Wall•E and Christianity

Wall•E director Andrew Stanton talks with Christianity Today about some of the Genesis-related themes he incorporated into the film. The interview also offers a good explanation for why all of the film’s humans are depicted as fat babies.

There seem to be some biblical themes in this film. WALL•E is sort of like Adam, the only “guy” on earth, lonely, longing for a companion …

Andrew Stanton: Yes, and that’s certainly why I picked EVE as an appropriate title for the female robot. But “Adam” just didn’t have the underdog ring to it as the main character. WALL•E was a little bit more sad sack–and I could find an acronym that could work for that. But definitely it had that first man, first female theme. But I wasn’t trying to replace man in the bigger story. I just loved the poetic-ness that these two machines held more care for living and loving than humanity had anymore.

There’s also a bit of Noah’s Ark story here, with the humans on the space station, waiting for a chance to repopulate the earth–but having to wait till EVE comes back with plant life to indicate it’s okay.

Stanton: I wasn’t using the Noah’s Ark story as a guide, but through circumstances, I loved the parallels of EVE almost being like this dove, of going down for proof that it’s time to come back. It just worked in that allegory, so I ran with it.


  • Charlie

    Great post, Amid! I must say Im suprised and most pleased at how far Hollywood has changed over the past few years. With Animation AND hitting an all age audience. Even though CGI isn’t the best in animation, it has grown (e.g. from Shrek to Wall E)

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    So this is kind of like his very own Battlefield Earth then?

    I can’t imagine it’s a problem and there are some good themes in the Bible but something about throwing religion into a children’s film would make me nervous, as a non-religious person. But it sounds more like it was just inspiration and a search for drama than any buried attempt at preaching.

    I’d suggest a Lil’ Jesus show as a joke but I saw a presentation of someone trying to do it for real at the Cartoon Forum a few years ago.

  • Fred Cline

    What an intelligent, lucid guy! I’m glad he’s making movies.

  • red pill junkie

    So, will the execs at Disney support Wall-E’s criticism against consumerism by NOT launching a motherload of products related with the film?

    It’s better to preach with the example, after all ;-)

  • http://ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    Great article. He always seemed like a really cool guy, I love reading articles with him. This is a cool perspective on the film.

  • http://amymebberson.blogspot.com Amy Mebberson

    I didn’t see Stanton claiming anywhere that he was consciously trying to work Christian themes into his movies in a prostheletysing way (although it felt like the enterviewer was trying to slant things in that direction).

    Whether you’re Christian or not, the Bible contains themes that transcend that particular faith and resonate with anyone. Stanton just clearly found inspiration in those things.

    And I’m glad I was right in my personal interpretation of the fat humans. I know I certainly didn’t see it as some moralistic diatribe on consumerism, they were just lulled by the technology into a state of entropy. Once they got shaken out of the chairs and their eyes pulled away from their tv screens, the bigger world and the concept of doing something for themselves was facinating and interesting to them again.

  • Rat

    Read the article, BA. He’s specifically not pushing anything other than what the core of the story is.

    I think Wall-E is a beautiful film, even if I specifically do not share the director’s beliefs… we do share one thing: a belief in the power of movies to move audiences.

  • http://www.ovinedelcu.blogspot.com ovi

    ive read this article a couple days ago.

    the story of Noah’s ark isnt just a judian/Christian story but a story held by many ancient religions and cultures. like the babylonians, Akkadian, Sumerian, inca, greeks, chinese and so on.

    its funny people are suddenly skeptical of the film when God is mentioned but never questioned the “green” religion message.

  • http://fieldofcandidates.blogspot.com/ Bill Field

    His comments about the name cracked me up- “Adam didn’t have that underdog ring to it”, but Wall*E did. Hmmmmmm, Under Dog was voiced by Wally Cox… wow, What a stretch!

