Gegeua
When we first meet Ellie she's all alone in a old house....where's the family members?
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Dan the Pixar Fan
Ellie is just using that old house as her "spirit of Adventure" club house. She is just out and about in the neighborhood like I used to do as a kid. Her family is just probably at home-that old house was not her home so the family would not have been there. When she and Carl get married, you see her family members present at the wedding.
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Gegeua
Brilliant answer!
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Rachel Cranor
I wondered this too, and it always perplexed me because my parents are kinda protective and I couldn't leave the house with out asking. Also, in my old neighborhood, we respected any empty houses.

But yes, PixarFanDan, excellent answer!
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Dan the Pixar Fan
Yah there are a few things to take into account. It's 1939 at the beginning of the film. That was a much different time. My Grandad tells stories about all his adventures around the neighborhood that he had and I agree with him when he talks about how this generation of parents are much more strict when it comes to being "protective." Plus I feel kid spend less time outside playing these days generally. Even when I was young in the 90s I feel it's much different than now. I was ALWAYS out around the neighborhood during summers as a young boy out all day long. Of course I always had to "ask" or let my mom know I was leaving....but who's to say Ellie and Carl didn't ask?

Also, look at Ellie's family. Did they look like the type of people who were over protective? You obviously saw where Ellie got her personality from.

And again it all depends on the personality of the kid. Some are more wild adventurous and curious (like my sister's kids) and some are very strict, proper, by the book and more cautious (my borther's kids). I was somewhere in the middle but could totally relate to Ellie. Me and my friends had many adventures and explored many empty houses : )

So to me, I never questioned at all the validity or realism of that opening scene. Makes perfect sense to me being that I could totally relate! Again, it's all about the time period, the kid's parents and the kid's personality.
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