Andrew Stanton wrote and directed the film WALL-E for Pixar and is a professing Christian. I found his quotes regarding the film and its symbolism intriguing and they featured largely in a recent Film and Theology event discussion with our friends at Mars Hill, now available for a listen.
Some thought this movie had an overbearing environmentalist agenda, when this is far from the core of the storytellerâ€™s impulse. From the lonely Adamic state of WALL-E and the arrival of EVE to the “Dove and Ark” metaphor of EVE and the AXIOM, there are parallels that make themselves all too obviousâ€¦Â
â€œWhat really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but thatâ€™s not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to sayâ€”that irrational love defeats the worldâ€™s programming. Youâ€™ve got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience loveâ€¦â€Â – Andrew Stanton