    But other than the word being in the title of the magazine, there are only biblical references here, all Old Testament, so it is more Hebraic rooted than Christian based, in that sense.
    “The Brotherhood of Man” angle is much more the point of the Old Testament. After Revelation’s Armegeddon, Man doesn’t return.
    I didn’t see a religious message here, although I saw a Hope filled lament for a self-aware robot’s wish to not be alone. He’s much more like a Mechanical King David to me, fighting GIGANTIC odds and LEADING his “people” to the PROMISED LAND- or Planet, in this case.

  • Ed Sullivan

    Maybe this interview will shut up the drooling Glen Beck FOX contingent, who’ve been criticizing Wall-E for intimating that rampant capitalism might just be a bad thing. They missed that one of Murdoch’s own papers, the New York Post, gave the film a rave over the weekend. Must’ve missed the memo.

  • http://ghostbot.blogspot.com roque

    Great, honest article. Stanton continues to inspire me both on and off screen.

  • http://www.withashout.net AJ

    Great interview, he seems like a great guy and its good to have people like him working in the business!

    Such a great film and so much everyone can take away from it, regardless of where you stand on his personal faith.

  • Sam

    Funny how some some pundits are calling it “leftist propaganda”:

    http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/01/right-wing-hates-wall-e/

  • Matthew

    Gee, why didn’t Christianity Today comment about Wall-E impregnating Eve?! It’s got to be a first for Pixar/Disney animation! I was glad to see she’s got a built in pregnancy tester, handy ;)

    As usual, when her ‘family’ comes to her rescue, they leave the boy behind ;(

  • http://cartoongeeks.blogspot.com/ Michelle Klein-Hass

    It only goes to show you that there are universal concerns: things that both believers and non-believers can share as common cause. And I’m thankful that Stanton is not the kind of Christian who believes “the Lord is coming back anyway so we don’t have to worry” with regard to the health of the planet.

    Got to hand it to Stanton: he’s not exactly writing “Veggie Tales” propaganda.

  • http://andrewatteberry.blogspot.com Andrew Lee

    WOW…..Those boards behind him look so f’n sweet.

  • http://scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    Truly inspiring.

    I’ve written a review myself for the film that explores many similar themes.

    http://live.hollywoodjesus.com/?p=2342

  • Chuck R.

    Hey Ed,

    As a “right-minded” guy who praised the film for it’s warmth and entertainment value, but criticized it for it’s lapses in logic, I’ll admit this interview was a bit of an eye-opener. I still think the movie’s entertaining and cute —and more than a bit muddled.
    When I left the theatre I thought, “he’s either trying to make a salient message and failing, or he’s trying not to make a message and failing. Judging by the multitude of comments for Jerry’s original post, and by Stanton’s own comments in this article, It’s evident he’s made a message movie against his own inclinations.
    It is a charmer, though!

    It’s always a treat to read any interview of a Pixar director. They all seem to be very observant, introspective and eloquent. The biggest shock in this interview was his statement about retooling “Toy Story.” The “art-of” book gives a different account that gives credit to Disney’s in-house story team for coming to Pixar’s aid and getting the flailing story on track.

    Can anyone else shed light on this?

  • mike r baker

    As mentioned by a couple of others, the stories of Adam and Eve and of Noah are both Abrahamic, told among many religions including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. But my opinion is that a good story is a good story, no matter how old it is or whether you believe it’s history, parable, or fantasy.

  • Rob T.

    I find it fascinating that viewers of “WALL*E” have taken so many approaches to it. The film’s blend of genres–”family” film, science fiction, adventure, romance, comedy, even a bit of classic Hollywood musical–obviously encourages such a variety of approaches, and since it’s Pixar one can also fruitfully analyze it as a piece of visual narrative and visual art. Each new approach I’ve encountered enhances my own appreciation of the film.

