Adorable Grandparents Re-create "Up" to Celebrate Their Anniversary—and It's So Cute We Can't Take It
If you lost it during the opening scenes of the animated film, you're going to want to see this adorable real-life version.
To help his 83- and 84-year-old grandparents celebrate over 60 years of marriage, Jason Lyle Black of backwards-piano-playing fame partnered with Celadora Studios to re-create part of Pixar's Up-starring the happy couple, who played a duet. "Grandpa and Grandma have played piano duets since they were first married," Black posted in the YouTube video description. "My grandparents were very excited to be part of this video … It was so fun to work with them on it. I've loved their piano duets ever since I was a little kid, so this will be a family treasure for all of us."
The short film begins with a shot of a colorful house similar to Up characters Carl and Ellie's home. Using an orthopedic walker outfitted with tennis balls, the husband (clad in a tweed suit and bow-tie, of course) makes his way across to the room to their antique Civil War-era Steinway piano, where he places "Our Adventure Book," another nod to the Pixar couple. He looks in on his wife in the kitchen and sneaks back to the piano, where he begins to play the movie's theme song, "Married Life." Upon hearing the sweet melody, she rushes into the room, where she sees her husband has prepared a special anniversary surprise-a "60 years" banner and balloons.
Joining him on the piano bench, she takes the bass notes while he plays the treble. B-roll footage of framed photos on the wall illustrate a lovely life together-a black-and-white wedding portrait, a picture with one of their nine children-as the two exchange romantic glances. "My grandparents are very involved in family history," Black wrote. "My grandpa wrote an autobiography for our family and my grandma wrote a biography of her father, my great-grandpa."
Switching places, the pianists pick up the pace, with a funny "Squirrel!" reaction from their "talking" dog. In a much happier ending than the movie couple, the wife lovingly rests her head on her husband's shoulder.
Finally, their grandson-one of a few dozen!-appears, wearing a "Wilderness Explorer" uniform reminiscent of the character Russell and requesting best wishes for his grandparents. We are happy to oblige: Happy 60th anniversary to an adorable couple, and thanks for showing us what lasting love looks like!