The Humans of ‘WALL-E’ Were Probably Better Off Without Him

Have you ever seen Pixar’s WALL-E? No? Then go watch that, come back, and let’s discuss something somewhat troubling about this film.

There are a lot of movies that you can point to and say that the protagonists (i.e. heroes of the film) actually do more harm than good. There are some movies with tragic endings that would have been just fine if the protagonist had done nothing at all.

And I think WALL-E accidentally does the same thing, and not for the reason you may be thinking.

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Let’s recap the story. WALL-E is set 800 years in the future. In this universe, Earth becomes incredibly overpopulated by the year 2105, with 200 billion humans contributing to an environmental disaster for obvious reasons.

In response, a world-dominating organization called Buy n Large (BnL) pledges to clean up the mess, though it’s heavily implied it’s mostly their fault, and they send all humans to space on executive cruise ships called “starliners.” But after only five years, BnL decides to abandon the planet completely because the air has become toxic.

Side note: Soon, my book on The Pixar Theory will be coming out, and it’s packed with theories that concern this movie and BnL in general. What you’re about to read is something that didn’t make it into the final draft, so BONUS!

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Anyway, humans remain in space unbothered for 700 years, which is when the movie’s plot begins with WALL-E. When a probe named EVE arrives to find hospitable life, WALL-E falls in adorable robot love with her, and when she returns to deliver the plant-life she found, WALL-E frantically follows her.

WALL-E ends up on Axiom, one of many starliners running in a lifestyle “loop.” The humans there have been raised from birth to support and trust BnL and it’s routines for their entire lives. The robots satisfy all of their needs, and life is pretty much perfect in their minds, even though they do nothing for themselves.

It’s a strange setup because you’d think the people on Axiom would grow bored and feel stifled, but in contrast, they seem completely intent, until WALL-E arrives and causes a chain of events that leads to their return to Earth.

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This brings me to the main point: The people of Axiom are incredibly nice, well-functioning people.

Not once do you see a human on Axiom acting spoiled or rude. Instead, they’re incredibly polite, especially when they meet WALL-E for the first time. John and Mary are two great examples. They’re not used to robots having a personality, and when they meet WALL-E, they are very positive and nice to him. You’d think they’d treat him terribly, but instead they befriend him and get eerily excited when they see him again.

The humans we see have friends, romantic relationships, and excellent living accommodations. The screens they view everything through are translucent, so they have no shame in letting other people see what they’re working on.

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Even life expectancy isn’t a problem. When we see the panel of past Axiom captains, you can see that all of them live well over 100 years.

When the current captain of the ship becomes enamored with Earth, he appears to have the joy of a child. He’s incredibly optimistic, and in many ways, one of the central heroes of the film when it comes down to it.

In some of the final scenes, we see the humans showing a lot of empathy for WALL-E and EVE, even though most have them have no idea what’s going on. They cheer for the captain when he’s fighting Auto, and John and Mary don’t hesitate to risk their lives for the babies falling down the platform.

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What caused humans to be this nice?

Well, BnL apparently did. The society created by this “loop” of never-ending pleasure created a culture of interestingly polite humans, contrary to the spoiled rich kid syndrome you’d expect to see.

So was what WALL-E did for them…for the best?

If he had never followed EVE, the humans would sill be on the Axiom, but when the movie closes, the humans have returned to Earth. It’s depressing, but history repeats itself. Though we see shots of life rebuilding itself peacefully, won’t humans just make the same mistakes again and damage Earth completely this time?

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It’s tricky because the movie is clever about how it makes you hate BnL, despite it being the invention of the very humans we sympathize with. Pixar overtly makes the conditions of the Axiom both horrific and enticing at the same time, but few people walk away from it thinking the humans made a mistake.

From a storytelling perspective, it’s genius on Pixar’s part. They present the humans in a way that makes us want the best for them. If they had made the humans spoiled and insufferable, we wouldn’t care about them as much as we do by the end.

But the weird side-effect of this characterization is that Pixar is unintentionally saying that BnL’s methods created a better society than the one we already have. We know it’s better because Pixar is intentionally saying the society we have is what caused the problems emphasized in the film.