    As for the “message” of “WALL*E”, that’s where things get REALLY interesting. The environmental angle has been well-covered, no doubt because the potential ruination of the Earth and the degree of humanity’s culpability in it are such hot topics these days, but it’s not the only angle. Gary Westfahl, reviewing “WALL*E” at locusmag.com, expressed his concerns about machines taking over areas of human experience (including space travel, a big thing for science fiction fans). As an sf fan myself I approached the issue of tech-dependence from a class-based angle, comparing the humans on the Axiom with the Eloi in H.G. Wells’s “The Time Machine” and the doomed city-dwellers in E.M. Forster’s supposedly “anti-Wellsian” “The Machine Stops”.

    I’m sure there are many more ways to view the “message” of “WALL*E”; why shouldn’t there be religious aspects to the film as well? I was moderately surprised to learn Andrew Stanton was a Christian, but as a non-believer myself I don’t find this fact especially dismaying, and certainly not inconsistent with any of the foregoing approaches to “WALL*E”. It bears out Orson Scott Card’s contention that science fiction is a variety of religious fiction.

    As for the propriety of making a “message film” for children, I’d argue that while “WALL*E” is indeed a children’s film with a message, the message is really for parents and other responsible parties, and perhaps also for older children growing into the age of responsibility. It’s a good sign that people get so many different messages from “WALL*E”; it means that the film is more than disposable entertainment, but something people will be talking about for a long time.

    And speaking of disposability, there is at least one “WALL*E” spin-off product that displays a bit of environmental consciousness. The outer package for the CD is made with 100% recycled material, while the inner booklet is made with 30% recycled material. Wonder if any of the toys have any recycled plastic. Hmmmm….

  • Rat

    Sam wrote:
    “Funny how some some pundits are calling it “leftist propaganda”…”

    It sadly isn’t obvious in the American media today, but it is possible to be a Christian and politically left and/or environmentally concerned.

  • T M

    While I appreciate Stanton’s willingness to discuss these issues with Christian Today, and I respect his own beliefs, I felt really turned off after reading this.

    I’ve seen the movie and I liked it. And I know one of the most appealing things about good stories is that they are open to interpretation, both by skeptics and the faithful. However, I feel in this article that Stanton is almost performing lip service to the Christian magazine.

    I thought that Pixar, and no less one of the coveted Pixar directors, were encouraged not to give interviews that would lead people towards certain assumptions about their individual beliefs. I am aware that Wall-E has deeper meanings and such, but I feel readers who read the magazine may take things said in the magazine at face value, and make certain assumptions about Pixar by what Andrew Stanton is sharing.

    The threads may be there, and Andrew Stanton is indeed encouraging one to make their own assumptions, but I can’t help shake this nagging feeling that Wall-E may be lifted to almost dogmatic status for Christian audiences after readers of Christian Today read this…

    But what do I know, I’m just a skeptic constantly hoping for media neutrality.

  • http://kambodiahotel.blogspot.com Moro

    Yes…I am Christian and Wall-E has been lifted to dogmatic status for me.=p

    (Actually, I was one of those ‘It was great until they got on the spaceship’ folks.)
    Andrew Stanton can say whatever he wants. You wouldn’t freak if he came out as a Buddhist, would you?

  • TheAnimator

    I was a bit skeptical after seeing this film for the first time. I did not really agree with live action usage or the emphasis on fat human beings. After reading this interview I now have far more respect for the film and the director. Many of the these underlying theme’s didn’t come across right away. A very enlightening interview on the idea and meaning behind Wall*E. I consider myself religious and I agree with his approach to these themes. No preaching, no commanding, just wholesome story telling of the highest quality. After this I gained a whole new respect for Stanton, congratulations on the wonderful film.

  • Altred Ego

    I’ve always thought films should be personal. If you want something that will not offend anyone then watch Madagascar. There’s a film that 2 months later *no one* is talking about, let alone 2 years. If you make something honest, then it will appeal to some and not to others. That’s why big budget movies are generally so bland and formulaic. They can’t really afford to turn off the population that doesn’t like nuance or complex themes or challenging narratives. That’s why Michael Bay has a license to print money and why Chomet is largely unknown.

