Russell is an enthusiastic Wilderness Explorer who’s goal is to help Carl Fredricksen in order to obtain his Assisting the Elderly badge. He becomes an accidental passenger when Carl turns his house into a makeshift airship taking them both on an adventure to Paradise Falls. In the end, Russell earns his merit badge, when he helps Carl realize there’s more to life than holding onto old memories.
Carl Fredricksen develops a plan to fulfill his wife’s life-long dream of moving their home to Paradise Falls by turning their house into a makeshift aircraft with thousands of attached helium balloons. His plans go awry when he finds a young stow away, Russell, who involves them in a mission to save Kevin the bird from the grasp of Charles F. Muntz.
After he is disgraced and accused of fabricating a giant bird skeleton, Charles F. Muntz becomes obsessed with restoring his credibility. He sets out to prove to the world that this elusive bird does in fact exist and becomes quite paranoid and ruthless in his quest to do so.