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WALL-E, No thanks

Yes — I must have watched a different movie than Frederica reviewed here. I took my family to see WALL-E this weekend. I have been a huge fan of Disney Pixar’s movies. Parents are usually just as entertained as their kids are. With WALL-E, that’s probably true only if you thought An Inconvenient Truth was Oscar-worthy. As for me, Pixar’s latest offering was Godforsaken dreck. Mankind has had to abandon the earth because there is too much garbage. WALL-E is the only remaining garbage compacting robot in a metropolis of garbage skyscrapers. And his only living companion is a cockroach, described by a Washington Post reviewer (who doubtlessly thinks very highly of the Nobel Committee) as cute, but pretty much just a cockroach. Really charming stuff for my three-year old, who was asking to leave about fifty minutes in. When we finally see the humans, they are corpulent, lazy slobs who move around by robotic deck chairs on a giant space cruiseship. Oh, and let’s not forget the mega-corporation that runs everything (ironically, the ship looked a little like a Disney Cruise ship in the year 2800). From the first moment of the film, my kids were bombarded with leftist propaganda about the evils of mankind. It’s a shame, too, because the robot had promise. The story was just awful, however. Nice to see that Disney and Pixar can make mega-millions off of telling us just how greedy, lazy, and destructive we all are. There’s no hope for mankind. Hand over your wallet.

Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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