Wall-EDirector: Andrew StantonCreated By: Esla Byrholdt, Jazmin Ratcliff,Mollie Krieger, Sun Doan
Group ContributionsJazmin Ratcliff: Overview, Intro, VideoClipMollie Krieger: Slides, History,Discussion QuestionsEsla Byrholdt: Characters and ThemeSun Doan: Storyline,Style/Animation/Film Type, CulturalAspect
IntroWall-E is a computer animated Pixar/Disney movie. Andrew Stanton, also known forhis brilliant work in Finding Nemo, directed Wall-E to become TIME’s best movie ofthe decade. Wall-E was ranked fifth in the highest gross on opening weekend (June27th, 2008) coming in at 63.1 million dollars. A movie that is aimed at kids, since it isa Disney movie, caught the eyes of adults too, racking in 521.3 million dollarsworldwide. With so many achievements such as the 2008 Golden Globe Award forBest Animated Feature Film, 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, andmany more Wall –E has been translated into various languages. Not only has it beentranslated into Russian, Arabic, and Dutch, Wall-E has also been made into a videogame. Wall-E was intended for children with its animated features, however, it’sunderlying problems which might not catch the attention of young kids, does bringto light adult problems. These problems range from waste management to obesityto corporations monopolies. Wall-E was released in June of 2008 and since then ithas became an American classic.
Video ClipWall-E ClipClick to Watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9s7afoYI-M&feature=youtu.be
History Behind Wall-E“What if mankind had to leave Earth andsomebody forgot to turn off the last robot?” –Andrew Stanton• Wall-E was actually first conceptualizedin 1994 by Andrew Stanton at aPixar/Disney writers meeting as an afterproject film to the ever popularanimated film Toy Story.• Other films discussed during thismeeting were A Bug’s Life, MonstersInc., and Finding Nemo.
History Cont.• Stanton felt that audiences would fall in lovewith a lonely robot on a deserted planet.Portraying WALL-E as a menial wastecollector would make him not onlyunderstandable but sympathetic.• A world filled with cubes of garbage was inhis mind a way to make a disaster childfriendly and not too dark.
History cont.• Stanton worked withfellow writer PeteDocter to develop thisfilm under the title ofTrash Planetin 1995 but the writershad trouble developingthe story line.• Docter abandoned the film but Stanton came up with theideas of Wall-E finding a plant and falling in love with Eve inthe years before beginning the official script in 2002.
History Cont.• In 2003, Stanton created the first story reel of thefilm. It was very different from the finalized product.For example, Wall-E was made to incite a war-likerebellion against the remaining human race on theAxiom, who were now cruel alien Gels (gelatinous,boneless, see through) that spoke a gibberishlanguage.
History Cont.• After realizing this plot was too confusing and un-engaging, he reconceived humans as big babies whoneeded to learn to stand again and grow up. Thesechanges allowed audiences to feel a deeperconnection and understanding of the films messagesof love, consumerism and environmental nostalgia.
CharactersWall-EWall-E, the protagonist of the film, is the last old waste collection robot on what is left of atrash-covered dystopian Earth. He works hard all day to continue to compact the trash lefton earth long after the humans have left and disengaged the other working robots, leavinghim utterly alone. He is a round character striving for more and more knowledge as hegoes around picking up interesting items he finds in huge piles of trash, such as movies ofdancing he learns to copy. All of his actions and body language suggests that he thinks andacts just like a young human boy would. He’s compassionate and has a big heart, evidentfrom his relationship with a robot who comes to Earth searching for signs of natural life,Eve. When Eve’s programs shut off one day he is shown standing out in a thunderstormjust to keep an umbrella over her head. He has an immense amount of love for Eve andspends the whole film trying to find her and help her with her own personal missions. All inall he is a character motivated by love and curiosity which every viewer can enjoy.
