Hundreds of years in the future, life on earth has ceased to exist as we know it. Humanityâ€™s wastefulness has forced them off the planet entirely, leaving the clean-up in the capable hands of Wall-Eâ€™s, robots made by the Buy n Large Mega corporation for the specific purpose of compacting Earthâ€™s garbage in cubes for easy disposal.
As the movie opens, there is only one Wall-E left still cleaning up, creating skyscrapers of garbage higher than the skyline of New York City. And this particular Wall-E has developed a strong and adorable sense of curiosity. Every night Wall-E brings a lunch box of â€œdiscoveriesâ€ home from work; things like rubber duckies, bobble-head dogs, rubix cubes and light blubs. Another thing he finds is a copy of the musical Hello Dolly. There is a song in that movie between the romantic leads, and watching it, Wall-E realizes that he is missing something â€“ someone to love, a hand to hold.
EVE arrives on the scene and Wall-E finds that someone. But she is quickly taken back after finishing her mission, to the Axiom, a ship designed as a cruise-liner for displaced humans during the clean-up, and Wall-E goes along for the ride. Originally intended for short 5 year cruises, the humans on the Axiom have been there for a little longer than that â€“ 700 years longer. And it is a depressing sight â€“ humans donâ€™t walk anymore, they ride around in hover-chairs, they donâ€™t even know about recreational activities such as swimming pools and jogging tracks around the ship. And they have no personal contact with each other; they only communicate using the digital screens directly in front of their faces. Wall-Eâ€™s arrival on the ship causes things, with both humans and robots alike, to change, little bit by little bit.
Now, Iâ€™m a sucker for a good Disney/Pixar movie and was excited to see this one at first, until I saw more commercials for it and saw the potential for another â€œweâ€™re killing the earthâ€ movie. My thoughts immediately were, â€œOh great, letâ€™s make a movie that shocks the kids into becoming recycling nuts who canâ€™t leave Seattle for fear of running into a place where they donâ€™t recycle everything. God forbid.â€ But I was happily proven wrong.
Wall-E is a great movie about an adorably curious and naÃ¯ve robot and his desire to find love. The idea that â€œIt is not good that the man should be aloneâ€ from Genesis 2:18 applies to Wall-E as well as any human concept can apply to an animated robot (but then again, Disney and Pixar have done it with bugs, toys, cars and fish in the past, so I suppose itâ€™s not much of a stretch). Wall-E wants someone to relate to, to be in community with, and to love â€“ he reflects our God-given desire for the same. Weâ€™re made in Godâ€™s image, and He exists in perfect community in the Trinity, so we desire that.
The state of the uninhabitable Earth in the movie didnâ€™t bother me as much as the state of humanity did. A bunch of disconnected, lazy, â€œhappyâ€ humans with everything theyâ€™ll ever need to survive who have only ever been connected technologically to each other. There were hundreds of people on the ship, and not one of them had ever had a real, face to face conversation with another.
So, I want to challenge all of you to fight against that potential. Go right now, grab your family, and your friends, and go enjoy each otherâ€™s company. Why not go see a movie? Say, Wall-E perhaps?