WALL-E: The Cautionary Tale
“Will seeing WALL-E make kids more likely to recycle in the school cafeteria, or plant sprouts, as the kids from the spaceship do as their first act on Earth?” (Judkis) This reflective question posed by Maria Judkis in her article, “Will WALL-E Make Us Greener” requires the viewing audience to think about more than simply the love story between WALL-E and EVE and really try to understand the cautionary tale this film is actually telling. The environmental precautions and warnings may seem subliminal compared to the more prominent plot of love, as is the case with most classic Disney/Pixar films. However, these incredibly important subtexts should not go unnoticed that we, as a culture, society, world, etc. have responsibilities to ourselves and future generations to steward our resources, protect our environment, and take care of our individual health, and that of our planet. WALL-E begins with the camera descending down from outer space onto a scene that should be familiar to us, but isn’t because of the brown haze that has overtaken the Earth‘s atmosphere. This opening scene is an immediate eye-opening look into what our future will most likely be. The messages underlining the main plot of this film are not just speaking to a generalization that sometime in the faraway future we will destroy everything around us, but are pointing directly to what we are facing in the present. The “now”. For society to overlook that clear distinction, shows just how self-absorbed and concentrated on our own self-interests we may be and also that the film WALL-E may not in fact be just another love story. Take Chud.com’s (Cinematic Happenings Under Development) Devin Faraci’s take on the true context in this film: “It's also a movie that "presents a wonderful message about environmental stewardship and conservation," containing "unsubtle jabs at corporate mega powers, out-of-control branding, insidious
advertising and rampant consumerism."...
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