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So, here’s the question: Were the humans better off living in a society that made them the best they could be personally and socially? Or is living on Earth too important to ignore? I’m not convinced either way, to be honest.

Sure, the effects of gravity make you a blob dependent on a chair, but then again, it’s an awesome chair.

In Axiom’s society, there’s no crime from what we see. Everyone has their needs met. There’s likely no poverty, racial injustice, or food shortages. It’s utopia, but we think it sucks because the people aren’t skinny. Isn’t that a little messed up when you think about it?

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Still, the captain makes a good point when he says, “I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”

But does everyone on Axiom want that, or is it just the result of one man who wants to impulse buy something he read about on the Internet? It’s hard to say.

Of course, I’m not saying Axiom would be the best for me or you. We’re accustomed to bike rides, trampolines, and Taylor Swift concerts. But if you told me there was a way to solve all of Earth’s problems in exchange for a few extra pounds, I’d have a hard time saying no.


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86 thoughts on “The Humans of ‘WALL-E’ Were Probably Better Off Without Him

  1. I agree. But nothing in humanity has ever remained the same for too long. We tend to fear the very idea of non-change as much as we do change. So in this, I think that the Captain’s lament is the beginning of an eventual return to Earth, WALL-E or not. It may have taken a few more Captain’s, and generations, but sooner or later, the AIs on the ships would’ve been overcome and at least one ship would’ve returned to Earth to begin again.

    As for humans remaining ‘nice.’ In the short-term yes. But as we can see from our own history, events and life itself will change that. Sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better. Life. I do think that there will be a major weight loss going on, as the ship at first is the only immediate food source until the recovery reaches the level where the planet can support a growing population. As the movie shows, it does occur, with AI help. But some people are going to complain, and others will argue, and at some point, there will be a number of people staying on the ship until it finally breaks down.

    Eventually though humans will rise on Earth again. It won’t be easy, though. Resources will be used up already. The food resources may be taxed to an extent for centuries, and by necessity the population will remain low. (Then again out of survival, this may be where your theory and the movie Monsters come into play. Food and survival in a different form due to what they came back to as humans centuries before).

    • I’m not sure I completely agree, just based on what’s presented in the movie. The humans live life unchanged for 700 straight years. I don’t see any evidence for a possible uprising outside of an external threat like WALL-E, but you’re that it’s certainly possible.

      It’s interesting you mention food and resources. The planet clearly can’t sustain thousands of people, and without supernovas, what will power the Axiom to keep creating food? I like to think the art paintings in the very end are just that because they don’ really happen. It just seems way too unlikely to me.

    • I only agree with the first part. I didn’t understand anything after that.

  2. Interesting thesis. It reminds me a lot of Brave New World. The people live in a virtual utopia, but they seem to lack artistic expression, intellectual challenge, philosophical exploration, or truly intimate relationships (being confined as they are to their chairs). They’re all wonderfully happy, but it’s an empty kind of happiness. In BNW, people who question the drug-induced, gene-spliced “utopia” are sent off to a secret country where people too smart to be blissfully ignorant are quarantined from everyone else. Perhaps something similar was happening on Axiom that we never heard about?

    • Brave New World is a fantastic comparison. Though I doubt humans would have to be disposed of, since they’re indoctrinated from birth. Even the robots who rebel aren’t just eliminated. They’re sent to be “fixed.”

      • Yeah, I didn’t mean to imply that Auto was somehow harvesting uncooperative humans. More like they’re sent to a special ship where those who question the system have to go. For example, if Auto had successfully defeated the Captain and WALL-E, I suspect the Captain would have had to go to such a place so that he couldn’t spread “dangerous” ideas. Or maybe they’re just “fixed,” like the robots.

        • I too have wondered how the ships communicate, if at all. This creates a sub story, because if the Captain knows they can return to Earth, should he notify others? If he does, that’s thousands more humans using up the already fragile planet.

          And I’ve always assumed the ships have certain functions by design, similar to the Vaults in the Fallout games. Axiom, for example, could be the starliner that routinely sends probes to seek out plant-life.

