In the Pixar Movie Up, is Carl Fredricksen's decision to go to Paradise Falls a metaphor that indicates the intention to commit suicide?

I know that after all this movie is a comedy-drama adventure and some details of the story are omitted, as in many movies of the same genre, but thinking in a detached manner, I noticed some points that make me think to suicide.

The biggest one is that Carl can't get food easily in Paradise Falls, he is old and lame and in the falls habitat is really hard to get food.

The choice of Carl to leave the city in that way with the intention to go to the Paradise Falls makes me think to the famous phrase heard in a lot of shows (movies, TV shows, etc): "I prefer to die rather than to go to a hospice".

So, thinking as an adult, not as a kid, does Carl Fredricksen decide to commit suicide?

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    "I can go realize my deceased wife and I's dream or go to a hospice".
    – topher
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 9:13
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    Is doing something odd or dangerous when you are old really suicide?
    – cde
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 16:56
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    Risking your own life != intentionally taking your own life
    – cde
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 16:59
  • Also related: crushable.com/2014/04/21/entertainment/…
    – cde
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 17:08

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Carl can't get food easily in Paradise Falls

I'll counter that argument with another question: if food isn't readily available, how did Charles Muntz survive for so long with his 100+ dogs? That's a lot of mouths to feed.

I don't think you should apply logic from our physical world to the world of Up or else you'll find a ton of other problems with the movie. For example, how come the characters don't freeze when fighting at high altitudes? How is it possible for a couple hundred balloons to lift a house? None of these things really matter, filmmakers can't make sure that everything makes logical sense in their movies. What's more important is that the movie portrays a good narrative and theme in a fun and entertaining way. Which Up definitely accomplishes. Also, I don't think Disney would allow suicide in any of their films (I may be wrong, I haven't watched all the Disney movies). I believe Up's target audience is for children under 12 years old. An audience this young may not even know what suicide is.

Whether or not Carl planned on committing suicide (by starvation or otherwise), we can say that he definitely demonstrated his resolve to fulfill his wife's wish by flying all the way to South America. I think by risking his life he is demonstrating his resolve, not his intention to commit suicide.

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