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Earth Day by Wall-E

Posted Apr 23 2009 5:25pm

Earth Day, as told by Wall-E

 

I watched this DVD with my children last night, and I was so impressed by it’s content, and found it pretty coincidental that we had chosen to watch it the night before Earth Day 2009.

 

If you haven’t yet seen the movie, here is a short Wikipedia description:

WALL-Eis a 2008computer-animatedscience fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. It follows the story of a robot named WALL-E who is designed to clean up a waste -covered Earth far in the future. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.

So, to celebrate Earth Day, here is my version of Life According to Wall-E (the first being sort of obvious!):

 

  • Reduce the amount of trash and waste you produce so we will still have a beautiful place to live in 700 years.
  • Gain an appreciation for the world around you!   The humans on the ship are so caught up in “technology” that they don’t even notice that every day is a beautiful day with a wide variety of fun things to do.
  • Don’t judge a friend by their appearance.   Wall-E’s first friend was a cockroach.
  • Don’t be afraid to make new friends, even if they are different and hostile at first (EVE)
  • Love the simple things in life.   Wall-E collected treasures from the trash he collected.   In one scene, he found a diamond engagement ring in a jewelry box.   He kept the box because he thought it was cool and tossed the ring.
  • Keep spare parts around for emergencies (or just a good savings account to get you through the tough times)
  • Enjoy the classics (Wall-E loved to play show tunes from Hello, Dolly!)
  • Convenience products can do more harm than good.   As the people on the Axiom found, the more technology they had, the less they had to do, and the unhealthier they became.
  • Cultivate life.   Earth, in the movie, deteriorated year after year that the humans were gone.   Once they returned, they were able to begin restoring their home.   —Think of your children as small seedlings—-if we just leave them to grow on their own, they will not reach their full potential.
  • Enjoy a good kiss

 

Captain McCrea said the best line in the movie – “I don’t want to survive, I want to LIVE!”

 

I would love to hear some of your favorite parts from Wall-E and other wonderful Disney movies.   Happy Earth Day to All!

 

 

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