Was Wall-e just a fun children's story or was there some kind of subliminal warning intended? The film sparked some controversy at the time as people were commenting on the fact that Wall-e made fun of fat people but if it was intended as a warning it doesn't really seem to have had much impact!
Most people have either watched or heard of the movie Wall-e. It was a a cute film, set way into the future, about the adventures of a little robot that was left behind on earth to clear up the mess left behind by humans. The humans are living in space while they wait for the earth to become re-habitable so they can all return. Wall-e meets another robot called EVE, who has been sent to earth to hunt out any signs of new life (growing plants), falls in love and follows her into space where they are involved in lots of antics before Wall-e eventually returns to earth with EVE, the humans follow and they set about making it a good place to live again.
This is just a story but good stories, especially children's stories should have a morale to the tale and Wall-e is not exception. The story is about how the humans had treated the earth so badly while living there that they had just run out of space to dispose of all the rubbish they had created. All the humans had left earth to go live on a spaceship for 5 years while the mess was cleared up by robots but the earth became toxic and killed everything that was living except an odd bug or two. 700 years later the humans were still living aboard the spaceship waiting for signs of life to enable them to return.
However the humans living on the spaceship were different to the humans who are living on earth now. They were so fat that they were unable to walk. they travelled around in motorised chairs with a computer screen and cup & straw attached, chatting on phones and if they happened to fall out they just laid there until a robot came along and picked them up. The adults were fat, the children were fat! They just laid around all day eating and drinking doing no exercise what so ever and to quote the captain, "Computer, define dancing".
But is this really so far fetched, OK there will be no spaceship for us to escape to but we are certainly creating far too much rubbish and even though people know that we are running out of dump sites there any many who still just refuse to recycle. On the whole people are also getting much less active, many only walk when there really is no other option and there are overweight people driving around on motability scooters, children don't do as much exercise as children in previous generations and spend more and more time in front of computer and TV screens and there is also now talk of Burger King doing home deliveries so we won't even have to walk to the car to go to the drive thru!
We really do need to take stock of where we are heading, perhaps it's time to rewatch Wall-e, not as a fun children's animation but as a warning to where we could all be headed!
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