I was intrigued to find serious discussion on Rutger’s Child Lit forum of Wall-E. Daughter and I went to see it, partly because it was the school holidays, and partly because Caroline Lawrence loved it. Daughter is friends with Caroline on Facebook, so had told me early on that Caroline recommended the film. When Caroline emailed to say she would love to know what we thought, I felt I had better go. Maybe it would be an improvement on the preview I’d seen.
I didn’t like it, but Daughter did. So, I was pleased to find that house oracle Philip Pullman shared my sentiments on the film. He must have felt quite strongly, to bother writing such a long “review” of Wall-E. And he says it so much better than I could have: “But claims that it is a great environmental lesson, that it offers a
terrible moral warning about the way the planet is going, are all bunkum.
Because who was responsible for the mess in the first place? Not the cute
baby machines, that’s for sure. Not the big fat adult humans lying about in
the space station, because they were just babies too. In fact, whoever it
was that got the planet into this much trouble, it wasn’t US at all. It was
THEM. Whoever they were. And we’re not like them, are we, kids? No, we’re
nice! We look after plants and befriend cockroaches. And we’re cute. So we
don’t have to change our behaviour at all.”
Sorry, Wall-E. You’re cute, but that’s all.