Thursday, April 26, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Wall-E

Wall-E ranks among the best kids' movies of all time.  The animation is spectacular.  The imagery not only nails the scenery of a world lost and forgotten, it successfully shows the thoughts and feelings of characters in a movie with very little dialogue.  It is true art.

One of my friends saw this with his kids and didn't like it.  "It's just somebody's dumb political message," he said.  He had seen it before I did, so this thought echoed in my head when I watched the movie fore the first time.  I felt bad for my friend by the end; he had let misplaced political bias overshadow a great, funny movie.

I loved the biting satire when Wall-E gets to the cruise ship.  Is this where humanity is headed, to be fat, lazy, semi-boneless beings dependent on technology?  I don't know, but it makes for some funny situations and an entertaining kids' movie.  And there's nothing wrong with a message about taking care of the environment.  Believing in or denying global warming isn't the point of the film.  It's about doing the right thing.  That's a message I'm okay with, personally. 



Eric said...

I agree with you on this one. I also like how this movie deals with non-verbal communication between the robots. It's done in a very effective way, and I always like when a story can handle that so well.

Matthew MacNish said...

I love this film, and I completely agree, taking care of our home should not be a partisan issue.

D.G. Hudson said...

Much better choice, Rick. There are some adults who forget what it's like to be a kid. They lose that sense of wonder.

By incorporating environment issues into our entertainment, we learn bit by bit.

I'd love a cynical robot. Robots always lure me in. I blame it on Asimov and his robot series.

Will have to see this one now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is a good message. And it was amazing how much emotion was conveyed just with Wall-E's eyes.

Unknown said...

I just love this movie. It's got a message but it's also a cute love story.

Sharon Hamilton said...

Wall-E is one of my favorites as well. I loved that little guy.

Sylvia Ney said...

Wonderful points - we loved this movie! New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.