July 7th, 2008
01:18 PM ET

'Wall-E' and the children

The New York Times’ Frank Rich had an interesting column yesterday about the film “Wall-E” and its depiction, in Rich’s words, of “a world in peril.”

Wall-E ponders humanity's debris in "Wall-E."

Indeed, the settings of “Wall-E” are pretty bleak. The movie spends a good part of its first half in a dried-up, dusty, brown world of the future, where the title robot compacts the trash he finds and stacks it into giant towers. The highways have fallen apart, the skyscrapers are empty, and about the only bright color is provided by the scenes from “Hello, Dolly!” that Wall-E watches religiously.

And even though the movie’s other world -– that of the spaceship Axiom, which contains the mass of overweight humanity –- is brightly lit, it’s not exactly the most promising place. Humans zone out to endless TV programs, carried in floating chairs so they never have to walk. About the only excitement is provided by the messages from the ruling corporation, the ubiquitous Buy N Large, urging people to shop - or, simply, do nothing and enjoy their comfortable lives.

(I’m reminded of Ned Beatty’s speech from “Network”: “And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality … all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.”)

Yes, there’s a wonderful love story, some Chaplinesque slapstick and an upbeat ending. But still, even putting aside Rich’s political points - that’s a topic for the CNN Ticker - much of “Wall-E” is sobering stuff for an adult, never mind a child. (CNN.com Tech Producer Brandon Griggs has a similar take.)

Which gets me wondering. How are children reacting? I don’t have any children, but the ones I saw at my local theater appeared to be having a good time. However, I wonder what questions they asked when they got home - and if the more downbeat portions of the movie lingered on after the love story and humor wore off. (They certainly did for my wife and me.)

So for all the parents and grandparents out there: What are your children saying about “Wall-E”? What do you tell them? And would you encourage others to go?

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer

UPDATE, 7/8 11:20 a.m.: We've been deluged with comments, so apologies to all those who haven't gotten theirs posted. I'm working on it - but rest assured, you've been heard (or read).


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  4. Team Delaney Mom

    My daughter (12) – a brain tumor survivor – wanted to know how people could live that way.

    My son (10), wanted to know how machines learned to think without logic – hence the love story between Wall-E and EEEEEva

    My other daugher (14) – 5'6" and 110 – wanted to go on a diet, immediately!

    Sheesh...

    August 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Naomi

    I have gone to see this movie FIVE times. No joke. For me, it's that good. I have a ticket to see it for my sixth time in a few hours with a few of my friends.

    This is an absoulutely wonderful movie. It combines adventure, romanace and sci-fi together. This is my new favorite movie ever...the previous movie to hold that spot was Titanic.

    My father liked the movie, but he is not a huge fan of movies and TV like I am. Even so, it's a good thing he found the movie fascinating.

    My brother loved this movie just as much as I did. He holds his business until the end of movie. By then, most of the time, he's leaked into his pants and I have to hand him my sweater.

    My mother went to go see it w/me the fifth time. It's 2nd in her top favorite movies ever, just under Gone With The Wind.

    One of my nieces, who is six, didn't really understand the movie but she liked it nonetheless. She is already begging her mother to go and buy it on DVD. When reminded she has to wait until November to get it, she throws a FIT!

    July 31, 2008 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank Mondana

    The movie was great. I am not a fan of schmaltzy kids movies. My son is 7 so I put on a grin and bear them. This movie shocked me!
    Yes, it had the Disney (TM) cute/warm moments but it was also fine for us grumpies..I mean, grownups.

    Not too many have mentioned the cartoon that lead the film off (I'm assuming that it was a part of the film no matter where it was seen). The silly premise of a hungry rabbit and his magician master was very funny.

    July 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cbake

    I wouldn't trust any adult, or kid for that matter, that didn't like this film. Be wary of such so-called "humans".

    July 25, 2008 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary Ann

    My 9 year old son and I went to see Wall-E and he enjoyed it very much. It made my son sad to see the way they depicted earth and said he hoped the world would not end up that way some day. He loved that Wall-E was so curious and was thrilled when Evaaaa showed up! He laughed at the ridiculous state of the humans and was happy to see a new beginning for them at the end. He thoroughly enjoyed the film.

    July 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PRpro

    Another comment from someone without children. I am a public school administrator who went to see the movie by myself. The theater was packed – about 80% children and I thought "oh no...won't hear a word of this." WRONG!!! As previous folks have posted, you could hear a pin drop and no one left the theater! As an administrator, I see children all of the time that constantly need engagement – action movies, video games, loud music...everything is done for them, handed to them or explained to them...make believe is over. It is a sad state of the world when a school-aged child cannot sit though 30 minutes without dialogue yet they can sit through 30 minutes of flicking their fingers over a Wii or computer keyboard in a video game or IM'ing their friends...the graphics were stunning, the slapstick actions were cute and the track (music), didn't blow you out of your seat.

    Political message aside (environment, nutrition, etc.), how many of the posters whose children thought it was "less fun than taking a dump" took their children home to sit them in front of their tv, video games and computer for some more mindless "fun"?

    July 18, 2008 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bookratt

    Two 5 year olds and an 8 year old, my son and two friends, seemed enchanted. They cackled like crazy at the short/cartoon which preceeded the movie, too.

    Halfway through, my son leaned over and asked "Is this the future?"

    I told him "It might be, if we aren't careful and don't start taking better care of the Earth."

    My 5 year old said later that he thought WALL-E was 'good because he took care of the Earth for the people on the ship, who got lost and got fat waiting to come back down and be with him'. He knew WALL-E and EVA loved one another and knew the cockroach on Earth was WALL-E's friend.

    He did not know how the trash on Earth got there at first, but then he said later, "People are dirty and need to stop making so much trash. WALL-E likes to make things clean, but he doesn't like trash."

    July 18, 2008 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Veronica

    my 2 1/2 year old loved this movie. Ever since we saw it he wakes up every morning asking to see it again. I loved the message behind the movie. Technoligy is blinding everyone int eh worl today and they don't see the good things( like the stars). My son loves Wall-e and how curious he was about everything. It was a good family movie and I liked how it did not have "so many thing blowing up in our faces". To many movies have that these days!!!
    I highly reccomend Wall-e to everyone I know!

    July 17, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Bernard

    We took our 2.5 year old son to see this movie last weekend. He had seen the previews on Disney's website and was very excited to see the movie. He enjoyed watching Wall-E interact with his cockroach friend and Eva. He fell asleep when they arrived at the spaceship, but later woke up and enjoyed the rest of the movie. He enjoyed the movie so much he asked us if he could see it again the next day. Even though it was advertised as a child's movie, it was enjoyable for my wife and me. It had a good plot and some very good laughs.

    July 17, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Annoyed by Spawn

    wow so the only message kids get is "we messed up our world". I think it goes deeper then that. If this movie wasnt good for kids then maybe we should just make one dimensional shows for them like that baby einstine garbage.
    I think this movie was fantastic. and i dont think that makes me a childish 25 year old. I think the issues are better suited for Adult then child since its obvious the kids these days arent "down" with Wall-E. All they see is a robot scooting around. I think its a waste of effor to make movies like this for kids when they will never ever get it. "Look at the pretty colors!" is all your going to get out of them. But maybe it was a last ditch effort to get parents to help their kids see deeper and beyond that. Which i think is way to much to ask for.

    July 17, 2008 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gary

    Excellent Movie. Kids loved it. I just told them that's what will happen to the Earth if we don't change our ways.

    July 17, 2008 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. wendyk

    My 3yr old loved the movie. Sat through the entire thing without fidgeting. He loved eeeva and of course Wall-e. He also asked why the Earth looked so dirty, I explained, and now he makes sure everything goes to the garbage. He saw this two weeks ago and still runs around the house saying "wall-e". I loved the movie, thought the point it was trying to make was great and true!

    Take a test... look around you the next couple of days.. how many obese people you see...you will start to notice alot more every day, more than you thought you noticed before..then you will think of the movie and say "wow, they are right".

    July 16, 2008 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Will

    The comment:
    “My two nephews, ages 11 and 9, both told their aunt that they had more fun taking a crap than watching “Wall-E”. ”

    Wonderful language for an 11 and 9 yr. The parents of these children really need to take some parenting classes.

