Produced by Andrew Stanton in 2008, “Wall-e” features earth in the 29th century, but environmental neglect has turned the earth into a garbage filled wasteland. With the earth being uninhabitable, the mega-corporation Buy-N-Large (BnL) has evacuated the whole earth’s population to live on giant star-liners in space. Of all the robotic trash compactors left by BnL to clean up, only one remains operational: a Waste Allocation Load-Lifter (Earth Class), or WALL-E. One day, another robot called EVE comes to earth in search of plant life. WALL-E shows EVE the living plant that he found, and they eventually take it back to the mother-ship, the Axiom, and the ship brings all of the humans back to earth. During the credits, humans and robots are shown learning to farm, fish, and build, turning the planet into a paradise, and WALL-E’s plant is shown to have grown into a mighty tree.
Most of the satire that we see in “WALL-E” is exaggerated scenarios. We see the the whole earth is literally just a pile of garbage, and instead of trying to fix it humans left robots to clean it for them. Since humans have allowed robots to takeover work for them, we see all humans have all become overweight and need to be carried around instead of walking on their own. WALL-E was meant to show how our modern ways of living aren’t sustainable for our planet and that our continued laziness towards this situation will only lead to more trouble, but unfortunately as each day passes, this type of future gets more and more possible.
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Julian, I really liked how you gave an example of a modern time source. Wall-E really does foreshadow a lot of problems that society faces. The satire shown in Wall-E is used to make a bigger point about the world we live in. I think this movie is trying to tell humans that we are being consumed in our habits like2 constantly eating, watching T.V., and being on our phones. The humans in this movie are more extreme than the average person in this country, but that is because the creator is trying to tell us something.
I never thought of seeing this film as a satire, but you make a great case — especially the hyperbole in the portrayal of the future world. That’s a new way for me to think about the power of dystopian science fiction in general.