But my kids watch the occasional movie. (What? A mom’s got a get a break sometime. You think this website runs itself? My kids DON’T NAP.) And ever since they saw the official WALL-E trailer, that one has been on the top of their list. But I’m cheap and lazy. And cheap. And I don’t like loud noises – my children provide me with enough daily screaming for 3 slasher movies. And I’m cheap. So they probably won’t see it until it comes out on DVD and Grandma buys it for them.
I have to admit, as far as movies go, this one seems pretty cute. I’ve been leery of children’s movies ever since we took the lil’ nippers to see Happy Feet – a movie ostensibly about dancing penguins that would have been more subtle if they had just put Al Gore’s face on each penguin and turned the movie into a slideshow and then back into a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good recycling bin and I totally want the ice caps to stay put so us and the Russians can fight over them for centuries to come but don’t lure my children in with dancing cartoons and then fill them up with adult propaganda. That’s why we have obnoxious relatives, duh.
So when Reader Shellie e-mailed me about taking her 4 cutie-pie blank slates to see it, I was very interested. She says:
We went to see “Wall-E” tonight. The writers weren’t shy about trying to get their point across. The movie takes place 800+ years in the future where the earth is so trashed, we have to evacuate and all humans are morbidly obese and rely on technology for everything. (Granted we already see that, it just isn’t the majority of the population.) Anyway, I have never seen Disney to make such a statement on obesity – or anything else for that matter.
Much to my kids’ delight, I trekked over to the Disney site and watched all 5 million video clips of WALL-E they have posted there. Research, smesearch – that is some funny stuff. I giggled right along with my kids (check out the vaccuum vignette). WALL-E is cute! Like I want to snuggle-wuggle his little metal self cute. Like I keep saying “waaallll-eeee” even though my kids are all upstairs (playing in the toilet?) because it’s just so cute.
At the Disney site we saw robots. And lots of garbage ringing the earth. And space ships. But no people! I wanted to see one of those wheelchair-bound fatties that Shellie mentioned. Strangely, you see not a single glimpse of them in the entire official trailer. There are a few brief flashes of faces in some of the other clips but no obesity.
Is Disney hiding their agenda? I’m confused. Any of you see this show yet? And what’s your take on propagandizing to the preschool set?