    My 8yr and 10yr loved the film and we have seen it twice.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  17. Cartoonist

    I've done a small bit of research about the movie and have found that creator Andrew Stanton and the Pixar staff have been developing the concept of Wall E since the completion of Toy Story. Apparently they all went out to lunch one day following Toy Story's success and discussed new ideas. Among these ideas were concepts and doodles that would become A Bug's Life, Monster's INC., Finding Nemo and Wall E. So the story may be potentially 10 years old or so and is not some Al Gore type statement that Disney has hopped on the bandwagon for. Sure, the idea have most likely been sculpted through the years to reflect present day concerns, but Wall E was not a movie created to enforce this issue. Though these elements create a compelling story, they are not the story. They are the events that set up the story. Wall E is not out to promote environmentalism or the dangerous of the big corporation, he is a lovestruck robot who through love for another, just happens to cure a FICTIONAL people's problem of laziness and dependence. How many other post-apocolyptic movies have a cute robot in them? Wall E is a beautiful story beyond the apparent environmentalist tones, and should not be thought of as vicious propaganda. The animation is spectacular and if your child enjoys films that are visually interesting and full of lovable characters, they should enjoy this one. This one is up there with Nemo and Toy Story.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  18. KortniLee

    My son is 3 and he loves Wall-E. He hasnt asked any questions about the movie other than when will it come out so I can bring it home. I think people need to realize that this is a movie and yes that is how we could end up if we dont take care of ourselves. But for those of us who do take care of ourselves really dont like being classified that this is how we will turn out. Use it as a teaching tool.

    July 15, 2008 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. andie

    What amazes me is that people actually left the theatre due to the lack of dialogue in the beginning of this movie. Adults. They got up and left the theatre. I'm dumbfounded.

    Unfortunately, this is a sign of the times. I shouldn't be surprised as we have become a society that feeds off of instant gratification. The adults and children who did not "get" this movie are most likely the same people who are always playing video games or watching tv – because they need the stimulation.

    The lack of verbage in the beginning sequences of Wall-e was something that my family and I found most refreshing. There was so much being said without words! I have a 9 year old and a 5 year old and they "got it". We all loved it.

    Now don't get me wrong, my children have all of the amenities a child could wish for. They love TV, movies, video games etc. as much as the next child, BUT they are not allowed to escape through them. They still go outside and play with their friends and do puzzles and read books. If I allowed them to sit around and WAIT for something to captivate them, I would be doing them more harm than good. This includes giving into them if I let them leave a movie that "bored" them. Doing otherwise would only be teaching them that if something doesn't keep our attention that it is not worthy of our attention. Taking a moment to embrace the simpler things in life is a virtue that they will thank you for once they are grown adults.

    My mother always told me, "only boring people get bored" Rather than allowing our kids to be hooked on action packed movies, video games and other forms of mindless entertainment, teach them by example. Get out there and DO something. This is the EXACT moral of this movie. Ironic isn't it. Congrats to Pixar for another great movie – one with substance.

    July 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Realist

    While Wall-E certainly had an important message, how is it that we can drag our children to a film about the damages of corporate greed and laziness put out by a company that–like all big companies–enourages just that? Please. Important message or not, it's ridiculous to imagine that Disney truly cares about those issues. So what it comes down to is this: going green has become such an important part of the social framework that big corporations can use that idea to sell movie tickets without doing anything to really be green! Depressing!

    July 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jake Forrey

    Wow. We took our two kids to see the movie – our daughter is 3 and our son is two. About a half an hour before the movie was over, our son started really getting, so I took him out of the theatre. When I asked him if he wanted to go back in, he told me no. I asked him if he liked the movie, and he again told me no. Then I asked him if he was bored, and he said yes.

    Sadly, the animation, and the overall concept is pretty cool, but I think Pixar made a mistake this time by creating an animated film that is CLEARLY geared to make a social statement instead of to entertain. It was especially disappointing after the clever and fun short at the beginning of the film. If you're anxious to go see this new film from Pixar, I suggest waiting until you can rent it – in my mind, it wasn't worth the movie theatre price – even if it's a matinee.

    Pixar, I hope you're next project is more like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., or Cars.

    July 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. k8s-mom

    My 8 and 1/2 year old daughter loved it. She will be seeing it for the third time tomorrow. The big messages weren't lost on her. She told me that we need to recycle and not throw away and that people need to watch less TV and play less games (she has none) or they will end up just like that. Hallelieujah – this Mom thinks the message was great. If your kids don't understand it, explain it! It's a great message.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Melissa

    I find all these comments to be rather interesting, as I took both my boys, ages 3 and 5, to see Wall-E on opening weekend. They both loved it! In fact, my 3 year old who usually enjoys playing rather than watching a movie or TV still can't stop talking about Wall-E and Eve (aka EEEEEEVAA). As most 5 year olds are inquisitive, my oldest son still asks questions about our planet and how we need to take care of it. I thought Pixar absolutely hit it out of the park with this one! Definitely my favorite Pixar movie, possibly my favorite children's movie overall.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  24. Ben

    Wall E is an amazing film. I am impressed by those parents who say that their young children understand the underlying messages rather than just being entertained by explosions and cute characters. Though I'm frustrated by those who feel the movie was not worth watching because it did not hold their child's attention. The people at Disney animation, and especially those at Pixar, are artists, not babysitters. They are going to create their visionary works because they know they have something worthwhile, not to cater to your child who is fascinated by fast, bright and busy images. The children in the theatres I saw the movie in seemed to love it. Some may have picked up on the messages beyond the love story, but even if they didn't they were still entertained by Disney's magic. It's a great story that I would recommend for any age group, unless your child is only motivated by fast, loud nonsense.

    July 15, 2008 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  25. sarah

    To Dave:

    Another man with mentally challenged ADD children with no imaginationland capability and of no worth! Welcome to the the Axiom.

    July 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dave

    We went as a family; it was the 1st time we had done that, since my daughter is under 3 & it was her 1st movie in the theatre (my son is 5). They were both bored silly for the 1st half hour- 45 mins. & asked to leave, so we got a refund & left. I heard it does get better, but they had no patience. It has to grab them fast, or they're gone.

    July 14, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Reba

    Having worked in the theater business during high school (some years ago), it really bothers me when people express a need for a more elaborate rating system that differentiates ages. The ratings are designed to let you know if a movie contains content that is truly inappropriate for an age group – not to rule out movies that some people feel may not be enjoyed by a certain age. Reviews can help parents to make that decision, when it comes to what movies they want their kids to see.

    It also bothers me when people assume that because their child got bored partway through, the movie can't be enjoyed by other children of the same age, or even younger. Age is more than a number, and what a child may glean from an experience may not always be readily apparent. And, not to sound preachy, but some of these parents may give in too early when their kid says "bored", rather than pushing their comprehension and potential for appreciation by telling them, "Let's wait and see what happens."

    Finally... those people who think the movie is too boring, slow or speech-free for kids (OR adults) scare me – it's like they are already on the Axiom, with a 22nd-generation IPOD stapled to their forehead... they must be the same people who take their family out to dinner at a nice restaurant and then let the kids play on their PS2(s) the whole time, oblivious to what goes on around them.

    July 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  28. debbie

    This was just an alful movie. After an half hour I wanted to leave.

    There wasn't a childs movie here but propaganda. It was preaching to the people. Be green, be the same, no thinking for themselves, and the world will just be trash.

    What was funny?????????

    I hate the idea that we could all fall into just accepting and not free thinkers. Wake up people !!!!!
    We are wearing seat belts because they say so..........right......

    July 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Johnny

    Interestingly enough, the short movie at the end of the movie, which has nothing to do w/ Wall-E, left a bigger impression w/ my 3 years old daughter than Wall-E itself.

    5 years old was more concerned about Wall-E's condition than anything else.

    I think after they watch the movie more often after the DVD, they will ask some other questions.

    July 14, 2008 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Eli

    About a week ago, my wife and I took our 5-year old daughter and 3-year old son. They both loved it. There were no questions about what it meant. Most of the excitement was simply watching the animation. My son, the 3-year old, got up once to go to the bathroom and asked if we could pause the movie. I laughed, telling him no, but he would not miss anything. He was in awe the whole time. As far as their level of enjoyment, I would have to say it was pretty high simply due to the fact neither wanted to leave hlaf way through. At their age, the "themes" portrayed are less significant than the movie itself. My wife, who normally hates animated movies, left the theater impressed with the story. THe lack of dialogue allows adults and kids alike the ability to interpret whatever they want as opposed to having to ask what everything means.

    July 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Rhonda

    This was an unbelievably great movie. My 6 and 9 year olds did not move the ENTIRE movie! They loved the love story, they got the story about being better to our environment and they also got the fact how lazy people are becoming in this world. This was my all time favorite film that I have ever taken them to. We all enjoyed the movie and its many different views on life, love and the pursuit of happiness!

    July 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  32. R C

    Three adults and two children, both age 8, went together. I was the only one not crying at the end...I was more mad than sad. My son enjoyed it as light-hearted entertainment, the young girl with us was devastated that "we" were ruining everything for the future. The messages in the movie are so heavy-handed that you'd have to be a podperson not to "get" the point, presented in a way that makes it kind of "duh, obvious" that something needs to change. We get lectured enough already, so having paid for this was annoying. However, Pixar/Disney still has the magic touch, and it's a darling set of characters and an imaginative story set on top of the messages.

