The Trouble With Wall*E

I liked the new Pixar movie quite a bit, although I wouldn’t put it in the upper echelon of the Pixar canon (that’s “Toy Story 2,” “The Incredibles,” and “Cars.” But I did feel sort of uneasy about one aspect of it. Kyle Smith elaborates:

The earthlings or maybe Americans, as none of them have any other kind of accent are brain-dead blobs perpetually stuffed to the gills with entertainment. They never leave their spotless flying barcaloungers and never could, since their bones have shrunk to useless twigs inside their Shrek-like masses. They float through their troglodyte lives as unquestioning subjects of the master corporation (the same one that ruined the Earth) that houses them, distracts them and feeds them. All foods are made to be sucked down like milkshakes for maximum convenience.

The same thing, of course, was true of “Idiocracy,” a film with pretty much the exact same plot, minus the robots-in-love part. I just found that part of the plot, as well as the movie’s overall message, not exactly subtle.
Full review to come Wednesday.

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6 thoughts on “The Trouble With Wall*E

  1. JordanNY

    Still have to see Wall-E.
    I’m not sure if you ever saw “Meet the Robinsons” but that was one of my favorite Pixar movies 🙂

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  2. LilB

    2 thoughts on Idiocracy:
    1. It’s essentially the same premise as Futurama, and as a series, Futurama really gets to explore the concept.
    2. I live in Fishtown. Every time I walk out my door I’m in Idiocracy. It’s no 500 years in the future, let me tell you.

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  3. JordanNY

    Ahh ok, thanks for pointing that out, I stand corrected! 🙂
    What threw me was that John Lasseter was executive producer for it but I guess he did that independent of Pixar for that role.

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