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Today I Learned: Up's Iconic Love Story Opener Was Originally Less Emo And More Slapstick

Less crying and more uncomfortable laughter.

Everyone may have differing opinions on what the best Pixar film is but chances are that Up will be high up on most people’s lists because it’s just brilliant, especially the iconic love story opener between Carl and Ellie which arguably was what made the movie so special.

As Up turns 10 years old, those 5 or so opening minutes remain the greatest thing Pixar has ever produced (and probably will ever produce). But that moment of magic almost didn’t pan out the way it did.

Rather than the soul-crushing hammer blow to the feels that the scene ultimately turned out to be, it was originally less emotional and leaned more into Looney Tunes slapstick territory.

Tearing up already.

According to a behind-the-scenes video of Up on Pixar’s website, the filmmakers revealed that the original concept involved a young Carl trying to catch a bird with a crude box trap, only for a young Ellie to come out of nowhere with a massive right hook to Carl’s arm and declaring that, “Birds are nice! Boys are dumb!

This ultimately starts a life-long game where the couple sneak punch each other in the most random ways, which was intended to be a “non-sappy” and “funny” way of developing their relationship. This extends right up to the point where Carl is visiting Ellie in hospital and she weakly punches his arm (out of love).

In the words of co-director Bob Peterson, Carl and Ellie “punch themselves old” as opposed to “sweetly become old.”

(The explanation and storyboards come in at the start of the clip.)

While the filmmakers thought the scene was hilarious yet heartfelt, test audiences didn’t exactly warm to Carl and Ellie’s little punching game and reacted to the sequence with “silence” rather than tears.

Since Up hinges on the Carl and Ellie montage working, the filmmakers knew they had to fix it and ultimately ended up with the tearjerking scene we all know and love.

I do see where the filmmakers were coming from in regards to the original concept for Carl and Ellie’s growing old montage but it was one of those things that looked good on paper but just didn’t work when executed.

But hey, victories are born out of failures and we got the perfect montage in the end. 10 years on, I still can’t watch the scene and not tear up, and I know I’m far from the only one.

Today I Learned: Miley Cyrus's First Paying Job Was Somehow More Embarrassing And Disgusting Than Yours

Billy Ray Cyrus's definition of "father-daughter" bonding time is different to most.

It’s almost a rite of passage that everyone’s first job is a pretty underwhelming gig that involves wearing a uniform, handling some food and/or groceries, being yelled at by customers for something, and earning very little money.

For celebrities like Miley Cyrus, you’d think that they would be spared of this sort of thing because they’re, you know, rich. But as it so happens, Miley’s first paying gig wasn’t Hannah Montana or being a waitress somewhere. In fact, it was something that makes stacking shelves at a supermarket seem luxurious while also making you wonder what Billy Ray Cyrus was thinking at the time.

Not joking at all

Back when Miley was just a young kid, Billy would take her along with him on his tours because nothing says quality father-daughter bonding time than going on the road. It is on these tours where Billy gave Miley her first ever paying job. If you thought it was something like moving equipment around or handing out bottles of water to the crew, you’d be wrong.

After each of his concerts, Billy would pay Miley $10 to go around picking up all the underwear and bras thrown on-stage by his overzealous female fans.

Yeah.

But hey, she had a good attitude towards it as she told Rolling Stone that she would “get a really big one and be like, ‘Dad! I found your biggest fan!’

The only appropriate response.

Nothing gets you ready for the real working world than a job at a fast food place or supermarket, but Miley got thrown into the deep end of some unknown pool there. To her credit, she’s come out the other side with flying colours so maybe there was method to Billy’s madness. Maybe.

One thing’s for sure, working at Maccas suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.

Today I Learned: Justin Bieber And Marilyn Manson Had An Incredibly Weird And Petty Feud Over A T-Shirt

Must be what happens when you get two problematic celebrities with nothing better to do with their time.

Celebrity feuds are nothing new and are probably the biggest first-world problem of first-world problems. Hell, in the last couple of years we’ve had some headline-grabbing spats between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian, James Charles and Tati Westbrook, and Deadpool and Paddington bear.

These things are supremely ridiculous, stupid, and barely amount to something beyond a kindergarten playground fight.

And with that preamble, let’s take a look at one of the dumbest and pettiest feuds to have happened in recent memory: Marilyn Manson versus Justin Bieber and T-shirts with Marilyn’s creepy-looking on them.

Yes. Yes it does.

This odd little spat began back in 2016 when Bieber decided to sell a T-shirt with an image of Manson on it as merch during his Purpose world tour in an attempt to “reinterpret” the shock rocker’s old tour merch.

As far as tour shirts goes, it was pretty unsavoury as you got Manson’s face on the front and the words “Bigger than Satan… Bieber” on the back. To really rub it in this monstrosity went for about $150, which ranks up there with literally burning money as the biggest waste of dosh.

Now here’s the problem with Ol’ Biebs’ decision to sell over-priced shirts with Manson’s mug on them: he didn’t ask for permission and did it anyway.

Manson told Billboard that he later ran into Biebs at a bar and told him, “Hey, so you wore my shirt and everything onstage,” to which Justin replied, “I made you relevant again.”

Man, gotta give credit for the balls on Biebs for saying that to Manson’s face.

Anyway, Manson then fired back with, “Bad mistake to say that to me,” and later allegedly told Consequence of Sound that Bieber was a “real piece of s**t in the way he had the arrogance to say that.”

Yep.

Now Manson could’ve sued over those T-shirts but he took the high road and just took all the proceeds made from the shirt sales instead. Oh, the rocker also trolled Bieber by saying he’ll perform his song “The Beautiful People” at one of the Canadian’s shows before deciding to just not show, which is just the cherry on top of a super petty cake.

Manson later appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show and gave everyone an update on the feud by letting Howard read out a bunch of apologetic texts Bieber sent him. Just to really emphasise that there was no beef between the two, Manson promised he wouldn’t “s**t talk” Bieber on Stern’s show. Wow, what a guy.

At this point you’d think the two would’ve buried the hatchet and called it a day, right?

Well not exactly.

About a month after all that T-shirt drama, Manson went on radio and roasted Biebs on an open fire by saying that the singer is “Well he’s in some sort of sexual religious cult with an Asian version of Dave Navarro,” before saying he doesn’t want to fight Bieber because he doesn’t “like to fight with girls.”

When asked about his thoughts on why Bieber decided to repurpose his merch in the place, Manson said, “I don’t know, because I don’t know how to use the mind of a squirrel.”

Really couldn’t help himself that Manson, could he?

Bieber didn’t respond to Manson’s last little dig, which is ironically the most mature move in the whole saga, and the beef between the two seems to have cooled off since.

So there you have it, one of the dumbest feuds that started over a T-shirt and was subsequently escalated because people’s fragile egos were bruised.

If there is anything to take away from this edition of “Today I Learned” it’s that celebrities need better things to do with their free time and to stop putting faces of other people on T-shirts.

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