Jessi Starr March 27, 2011 COM 3000-EO Midterm Paper

Pixar¶s Wall-E: Much More Than a Cute Animation ± Sends America a Message

Pixar films are famous for their abilities to produce absolutely, completely, speechless extraordinary computer-animated fiction stories. One of their most recent and rewarding films is Wall-E. As soon as the previews were released, the movie looked like the cutest, sweet, childish animated movie of all times. However, Pixar had more in mind that just creating an adorable movie about little animated robots not speaking a single human word in the first 20 minutes. Wall-E to many viewers of society was indeed one of the cutest movies Pixar has released, but it was the deeply powerful underlying messages in the film that made the film standout the viewers across the country. Pixar had something more in mind when they produced the movie Wall-E in 2008. The film is much more than just an adorable animated love story between robots. Through the carnivalesque mockery of our societal norms in today¶s society and the binary opposition of human-versus-technology, Wall-E portrays a very determined, powerful message to it¶s viewers. Wall-E is a computer-animated tale of Disney and Pixar produced by Andrew Stanton in 2008. It is the tale set in a distant future of 700 years later in which our Earth has been completely abandoned because it has become a massive landfill covered with the trash of the products from the nation¶s top most powerful Buy N Large Corporation. The planet has been evacuated, the entire population into space on a shiny, top of the line automated fully-equip spaceship, the Axiom, of the megacorporation Buy N Large, (BnL). BnL left behind an army amount of little tiny compactor robots called Wall-E, Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth, taking out the trash, compacting it all into cubes placed side-by-side as sense of a µclean-up¶ process. However, as the movie begins, their ever-so-hopeful clean-up plan reveals to be failing due to extreme levels of toxic that do not make life sustainable on earth which forces society to remain in space and leaving only one single Wall-E unit actively still proceeded with it¶s cleaning duties. While working away and collecting miscellaneous keepsakes he finds, Wall-E comes across a seed growing among the trash compound and

It was when BnL sent down a spaceship with an advanced robot detective to search for signs of any life on Earth. the systems allow them to video chat. the system also transports all of their meals. Eve quickly reverts into her standby. The captain announces the Axiom will hyper-jump to Earth just as the plan has been for hundreds of years once they got evidence of living life again among it¶s soils. The autopilot however. and they must return home at once. which symbolizes real life. whatever they please through a straw. even though she is in complete shut down. play all both physical and video games and such virally. Starr . shut down mode and sends the retrieval signal to the Axiom. Eve. refusing to lose the connection he has found with Eve and cannot bear the thought of losing the only friend he¶s known. Since signs of living life is was the mission Eve was sent on. The captain of the ship follows just as all other humans aboard do. the passengers are all extremely. Wall-E shows Eve the plant that he has found. he travels to the bridge of the space ship where the captain discovers that Eve¶s mission came back with signs of actual life living on Earth and that Earth is now habitable once again. Wall-E continues to tag along and follow wherever he sees Eve going. Aboard the Axiom. the automated technology system of the ships makes it so the humans never ever have to get up and never ever do or have for hundreds of years. including leaving complete control of the Axiom ship to its robotic pilot controlled by the automated systems. the Axiom automatically sends Eve¶s ship back to collect her and the evidence she has found. Wall-E. Once the ship returns home to the massive BnL fantasy spaceship. WallE clings to side of the ship. being alone for quite sometime. befriends Eve in fascination and brings her to show-off his home he is so proud of. Being alone and stranded by himself for hundreds of years. insanely obese and have suffered extreme bone loss from the hundreds of years of living and relying 100% on the technology of the ship. that Wall-E comes eye-to-eye with the magnificent modern tech-savvy robot.brings it home to keep at his home inside of an old truck. turns against this mission and secretly has the plant stolen to try and conceal any evidence that Eve found of living life on Earth. The automated systems show every human is permanently in a lazy boy type chair that strolls automatically whenever they please to go. As Wall-E continues to follow Eve.2 .

