July 16, 2008


Wall-E doesn't say anything: The movie robot is pushing conservatives' buttons, but they're missing the bigger picture. (Charlotte Allen, July 13, 2008, Los Angeles Times)

I'm a conservative, and I just love the movie "Wall-E." That makes me an outcast among many of my fellow conservatives who have judged Pixar's post-apocalyptic cartoon about a trash-compacting robot to be a carbon-phobic, Al Gore-worshiping, global-warming panic-mongering assault on capitalism, President Bush and U.S. prosperity.

The movie is set 700 years in the future, when humans have befouled their planet with so much litter that they have fled in a spaceship, leaving behind Wall-E to compress the junk and pile it into skyscrapers. Then he meets Eve, a technologically advanced robot sent to Earth to scope out signs of its habitability.

Sounds innocent enough. But at Pajamas Media, the Internet news site whose motto is "Sending the [Liberal Mainstream Media] Down the River," film critic Kyle Smith deplored "Wall-E" as an exercise in class betrayal by Pixar's parent company, Disney, which earns billions of dollars serving its theme-park visitors the same slurpy food and slothful fantasies that characterize life on the spaceship in which the obese, shop-aholic Earthlings live. On National Review Online's blog, Shannen Coffin decried "Wall-E" as "Godforsaken dreck," while syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg faulted the movie's "hypocrisy" and "Malthusian fear-mongering."

But the worst blow for me came from my favorite Web film critic, Dirty Harry, who championed such earlier Pixar offerings as "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" for their celebration of the conservative values of heroic individualism and democracy that rewards talent no matter where it comes from. To Harry, "Wall-E" was a betrayal, not least because it included a single line of gentle Dubya parody: A videotaped president of the mega-corporation whose robots run the spaceship advises his bloated subjects to "stay the course." That was too much for Harry, who lamented, "Have we lost Pixar ... to Bush Derangement Syndrome?"

...but it's galling when conservatives just act dumb.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2008 10:22 AM

The problem for my family is the two younger kids were bored after 10 minutes and the older two (and my husband) were bored with all the stupid chases aboard the ship.

I knew it was a thumbs down when I didn't hear "Can we see it again?" or "Can we get it on dvd?" and my eldest didn't berate Daddy for falling asleep. In fact, she sounded envious he got a nap in.

The funniest part of the whole Walle kerfuffle is that everyone is "Walle is sooo cute!" Sheesh people, Precious Moments eyes don't make a great character!!!!!!!

Also, I live in Florida. Roaches are not now, nor have they ever been, remotely cute. The pet roach moments creeped me out enough to take me out of this movie. In fact, I was disappointed that the future Earth trashers hadn't figured a way to drive those darn things to extinction.

Posted by: Buttercup at July 16, 2008 1:05 PM

Buttercup, thanks for that review. We've been thinking about going to see Wall-E mostly because we miss going to the movies. "Ratatouille" creeped me out sufficiently that I have no need to watch "cute" roaches. We live in Florida too - 'nuf said.

Posted by: erp at July 17, 2008 8:08 AM

The funny part is when the people involved in the film say that they did these things, and Liberal reviewers say that these things are in the movie, yet for some reason conservatives are morons for actually seeing and noticing these things. And wasn't "offense" supposed to be the ultimate is social crimes? I guess it only matters in who is being offended...

(And the eyes look just like the pair of compact Pentax binoculars I carry around in my hiking backpack, but mounted on a stick. Really original guys...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 17, 2008 9:26 AM

Wall-E totally looks like the robot from "Short Circuit"... minus the cheesy 80's style of course

Posted by: patrick at July 17, 2008 12:22 PM
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