          • Right! There’s a whole other world of ships out there we don’t ever see. That’s one of the things that makes WALL-E so wonderful for me: so much room for speculation, yet the story never feels incomplete.
            Surely the other ships have Autos that would similarly attempt to circumvent any return to earth, right? It makes me wonder how long it’ll take those other humans to rebel (if they ever do). And will the other Autos decide to somehow attack the humans from Axiom for going against the program?

            • If there was a sequel, the other starliners would almost certainly be involved somehow. How could they not?

      • I agree. But how could a person with so much weight and bones so deteriorated live 100+ years? plz let me know. if u dont know. thats ****. thank you

  3. Interesting argument.

    It’s a difficult line the film has to walk. You’re right that the people on Axiom have to be likeable in order for us to want them to succeed, but their conditions still have to be bad enough that we want their lives to change in the first place. And, of course, due to the film’s target audience it can’t be too bleak in its dystopian vision.

    I’m not sure I entirely buy this argument (the film is actually quite complex in its politics hence the variety of political groups that have been able to claim it as supporting their views), but I think it’s an issue of contingency.

    Yes, humanity has all their needs met and there seem to be few flaws in the systems that run their lives – aside from the obesity and resultant chair dependence you mentioned. They have all their needs met immediately without the need to even express them.

    Everything works perfectly within the system, but it’s a system. Everyone’s needs are met, but they’re proscribed needs. The people on the Axiom have learned to want certain things and the ship immediately delivers, so there’s little room to formulate the desire for something else. The question of whether they would want to live on Earth probably wouldn’t even enter their minds.

    Hence the play on programming. People have been programmed to want certain things just as the robots have been programmed to perform certain tasks. It is only when WALL-E breaks with his basic programming that the system is disrupted. That system has eliminated all possibility for contingency, including in personal relationships. It’s interesting that you mention politeness since that too is a form of programming, a learned behaviour for navigating social interactions that tries to limit the possibilities for conflict. It’s also far easier to be nice when you’re not competing for anything you want/need. So all interaction is doubly mediated – through the screens everyone uses and through the systems abroad the Axiom which have trained everyone to be nice.

    I’m not saying that a system in which everyone becomes a polite, caring person or that eliminating some contingency is necessarily a bad thing, it just creates a very limited society. No change, no creative thought, no development – and therefore no art, something the film suggests in the art history closing credits.

    Contingency is often a byword for freedom in American cinema – the freedom to make your own mistakes, which also means the freedom to screw things up. It’s a problem films/TV shows are constantly returning to because it is unsolvable – if freedom means the ability to cause an apocalyptic mess wouldn’t it be better if that freedom were curtailed? Because we’re dealing with Pixar, that freedom is curtailed in a nice way, but it’s still eliminating the possibility to really choose and therefore change.

    • I agree, of course, but I love to play Devil’s Advocate with this movie. Granted, art and creativity are very important to you and me because we’re products of a society that prides itself on individualism. But the trade-off is war, crime, poverty, racism, cruelty, even hate itself. So that’s why I think it’s fascinating to change the discussion and wonder if the “utopia” presented by this movie is actually better if you disregard total freedom as the first priority of human existence.

      You can argue that the humans have enough personal freedom, which we see, to live their lives happily. So if you want to analyze the Axiom society and deem it worse than their lives on Earth, you need to specifically point to something that is an objective detriment to human lives. If you choose art, you have a strong argument, but not a perfect one.

      • I like playing the Devil’s Advocate myself so I don’t blame you. It’s important to question a film’s thematics, especially when they aren’t entirely as simple as they may first appear.

        You do have to pick an objective point to make the comparison, I just didn’t want to respond with the classic “depends on what you mean by better” argument.

        Art is the obvious thing to choose since the movie (as a cultural product itself) has a vested interest in drawing that analogy. But I do think the movie is more concerned with control and contingency than creativity.

        There’s quite a bit of critical commentary on Disney’s particular version of Americanism, how it gets worked into its films, and whether or not Pixar is continuing to deliver that message. One could certainly make an argument for this film’s attempt to uphold the ideal of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” by offering a warning on how consumerism might damage that ideal.

