up house controversy
A California couple who repainted their Victorian home to look just like the one from the Pixar movie "Up" have delighted their children -- and have also unwittingly inspired some pretty cartoonish reactions from their neighbors.

NBC Bay Area reports that Hosam Haggog and Fatima Rahman spent two years remodeling their Santa Clara home, painstakingly recreating the colorful palette of the house owned -- and sailed -- by Carl Fredricksen in "Up." And while the couple have done an impressive job matching their real-life home to the computer-animated one, their neighbors are less than impressed, and have complained that the house no longer fits into the historic neighborhood's aesthetic.

One of those neighbors, Lou Faria, a member of the Old Quad Residents Association, had some especially curmudgeonly things to say about Haggog and Rahman's home.

"It really, in my opinion, is atrocious that this Victorian is a gracious old lady and it's being painted up to look like a clown," Faria told NBC.

Despite the controversy (and accusations from some neighbors), the couple say that they haven't broken any codes, and are happy with the way their home has been transformed -- and especially pleased with the joy it's brought their family and other children.

"[Our daughters] love the movie 'Up' and we just thought we'd give them something fun to be proud of and actually all the kids in the neighborhood really love the colors," Haggog said.

"We're not trying to create controversy," added Rahman. "We're trying to build a home for our daughters and our family. And that's what our intention was."

NBC reports that once renovations are complete, the mayor of Santa Clara has promised to throw a block party for the neighborhood. We're guessing there will be plenty of balloons -- and hopefully a change of heart for some neighbors.

[via: NBC Bay Area, h/t Cinema Blend]

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