    July 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shawn

    WOW. There sure are a lot of brain-dead and "bored" kids out there. Anybody over the age of five with average intelligence would be entertained by the almost dialogue-free first half hour. It's a dazzling piece of pure visual storytelling. My 6 year-old nephew was entranced and enthralled by the film, which is fantastic with a valuable message for kids and adults.

    July 14, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Derek

    I have children and they loved it as did I...how Earth is displayed in the future is a true reality and why should we not expose our children to that reality they need to understand what is happening around them. And also need to understand that we as a species did this to our own planet, overall great movie and will be buying it for the kids when it comes out 🙂

    July 13, 2008 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ToddlerMomMyles

    Glad that my 4 year old isn't the only one who cried! She started crying when Wall-E 'abandoned' the roach friend on earth to chase Eve. At first I didn't hear her but I felt her racked with sobs about why he would do that to a friend. I didn't want to spoil it for her–what adult didn't know he was coming back?– so I refocused her on the emotional connection Wall-E had for Eve. She too thought that Wall-E was going to die more than once in this film & cried thinking about the movie on the 15 minute ride home.

    I didn't think this was going to be so...preachy? depressing?...and for once would like to take my daughter to a movie she'll enjoy. That is, after all, why I go to the movies!

    Our next attempt is Space Chimp & I can foresee problems there too but I'm not going to break that playdate!

    July 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris B.

    One friend's 6 year old daughter loved the "friendship" story of Wall E, not only Wall E and Eve's connection, but also how the "misfit" bots teamed up to help their new friends and even how the two "awakened" people saved the babies by working together after starting their own "romance." Another pal's 9 year old son liked Iron Man and the Hulk "as boys would," but when I asked if he had seen Wall E his eyes lit up like it was Christmas and he said it was his favorite. I am encouraged that so many kids recognize the core values of this film's message and in many instances seem to have showed it in words AND deeds.

    I saw the film with my girlriend and we both thought it was the best movie we'd seen in years. It is the new ET, a movie that made us, yes, laugh and cry, and the fact that it works on many levels will gaurantee generations of repeated viewings while the kung Fu Panda's of today will fade away into history. As kids get older the film will reveal itself to them in new ways, as they learn about the world and themselves as people who live in it.

    The very fact that the film IS open to interpretation is one aspect that makes movie fans revel in such classics, where debate and discovery lead people to conversation and inquiry. For instance, what about the angle that Eve starts out as solemn and career driven who has no time for love, but ultimately realizes that without love she is incomplete? Ultimately, like a reverse Snow White or Cinderella it is her kiss that brings 'back" Wall E. Maybe only/mostly white people live on the ship becuase they could afford it while people of color were too poor, got left behind and died? People got so bored and listless that even sex no longer had any pleasure to them? We could go on all day. The robots ARE funny too.

    I guess people do take 2 year olds to films that are, fairly noted, aimed for young audiences, so I would not be surprised that any young one might get antsy. But for adults to think this movie is boring, offensive to fat people, unfair to corporations, or part of a liberal "green" propoganda machine are simply lying to themselves, afraid to look in the mirror, or already living on that spaceship.

    July 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  37. kidscampcounselor

    I am part of an organization that runs kids camps during the summer for children ages 6-18. Today we took the entire camp (about 100 kids) to this movie, and the conversations I overheard ranged from why are the people so fat (from the littler ones) to if I ever thought that the world would look like that (from the ones aged about 8 and up).

    I think that this is an entertaining and thought provoking movie in the sense that it reaches out to the younger kids while simultaneously getting the more mature ones to think past the love story. Overall, I really enjoyed how much I heard the kids talking about the various points that the plot lines brought up.

    July 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ScottO

    Both my kids (6 and 4) like the character of Wall-E, but were not endeared to the movie the way they were to Toy Story, Nemo, Cars, etc. That’s very simply because the movie is not endearing.
    The movie had many flaws (why did thousands of people all of a sudden love a dirty little 700 year-old robot who was ruining their home?), but that’s not what bugs me.

    Here’s what bugs me: Despite the slapped on ending, this movie does not have faith in humanity and I do.

    An interesting bit of psychology: The people in this forum who are vigorously defending this movie are treating people who did not like it with the same condescension as the people who made it!

    Quotes from Wall-E fans:
    “god forbid we should actually have to think” “I guess it’s “preachy” if you’re in denial about the world actually having environmental problems.” “That movie was made to teach humans a lesson” and one of my favorites “Are your kids is so brain-dead that they need constant dialoge (sic) to keep them entertained? Let me guess, do your kids even own a book? Heaven forbid they have to use their brain! And I bet you took your kids to Micky-D’s for lunch too.”
    That’s nice isn’t it?

    The Hollywood elitists (said and meant) who made Wall-E believe Americans (read: you) are fat and lazy. Not literally of course, it’s much worse than that. They think you are fat and lazy morally and ethically. I believe that Americans are resourceful, resilient, ingenious and tireless, as well as kind and generous.

    Man, do I miss Buzz and Woody…

    July 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Colleen

    My 5 and 8 year olds just got back from seeing the movie and we all loved it. I especially enjoyed the fact that Wall-E inspired other robots/people to go outside their comfort zone and get involved in lift. His optimism, energy and compassion kept us interested throughout the movie. It is amazing how Pixar can take non-living objects and have you care about them in a matter of minutes.

    July 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  40. akajoan

    I thought Wall-E was Won-Derful. I found it sweet and poignant. It made me laugh out loud and even get misty at the overwhelming need for connection that we humans truly need as reflected by the two characters. I am dismayed by the emails expressing the viewpoint that some children would rather perform bodily functions that see the movie again. It makes me wonder what those children have seen or been taught in their worlds that would make them equate watching a movie to defecation. Everyone does not have to love the movie – to each his own. But some of these comments truly reflect the sad, cynical and crass attitudes that society exudes on a daily basis. Frankly we need more Wall-E's in the world and a lot less crass.

    July 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. laurel

    My 4 year old was in her words "uncomfortable" with the peril that was so prevalent in the film. My husband and I loved the movie, but I missed some of the more intense parts because I had to take my daughter out.

    Granted, she does not watch most TV and isn't desensitized to violence the way many of her friends are, but Enchanted didn't upset her at all, so I'm not sure why this did.

    July 11, 2008 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  42. dmc

    I took my 11 year old girl and 4 year old boy to see this opening weekend. My son was already in love with Wall-E from the trailers, and was excited to see it. They both really liked it. Of course, my older one got the message, both liked the love story that was really sweet. Even though it was a quiet movie, it seemed to stay with all of us for a while. There is a sweetness to Wall-E that overrides the environmental message.

    As for everyone who says their 2 year old didn't want to sit through the whole movie, including 30 minutes of previews, what movies do they sit through??? I think it is a given that when you bring a very young toddler to the theater, you are going to be dealing with fidgeting.

    I was pleased with the length of the movie–it seems so many kids movies we've been to recently run wayyyy too long. This was just right, and my son is just now old enough to sit through a movie this length. I don't judge movie quality on whether or not he sits through a whole movie, that really depends on his mood that day!

    One final thing . . . it is disheartening that the message of this movie is lost in all the merchandising. As much as I love Wall-E, all the plastic chinese made crap that is being put out is doing nothing to help our planet 😦

    July 11, 2008 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  43. eeeeeeeeeeeee

    I really enjoyed hearing comments from parents bringing their children to see Wall-E, but a bit dissmayed by the irrational backlash to the movie and it's alleged "traumatic" subject matter...

    First of all 2 – 5 years olds usually won't sit through any movie, and I 'm shocked that these parent woul attempt to strap their kiddies into the seats of a dark theater in the first place. Stay home or get a sitter! Wall-E and most movies should be for 10 and up. You can't judge a movie just because your kids aren't ready for it.

    July 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jamie

    My son is 4 and my daughter is almost 6. They were captivated. My son almost wet himself because he so desperately didn't want to leave the movie to go to the bathroom–towards the end. When it was over, my daughter's comments addressed the state of the earth in the movie. She talked about how Wall-E called Eve "Eva, even though her name is really Eve." I think the only comment she made during the show itself–other than asking to pass over the snacks–was that the people on the ship needed to exercise, "Like Daddy." We saw the movie the first day it was out and the kids in the show were quiet. They laughed. They didn't talk. The whole theater clapped at the end.

    I want to see it again–and my kids do too. The lack of dialogue meant that my kids could actually *watch* what was going on instead of having to ask 6 million times, "What's happening?"

    I'm flabbergasted by all the negativity posted here. My kids loved Wall-E, Eve/Evahhh, and the whole experience. While I realize we're in the minority because we rarely watch TV at home except for the occasional DVD and we don't have game machines, are things really so sad now that kids can't enjoy this movie? Mine really liked Speed Racer but had no clue what was happening. We've watched the first 3 Indiana Jones movies at home, and they liked those–sort of–though again, they had to ask an awful lot of questions. Wall-E did not have those problems. The kids were invested in the movie pretty much from the start–and they really seemed to understand it at an age-appropriate level. And that includes the messages that we need love and we need to take care of our planet.