      • I don’t know if you’re being facetious (the internet is tricky that way), but seeing as people keep jokingly telling me that I must be “no fun” because I seriously analyse movies and am open to their contradictions and flaws let me just say this: the discussion of film doesn’t ruin it. I can’t conceive of why talking about something in order to better understand it would somehow spoil it. If anything it should enrich your experience of a film by revealing some of its complexities, by giving you different ways of looking at something you thought you knew. As much as the rhetoric surrounding them would have you believe films aren’t magic tricks so trying to understand them doesn’t stop them from having the power to affect us. I study film because I love film. I’m fascinated by its power to move me. There’s no way in hell I would continue studying it if discussing it in a serious manner completely ruined it for me. I just don’t get the argument. But if it’s a problem for you, stop reading film analysis. Again apologies if you are being facetious. Rant now over.

  4. Very good points! I never even considered (or noticed) that the humans were super nice. Probably because the movie just got on my nerves and I wanted it to be over lol. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to believe that a robot which was programmed to do one thing could have feelings and fall in love.

    • Have you seen it more than once, or recently? If not, you should give it another shot. It’s the kind of movie that gets better with every viewing.

      • I only saw it just the once. I’ll consider it lol.

    • very true. wall-e is very sweet

  5. It IS an awesome chair.

    But think about how they depended on machines for their daily lives. Sure, we may do the same, but most people go outside and play. Look at me! I’m fat and I don’t go outside, and am I happy with my life? Sure, I am, somewhat, but I don’t like having extra pounds, and being dependent on a couch! I would love to exercise, but I can’t because I get tired easily! Eventually, now they’re back on Earth, the people can exercise and lose their pounds. I envy that. Plus, don’t you think they’d learn from our society’s mistakes? And I bet the cars have been taking care of the planet!

    That was a Pixar Theory nod.

    Honestly, though, I don’t think all the negative things are going to just reappear once they get down to Earth.

    • You’re going to love the book, then. I’ve written a narrative that works the Cars movies in with WALL-E and A Bug’s Life pretty well, and it’s a theory into itself that I’m pretty proud of.

        • It will be available sometime in May, or possibly June 1st at the latest. I’ll post something here about it, as we’re building a website for it now.

  6. Hmmm…… I guess the humans might have been better off without WALL-E…. But then again, if there was no WALL-E, there’d be no movie. Or there would be a movie but it would be much different. I guess the reason why I love this movie so much is because it’s action-packed and dramatic near the end. And I’ve got to admit, the robot romance is pretty cute. I guess the humans on the Axiom were polite, but I think Pixar made them fat on purpose. It gives them the shape of a baby, and babies are dependent. They may be nice, but they were dependent….. I think the context is awesome because it shows the effects of consumerism, which is basically what this movie explains. So in reality, the humans personally would be better off without WALL-E because everyone actually does want to live a life that’s perfect, but in the context, the earth is polluted, and humans have to fix it. Well, actually, again, in reality, humans actually would never be able to clean the whole mess up, and even if they did manage to, they would pollute it again in the end. But according to the movie, in the end they somehow cleaned it up. It IS a fictional movie, so anything can happen. That doesn’t mean it has to make sense. But it’s of course still fun to link it with reality.

    • Also the humans had no purpose in life. And if there were no crimes or flaws, well, then it’s just not life. In life you are supposed to overcome challenges. In their lives they didn’t have that. Life feels perfect, but it doesn’t make you go on a journey to find your true identity. So basically, the humans probably would have felt better without WALL-E, but he helped introduce them to life.

      • Most people now would say they don’t know what their “purpose” is. That can be a very hard thing to define, especially when you compare the fictional Pixar world to our own. After all, things like religion certainly don’t exist in the Pixar world for obvious reasons. So in a universe where human beings literally have a meaningless existence, why would a utopia where all your needs (even emotionally) are meet be the worse option? Would you really trade a safe environment for the people you care about in exchange for the possibility that terrible things could happen to you all the time in the name of an intangible value like the feeling you get from overcoming challenges?

