So on Saturday nights we have our ‘Family Meeting’ followed by our ‘Family Movie Night’. Each week we rotate who leads the meeting and also who picks the movie and the rule is everyone has to stay in the room to watch. Tonight my 14 year old son picked out Wall-E for the ‘Family Movie Night’ main feature.
Wall-E is different. I don’t consider it a basic Disney Pixar “go to” movie, like Finding Nemo or Cars. You almost forget about it and think it’s kind of boring in hindsight: but it really isn’t. It’s profound. It’s moving. It’s a beautifully crafted message about our society that children can connect to and instantly understand that something is wrong in the way we are doing things. To see the pod people riding in chairs with screens in their faces drinking frappucino like drinks and not connecting with one another seems instantly wrong and disgusting to them, yet I know at least for my kids that if I offered them Starbucks and a handheld device this very minute they would jump on it. As a matter of fact, I am pretty confident that most of them would like a steady stream of the pod people life.
Yet this movie lets them see how wrong this path is and how we are losing touch with our humanity in our life choices. Those people on the ship had no idea of the lost art of cultivating life out of the ground. They thought they could maybe start pizza plants. So silly.
My daughter pointed out that once they got back, everyone would be forced to be vegetarians because there were no more animals. Wow. I didn’t even think of that! True. All animals were then extinct. So message was received and I didn’t even have to do anything. Pretty cool, Pixar, pretty cool.
Yet the ironic thought I had was–did they think about their message as they mass produced action figures and other plastic toys that would have limited purpose in our society? Ugh, nope. Did we all fall for that marketing and buy Wall-E stuff for our children? Umm..yep. Guilty here. I did. So yes, there is that hypocrisy kind of as the elephant in the room, but we’ll take what we can get. Thanks for making a great movie that conveys a necessary philosophical message for our children about waste, humanity, and that we are all responsible for connecting ourselves back with nature.