    July 10, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Pgh Pens fan

    I just wonder how many people here who are criticizing Wall-E as being "unrealistic", "fatalistic", "too violent due to all of the shooting", etc., ever watched Bugs Bunny or similar cartoons.

    Didn't most of us grow up watching Wile E. Coyote fall off cliffs and get blown up by dynamite? Didn't we see Elmer Fudd shooting at Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny? Were we scarred by this? I know I wasn't.

    The people who complain about a lack of dialogue causing it to be boring have obviously spent too much time in our "gratification now" society of Internet, fast food, and On Demand tv. Being "forced" to pay attention and thing a little bit can be good sometimes. Enjoy your lives floating on a chair and receiving immediate gratification at every turn.

    I was a good movie, with a message. What is wrong with that?

    July 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JBR

    To Haggerty's...there is a big difference in being critical of movies and people...one is a thing the other is a person...where is the flaw in that logic? It's is to admit that you did not have the best attendance at your Logic course in college. I also skipped out on a few myself.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  47. SirGeshko

    A few points...
    Obesity CAN be akin to a disease or genetic disorder. Proper diet and exercise will not abate it, sometimes thyroid drugs and gastric bypass won't even help it. The people on the Axiom were not obese because of circumstances beyond their control: THEY WERE LAZY. Plugged in to a constant stream of personalized stimulation, never leaving their hover chairs for any reason, they abdicated ALL RESPONSIBILITY to the robots (and by extension BnL).
    Secondly, the movie is NOT preaching that technology/progress is bad and will destroy us. Watch the end credits, and watch the Earth being rebuilt with robots and humans living in HARMONY. The difference? The humans are now taking RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. The Captain started down that path when confronted with the disruption of his routine and began researching on his own, despite Auto's insistence he go to bed. The cleaning robot 'MO' started when he jumped off his clearly deliniated path to pursue Wall-E's trail of dirt. Wall-E did it when he followed Eve by jumping on the rocket, and Eve did it when she chose Wall-E's well-being over her Directive.
    See the link?
    The movie REALLY wants us to think for ourselves, decide what's truly important, and take personal responsibility for our own actions. Be ACTIVE in the world around us, and take care of our fellow creatures and the Earth itself.
    Behind 'Nemo' and 'Monsters', and barely edging out 'Incredibles', I say this is one of Pixar's best!

    July 8, 2008 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  48. Julie

    It is interesting to me that most folks making comments seem to think it is a terrible thing for children to be saddened by a movie. As a child I saw many sad movies, including classics like Charlotte's Web. I cried for two days after that one. Guess what, it is good for you! It teaches the real lessons of life. I suspect these are the same folks who want kids to play sports where no one loses and get As for writing their names on the paper.

    A sad testiment to our ability to cope with reality these days.

    July 8, 2008 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  49. Jenny

    It was BORING...I had to work hard to stay awake. Kids leaving the theater also said it was boring. I go to movies to be entertained, and this just didn't cut it.

    July 8, 2008 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Mako

    While I give Pixar a lot of credit for pushing the envelope and trying to inject some poignant subject matter in a movie, most kids I know were lost or depressed by it. I've seen the movie twice now. As an adult... I found the movie to be one of Pixar's best. As a parent... I found the movie to be one of Pixar's least accessible for children. Both my daughter (11) and son (8) thought the movie was "disturbing". Sure they liked "Wallllleeeee" and "Mo", but even I felt the movie was pretty bleak and dark for a family animated film. They were also confused with all of the heavy plot points that occurred on board the AXOM... especially when the first half of the film has a much slower pace. To my knowledge, this is the first Pixar movie that my kids have had this reaction too. The IRONY is when you walk out of a theater watching WALL-E... you look over at the concession stands and see a conflict between what the movie preaches and what the theaters are selling. And if people are not buying – Pixar wouldn't be able to make movies... so there's one to scratch your head on.

    July 8, 2008 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  51. Tom

    My 12 yr old daughter felt that a lot of people she saw, including the ones in the theater, looked like the fatsos on b-n-i.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Liz

    My six-year-old, who loves Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Cars, loved Wall*E. He did not get the whole post-apocalyptic morality tale angle of it, at least not like I did. He did get that Wall*E and Eve loved each other and sacrificed for each other. He totally got that the Earth was polluted until it was dead. He wasn't begging for more action or more noise or more dialog. I think he got it as best he could.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. sallysong

    I, too, am disconcerted by all of the comments from or about those that did not enjoy the film and wonder if they are at all indicative of the constant over-stimulation and action-packed entertainment that many in our society have grown accustomed to. My 4 and 6 year-old kiddos loved the movie and were glued to it the entire time. My oldest, of course, picked up on the beautifully captured messages about taking care of ourselves and our planet....messages that can never be made too soon. What both children felt the most strongly about, however, was the film's message about the importance of having a "forever friend" in life – a message I couldn't agree with more. Kudos to Disney for making an enjoyable movie about so much more than what meets the eye.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. EJ

    Good grief folks! In an era where the planet get more and more trashed, the air gets hotter and hotter, and our bottoms get fatter and fatter, god forbid we should actually have to think about what we're headed toward. Much better if we can duck our heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening.

    I saw this move and loved it. The "message" is not in-your-face, obtrusive, or preachy. It is presented in a frank, matter-of-fact way–draw your own conclusions from it. We should be THANKING Pixar for presenting an important and timely message to children and adults alike, especially wrapped in a warm, hopeful story of love, renewal, and determination.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. trk1018

    Am I the only person that saw the irony in being handed a Disney "Wall-E" rubber watch wrapped in plastic along with several cards promoting their next movie? The ticket sales person handed us this when we purchased tickets and we proceeded to watch a movie about the world burying itself in trash. How much of the trash came from Disney I wonder?

    July 7, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Susan

    My children, ages 3 and 6, enjoyed the movie. I don't think they understood the bigger message. I was disappointed that they decided to give the children disposable Wall-E watches for the opening. It seemed to go against the message of the movie. The movie itself was well done and I would want my children to see it again when they are older.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kasie

    I went to see the movie with my husband and my six year old daughter. She was definitely intrigued. I was amazed with the film in every aspect and so was my husband. Of course my daughter loved Wall-e and Eave however she couldn’t believe that the people of BNL mommy’s and Daddy’s didn’t make them pick up there mess before going on vacation. She said it isn’t fair to make someone else clean up after you. That’s why the people on the ship didn’t care about anything but there own selves they did not learn to be thankful for what they have. They even forgot that there is no such thing as a pizza plant. I think she got the point even though she did say that it would be cool to have a robot to clean her room once in awhile and to have a pizza plant.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. BT in CA

    I just want to remind everyone that children's movies have scared children for decades. I'm in my 20s and I cried all the way through the Little Mermaid because I was scared of the evil witch.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jeremy

    I don't think that I really understood WALL-E. I highly doubt that children would be able to make sense of it.

    I prefer the Shrek series. I go to the movie theater to be entertained.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Perry

    Wall-E was the worst movie I ever saw!!! My 12, 16 year old and I all hated it from begining to end. I waste of time and money. HOw moronic of us to look for entertainment in a movie!!
    Unrealistic and fatalistic and not for children, unless its for a punishment. And bloggers, esp those without children. Don't presume you have a clue about children.!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  61. klo

    My 7 yr old enjoyed it until the climax, but he started to dislike it when Wall-E was crushed. He didn’t regain his enthusiasm after that. With regard to the message, he understood it clearly, and living in Manhattan, the towers and filth were very real. He asked me afterward if the future was going to turn out that way, and I explained to him “It won’t if we work hard to take better care of the Earth.” And, being a health conscious household, he clued in very quickly to the blob-like state of those living on the Axiom. While in in the theater, he looked to the left and right of us, and then asked, “Why are people so fat? They’re just like the people in space!” I didn’t have a snappy answer for that one…

    Also, why wasn’t there a more obviously diverse population on the ship? Did they only save white people? The Pixar animators couldn’t figure out how to draw people of color? How many were there, three?

    Pixar made an extraordinary artistic and social statement, but it was NOT the fun, uplifting, empowering experience that made all of their other movies instant classics. An amazing movie, but go to the theater looking forward to seeing an animated “An inconvenient Truth.”