Characters Cont.EveThe center of Wall-E’s universe after their first meeting, Eve is aintelligent, driven new robot with a passion for her mission to findnatural life on the depleted Earth. She is equipped with lasers and hightech technology such as biological plant scanners. We first see Eve when she comes tothe destroyed future Earth scanning large areas at a time in search of any plants thatcould possibly have grown. She is largely unsuccessful for the first part of her missionuntil she meets Wall-E. Although Wall-E’s love and infatuation with Eve wasimmediate, Eve is completely focused on her mission. Eve is a dynamic characterthroughout the film as she learns of new things from Wall-E and ends up falling in lovewith him after she breaks down her work barrier. Although Wall-E and Eve arecomplete opposites in their outside looks they both have a huge capacity for love,hard work, and knowledge.
Characters Cont.Captain B. McCreCaptain B. McCrea follows a long line of captains before him on the Axiom. His lifeinvolves mostly unimportant tasks such as checking unchanging levels of the shipleaving most of the decisions to an autopilot robot named Auto. Although when Captainis first introduced he is shown as a overweight, follow the social quo man he begins tothink for himself and take action to make a difference for the rest of the humans. As thestory progresses he fights against auto and takes back control of his ship and ultimatelydecides that they must return to Earth although this is the harder choice.
ThemeMain Theme:Humans must consider the consequences ofindustrialization and excessive consumption before theplanet Earth is destroyed beyond livability.Aspects of Theme:ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE: If we neglect to take care ofour environment, Earth as we know it will be destroyed/inhospitable.NOSTALGIA: Fond memories of “old” Earth are displayed through humanartifacts that WALL-E collects. These artifacts represent a time of human love,connection, and freedom.TECHNOLOGY: Dependency on technology can cause a disconnect to natureand an ignorance to what is happening around us.
StorylineThis film follows a young robotnamed WALL-E(waste allocationload lifter earth-class) who is thelast remaining of his kind on Earth.There are no humans and the Earthhas been turned into a huge pile ofgarbage. All that accompaniesWALL-E is his friend the cockroach,as he collects different items thatwere left on earth
StorylineAll humans from Earth are now living on a ship calledthe Axiom that is run by technology. Everyone in theship is morbidly obese.
StorylineAnother robot named EVE(extraterrestrial vegetationevaluator) comes down to earth and befriends WALL-E.Wall-e then gives her the last remaining plant on Earth,and the adventure begins.
StorylineThe plant is brought to the captain. He surveys EVEsrecordings of Earth and concludes that mankind mustreturn to restore their home. However, AUTO revealshis directive, staging a mutiny and tasering WALL-E,severely damaging him. He also incapacitates EVEand confines the captain to his quarters. EVE realizesthe only parts for repairing WALL-E are in his truckback on Earth. She helps him bring the plant to theholo-detector.
StorylineEVE brings WALL-E back to his home where sherepairs and reactivates him. After the repair WALL-Eno longer recognizes EVE, reverting to his originalprogramming - an unfeeling waste compactor.Heartbroken, EVE gives WALL-E a farewell kiss. Thisjolts WALL-Es memory, and his personality returns.WALL-E and EVE happily reunite as the humans androbots of the Axiom begin to restore Earth and itsenvironment.
Cultural AspectsThe movie has an emphasis onindustrialization withtechnology relating to obesityin people. People never doinganything for themselves andbeing too lazy to think and toobloated to walk is causing rapidobesity. In todays culture inAmerica everyone is obsessedwith weight and the majorobesity problem (Engber, 2008).The western culture has pulledour bodies and our planet downwith obesity and ecologicalcatastrophe (Engber, 2008).
Cultural AspectsAlthough Wall-E was made to portray love between two robotsit also carries some messages toward peoples opinion of theapocalypse. In a culture where cellular reliability, fatty foodsand electronic toys is more important than sustainability, theoutcomes would be the Earth become unlivable and pushingpeople to create a new world somewhere else. The mainmessage is “life centered on productivity (like industrialization)threatens the life forms and the planet and the planet itself(Clarke, 2010).
Cultural AspectsFeminism take a step in themovie because EVE, a femalerobot is the one responsiblefor saving Earth and findinglife on Earth. Feminists had adebate on the moviebecause they feel themessage should have menemphasized just as much aswomen. American cultureand modern ways todayfocus on equality of women(Clarke, 2010).
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