    I’ve found that people are surprised to find that there are many things that are made that they *don’t* like. It’s almost as if Pixar or any major studio doesn’t have the right to make something the a particular person may not enjoy. Or that kids films don’t have the right to talk about whatever they want.

    Is there any doubt that we are creating a lot of trash and pollution? Is there any doubt that our lifestyles are generally growing very sedentary? Where’s the “bombardment” of leftist ideas?

    If films are to be any good then that means that without a doubt *some* people won’t like it. If a film is bland, generic and disposable that means more people will like it, but there will still be some (and I count myself among them) who won’t like it. You can’t please everyone. Pixar stands out because they are one of the few studios who understands that. So they hedge their bets with quality and hope that the audience will give them the benefit of the doubt.

    I don’t love everything Pixar makes. I thought Cars was horrible and I thought Rat. was overrated with a story suitable for babies and preschoolers. I liked being challenged by Wall-E. I enjoyed not being satisfied by incessant dialogue. I enjoyed looking closer at what I was watching and trying to see what the director was *showing* me, not just what he was *telling* me.

    If you loved it that’s cool. If you didn’t well, do you really expect to like everything? Should they really have removed all of the “offensive” material to satisfy everyone and their kids? Would it have honestly made for a better movie, or just a blander movie? Another disposable children’s film that encourages children to be amused with less and not more? Wall-E could have been more bland and generic and it would have made even MORE money, but it would be short-sighted and it would diminish the Pixar brand the way that Disney did…which was another company that was deathly afraid of offending anyone…that didn’t work out so well for them, if I recall….

    AE.

    Also to an earlier poster, it was MOSES not David who led the people to the promised land. David was King over Israel. Moses led the people out of Egypt, got them through the desert and made it as far as the border of the promised land.

  • Robiscus

    So its inspired by stories from the bible? So what? The movie and the director don’t need excuses made in the name of them. If the fact that there are stories from the bible in the movie doesn’t sit well with you, then you are just as bigoted as someone who would find fault with a film with stories from the Koran. Whats the hang up, that both of those are texts that have inspired people to kill? JD Salinger’s “The Catcher In The Rye” was the inspiration for Lennon’s killer but we aren’t blaming the text for the acts of man in that case either.

    Great literary works(and cinematic and musical) have profound effects on people both positive and negative.

  • Aaron

    Beliefs aside, this is pretty clever marketing.

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    Wall-E looks interesting, but I have to say, hasn’t this sneaking in Biblical allegory been beaten to death? There are other religions out there to use for inspiration!

  • http://deleted Dan

    Well, this interview answered many of the questions that were speculated on in a previous post. Now that we know how “Eve” was derived, what about “Wall-E”? My best guess is that it’s a combination of the Pink Floyd’s, “The Wall” and “E” for electronic? Since we’re over- analyzing every detail, why not speculate on that one, as it’s pretty central to the theme of the movie.

  • Chuck R.

    Brett, you’re missing the point of the interview.
    No matter what your religious perspective is, the only thing you can use for inspiration is what inspires you.
    Thank God someone out there gets it.

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    What I am getting out of this article is that the message of the film could go in most any direction. To some it’s an environmental image, to others it’s a commercialism message and to others it’s a religious message. Although this quote about why the humans are fat got me a bit in that I thought it was more along the lines of consumerism:

    “I wasn’t trying to make some sort of mean-spirited comment on consumerism or today’s society. I was going with just the logic of what would happen if you were in a perpetual vacation with no real purpose in life. So I went with the idea that we’d become sort of big babies with no reason to grow up. I definitely saw humanity as victims of this system that they were in. They were just big babies that needed to stand on their own two feet.

    “The last thing I’m going to do is try to make a message movie!”

  • http://www.bridgerack.com Finn Parks

    I find it really funny that everyone including Amid needs some sort of explanation outside the movie for the fat humans. Did you watch the thing at all? They say it loud and clear right in the film with a brief graphic to match – - the bones get tinier and tinier as the muscles turn to goo. Long term effects of living without gravity. I thought that was pretty clear. I’m almost alarmed by all the people saying, “Oh that makes sense now” when Andrew’s not really saying anything in the interview that’s substantially different from the explanation in the movie.