    July 7, 2008 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Julie Pizzitola

    In the end...Wall-E was a great movie and one that gave me the perfect opportunity to explain to my daughter (4 yrs) why we need to take care of our planet and OURSELVES! After seeing the movie, I then knew I could explain to her so she would understand using Wall-E as a reference. Making her understand that recycling and going 'Green' is important and why eating healthy is how it has to be. I explained that if we took care of our Earth it would take care of us and her children and so on. She understands that we can't sit on our rear ends and eat junk all day or we will end up like the people in the movie...not being able to walk, run, etc. It's so much better than pointing out an obese person in the store saying "That's why we have to eat healthy" since I try to teach her not to point and talk about people. I'm grateful to have Wall-E to use as a reference in a way she can understand.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jen

    I went to see this movie with my boyfriend (he'd smile and giggle like a little kid during the tv trailers for it lol) and we both really liked it. I too am very concerned with the way things are going with our use/abuse of the earth and it was quite sobering to see the imagery Pixar came up with.

    I am surprised, though, that no one has mentioned the several demonstrations by Wall-E on how to operate a zippo lighter. Nobody else picked up on that? I thought for sure people would be freaking out, since a LOT of children will be seeing this movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. DaveP

    My 7yr old daughter thought the movie was ok, But really she just wanted to see the part where Wall-E put the bra on his head. She thinks that is so funny and really that's the only thing she remembers! LOL but My Wife and I thought the movie was extremely boring! Never mind humans made a trash dump out of earth and how humans became so lazy their legs could no longer support themselves.. It was just an incredibly boring movie!! YAWN! I give it an D in entertainment value Pixar's Worst to date!

    July 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. eileen swank

    So many of the comments are so disheartening. How sad that you or your child can't sit through a movie with no dialog. There was so much going on, communication is more than just words. How sad that you only saw the bleakness of the movie. Everyone that Wall-E touched was transformed. Humans and robots alike. Didn't you see the robot "receptionist" waving at Wall-E after he waved first? My 4-year old, who is the kind of fidgeters, sat through the whole movie, laughed happily at all of the robots and enjoyed himself thoroughly. My daughter who is 12 got the message about friendship, love, health and the environment and enjoyed herself thoroughly. Every Disney and Pixar movie has a message. Bambi had a message, and some of it was pretty bleak. Teach your children people, don't just sit in front of the screen absentmindedly dipping into that jumbo popcorn.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Andrea

    I took my 8 year old son to see the movie and he too took away the message of being good to the Earth. Frankly, I was upset at yet another movie that type casts fat people as bad, stupid, lazy etc. Earth looked like a mix of trash and nuclear waste; which was it? Also, I don't think a plant would have lived that long in his lunch box. Let's get real. Also, what was up with the daily storm? It just stopped happening when people came back to Earth? What I took from this very bad movie was that it is important to return to an agricultural society. With lords and serfs maybe? How many people walked to see this movie? Sounds like everyone drove home. Green is for everybody else right? I made sure my son understud that there are people who are over weight and different from us but that does not make them lazy. How sad.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Matthew

    I don't think it is much of a coincidence that for those of whom this film's important themes were beyond them would spawn offspring that also dismissed it for its lack of dialogue and find "taking a dump" more interesting. How many wake up calls are required to change the way we live and view the world around us? Those the are on the fence about the film should read those negative responses toward the film carefully and see that the future depicted in the film may not be as far off as thought.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Jim in Pittsburgh

    I loved Wall-e and the Buster Keaton sequence at the front of the movie. My 11 year old daughter liked Wall-e and his pet cockroach. None of us liked EVE – too bland, simple and expressionless.

    I frankly disliked the extremely heavy handed messaging that corporations are evil (if you don't get the Wall-Mart push – watch it again), profit is evil and only nature can save mankind. Its tiresome, simpleminded and wrong.

    My daughter liked the end of the movie when Wall-e "awakened" but I am wondering when somebody is going to see that as a "Christian" themed ending (Lazarus or Christ rising from the dead after sacrificing themselves) and scream for the movie to be banned – aka the first Narnia movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mark McKee

    I'll bet this movie will be an important diagnostic tool in the coming years. Kids coming from homes where the parents are "calling it in" won't like it or be engaged by it, while kids coming from homes that encourage "critical thinking" will enjoy it.

    If your kids really hated it, there's a great chance that in your household there is a belief that 9/11 and Saddam Hussein are somehow connected, that President Reagan lowered your taxes, that President Clinton cared about the poor, that President Obama/McCain will make a difference in your struggle to survive, and that Ralph Nader is a nut case.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Melissa

    Re to T Buck: Yes, there was the captain, the two people who interacted partially with Wall-E and Eveah, there was also the other robots they freed and the little robot that followed Wall-E around the entire time and the actual ship computer itself. Just because someone is the main characters of a small cast list does not mean you cant enjoy a smaller character more.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Cindy

    I have taken my children, 3 and 11 yrs old, to see Wall-E twice. Both of my kids absolutely loved it. I can see how Wall-E may not be for everyone since there is a very limited dialogue and there are a lot of things geared towards an older audience at first.

    I was surprised that the movie was able to keep the undivided attention of my 3 yr old daughter both times. She absolutely loved it and has asked her daddy repeatedly if we can go watch it again. She's too little too understand the problems depicted about the damage humans caused through consumption and waste. She focused more on the fact that Wall-E liked Eve and how Wall-E really wanted to hold Eve's hand. In fact, as we were walking out of the theater she turned to me with her fingers entwined and told me that "Wall-E wants to do this."

    My 11 yr old son also greatly enjoyed the movie both times; however, he caught on to the "hidden" message Pixar was trying to communicate. Our family is big on finding ways to conserve and preserve through recycling, reducing, and reusing. My son mentioned how awful he thought both the earth and the people looked. He thought it reinforced the things we have been teaching him about the importance of taking care of ourselves and our environment.

    I hope that we can take the example Pixar has presented in Wall-E and learn from it. I'm sure nobody wants to see the world end up the way it does in the movie. Maybe it will encourage people to do the things they've been preaching to us to do for awhile now. Recycle, reduce, and reuse. 🙂

    July 7, 2008 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Daniel

    I saw this movie over the weekend. I did not go with anyone, nor was there anyone in the theater. It was empty at the ten o'clock showing.

    I loved the movie. It was a little sad. I hope the world does not come to that but I see so many examples. I loved the characters. The obese people. All of it was great and a real wake up call.

    I left the theater around midnight and walked 3 blocks. On the corner of this major intersection, they were in the process of building this enormous shopping complex, complete with live-in units and little apartments. This crane sat in the center lit by these gigantic spot lights. Harsh shadows were everywhere. Debris and dust surrounded this monstrosity, belching smoke and gas.

    I know this was just a movie. But what if it's not? And how much was consumed to make this movie? How much was consumed to watch this movie? The comments here suggests Pixar 'has done it again!'

    They have not. They have succeeded at rooting you from your homes and placing you somewhere else to consume and watch a screen. I'd say, you were duped. Were the profits collected and spent on something useful? I doubt it. Just another company making a profit and looking good.

    But the movie looked good and I liked it.

    I just didn't like the way it made me feel. I felt subjected and a little used. If Pixar wanted to send a message, the money would have been spent on something else. The movie should have been released digitally, brought to your homes so you would not need to consume in order to see a film from a company who is preaching preservation.

    July 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Tara

    It doesn't take much imagination to apply Wall-E to the real world. In our local Wal – ahem – Buy N Large, all too often the scooters provided for the handicapped are being used by the obese. My 12 year old – the one I took to Wall-E, now calls them Fatty Transports.

    July 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  74. candy

    I haven't seen Wall-E yet, and my ten and a half year old son and I have had a date to go see it tuesday night. Then I came upon this article and he happened to be sitting here with me, watching Shaggy and Scooby on the tv. So, I just asked him the exact questions posed here in the blog, making sure he already had a clear understanding of armageddon and holocaust, which unfortuntely, he needed just a little interpretation on. However, he DID need it, which I found reassuring even if oddly concerned. Somewhere, in my subconcious, I want him to know what they are without me having to say the words out loud, for that moment one of them might actually occur. So, as I said, I asked him what he thinks about these posed questions. His answer surprised me greatly. It made me feel bad, but not rresponsible. He said that most of the kids he knows do not worry about these things happening on a daily basis. That they do hear of them at school, church, television. He further explained that most kids he knows ask instead "What's wrong with these guys?" Also, he asked "What was wrong with the people that got us here?". I explained that this could be scientific, like an asteroid hitting earth, and he said "We have ways to stop an asteriod." Funny, I remember thinking the same thing when I was a kid and then feeling really sad and disillusioned when I found out we really don't. So, to answer you from this little spot on google earth, I don't think they are thinking what we think they are. They seem pretty sure of themselves and I think, really, that they will know right from wrong, and somehow have learned it regardless of al the things we threw in front of them to prevent it. They will do the right thing, save whatever is left to them and rebuild it, as generations before them have done for a million years. Don't worry dear author, you can sleep well tonite.

