if you know me at all, you probably know that i love animation and once (and maybe still do) wanted to be an animator professionally. this has led to a most-of-my-life-long dream to work at pixar. these days i’m thinking i’m not cut out to be an animator, but i’d still like to work in marketing/pr for pixar, but i’m getting side-tracked.
one of the most beautiful images from pixar’s long award-winning film legacy is the pastel-colored house propelled by rainbow-colored balloons against a blue sky and puffy white clouds from their 2009 hit up.
as much as i enjoyed the movie, i dismissed the idea as being realistically impossible and childish fancy. but the national geographic channel has replicated it–successfully!
seriously…how freaking cool is this?!
a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of los angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.
using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, the lightweight building reached an altitude of more than 3000 meters and remained in the air for about an hour.
the filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new national geographic channel series called “how hard can it be?”, which will premiere in fall 2011.
i wonder if they’re going to attempt doing such complex and expensive feats throughout the show. i must say this is definitely a good way to generate publicity and pique interest in the show.
if they want to create a functioning wall-e, i’d be happy to take him after the show.