Carl gets a bad wrap for being grumpy, curmudgeonly, even a bit of a misanthrope. But maybe his penchant for keeping it real just makes him seem grumpy, when in fact, we all know that there is a big heart in there… somewhere.
True, his face doesn’t really help the situation. Maybe he just has angry resting face! Gravity does things to faces, so try not to hassle him on that front.
Not to be ageist, but let’s face it: Carl is kind of old. Life gets tricky the older you get. Even the simplest thing like getting out of bed can be a chore.
Carl likes things to be a very specific way–the way he and Ellie spent years arranging them. Can’t fault him for that.
So when someone comes in trying to change things, Carl understandably enters what looks like grumpy mode and takes matters into his own hands.
THAT’S WHEN CARL KEEPS IT REAL. Carpe diem Carl, all the way.
It’s hard to keep it real when you have over-eager company that tends to get in the way.
But because hidden under that frown is a big heart, Carl manages to balance keeping it real with being a mentor.
(Carl, don’t roll your eyes, it’s not helping our argument!)
Anyways, it’s gotta be tough to drag a house across South America with very little help from your own elderly body or your new young mentee. Kids these days, right?
And then of course, in the middle of his important journey, Carl meets a talking dog and giant bright bird, both of which really inhibit Carl’s ability to keep it real.
And there are loud noises and loud children that need to learn to play the “quiet game.” That’s not grumpiness on Carl’s part, he’s just focused on his task and likes to run a tight ship. He’s just keeping it real the best he can.
And you know what? It works. Bad guy defeated? Check.
Wilderness badges earned? Check.
Everyone is home safe and sound? Check. All because Carl knew when to take action, when to battle the bad guys, when to attach a bunch of balloons to his house, and when to keep it real.