        • The debate over if there people are truly living if they do not have challenges to overcome, and simply follow what life gives to them without questioning it reminds me of the book “The Giver.” One can argue that the people in the society were happy. However, was their life actually happy and fulfilled, or did they only think so because they did not know another existence? I believe this appys to the humans in Wall-E as well. Could it be so that they never questioned their happiness, because they didn’t have the resources to know any other existence? In The Giver, “Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community” (back cover of book). His world seems perfect until he is given a glimpse of what making decisions is like, and ultimately choices to overcome challenge, and be independent instead of living a life determined for him. I feel like once the humans in Wall-E had the opportunity to become independent and be able to feel the empowerment of accomplishment, the choice to return to Earth and start over was an easy one. This is because ultimately, living by someone or something else’s rule is not truly living. The humans did not experience that revelation until a challenge had presented itself.

          • Besides, the world of The Giver is far from perfect. I mean, come on? People getting killed for a minor mistake? A kid getting spanked because he has trouble enunciating words, and as a result accidentally says “smack” when he should say “snack”? Old people being spanked just like children are?
            “No fear of pain”? Bullshit. A discipline wand is a spanking, which translates to fear of pain. The authorities of The Giver are lying or else engaging in doublethink.

  7. If the book is published, can you tell is where to get it? I want to read it.

    • I’ll be making an announcement here as soon as a release date is official. It will either be right before the summer or during the summer.

    • Of course! We’re making a website for it that will sell the book directly, and of course I’ll post about it here.

  8. The reason the people were content, was because they didn’t know that there were other things to do other than sit on an awesome chair and browse the internet while sipping a drink. you can’t feel like you’re missing out if you don’t know that you ARE missing out. which is why the captain wanted to get back to earth, because WALL-E showed him that he was missing out. In fact the people only got interested in WALL-E when he knocked them over and they actually SAW him.

    For example:, if i didn’t know that my favourite band was playing live in another country, i wouldn’t be sad, because i wouldn’t know. BUT if i found out i would be incredibly sad and wish i could go to the concert.

    The dilemma is…is it ok to not know what you’re missing out on?

  9. You bring a great argument, but how do you know that all the people there were nice?

    True, we had the captain and that couple, but just because THEY were nice, doesn’t mean everyone else is.

    Societal and cultural matters might have changed, but we don’t know whether their nature changed as well. There will always be good and bad people out there, and cultural changes aren’t going to effect that. It might help make more people socially aware, but their nature isn’t necessarily going to change because of that.

    • Fair point. I think what’s telling is the reaction of the huge crowds at the very end. They cheer WALL-E, EVE, and the Captain on, even though they barely know what’s going on. I think in a society like this, politeness is just a weird side effect. It’s a very controlled environment, and when you eliminate factors like poverty, you essentially demolish a MASSIVE divide that creates chaos for otherwise well-behaved people.

  10. I don’t think they were trading a figure for a utopia. As I recall one of the first people Wall-E ran into seemed quite spoiled and I know that being a robot’s pet is what life is about. I don’t think we should be striving for a utopia when it means that we are in our own world- all sitting next to one another but never looking into another’s eyes. Lounging by a pool we don’t even realize exists? Maybe existence was peaceful in space, but only because the people were oblivious…. not too far off from now really… raised by the media only there was only one opinion. Communism works in smaller groups- and when its dealt out by robots.

    Doesn’t necessarily mean its better.

    • That’s the debate, though. What makes the alternative better? I can point to reasons why the humans on AXIOM had a better life, but I have a harder time explaining why their lives are better on Earth. Obviously, we can agree that living on Earth and having things like pizza and dancing is better. But it’s nearly impossible to reasonably explain why.

      • well, in axiom there was no individuality. the fact that we are not perfect and everyone likes to do diffrent things is what makes us human. the robots created a world that statically better, because thats how robots work. but we are NOT robots.

        Watch this short animation, it is really interesting. it is about a world that is perfect, kind of like AXIOM, but then when one of them starts to act differently…;—->

        • Wait, isn’t that short saying that “different” alien kids get turned into human babies? That is just wrong. But you’re right, it’s practically the Axiom in a weird, twisted sort of way.
          Also, thanks for showing me that short. No sleep for me tonight.

        • What is the name of this short movie?

  11. The problem, though, is that human civilization had stagnated. Sure, they were happy, but did they learn, did they struggle, did they create? Their entire lives were so laid out for them, that they no longer had to really think. Their lives were so easy, that they never learned from failure. Necessity is the mother of invention; since they had no necessities, there could be no invention.

