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WALL-E (styled as WALL•E) is a 2008
prophetic post-apocalyptic animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Featuring a tiny free-willed Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class tasked with cleaning an Earth ravaged by pollution, he falls in love with another robot and travels into space to ensure her survival. The movie was near-universally acclaimed, with the anthropomorphic romance compared to the silent films of yesteryear, and won everything including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
There were a handful of critics, however.
The wingnut reaction
Angered by the portrayal of a consumer society gone wrong, sites from the National Review to RedState, to such luminaries as Glenn Beck and Jonah Goldberg, decried the film as having a "Marxist, Eco-Theological world view," "fascistic elements," "Bush Derangement Syndrome," "Malthusian fear-mongering," "leftist propaganda" and that "Goebbels [has] reached all the way to California." Boycotts were called.
Noticing the potential Streisand effect developing, other right-leaning commentators declared their support for WALL-E and its commitment to family values. Prepare your irony meters: one look at the Wikipedia pages of the production staff imply devout Christianity (at least one actor was a McCain supporter), and traces of Biblical influence are rampant. There was a reason his love interest was named EVE, for God's sake.
- Rotten Tomatoes
- All those awards...
- Conservative critics blast Wall•E, Christian Science Monitor
- Another Brick in the ‘WALL-E’, The New York Times in bad pun mode
- WALL-E Themes
- "Classic blunders"
- Approaching “Wall-E” with Honda’s Uni-Cub personal mobility device, Scientific American
- WALL-E at Discover Magazine