    July 7, 2008 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  75. kim in kentucky

    okay folks - just because something is animated does not mean its supposed to be for young kids - WALL-E was def a more mature movie – of course small children may be bored - they shouldn't have been brought to the theater in the first place - we went to a late show with only 2 children present and I don't know how they reacted – but all the adults LOVED the movie – also, too many people going to see the film are too much like the adults in the future – when they're not spoon-fed everything and actually have to think – they get bored or upset

    July 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Haggerty's

    To JBR – you begin your comment with "This was a boring movie", and end with a reference to Bambi: "if you can’t say something nice." Methinks there is some flaws to this logic.

    July 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. T Buck

    Re: Willington, CT "Mostly they loved Wall-E and Evea." Dude, seriously?!?! Was there any other character in the movie they could have potentially liked?? That is an ignorant comment.

    July 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  78. steve

    I took my 8 and 6 year old daughters and my 4 year old son.

    My 4 year old son was scared most of the movie by the loud noises and it did not have enough action or dialogue to hold his attention.

    My 6 year old daughter says she enjoyed the movie, but she had a hard time following the storyline. I had to explain a lot to her.

    My 8 year old daughter enjoyed it the most. She also had some difficulty following the story (not as much as her younger siblings) however, her main focus was on Wall-ee and Eva.

    I thought the movie was okay, but a little on the dull side. I was thankful that the movie avoided much of the "potty" humor that seems so prevelant even in G-rated movies these days. I can appreciate the message of the movie, though I must say that my kids would not have gotten it at all if I did not talk about it with them.

    July 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  79. MB

    Else, your comment "I guess it’s “preachy” if you’re in denial about the world actually having environmental problems. Otherwise, it’s smart and dead-on" was perfect. I was trying to decide how to explain that exact thought until I read yours. It's also easy to see in all of these comments that the children's reactions, or at least how the adults interpreted them, are heavily influenced by the views of the adults. That's not a big surprise of course, but directly asking the kids what they thought of the themes in the movie might yield some surprising differences from asking their parents and grandparents. I have a feeling there were some that may have had concerns that they knew their parents were in denial about.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  80. lory

    I went to see this movie with a 5 and 10 year old boys and we all loved it. I found it refreshing that they could see a movie that did not depended on potty humor and veiled adult humor to get a laugh (don't get me started on "kid films" like Shrek and Madagascar).
    For those people that are mad because kids don't need to be preached and indoctrinated on a liberal environmental agenda, I want to remind you that they are being indoctrinated everyday and in worst things.
    I feel much better seeing the boys imitating this characters and actually caring about the environment, than their previous obsession with Naruto and all the cartoons of kids figthing that took forever to ween them out of. Not to mention how they learn to talk back to adults and be rude from Fosters, The Simpsons and countless Disney Channel programming. If movies are to entertain the kids and help them escape, the least we can do as parents is to provide them with positive and fun movies like this one.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Nan

    I took my 5 year old to see Wall-E, and she was very upset by the whole movie. It was disturbing to me, so I could see her point of view. I know it was a noble cause – illuminate the hazards of humanity's current march towards bio-destruction, but I think next time I'll rent and check before subjecting her to something that's really quite terrifying.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Ian

    Agree, Wall-e is more an adult than a kids movie. However, I took my almost 3 year old son and we both loved it. He watched attentively and we have been reading the book at bedtime every night for a week now. He runs around the house saying "Waalleee" and tells us about people who throw away so much trash that Wallee and Eve have to clean it all up. I wish every age group would get the message.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Laura

    I am very very happy to see how many kids seemed to enjoy and actually get the finer points of the movie. Most of my friends have taken their kids and I can tell you from 4 – 12 they all enjoyed it and even those 4 – 8 seemed to really get the message. As for the kids 6 and older who don't get it, I think that is more of a reflection on the parents and what they have taught or not taught their kids. And to the parents who say it was bad because there was not enough action, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it, but I hope you don't teach your kids to dislike something because there is not enough action or explosions. It will be a sad day when we cannot keep a kids attention without tons of action or explosions. In my opinion we need more movies like this to balance out all the mindless stimulation kids get almost 24/7 these days.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Nancy

    My 9 year old environmentalist daughter said it was so-so. She didn't like all the garbage and what we did to the planet. Her mom (me) thought I better get some exercise before I turn into one of those blob people.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  85. James

    Kung Fu Panda was better according to my kids. Obviously KC is an adult that is shallow enough to take a cartoon serious. Do not forget cartoons are made for kids and adults who join them to supervise.

    They are not made for an adult to watch alone...sorry Homer Simpson I mean KC. I am always a little concerned about adults who go to a cartoon flick full of children.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Cindy McKinney

    WALL – E
    I took my 5 yr old son to see it and we loved it and on the way out to the car after watching it my son said "that was awfully nice of WALL-E to show people how to come home and grow there own food and be healthy again and how to take care of there stuff".
    And I told him he was absolutly right.
    I think he got the message, to bad most adults probably didn't.
    Cindy
    p.s. we will buy this when it comes out on DVD

    July 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jay

    I must first say that I do not have any kids (age 27). Although it was interesting enough to watch the large groups of kids, and there reactions. I though it was a great move and has an excellent message and a great story. The animation of the characters and the personalities where excellently written. As for some of the other negative reviews I've viewed on this form I question their authenticity. Especially the entry with the craping kids issue. Sounds like therapy maybe in order for those kids, and maybe there parents as well. It could also be the fact that some of these children are spoiled, over indulged, demanding little cretins that just are not happy with anything. Maybe this movie is just for kids who are well mannered enough to sit still and whose parents have brought them up to be intelligent enough to grasp a simple story about two robots. The children in the crowed theater I was in all looked happy with the outcome at the end of the movie, including myself as a big kid.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Bill

    What next, a Pixar version of Apocalypse Now? This movie was way to dark for little kids. It is a post-apocalyptic vision of the world that is boring to the little ones who don't understand it, and frightening to the ones who do. When did we quit thinking about the concepts and emotional shocks that we expose children to? Lord knows that this is way less disturbing that taking your kid to see a slasher movie or buying them a copy of Grand Theft Auto, but it still isn't material for little kids (seven and younger). That, however, is who it is promoted for, in the hope of collecting the ticket sales. I am distressed that Disney and Pixar have no more conscience than this shows.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Warren Z

    I saw Wall-E with my 13 year old son last week. Not only was he enthralled with this amazing movie, but he not once uttered a single sentence related to any of the doom and gloom musings referenced by Mr. Rich. My son was born and raised in NYC – we still live downtown and he attends public school. This is a kid who literally witnessed 2 planes hit the world trade center at age 6 and watches countless news programs (from both sides of the political aisle) every night. Despite his sophistication and education, he did not view this film as an allegory to the decline of our planet or society, but as a wonderful, inventive and humorous story – plain and simple. Thank God our kids are not yet saddled with all of this tired drumbeat garbage about the awfulness of our race and where we are headed. We overprotect our kids from what we determine are potentially disturbing messages when they are far more capable of seeing things quite clearly and walk away unscathed.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Julie

    I wonder how many kids who got the message are still looking forward to owning that Wall-E toy, t-shirt game etc... Disney is a close second to Buy N Large. If only they used that message to create only earch friendly Wall-e products.

    My son loved the movie and is looking forward to consuming more Wall-e. Too bad Disney didn't take the theme one step further in their licensing items.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Scott

    When I asked my 8 year-old nephew what he thought about the movie, his one-word review spoke volumes. "Weird."

    July 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Stephanie MacDonadl

    We took our 4 kids (12, 10, 6, and 4). They loved it. The oldest thought it funny that BnL ruined the world (BNL in Canada = Barenaked Ladies, the musical group). We are an environmental family so the kids took to the message right away, although they could not understand them not swimming! Our 4 year old learned about true love.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Amy, MN

    Me and My husband took our 7, 3 and 1 yr old. Obviously the 1 yr old was having a hard time sitting still and we expected that, but my son (7) and daughter (3 almost 4) were completely bored. They kept getting up out of their seats and running around the theatre. I almost felt a little cheated, because according to the previews we saw it was a love story about a couple of little robots, but when we got there it was mostly about humans becoming too dependant on lifes conveniences and not recycling their trash and telling us that eventually we'll end up fat and lazy in space on some artificial world and earth will be unable to sustain life because of all the trash we put on it. I don't know, I guess I had mixed feelings about it. The kids thought over all it was ok. My son gave it a 3 out of 5 rating and asked if we could please Not buy it when it came out on video.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  94. stargazer

    My stepchildren went with their mother and they were less than thrilled with the movie. They said it was too much "romantic stuff" and the rest of it was boring.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Molly

    My son LOVED it. I loved it. I am also a parent who cares about what my son watches, listen to, and what he sees from me. He's 6 and is a lot more "with it" than most. We haven't watched the TV in months. He plays outside with friends and I am out there with him. HE UNDERSTOOD THE MOVIE and got the message. I'm impressed that a movie was finally made that didn't glorify the crap that we are buying into and showed Americans what most are truly turning into. Lazy LAZY Lazy people.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Tom G

    We're a theatre family (my wife and I work in stage production and our soon to be 15 year old so is in band and drama in school) and tend to "buy into" stage and movie productions into which we invest money and time. In other words, we look for the good points and seldom find a production that we cannot find positive comments about.

