As you can see above, Wall-E looks terrific. It’s not just the landscape, the character’s worry about being conveyed across the solar system is indicated subtlely by his eyes and the film works so well, primarily, because of the characterisation. Much of the first half of the film is a ‘silent’ movie where we learn about the apocalyptic landscape of Earth in the future and this is rendered in stunning, and funny, detail.
Humans are represented as infantile and infantalisation is something that capitalism encourages by trying to create consumerist desires: we know we want something and we want it now. We are infantalised, also, in our understanding of the world. Currently Israel is kicking shit out of the Palestinians again but it’s a fair bet that less than 10% of the (western?) population understand the context of this war. The news headlines simply say ‘Israeli airstrikes… Hamas rocket attacks’ as if there’s some equality of violence. And most people won’t care.
As Wall-E suggests it is time to ‘wake up’ and take an interest in the world beyond the next consumer item we intend to buy or which celeb is cheating on who. Ignorance is not bliss it is stupid.
Happy New Year!