
  • The part where Carl looks at Ellie's adventure book looking at Ellie's memories, including Carl's relationship with Ellie, especially a note written by Ellie telling him to go for a new adventure.
  • The scene where Carl happily reunites with Dug while planning to help Russell rescue Kevin from Charles Muntz, followed by Carl's house approaching the Spirit of Adventure while noticing Russell being deployed by Muntz.
  • The part where Carl, Dug, and Kevin approach Carl's house controlled by Russell as the three hop onto the house which is interrupted when Muntz fires his shotgun, followed by an ominous variant played when Muntz barging into the house to hunt down Kevin which later transitions into the part where Muntz falls to his death.
  • At the end of the film where Carl and Russell control the Spirit of Adventure to head back home to receive a Wilderness Explorer badge, followed by the part where Carl congratulates Russell for assisting him as he gives Russell the grape soda bottle cap. It is also heard in the film's final moments where Carl and Russell enjoy an ice cream hangout with Dug at Fenton's after receiving a badge for assisting Carl.

The score is later heard in the end credits where it shows pictures of Carl and Russell's moments on the new adventure book.



  • The score won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental composition at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
  • Following the film's success, the score can also be heard as Area Music in Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland. Unlike in the film version, this version omits any of the sad verses.
  • In the Once Upon a Time episode "Beauty", it played over a sequence in which Rumplestiltskin and Belle grow old together, parodying the opening scene of Up.

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See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxWilderness Explorers