    As for the religious side of things – - and this is not a comment on Stanton’s interview as much as it is to things said before me here – - The bible? When was the last time you actually read it? And I mean READ it – - no skipping to the favorite parts still moral by today’s standards as hi-lighted by a preacher, but cover to cover, read it. If you do with a mind as open and unbiased as a mind reading a book of any other variety, you’ll realize its full of gaping holes in story logic with painfully one dimensional characters acting out all sorts of amoral atrocities. As a work of fictional literature, if you like it, you’ll undoubtedly love movies like Saw and Hostel. The bible is that awful. Most importantly, there is nothing special about it (nor any other ancient religious tome for that matter), and there’s absolutely nothing in it that couldn’t have been written by even the most average of person living in the first century when a basket on the side of a donkey was emerging technology. It only deserves to be admired for its historical significance – - how one poorly written piece of literature could have duped so many people into genocide, homicide, child abuse, bigotry, and a life of fear, oppression and superstition, among other things.

    Most of all, I agree with Aaron – - beliefs aside, this interview is plain clever marketing. Anyone else notice how Stanton went around in circles? “Oh no, they’re not fat consumers, they’re consumed with things that keep them from really living!” Right. Consumers. Exactly.

  • http://deleted Dan

    I disagree. The explanation within the movie is one thing, but it doesn’t address the guilt, and offense probably many audience members projected upon themselves. I’ll bet that a fair number of those that walked out in the second half as some have pointed out. Had issues with what they perceived as an assault on themselves. Believe it or not it is possible to derive multiple meanings from what is clearly before your eyes. Just look at the division Americans feel about the war. Everyone has a unique point of view. And, you can’t discount that. That’s why people like myself have serious disagreements with fundamentalists and literalists. The art is in the message, not the text.

  • GhaleonQ

    God, Finn, you’re making me pine for the days when only the qualified were allowed to expound on the Bible, and I’m a Lutheran. I’m not saying that Stanton is the brightest light in the religious firmament (*points to, well, the entire interview*), but at least he was trying. Work harder.

  • Todd

    Whoa Finn, you got a whole ‘nother thing going on there. Because you don’t see it the way others do does not negate their value. The fact these stories are still around and effect people so deeply should give you pause in trying to understand why. Set aside faith issues, there are so many ideas of the human condition explored from the base level of man to the ethereal how can it not be inspiration? So many of the culturally ingrained stories of our time go back to the fundamentals of biblical stories. Come on, Superman!

  • Nathan Strum

    I thoroughly enjoyed Wall-E (just saw it today), as well as the article. Of course the interviewer is going to try and read into the movie his own take on it. Every interviewer does that – and every viewer does that. But Andrew pointed out probably a half-dozen times where the interviewer had missed the point, and corrected him. I appreciated Andrew’s candor, and moreover, his willingness to be interviewed by a Christian publication when there is so much Christian-bashing that goes on in the media (and the web) these days.

  • MattSullivan

    The WALL*E soundtrack comes in a cardboard case :}

  • http://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com Kliph

    “its funny people are suddenly skeptical of the film when God is mentioned but never questioned the “green” religion message.”

    There is a subplot about marijuana and rastafaianism!?

    Reading that list of right wing reviews of the film was a riot. Obviously they never saw the awful 1990 theatrical Jetsons movie, which, since it takes place far into the future, has the Jetsons recycling everything. I guess Earth Day wasn’t a flag ship, anger inducing issue for the right back then. The pundits and talk show hosts need to be told what to hate, so they can all read from the same talking points.

  • Robiscus

    “As a work of fictional literature, if you like it, you’ll undoubtedly love movies like Saw and Hostel. The bible is that awful. Most importantly, there is nothing special about it (nor any other ancient religious tome for that matter), and there’s absolutely nothing in it that couldn’t have been written by even the most average of person living in the first century….”

