This post was originally a part of my pal Estelle’s Love Meter Series at This Happy Place Blog. I was so excited to be ask to be a part of this series because it is such a cool concept! I choose Carl and Ellie because they are a Disney couple that I relate to on so many levels. Thanks again to Estelle for letting me be apart of this series and allowing me to write something from the heart. Make sure to check out the latest Love Meter posts at This Happy Place Blog.
I have never been the biggest fan of Disney Princesses. It’s not that I don’t like them or their stories but I usually liked a different character (I always loved Maleficent, not sure what that says about me) in the movie or I just appreciated and loved the story. So I guess that is why I never found the love stories all that appealing either. I never dreamed of being swept away to a castle or meeting my true love in some fantastic storybook romance. But that changed in 2009 when I finally found a Disney couple that I not only loved but identified with.
Carl and Ellie are such a beautiful couple. They meet as children and bond over a common interest, their love of adventure. The next few minutes, scored beautifully my Michael Giacchino, make me tear up every time I watch them. We watch Carl and Ellie get married, make a home, suffer loss, and grow old. We also see Carl lose Ellie, which sets up the premise of the rest of the film.
After going after what he thought Ellie always wanted, Carl learns is that he and Ellie never missed out on the adventure like he thought they did. Sure they never made it to Paradise Falls like they had dreamed, but they did have the best kind of adventure, a life together. They worked along side one another, held hands, went on picnics, the every day things that so many take for granted.
I have my own Carl. We are also a family of two and always will be. And while for I time I found that fact a little sad, I now celebrate it. I am lucky. I have someone that will sit and watch Disney movies with me, to hold hands with, and to dream with. We got married, built a home, had our struggles, and came out loving each other more. And while me may never go on some of the grand adventures that we dream of that’s okay. We just get to be together and live our every day adventures.
So no, Carl and Ellie aren’t the fairy tale romance that some dream about, they are something even better. A beautiful example that while there are downs, it is the ups that make life beautiful.
All images via Disney Screencaps.