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WALL•E

September 11, 2015

We 2WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is doing his job on Earth in 2775, picking up garbage but his curiosity often delays his work as he finds fascinating objects. The robot finds interesting items like a Rubik’s Cube, an old video tape of “Hello Dolly” (he loves the music from the film) and popping paper. When he sees a couple singing to each other in “Hello Dolly”, he realizes he is lonely.

Planet earth is literally a pile of trash after the “Global CEO” of a giant corporation seemingly turned the entire planet into a bunch of mindless consumers unable to think for themselves. The humans about the spaceship float around on hoverchairs and are shaped like butterballs. Most have never walked in their lifetime and in one scene which parodies the scene in “2001 A Space Odyssey” where apes evolve into upright walking creatures, the Captain struggles to get out of his chain and take the first steps of his life. Other humans are hooked up to virtual reality computers and seem oblivious to the real world around them. They are fascinated when they see it. Now some might call this heavyhanded, but I was not offended. It is clearly parody and specific issues and solutions are not preached from the screen. What is preached is summarized in the words of the Captain,

“I don’t want to survive. I want to live!”

Have we forgotten the simple pleasures of life? Are we just mindless consumers who long for entertainment and have forgotten how to do anything ourselves? The Captain must asks his computer what a “farm” is and and soon learns that he can grow his own food, such a apples and pizzas!

Has technology made us into living vegetables? Have we harmed our planet in our desire to make life more entertaining and work free?

Global warming is never mentioned but pollution and trash certainly are.

There is good technology and bad technology, good people and bad people. More than that, the earth, nature and technology all need human beings and are really lost without them.

WALL*E not only does what Andrew Stanton says is the essence of the movie, directly quoting Jesus in 15:13 of the New Testament, “No greater love hath a man than that he lay down his life for his friends.” It also clearly manifests Christian acts of compassion, kindness, respect, and all the other cardinal virtues throughout the story. In a way, this is a modern Noah’s Ark

WeCaptain: [Standing in front of a hologram of the plant from EVE’s camera] Haha! Look what I got, AUTO!

AUTO: Not possible.

Captain: [chuckles] That’s right, the plant. Oh, you want it? Come and get it, blinky.

AUTO: [Auto has just shown the Captain directive A-113, which is a message not to return to Earth due to rising toxicity levels making life unsustainable] Now, the plant.

Captain: No wait a minute, Computer when was the message sent out to the Axiom?

Ship’s Computer: Message received in the year 2110.

Captain: That’s… That’s nearly 700 years ago! Auto, things have changed. We’ve gotta go back.

AUTO: Sir, orders are do not return to Earth.

Captain: But life is sustainable now. Look at this plant. Green and growing. It’s living proof he was wrong.

AUTO: Irrelevant, Captain.

Captain: What? It’s completely relevant.

[moves toward the window]

Captain: Out there is our home. *HOME*, Auto. And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and-do nothing.

[moves back toward Auto]

Captain: That’s all I’ve ever done! That’s all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!

AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.

Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

AUTO: Must follow my directive.

Captain: [groans in frustration, then turns around and notices that Auto is looming closer in the portraits of his predecessors. AUTO looms close behind him making him tighten his cap] I’m the captain of the Axiom. We are going home *today*.

[Auto advances toward him threateningly, causing the Captain to flinch]

EVE: Name?

WALL.E: WALL-E.

EVE: WALL-E?

[giggles]

EVE: EVE.

WALL.E: [attempting to pronounce it] Eeee…

EVE: EVE.

WALL.E: Eeeee… aah.

EVE: “EVE”! “EVE”!

WALL.E: Eeeee… va?

[EVE giggles]

EVE: [EVE repeats “Directive” in multiple languages, ending with… ] Directive?

[WALL-E demonstrates his trash-compacting function]

WALL.E: Ta-dah!

EVE: Ohhh…

WALL.E: Dirrrrr-ect-tivvve?

EVE: Directive?

[WALL-E nods]

EVE: [Eve turns away, sharply] Classified.

WALL.E: Oh.

Ship’s Computer: Voice confirmation required.

Captain: Uhhh…

Ship’s Computer: [after the “uhh” echoes] Accepted.

WALL.E: [M-O has finished cleaning a severely damaged WALL-E, who strains to give a handshake] WALL-E.

MO: [M-O scrubs WALL-E’s hand, then shakes it] M-O.

[M-O reverts to his box form]

WALL.E: [pause] M-O?

MO: M-O.

WALL.E: [another pause] M-O.

[last lines]

Captain: This is called farming! You kids are gonna grow all kinds of plants! Vegetable plants, pizza plants.

[laughs]

Captain: Oh, it’s good to be home!

Captain: We’ll see who’s powerless now!

Captain: Computer, define ‘dancing.’

Ship’s Computer: [WALL-E and EVE are seen outside a window in space, flying around] Dancing: A series of movements involving two partners, where speed and rhythm match harmoniously with music.

[camera cuts to outside the Axiom, and WALL-E and EVE continue to “dance”]

Captain: [AUTO appears near the captain] AUTO! Earth is amazing! These are called “farms”. Humans would put seeds in the ground, pour water on them, and they grow food – like, pizza!

Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO: [Shelby appears onscreen in an old classified recorded message] Hey there, autopilots. Got some bad news. Um… Operation Cleanup has, well uh, failed. Wouldn’t you know, rising toxicity levels have made life unsustainable on Earth.

Captain: [to himself, looking at healthy plant] Unsustainable? What?

Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO: Darn it all, we’re gonna have to cancel Operation Recolonize. So uh, just stay the course, um… Rather than try and fix this problem, it’ll just be easier for everyone to remain in space.

Captain: “Easier”?

Shelby’s advisor: Mr. President, sir. Sir! Time to go.

Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO: [overlapping] Uh, I think – huh? Okay, I’m giving override, uh, Directive A113. Go to full autopilot. Take control of everything, and do not return to Earth. I repeat, do not return to Earth.

[puts on his gas mask and starts to leave]

Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO: Let’s get the heck outta here.

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