    In diametric opposition to your take, much of the bible is studied in literature classes at universities across the nation. Prestigious, secular, schools at that. Why? Because like Shakespeare, the prose is so advanced that it transcends the ages that have passed and still stands on its own. It would behoove you to actually open a bible up and read it dude. I’m downright positive you can’t write anything that even comes close – and by your own assertion that ranks you well below average.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    When I saw kurosawa’s Rashomon I thought, “that’s crazy. there’s no way they could see things so differently.”

    But then I read comments on Cartoon Brew and see people imagining things that were never there and missing things that seemed obvious and I think “ok, I guess it could happen.”

    I think it may be part of our society’s self-loathing that mentions of Christianity create such hysterics while other far out religious notions (remember Feng Shui? Horoscopes?) get a free pass.

  • http://www.losetheradio.com Roman

    you’d never see the “biblical influence” if you didn’t already know it was there – seeing this film would never indoctrinate a child to christianity or judaism. More likely to send them off on a global warming crusade, methinks.

  • Jason

    At at time when Americans are paying over 4 bucks a gallon of gas while vast oil reserves on our own soil go untapped, when the Chinese are drilling off our Florida coast while we go begging Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to lower our gas bills…this makes the whining screed of environmentalism, the bogus oversell of “global warming” and the adamant stance of a certain presidential candidate that we can’t drill our way out of this mess (so what’s your solution, Barack? Windmill our way out of it?), sound dreadfully out of touch, and this in turn does tend to render the “message” of Wall*E a bit offputting to many viewers. Not to mention being a crashing bore in some parts of the film. I respect Pixar all to heck, love a lot of its films, but it needs to get off its pedestal and make films that are FUN TO WATCH. I enjoyed Kung Fu Panda scads more than Wall*E, and that is the last thing I expected. IMO, Pixar hasn’t made a really entertaining film since The Incredibles. Wish it’d go back to making movies that simply entertain and leave the preaching to well, preachers, and oh yeah, environmentalists. ;)

  • http://deleted Dan

    Jason, if we did drill for oil on our own turf, it would take at least 10 years for us to even benefit from that. Don’t you think it’s a wiser investment to pursue more ecologically sound methods for energy. We have an opportunity to innovate and lead the world on that issue. And the long term benefits (for the world) far out way any short term gains. I think that message in Wall-E is just as worthy as a believing in yourself despite the fact that you’re lazy and undisciplined, which Kung Fu Panda propagates.

  • http://www.wavescorx.com Finn Parks

    Yes, yes many great things have been cribbed from the bible – - there is no question. And the degree to which it can be improved upon is staggering. Yes, Superman is one example. Cool Hand Luke is up there. Wall-E is yet another (although its influence, I think anyone will admit is very flimsy at best).

    Oh and “dude”, I am currently re-reading the bible again, thank you very much. I find it highly entertaining and I whole-heartedly agree it should be regarded exactly like Shakespeare, at least certainly no more than that. However, I’ll refrain blind personal attacks on YOUR writing.

    I’d love to see a modernized adaptation of Jacob and Esau. Thats the one where a second-born son deceives his father into blessing him with firstborn rights, is outed as a liar but still blessed, goes off and wrestles in hand to hand combat with god (or an angel – - its a little foggy on that “minor” detail) and wins another blessing in a draw. He then goes off and marries two of his first cousins, loves one sister more than the other and because of that god makes the beloved one infertile. Many children are born from the other and a few concubines get in the mix as well.

    Anyway . . . back to the point: Just reading these comments makes me love Wall-E even more. Its getting people to think – - some things they really shouldn’t have to think about – - but I’m really happy they are.

    If you projected guilt upon yourself while watching Wall-E and then got angry with Wall-E for it, well I think the movie was a resounding success. It conjured a bold reaction out of you. And if guilt was the reaction, hmmmm is all i can say. Maybe some people are waking up just like the fat humans in the movie. To what they’re waking up is in the eye of the beholder.