    And really, they were easy picking for a hostile alien race waiting to harvest their resources.

    • Why do we learn, struggle, and create in the first place? To make our lives better, and the people ahead of us. But in WALL-E, they already have the optimal life. There’s no reason for them to create anything because all of the world’s problems (injustice, inequality, poverty) have been solved. What would you suggest they strive for?

      As for aliens, I’ll worry about that when Pixar finally makes an alien movie 😉

      • I would suggest that, as the humans themselves have an ideal life, they would (should, did) strive for extending that ideal life to others; i.e. the few surviving (and, under the Pixar Theory, intelligent) remaining life forms on Earth (including cockroaches and, implied by the paintings, sea turtles and possibly other marine life; I don’t know how much water remained on the Earth during WALL-E’s time, but whatever water remained would obviously be the most habitable remaining place on Earth for life itself).

  12. It’s an interesting quandary, but there are a few parts you seem to have missed, namely in regards to the bigger picture.

    First of all, the Axiom is only one of the cruise ships that left Earth, and it’s possible that the societies on the other ships might not have been nearly so benign. It’s unknown if the Axiom is in contact with the other ships, and if any of them had reached Earth before the Axiom did, things might well have been vastly different.

    Which leads into my second point: the matter of the Earth itself. We know that at least one cockroach (Hal?) existed alive, and the paintings in the end credits (which I presume to be, as they were originally intended, the truth of the continuing history of Earth) depict turtles and a fisherman, implying that ocean life still existed on the planet. While the humans on the Axiom had their needs met, there were other creatures on the planet — intelligent, sentient beings as seen in Finding Nemo and possibly A Bug’s Life, although in your canon A Bug’s Life occurred later — that were very likely suffering from the effects of the trashed-up planet.

    So. We’ve got a ruined Earth in severe need of help, with at least a few sentient species still remaining, and making that Earth suitable for habitation again is WALL-E’s very purpose of existence. And who better to help him than the nicest human population in the universe?

    Perhaps the humans might have lived happily on the Axiom for the rest of their days, but it’s undeniable that the remaining citizens of Earth needed their help. As the Captain himself said, the Earth NEEDED them to return and set things right.

  13. BOOK? WHEN’S THE PIXAR THEORY BOOK COMING OUT??????

  14. The humans have become so polite because the machines have made them that way. Most movies that have sentient machines result in the machines trying to completely annihilate the humans “to save the earth”. Since this is a Pixar movie, you have to dial down the slaughtering humans thing and just make it so the machines control the humans. No creativity or no ingenuity from the humans leads to a ton of groupthink (ie. the outfit color change). The machines created a controlled environment. Anything that causes chaos in that environment (the weird robots that Wall-E releases, or Wall-E and EVE themselves…and eventually the captain) must be fixed or detained (destroyed/killed in other movies).
    So, all that being said, is a human being that is under the control of machines “better off” than a free-thinking human being? Is brainwashing and indoctrination good if it means everyone is polite? Is it ok that BnL covered up their mistakes on earth by controlling the human population (through machines) and over time raising all humans to blindly “trust and support BnL”?

  15. Whoa, you bite! But I totally agree with you. Is it “better” for humans to be controlled by machines like that? Is having all of Earth’ s problems solved worth it?
    The truth is, humans were bound to return to Earth at some point. WALL-E just sped it up a bit (and spiced up history for kids a little!).
    Earth has problems. Abandoning it won’t help; rather, it just makes it worse.
    WALL-E did help the humans. No proof will change my mind that he didn’t.

  16. An interesting arguing point; it is definitely true that the humans in the movie ARE happy and generally live out peaceful existences free from hunger, suffering, and crime. But, like an earlier commenter said, this film is actually very similar to Brave New World, and when I think more about it I wonder if Wall-E was actually inspired by that book. I think the problem is that their happiness is manufactured. It’s an empty happiness that they didn’t earn or choose, devoid of real human contact and connection. I think the main thing being criticized is that idea, really. It’s the idea of being so isolated and wrapped up in your own life that you ignore the people around you and the world and problems around you. They really just ran away from Earth and didn’t try to fix the problems, and that was why they needed saving. Yeah, the polite and nice people sort of undermine the message, but I give that a pass since Wall-E, ultimately, is still a family film. I also prefer to think of it as a way of saying that people are inherently good, but they need the right environment in order for that goodness to come out and flourish.

