Recently I borrowed the Pixar movie, Wall-E (2008), from our local library. My brother had always raved about it so I figured it would be a nice family movie for us to enjoy with our 3 and 5-year-old boys.
Wall-E takes place in the year 2700 on an uninhabited Earth. Uninhabited except for Wall-E, a robot who was built to clean up the Earth after humans have trashed it. He spends every day cleaning up the trash and searching for little “treasures”. One day he stumbles across a tiny seedling poking out of the rubble. This tiny seedling is the key that sends Wall-E on an intergalactic adventure along with his new robot friend, Eve (pronounced Ee-vee), and some very interesting future humans.
While the movie seemed to get off to a slow start, it definitely turned into a big hit with our family. In typical Disney Pixar tradition (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Cars), it was very well animated. Despite the lack of dialogue early in the movie, we all fell in love with both Wall-E and Eve (my 5-year-old has even requested their presence in his nightly “make up” bedtime stories). And the environmental message was not lost on our little ones. My 5-year-old was very disturbed by the condition our future Earth had been left in. “What happened to all the grass and trees? How can people live there?” he wanted to know. It really taught them how important it is to take care of our Earth and to reduce, reuse, recycle instead of just living in a disposable society.
And it taught us all that the smallest seedling can end up being the greatest treasure of all.
This blog post was written by Melissa O. while she was a blogger for Jersey Family Fun.