and through the theme of how humans have seem to have lost the reality of what reality and actually living life is about. throughout Pixar¶s Wall-E. After a long battle from both sides. Humans use these oppositions as symbols of social norms. the meaning of their opposite.The movie builds from here and goes on a up and down rollercoaster of the battles that the Captain as well as Wall-E and Eve are fighting to win. The opposition Starr . (Danesi). through the idea of our world becoming more and more relied on technology until it back fires. and ideas. Levi Strauss¶ theme of binary opposites also is clearly developed throughout. issues. father-versus-son. GO4. but depends more on what their difference is. (Danesi). Along with the reoccurring theme of carnivalesque characteristics. He furthermore states that we come to understand the role of those norms through a mockery of them. man-versus-women. Wall-E and Eve join the human as well as robot passengers in restoring living human life among the Earth¶s environment. Opposition allows us to recognize the phonemes of a language through a derived technique in which consists in comparing sounds in minimal pairs to see if a difference in meaning results.3 . Bakhtin explains his theory as a transgressive symbolism that actually validates social norms. The ways of carnivalesque genres are intended to fly in the face of our social norms of our society to use the art of mockery with it¶s audiences. The captain struggles on his own to even build the muscle in his legs again to stand to fight the automated GO4 system with his determination to return to real living life. (Bakhtin. Strauss¶ theory states that the way we understand the meaning of words is not so much by what they mean directly. Mikhail Bakhtin¶s Carnival theory is consistently clearly displayed through the entire film of Wall-E.1993). Strauss¶ idea of the opposition theory often reverts to those of young-versus-old age. good versus bad of automated technology and human bodies¶ with severe bone loss. the plant is successful restored back into the hyper-jump automated system slot and the Axiom is sent back to Earth. We constantly refer to these relationships of opposing ideas to understand. good-versus-evil. and so on. 1983. Wall-E is battling to retain Eve again since the evidence was declared unrecognized by the autopilot. Wall-E displays the carnival theory in a few of the most obvious point of the movie through the morbid obesity that has resulted in human beings.

Wall-E take the opposition struggle that our society becoming more and more tech-savvy is moving towards. The direct effects of Wall-E on its¶ viewers is a first hand wake-up call to the society we are currently evolving in today. as they want to return to living the natural life they were put on the Earth to once live. I think Wall-E has an extreme deep impact on our society by the fact that it portrays carnivalesque mockery of laziness humans are moving towards with the opposing battles of our society¶s nature-versus-technology. both are necessary to successfully symbolize the social issues and ideas of life. Evan Hutchinson of AssociatedContent. GO4 has against the nature of human life with the captain. The primary reason for this is the comfortable lazy ways of life that we have developed. ³In a nutshell: more technology. which leads them to being entirely relied on the automated technology. Americans in particular have be consistently been recorded with record high rates of obesity among children as well as adults.theme that is clearly presented in Wall-E is that of nature-versus-technology. Nature being the good side of the opposing relationship and evil being the technology side of the relationship. The opposition really takes a clear role in the film as the technology starts to turn on the nature of human beings. People want more and more technology as soon as it is released to where the advancements are slowly starting to turn our society completely relying our hands in it. faster. less exercise. Wall-E takes the role of nature-versus-technology to a new level by how much automated systems come to control human life. there is a relationship that viewer¶s form seeing the struggle of nature-versus-technology and thus turning to the opposition of good-versus-evil. more unhealthy eating.4 . Obesity rates continue to climb in America and majority of children turn to fast food chains such as McDonalds or Burger Starr .com explains the message that Wall-E gives of our society when he wrote. and the absolute best of every tech-savvy instrument we can get our hands on. WAKE UP AMERICA! THIS IS GOING TO BE YOU IN 50 YEARS!!!´ (Hutchinson). more laziness and self-centeredness. We currently live in a society where we strive for better. As this opposition theory plays out in the climax of the movie. The entire struggle of the plot of Wall-E builds off of the fight that the automated pilot. The carnival theory mocks the laziness and obesity of our society.

or even the most tech-savvy gadget that has not even been developed yet cannot come to completely control human life. This film is by far one of the cutest. robots. The effects that Wall-E has on its viewers start with the kids who view it and find some humor in how pathetic human life seems to become once we live in a world that solely is completely dependably on automated technology. however. Wall-E significantly displays this matter and how happiness was not found there and with the key conclusion that in the end. More technology enables workers to do their jobs without as much physical exertion. We love technology! The new found developments with the iPhone.5 . Starr . I think the most significant way the film effects us is by the message is sends on how technology will win against us in the end. phones. Mikhail Bakhtin¶s Carnival theory is applied throughout the film as it building in mockery of our societal norms of laziness and obesity that continues to rise in Americans today. coming up with new ways to develop new technology to do anything for us that it can so that we practically do nothing.King on a daily basis as part of their routine. sweet computer-animated love stories. The more technical we build our world to become. Wall-E does portray a significant message about obesity and laziness of our society. Media convergence is allowing our society to become more tech-savvy. but that is not our major problem with this phenomenon. Levi Strauss¶ binary opposition theory is applied to viewers through the relationship of a struggle that builds between human-versus-technology. (Hutchinson). but it is in the hidden symbolic messages that make the film such a remarkably rememberable film to America¶s society. technology will out do us at one point and will turn against us. computers. iPad and Smart Phones that seem to be able to do pretty much anything we ask of it is leading our society into serious danger. Wall-E is much more than just an adorable animation love story between robots. The nature-versus-technology opposition comes into play here with the fact that Wall-E shows that technology cannot do everything. yes the less we as humans have to do and the lazier we get. Technology.

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