WALL-E: Marxist Philosophy and Environmental Theology Writ Large "For The Children!"
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So today was Daddy Day with my boys and I decided we were going to have a wonderful time at the movies with the most important people in my life aside from my wife and my Lord. I thought watching a movie the boys have begged me for months to go see would be an absolute joy. This is only the second movie we've ever gone to at the theater, so I've usually had the benefit of having heard from those who have seen the movies before I go, or rent them and can steer away from the more objectionable ones. “But hey”, I thought, This is a G-rated Movie, created by Pixar and distributed by Disney. I know to be careful with Disney movies because I've seen propaganda passed off as entertainment by them before, but this is a Pixar movie. After all, they made Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles, and so many good clean family movies and I've only found them to slip a left wing dig in on a few occasions so I'm thinking...”Hey...Why worry about it. The Boys want to see it so bad they can taste it. I'll be their hero for the day. It's Pixar and they've got great graphics which I really enjoy because I'm a techno geek at heart and the graphics from the trailers looked incredible beyond belief. So...Why worry.”
So wanting nothing but the best for my pride and joy totally oblivious to what we would experience, off we go to the local Santicos 16 in San Antonio.
We stop at Jack in the box and have a burger and lemonade for each of them and we proceed to the theater from there. Of course the excitement builds as we approach the theater and I am having the time of my life, (both good and bad) as I try to herd my 7, 5, and 3 year olds through to the bathroom to get rid of the small sodas, (which were called a mediums back in the day), as everyone watches with amusement as I accomplish the equivalent of pushing a chain by getting three hyper excited boys, hopped up on sugar to go potty, wash their hands, and simultaneously control the 7 and 5 year olds who are running in all directions while at the same time washing and drying the three year old's hands.
I get them to the theater and we sit down and watch the trailers and advertisements they have before movies now days and we settle in as Dad pokes them a time or two to entice a giggle from them and I'm surprised when my 5 year old who is Mr. Macho Independent snuggles in under my right arm and the three year old snuggles on my left with the seven year old by himself on the other side of him.
Well...the movie starts. The virtual camera, (the most awesome computer graphics I've ever seen), zooms in to reveal what looks to be those flat top mesas in New Mexico. You know...the ones…they look like rock fingers pointing into the sky? Well, as the camera continues to zoom in it looks like there are Sky Scrapers in between those rock fingered Mesas. But the Mesas dwarf the Sky Scrapers. The camera zooms further and passes a Skyscraper which fills the shot...and runs into one of those rocky fingers...but it's not rock at all...it's compacted trash. Little cubes, stacked one on top the other to form gigantic trash mesas, going out into the distance as far as the eye can see. Up to the top we go and meet WALL-E (which is an acronym I can't remember), who dumps a cube of trash he’s compacted and deposit’s it at the top of this huge pile.
Ok, I'm thinking...this is environmental tripe of the first order but hey...I just forked out 25 bucks to have a good time with the boys so I'll just stick it out because I don't want to cause a seen by dragging three boys kicking and screaming from the theater who will never understand why I dragged them out in the first place.
Anyway...Back to our little robot buddy who is cute as a button, (again the graphics in this movie are not to be believed). So...down the trash pile he goes and onto a street lined on both sides by trash piled up like snow shoved to both sides by a snow plow. WALL-E continues making cubes stopping periodically to pick up and save a bauble from human history probably made in China to save in a Lunch Box. Suddenly the day is over and WALL-E heads back to his home stopping along the way to grab some tracks from broken down WALL-E Robots to replace his worn ones as he races on.
Along the way he passes buildings with advertisements on them and of course the obligatory big box store, (Wal-Mart, for those of you in Oklahoma...LOL) and the thing you notice is all the adds are for one Company BNL, There are BNL Soda adds and BNL cloths and BNL Cars and BNL Bank Adds, and BNL Vacation ads etc everywhere you look
So immediately I'm thinking...OK...now we go from Environmentalism to Anti Corporate Propaganda and such but again 25 bucks and the picture of screaming kids keep me firmly planted in my seat...but like a good Dad...I let Pixar have their way with them…and now I’m ashamed beyond measure… I should have dealt with the screaming kids but I didn’t.
OK...Away from the visuals. The gist of the story is WALL-E is apparently the only sentient being on all the earth...The first quarter of the movie was oppressively lonely and depressing as you follow this Robot and his pet Cockroach from one desolate trash pile to the next. He's visited by a rocket that drops off another robot, (a probe called EVE-A; pronounced Eva) who is supposed to probe for plant life which of course doesn't exist...(at least until WALL-E torches his way into a refrigerator and finds a single sickly looking plant living inside it. Don't even ask me how this plant ever germinated or grew inside a fridge where it could get neither sun light nor water but…oh well ).
Anyway...WALL-E gives the plant to EVE-A, who gets launched into space Wall-E hanging the Rocket out beyond the Milky Way to a larger ship which was built by BNL where people have their every need catered to by BNL, who are transported around on floating chairs. BNL Robots Brush their teeth with BNL toothbrushes and on and on. Through the course of the movie we find out that BNL is a Corporate World Government called "Buy Large" who polluted the entire planet 700 years ago to the point where it had to be evacuated in the year 2010! The people are fat and can't walk because from the day they're born BNL provides for their every need by selling them on every product BNL makes, A good parallel could be made here with the Democrats but hey...this is a Hollywood script so it has to be a Corporation which is responsible right?
Of course we were treated to Nazi Storm Troopers in the form of robots making an authoritarian dig at police as is so common in Hollywood today...ohh…I forgot to add finding the plant would allow them return to earth.. ahh where was I? Oh…These storm trooper cops lead by an incompetent commander cop don't want to let the humans return to earth so WAll-E and EVE-A have to fight to save the plant throughout the movie and return it to the command center of the ship so the fat, lazy infoteched out humans can return to earth and set up a socialist utopia and so on and so on and so on!!!.
Something else I picked up on…BNL gives them all their food in smoothie cups….now…keep in mind…There are no plants on this ship… nor are there any animals…so ya gotta ask yourself…What is BNL using for food?…Right?...I was beginning to wonder when we would be presented with a Soilent Green scenario where we find out the food supply is made up of humans…they kind of bumped up to it but Disney/Pixar must have remembered at the last minute it would be kids watching this trash so they were at least able to restrain themselves on that point anyway.
In short, the only good thing I can say about this movie were the graphics, the cute characters and I only have to deprogram my 5 and 7 year olds because my three year old fell asleep with his head on my lap 30 minutes into the movie.
Aside form that, we'd have all been better served if WALL-E had compacted the script for this movie with the rest of his garbage and deposited it on one of his trash mesas!
Bottom Line?...unless you want to pay good money to have your kids propagandized into a Marxist, Eco-Theological world view...stay far, far away from this one...rent it and educate yourself later about how Hollywood brainwashes your kids….Oh…and get it in blue ray wide screen so you can marvel at the technology used in making it…but Goebbels would be proud to know his tactics have reached all the way to California...so keep your kids away!