You can certainly check out the reviews in today’s Register and LA Times, but WallE from Disney and Pixar is not your standard Pixar summer flick.Ã‚Â I suspect our friends on the right wing side of the aisle will soundly criticize the movie on a number of fronts.
The film is set 700 years in earth’s future.Ã‚Â The globe is awash in waste and rubbish and the planet is no longer inhabited by humans who are all on a massive spacestation cruise ship.Ã‚Â WallE, a small robot that compacts and stacks trash, is working to clean up a dirty world.Ã‚Â Sine we’re led to believe that WallE has been working for 700 years (solar batteries and lots of broken WallE’s around for replacement parts) and the city he toils in is still filthy.Ã‚Â The humans, who were supposed to be in space for five years while a giant corporation (think Halliburton) cleans up the planent for their safe return, have been is space for several centuries and simply don’t know what “Earth” is anymore.
But the clean up goes badly and the planet abandoned with no sign of organic life.Ã‚Â Somehow, the company forgot to shut WallE off, and WallE collects items in the trash and brings them back to his “home” where he watches old videos of “Hello Dolly” and clearly longs for humanity beyond his machine shell.Ã‚Â Enter EVE, a probe from the mothership seeking signs of organic life on Earth.Ã‚Â WallE is smitten and shares with her a plant he has discovered growing in the trash.Ã‚Â The plant becomes a critical element in the film as it is proof that the Earth can be inhabited again.
I’m going to leave it there, because I’d hate to spoil the rest of the flick for you.Ã‚Â But there are many moments that are light hearted, warm and funny. WallE displayed considerable humanity in his robotic shell and his love for EVE opens her programming to a new level of caring in an artificial intelligence-based machine.Ã‚Â
The movie is dark.Ã‚Â Its depressing to think this could be the fate of our planet. There’s a powerful environmental message and a powerful anti-ignorance to education message thatÃ‚Â knocks the pro-consumption society the future holds.Ã‚Â
The first view of the space ship’s massive shopping malls reminded me of President Bush’s post 9/11 urging of Americans to “keep shopping.” The Humans have grown fat, lazy and have chronic ADD.Ã‚Â I’m sure you’ll read some particularly negative reviews from the right wing on WallE.
In spite of its darkness, I think its one of the most powerful films to be made from Pixar and Disney.Ã‚Â I saw it Saturday; nearly a whole week later, I’m still thinking pf the message behind the film.Ã‚Â My 8 year old got it immediately.Ã‚Â “We need to save the planet,” she said.