    That being said, it was not hard for us to enjoy Wall-E and immediately upon exiting the theater afterward, our son said, "That's one to get on DVD!" There was a lot to enjoy with this movie despite its patently obvious green message. Visually stunning, even the descimated Earth had a beauty and composition in its monochromatic rendering that instilled vitality and interest that engaged us completely. Like Aardman Studios (who produce Wallace and Gromit), Pixar understands the important communicative value of subtle and minute movements, gestures, and expressions that are able to speak volumes even when words are not present. And perhaps counter-intuitively to many adults, these subtleties are not necessarily lost on children!

    From a strictly emotional POV, I applaud any studio that can command an emotional response to the perceived demise of a cockroach ( audible groans throughout the theater) and its resurrection (a cheer, can you image that?)

    Like? Dislike? No piece of art or craft has EVER been made to universal acclaim so let's not be surprised at either. Let's instead be grateful that there are plenty of caring artists and craftspeople still out there who work so hard to tell a story and to attempt to tell that story as artfully as possible. And despite the amount of garbage that passes as cinema these days, we can at least be aware that without the piles of pap, odds are that many notable projects might not even see the light of day. Movies are no different than books, if you keep consuming, odds are you're going to come across something you haven't the taste for; either at the time or not at all.

    For this family, this Pixar film may not have been a complete feast, but it was certainly a pleasant and savory morsel.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Anne

    I thought Wall-E was the most thoughtful and pure kids' movie I've seen in years. There were no sexual inuendos, fart jokes, or wink-winks at the adults. It was the anti-Shrek. Our children, ages 3 and 6, both loved it! I don't understand how anyone with a heart could not be moved by this beautiful tale of friendship.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Eric

    Its bleak because people see themselves in the self-centered, lazy humans depicted in the movie. The irony is that the robot has the true human heart and it is only through his heartfelt influence that the humans change for the better. I could sense some restlessness in the audience (mostly children), but i think that speaks more to the current state of our entertain-me-now-or-i'll-get-bored society than the quality of the movie which both my girlfriend and I loved. It's a masterpiece of art alone, and the beautiful story is a huge plus.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Amanda

    We took the 2 and almost-5 year old. The two year old made it through the first bit and liked the robots, and then got bored and my husband took him out. No shocker there. The almost-5 year old was primarily concerned with why Wall-E wasn't talking to Eeeeevaaaa there towards the end. This was a little upsetting to her, but I threw caution to the wind, trusted Pixar, and told her it would be okay. She's also seemed to get a big thrill w/ all the green there towards the end, squirming around, so excited. Come to think of it, I need to ask her about that...

    July 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Howard

    My advice to all of you who brains are incapable of seeing this film for the masterpiece that it is: Go buy a six-pack or two and drink yourselves into a stupor in front of "Fast and the Furious, Part XXXIV". It's amazing to read how very young children have grasped the concepts that are obviously lost on you. In the end, you've simply proved every point that this work of art is trying to make.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Kristy

    I brought my own children and several of their friends- all aged between 5 and 12.

    It was absolutely amazing to see the diverse reaction from them after the movie. I believe a child's reaction to the movie is a direct reflection not only on their personality but to their 'upbringing'. All the children were thoroughly engrossed in the film- they were not bored in the least and they all had questions and actually debated points in the storyline afterwards!

    An excellent film that had an impact to all ages for young to old.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jennifer

    I took my 3yr old and while she did get fidgety when her popcorn ran out she still sat thru the movie and enjoyed it. She says she wants to go see Wall-E again. Most 3yr olds are not going to sit calmly for a 2hr movie. How many kids sit still for 2hrs at home? A lot of the parents complaining about the movie and their kids didn't like it worries me. Are your kids is so brain-dead that they need constant dialoge to keep them entertained? Let me guess, do your kids even own a book? Heaven forbid they have to use their brain! And I bet you took your kids to Micky-D's for lunch too.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Don

    Please repeat after me..

    Just because a movie is animated does noty make it a "Childrens Movie",

    Please keep repeating it until the concept becomes clear in your mind. Pixar films have never been "childrens movies". Like the best films of any genre, they communicate on different levels to different age groups. Wall-E is not a childrens movie, but it is a movie that most children will enjoy. Yes, it may bore some very young children, but in the theater I was in all children of all ages were completely imersed in the film.

    Wall-E is one of Pixar's best movies (second only to The Incredibles in my opinion). Yes, it is a tad preachy and some might find it "dark" (though even in the "dark" scenes there is always some glimmer of hope, joy or creativity), but overall the movie is charming. Thank you PIxar for giving us something more substantial than Care Bears and Pastel Ponies.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mindy

    I took my almost 5 year old to see it...she loved it! We both did. There has to be a "bad guy" in a movie...in this case, it was humanity itself. I don't think this was to teach us all a lesson...it was simply a creative writer's vision of the future where Robots are really running the show...a spin on an old classic.

    This was the first movie my daughter has sat through without fidgeting or asking to go potty...she was entranced throughout. The colors and animation are great, as is the story of Wall-e and Eve. Great movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Becca, CA

    Maybe if we stopped sugar-coating everything for not just our children but also for ourselves, this world wouldn't be in such a sorry state, and headed for an even worse future. For those who thought this was too bleak, sad, and disturbing, have you actually looked at the world lately?! Sometimes reality sucks, but knowing it, is the first step to changing it.

    I thought this movie was great, because it actually made me think. Its a sad thing that all we expect from movies these days are bright colors and explosions every 5 minutes.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Cathy

    I am also 50 with no children and I was very entertained by this movie. I convinced two of my adult friends to go see it and they loved it. I had gotten the impression that it was not a typical Dixney movie from the previews. I guess some of the people who complained didn't pick up on that.

    It was enheartening that many of the people who commented saw the many layers, the positive messages of love, hope and possibilities within the stark realities of mounting garbage with no real plan in sight. I felt enthused with knowing that many others would see this film and amid the reality check of what the consequences of our actions may bring, this movie also outlined a more positive ending that what I could envision if we actually got in that deep trouble. I had other questions like; just how did the space ship keep things going and the ingenuity of buidling the ships in the first place. At the present I can't see humanity coming together to find that escape route possible.

    So, it was a fantasy very creatively done with lots of ideas and comments on what humans leave behind. Amazing to me was the depiction of a full range of emotions in two robots. Perhaps the most positive message of them all, that these robots made by humans somehow reasonated with all these feelings. Now, that is uplifting.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Willington, CT

    My twin five year olds loved it. Since they love pretty much any movie going adventure, I suspect that it has less to do with the movie than the popcorn.

    I feel that they did take something away from the larger message of the film, however. They commented several times how "yucky" the planet looked and how people "shouldn't throw away so much trash."

    Mostly they loved Wall-E and Eeva.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Maria

    My 3 kids loved the movie, I liked it too very much. I like movies that make people think. It had very funny moments and a great messege at the end, all people around us where talking about it, as we left kids where making all this comments about polution....I think it leaves a positive messege. (not to mention values like loyalty,friendship, love)

    July 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  109. JBR

    This was a boring movie. My children got it but simply were not entertained. Our family does not find eating or electronics exciting. If I wanted them to see all this negativity I would have them watch news.

    It seems that the person named else that liked the movie so much but bashed all of the critics should take a lesson from the Disney classic Bambi...."if you can't say something nice"

    July 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Marie

    Wall-e has lots of messages, but here are 2:
    Wall-e was kind, friendly, and helpful to everyone and that rubbed off so those around him became friendlier, more kind, and less self-serving.

    A message of hope that humans will wake up, take responsibility, and set things right. It's important for or kids to see this is possible – both the possible consequences of wasteful living and that it's possible to correct and clean up the messes made.

    It's an excellent movie. My daughter & I both loved it.

    What I find very disturbing, however, is that the humans in Wall-e were constantly bombarded with TV-type talk & dialog – then I read here several posts complaining because the movie was NOT a constant bombardment of talk & dialog! Are we humans already so close to being unable to think for ourselves – with minds unable or unwilling to figure out the story or plot without it being spoon fed word by word?

    July 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  111. KC

    For ANYONE to compare this to Kung Fu Panda – and then call Kung Fu Panda a GREAT movie by comparison shows how shallow and one-dimensional the writer is. (Either that, or the author was a teen.)

    Similarly, people who are talking about 2-3 year olds getting fidgety because of lack of dialog or laughs in the first 30 minutes need to seriously consider WHY they took someone so young to a movie. What 3 year old can watch something – animated or not – without losing their attention span?