    When was the last time an animated film accomplished that?

  • Dan

    I like that Jacob and Esau story-I’d go see it. Maybe you should pitch it to Andrew Stanton. HAHAHA-full circle

  • http://montyonmovies.blogspot.com Monty Ashley

    Dan says “I’ll bet that a fair number of those that walked out in the second half as some have pointed out.”

    Really? A movie that’s at 96% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, that made 63 million dollars its opening weekend, and you think a fair number of people walked out on it? I think most people liked the movie a lot more than you did, and I certainly didn’t see anyone walking out on it when I saw it.

  • Dan

    I was as incredulous as you seem to be. But, I have read on this blog about instances of people walking out during the screening. I suppose it’s possible to buy a ticket, watch part of the movie and walk out and not have an impact on box-office success. I don’t know, what do you think? I could be wrong. And, I didn’t witness an exodus during my screening. But, all this dialog about the movie certainly points out that the film was kind of polarizing. So, maybe-just maybe people walked out at some screenings. And, I was hypothesizing that perhaps they took offense. I could be wrong. But, there tends to be a lot of popcorn eating, candy loving, soda drinking people in movie theaters. Maybe I’m wrong.

  • http://montyonmovies.blogspot.com Monty Ashley

    I’m sure some people somewhere might have walked out, but I have a hard time imagining it being very many. Plus, I don’t think Cartoon Brew readers are necessarily a good barometer for the American public, you know? Outside the animation cognoscenti, I think WALL*E is almost universally adored at this point.

  • Nathan Strum

    There’s a nice, short video interview with Andrew at IGN: http://movies.ign.com/dor/objects/879322/wall8226e/videos/walle_stanton_062408.html

    And several cast interviews as well.

  • Scott

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/40994.html

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney’s office has acknowledged that he lied when telling an audience this week that China is drilling off the coast of Cuba.

  • Homer J. Simpson

    If people are criticizing “Wall-E” for being socialist propaganda or whatever, I would say that that’s a sign that the movie does a good job of hittings its satirical targets. A good satire should upset some people.

    Also, including Biblical/religious references in a non “Sunday School” animated movie is nothing that unusual. Mamoru Oshii does it pretty regularly (the first Ghost in the Shell even paraphrases a verse from Corinthians).

  • BaconIsGood4You

    Bleh. Both artistically and story-wise this is certainly a low point for Pixar (but better than Cars).

    While the animation was, as always, good and appealing, I found the visuals as a whole very fatiguing. Really there were just two environments, neither which was all that exciting, and the humans were just dreadfully insulting. I mean, they did a space movie but not fantastical alien worlds, no amazing nebula, etc.? And do we really want to hundreds of the same fat stupid slobs laze around for half the movie?

    As for the story, well that was even worse. Take a 100% stereotypical “dorky guy falls in love with sassy/empowered girl who adventure to save the world” story we see all the time and slap on an obnoxiously overt and, well stupid, environmentalist screed and BAM, there’s Wall-E. The story was predictable, political (a kids movie, really?, is that when the propaganda starts?), and worst, not fun.

    To its credit Wall-E and his cockroach were just delightfully cute. I had a constant smile just watching him bumble about. But that in no way makes up for the overall mediocrity and pretension of the film.

    I want Pixar to do something different. Something FUN. Heck, I want to see what Pixar could do with a PG-13 or an R (like that’ll ever happen). Or at least give me another Brad Bird flick.

  • 5ive

    I think a lot of you people who are critisizing the film for having “overall mediocrity and pretension” are forgetting its target audience: 4-10 year olds. There is only so much a 4-10 year old is going to understand. In fact, I think it would be safe to say there was a heck of a lot that a 4 year old will completely miss in the movie, such as the biblical references (providing they have not already been indoctrinated into an Abrahamic religion).
    Relax, you are allowed to enjoy things meant for children. it will all be ok :)