    Like the main character in Brave New World says, he wants the freedom to be happy or unhappy. He wants the freedom to struggle, to fight, to love, because happiness that is earned is ultimately much more fulfilling and meaningful than artificial happiness, and I think Wall-E has a similar message. To me, it’s the choice of being content with something mediocre, or taking a risk and maybe finding something even greater. They say life is a journey, and I’d much rather that my journey be one of meaning, friends and family, and fulfillment, rather than a flat and empty one.

  17. I see Wall-E movie as a great depiction of the future. Right now our young kids are being molded and shaped into little clones, who are being brainwashed. Schools have uniforms, kids have no more expression or imagination. The 1% of the worlds wealthy want us to be weak minded and follow them as sheeples as they destroy the earth with drilling, and destruction. It seems you may be offended because you are not a free thinker, you follow what ever the masses do. The detractions Iife the world, tv, reality shows, fast food, fast service, etc. is causing laziness. I would rather fight and build and have opinions and emptions, wear what I want, say what I feel, than be a zombie. Wall-E is a hero like all tbe hero’s, giving the humans a purpose, dignity, freedom to think and feel!!!

  18. There is, upon the other comments and arguments, another reason to believe otherwise! Firstly, social media and distractions. I bet BnL bought some sort of Facebook and the sheeple all signed up for it! Anyone else aware of FAD (facebook addiction disorder)? It’s a real disorder accepted by Science so… yeah. I do not use social media and I am happy for so. Secondly, laziness. These lazy ‘BnL Patrons’ literally only now how to anything in one way: tell some robot to do it. Everything is automated, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transport, what you should do today, and every other aspect of their lives! It’s all done for them! What’s the point of life if everything is done for you, if you can’t contribute, and if you aren’t trying to help?! In contrast to what you said partially, they are spoiled! It’s not their fault, as the only way they know how to do things is for it to be done for them. Thirdly, I very simply give a few pounds to enter a group of stupid unknowing sheeple. More so, BnL (now the autopilot) OWNS the passengers! Read this http://web.archive.org/web/20100308111117/http://www.buynlarge.com/disclaimer/disclaimer.html It’s an archive from the Wall E Promo website, basically BnL. They own your soul, whether religiously or not. When BnL evacuated the earth and autopilots took control, this info and responsibility was given to the autopilot! Everyone on the ship was autopilot’s slave! Finally, what happens to free thinking? No one is going to advance civilization if they don’t know how to do anything themselves much less develop a new way to anything!They’re too stupid, brainwashed, and just plain unable to anything themselves to help civilization! Some of these points come from other comments I’ve read here. Also, why sacrifice free will for politeness and laziness? Please, these people weren’t better off. As the captain said “I don’t wanna survive! I wanna live!” That should be a quote, it’s so true. Thanks for reading!

  19. Reblogged this on Literature and Lattes and commented:

    I wanted to share this post I found while doing some research for an essay I’m writing for school. I love this movie and the ideas presented here are ones i found really interesting!

  20. I disagree with the conclusion. I think John is making a common mistake when he views the society on Axiom and a better society. Axiom is free of worry and conflict, people are polite and live a life of leisure and want for nothing but is that a better life. Who are these people? What does their life mean?

    No matter what angle you look at, life on Axiom is nothing but life on a cruise ship. Fun? Certainly for a while but there are sense that give us a glimpse into what life is really like. They are bored and their day to day activities are meaningless. They are also ignorant. They have no idea how anything works and while this may be argues as unnecessary because the robots take care of everything it results in humans being happy, content, little children. They are as polite and content as they are because they are docile and naïve, not because they are great people. We do feel for them because they have spent their whole lives in the dark and children being kept ignorant of life by their over protective mother, BnL.

    Life on earth will definitely be more difficult. They will have struggles and conflict (oh my! Parish the thought) and they figure out how to actually build a real life worth living, a life with meaning instead of a life that consists of floating around by the pool waiting to… well… die.

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