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WALL•E world (Pixar director mentions Christ As motivation for film)
World Magazine ^ | 6/28/08 | Megan Basham

Posted on 07/03/2008 5:59:57 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton says his latest film isn't about the environment or obesity. It's about relationships...[said Stanton] what really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that's not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say—that irrational love defeats the world's programming. You've got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love.

With the human characters I wanted to show that our programming is the routines and habits that distract us to the point that we're not really making connections to the people next to us. We're not engaging in relationships, which are the point of living—relationship with God and relationship with other people.

(Excerpt) Read more at worldmag.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christ; hollywood; humanity; moviereview; pixar; walle

Andrew Stanton, director of WallE
1 posted on 07/03/2008 6:01:01 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Good film, and I liked it before I read this article.

RD


2 posted on 07/03/2008 6:02:02 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

BUMP


3 posted on 07/03/2008 6:05:44 PM PDT by It's me
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To: Recovering_Democrat

World mag has the best movie stories of any magazine...


4 posted on 07/03/2008 6:10:13 PM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: Recovering_Democrat
One of the most moving films I've seen in a long time.

A MUST see. Pixar nailed it.

5 posted on 07/03/2008 6:10:58 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; Kolokotronis; LibreOuMort
STANTON: Well, what really interested me was the idea of the most human thing in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in finding out what the point of living is than actual people. The greatest commandment Christ gives us is to love, but that's not always our priority. So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say—that irrational love defeats the world's programming. You've got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love. Saw it a couple of hours ago, before reading this.

Think he's caught in the very deficient English definition of "love" (the Greeks are far better here), but there's more than "basic programming" involved -- all three (one a late entry) robots are able to "learn," and that is part of the story. Driven home with a sledgehammer shortly before the end.

6 posted on 07/03/2008 6:18:00 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

We have 5 grandchildren from 5 to 12, and when my wife and I took them to see this, they seemed a little confused by it all. My wife and I loved it, but the kids were middling in their appraisal.


7 posted on 07/03/2008 6:19:06 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

WALL*E = Chock full of green propaganda. People are BAD, BAD, BAD...fat and lazy...polluters/consumers.


8 posted on 07/03/2008 6:19:28 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right!
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To: I'm ALL Right!

Yea, saw this movie with my grandchildren (3 and 5) they liked it and played Wall E and Eva for a couple of days but over all I was shock at how the movie stressed the green propaganda and people are bad, fat and lazy.


9 posted on 07/03/2008 6:47:39 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Was Christ an inspiration, or was it Johnny Number 5?


10 posted on 07/03/2008 6:52:32 PM PDT by GOPyouth (Osama and Obama are both against President Bush.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Well, The Incredibles were chock full of conservative messages.


11 posted on 07/03/2008 6:56:46 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I can't sit this election out. Obama must be stopped.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
WALL*E = Chock full of green propaganda. People are BAD, BAD, BAD...fat and lazy...polluters/consumers.

But not inherently. The message was mixed in this regard.

12 posted on 07/03/2008 7:14:06 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; Shelayne; Quix; Star Traveler; Sensei Ern; Das Outsider; PROCON; ...

God bless Andrew Stanton for having the
courage to “out” himself as a true believer
- a man of faith in Jesus Christ.

**********************


13 posted on 07/03/2008 7:22:54 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Amen! I will see all his films!


14 posted on 07/03/2008 7:30:28 PM PDT by Turborules
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To: Jo Nuvark

Amen! I will see all his films!


15 posted on 07/03/2008 7:30:30 PM PDT by Turborules
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To: Jo Nuvark
So I came up with this premise that could demonstrate what I was trying to say—that irrational love defeats the world's programming.

Irrational--precisely. A love that surpasses the secular world's understanding. And with that, we're off to what looks to be a very great Fourth of July vacation.

May you have a blessed Independence Day!
16 posted on 07/03/2008 7:31:15 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Practicing illegal ninja moves from the government since 2005.)
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To: I'm ALL Right!

How about reading the filmmaker’s ideas expressed in the article? You’ll come away knowing his intent was really about dependence on government and that attitude destroys the human soul.


17 posted on 07/03/2008 7:33:07 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: MattinNJ

yes, and so was Nemo, imo.


18 posted on 07/03/2008 7:33:38 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I took my son last week, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was waiting for the enviro-guilt to start and it never did- since the focus was indeed on sacrificial love vs. our tendencies toward selfishness. Great movie, Pixar has a winner.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 7:37:03 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we're still retarded.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Re: Pixar director mentions Christ As motivation for film


20 posted on 07/03/2008 7:39:46 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

LOL that’s awesome! haha


21 posted on 07/03/2008 7:41:07 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we're still retarded.)
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To: FreedomProtector
The premise of the movie is that Wall-E is a robot left behind to clean up all the useless trash that humans have left behind on Earth.

When I went to the movie, as people were going in, attendants were handing out cheap plastic disposable "Wall-E watches" to attendees. The irony was not noted by anyone there.

22 posted on 07/03/2008 7:41:44 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“Wall-E” Trailer Makes Woman Cry, Every Time”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2040496/posts


23 posted on 07/03/2008 7:54:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: glorgau
The premise of the movie is that Wall-E is a robot left behind to clean up all the useless trash that humans have left behind on Earth.

You're right about the premise, but the premise sets up the theme. In the first 15 minutes of the film, I was a bit ticked off by the suggestion that people (Americans) could produce that much trash. Even if we tried, we couldn't generate that much garbage. I kept expecting more enviro-wacko crap as the movie unfolded, but that wasn't the case.

My initial reaction was forgotten as the movie progressed and the characters, plot, and theme developed throughout the film. In the end, I was left with the understanding that the story couldn't be told without the outlandish piles of garbage in the beginning of the movie.

My kids (8 & 10) both loved it, as did my wife and I. I give the movie 4.5 stars out of 5, and I'm generally disappointed by 9 out of 10 films.

24 posted on 07/03/2008 8:22:47 PM PDT by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Our two youngest kids, aged 18 and 20 went to see this movie last week. They were pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed the movie, even despite the ‘over-consumption is bad’ theme that came through the story.


25 posted on 07/03/2008 9:13:23 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

bttt


26 posted on 07/05/2008 10:03:58 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: I'm ALL Right!; Jo Nuvark

I thought this would be a strong theme of the movie, but I did not find it NEARLY so bad as you paint it.

Wall-E was pure art, another unique Pixar winner and one of the best.


27 posted on 07/06/2008 12:06:06 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Gun-free zones aren't. Visit ConcealedCampus.com for more)
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To: stravinskyrules
Personally, I thought that this movie was politically motivated and was not a very good movie. My wife thought it was very bad as did the parents around us as we were all leaving.

The animation was unbelievable, but the movie itself was not good. I would not recommend this movie to anyone-honestly...and I' m being nice in what I say about it and I'll leave it at that.

28 posted on 07/13/2008 5:09:32 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: svcw

It stressed that peope who rely on goverment become fat and lazy.


29 posted on 06/01/2009 11:29:31 AM PDT by Borges
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