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Charles F. Muntz is a character from the 2009 film Up.


During the 1930s, Charles Muntz was a celebrated explorer and adventurer who often traveled with his dogs in his zeppelin, "The Spirit of Adventure". On an expedition to Paradise Falls in South America, Muntz discovered a species of flightless bird which he hunted and killed. The bird's skeleton however was not believed by scientists of the day to be authentic and Muntz was subsequently stripped of his status.

Muntz went on to isolate himself in Paradise Falls, obsessed with hunting the remaining bird to collect alive. He would continue this operation with little success for over 50 years, primarily relying on his dogs which he equipped with translation collars. When he came across other humans in the falls he would become paranoid that they wished to discover the bird first and murder them in cold blood.

Around 2009, Muntz came across an old retired man named Carl Fredricksen and junior Wilderness Explorer named Russell who had gained familiarity with the bird. Muntz attempted to murder them for this and use them to hunt the bird but would die in a quarrel with Carl, falling from the Spirit of Adventure while it was in flight. The Spirit of Adventure and dogs would subsequently be taken under the ownership of Carl.

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A newspaper story about the League of Adventurers' expedition to Antarctica describes the use of their airship the New Horizons to deploy the sled dogs to Wilkes Station notes that much of Cooter Carter's "Aerial K-9 Deployment" techniques are borrowed from those of explorer Charles Muntz despite his boasting.