    Wall-E is a great movie. The people at Pixar have done it again – making a movie that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The messages are bleak and a lot more obvious than in other Pixar releases...but if you look at the subtext of any of the other movies, those same messages are there just the same.

    They don't play down to the kids, and they don't treat them like this is some sort of computer generated Elmo telling the kids not to pollute. Instead they show the inevitable result if humans don't change their attitude towards polluting and laziness. They put these lessons in simple to understand ways, so the kids get it without being treated like preschoolers.

    At the same time this is sharp enough for adults to enjoy, without totally stretching the "suspension of reality" past it's breaking point.

    Another great hit. My three godkids loved it, as did I.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Matt

    People are still killing Bambi's dad, I don't think anyones gonna stop throwing garbage out their car windows on to the curb because of a cartoon. Its just a movie people, chill out.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Momto1

    Wall-E was my son's first movie in a theater, being only 2 1/2 years old; Wall-E was slow moving at first, but the realtionship of Eva and Wall-E chasing each other in their very different robotic styles was enough to keep my son's patience for most of the movie. But overall the message of Wall-E is one that can not hurt any child of any age – unlike some other current movies for children, such as Kung Fu Panda – the message can not be misconstrued.

    A different twist by Disney / Pixar – but as always an excellent lesson for children!

    July 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  114. John

    One thing that was brought to my attention that seemed hypocritical was the give away in the theater lobby of the promotional materials for the movie. A cheaply made blue rubber digital watch and some cards with the characters and ads for upcoming movies.

    Like a self-fulfilling prophesy, those cards and watches will be discarded as the novelty wears off, creating more trash to deal with.

    Other than that, I really enjoyed the movie, as did the kids.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Kevin

    I took my 9 year old to see this movie. About 40 minutes into WALL-E, she asked if we could leave. She was totally bored and I was barely awake. If they want to deliver a message about life, they should have put some life in the movie itself.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  116. JC

    Alphretta, Ga. I was going to comment on the selfish people, but heck, you kids will know the true meaning of weary when they are grown.
    Do you drive a SUV and have McDonalds sacks in the back ? 🙂

    July 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Portland Dad

    My wife and I took our eight year old and twin five year olds (all boys). They loved it. The five year olds commented on the fact that if you don't take care of the panet, it won't take care of you. One of them even stated that he now knows why he has to clean his room. The eight year old was more concerned why Eve, if it was on a plant finding mission, needed to shoot what ever moved. He also was more worried about how lazy and unhealthy the humans got. The next day he did ask if I thought 'aunt Blank', who is over weight, would be insulted by the movie. All in all, all three kids loved it and it made them think and ask questions. My thought is that if you just want to go to a flick and get nothing from it, you might as well buy a floating chair and 'check out'.... if was great for their imagination and the questions afterwards were the best part for me.... I'd give it an A minus.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Mel B.

    For those that felt there was material in the film that was over our children's heads.... Did you ever watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon? Granted, the political commentary and adult references were not generally as bleak, but they were also more oblique. Pixar has done an amazing job in all of its movies to make entertainment that reaches both children and adults. I, for one, have missed that.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Kim (again)

    "The story was absolutely touching and I teared up at parts (I’m 31"
    Alex...
    my boyfriend and I BOTH got a little teary-eyed ourselves. Just had to add that...
    what I've come to realize is that most animated movies that are made now are geared more for the adults in the audience. I really enjoyed the show.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Husar

    @norma: "Bleak, distrubing and sad… no redeeming qualities at all" What movie were you watching? What about the idea if you don't take care of our planet we are going to lose it. Or if you sit on your butt all day you are going to be a fat tube or worthlessness? Those are pretty good messages not to mention the love story.

    We took our 6 and 10 year old and they loved it. All we heard all day is Wallll-Eeeeee and Eeeevvvaa! They both understood why the people were overweight. They also understood the impact to the Earth and happy that Wall-E found someone in the end.

    Great story and message behind it. Another hit for Pixar. Pixar is just amazing that they can put out one hit after another.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Dale Williamson

    I have an eight-year-old daughter who has not yet seen Wall-E, but will see it this week. I applaud Pixar for daring to challenge both children and adults with a "bleak" glimpse of the future. Let's face it, the future does not look bright for Earth and humanity; life is not as simple as the beautiful princess falling in love and being rescued by her Prince Charming. Hopefully, kids and adults will come out of Wall-E with more than a half-eaten tub of popcorn. Hopefully, the "bleak" images presented in Wall-E will affect the younger audience and help them understand why it's not okay to just toss your Burger King cup out the car door. I know and trust Pixar. They know how to balance light and dark, and they know how to emotionally connect with an audience. You better believe that I will be sitting next to my daughter when she sees Wall-E.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Carrie

    Why do I find it hard to believe that any child under the age of 12 would say that they would "rather take a dump" than do anything else, let alone watch a movie. If your kids say stuff like that (and you allow it), holy moly – what is wrong with you as parents? If we really do have little kids running around saying stuff like that, then THAT'S what makes me concerned about our future.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Karen C

    I took my 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter to see it. All three of us loved the movie. My kids noticed the lack of dialogue and thought it was really neat because, as they put it "tell our own story from what we see". They picked up on why the earth was that way and why the people were fat, but what I didn't expect was the connection they made of Buy in Large to WalMart and other large chains.

    But their favorite part was the connection that Eva and WallE had with each other and how caring WallE was to his new friend and took care of her and made sure that the plant was delivered. When we got home that night, my kids went out and played in the backyard and picked up trash (other people's 4th of July fireworks that found it's way into our yard)

    Overall, I personally thought this was one of Pixar's best movies.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  124. mike

    I took my 3 daughters ages 10,8 and 6 to this movie on Saturday. they seemed to enjoy it and we talked about it afterward. My 6 year old asked if the depiction of the bandoned earth was "real" and my 10 year old buted in and expalined that it was only a movie but 'that's what could happen if we destroy the earth with garbage". They were more interested in talking about the relationship about the 2 robots. I personally think the movie was slightly heavy-handed in its approach to the environemtnal messages. However, the movie was also about loneliness, friendship and love–and I think it scored with those themes better than the obvious "green" message. All in all, it is a pretty sophistacted movie for kids and I would skip it for any kids under 6 and rent it when they are a bit older.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Zeba

    My four year old son was mesmerised by Wall -e and his girlfriend and asked no questions about how bleak the earth looked. Don't think he really associated that place with where we live now. To him, it was just someplace Wall e lived, and he assumed it was somewhere in outer space – his words!

    July 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Mike in CT

    I saw this movie over the weekend with my girlfriend. We are both in our late 20's, and thought this would be a cute date movie. It was not at all what I expected. We were both taken aback by how dark the subject matter was, but overall enjoyed the movie. I think pixar did an amazing job of conveying the story and engaging the audience without much dialouge in the first half hour. Not everyone will like this movie, but then again I can't think of a single movie that everyone thinks is fantastic. My advice to any parents contemplating seeing the movie would be to do some research and use your best judgement based on what you know about your children's tastes.
    Now as a parting shot – am I the only one who is slightly disturbed that there are children out there telling there parents they would rather take a crap than watch this movie? When did this type of outburst from a 7 and 9 year old become socially acceptable? I can't fathom a parent or other relative being so comfortable with this that they would actually post this information on a website like this. Perhaps we should be discussing that as opposed to if the "message" of this movie was understood by a younger audiance.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  127. SlayerB

    I loved the film. It was touching and enchanting. The story had dramatic elements and anyone pissed off because they can't imagine people really becoming that fat or the world really becoming that trashy–in an animated film no less–need to readjust their expectations. Of course it's taken to an extreme. It's a movie.

    I can understand some small children being bored. There are a lot of kids today who have not been conditioned to focus and be patient. It's not their fault, but the fault of their social environment.

    Oh, and I feel really sorry for the apparently numerous people who have left a comment here that are from families whose children speak so freely of "taking a dump." (A comment from a person from such a familiy is not one I would take seriously. Obviously not very educated people.)

    July 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  128. matt

    truthfully it reminded me of the novel Brave New World where the world is taken over by dictators after the thrid world war and everyone is concerned with "happiness" so they sell their souls away to drugs and buying everything. It is an interesting theme because it challenges what true happiness is about. Love is the theme expressed in walle as the true happiness and so that is what makes this great for kids. I doubt they even notice the underlying tones anyway. but the movie does portray a little of the dark side of our culture in general. How we care less about people and more abou things and ideas and making sure everyone is supposedly equal and happy though in actuality when we try to force equality it is fake. We must act as equals the government cannot do it for us. That is the dark theme in Walle and love is the answer.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  129. yolanda

    overall great movie. my 3 year old had fun. very informative to my 5 year old who also enjoyed it. THUMBS UP to pixar for making a kids movie thats not just filled with hot air. something with substance that our kids can take with them. i think anybody that can't at least have a little appreciation for what is being said in this movie is living in a proverbial fairytale or just got upset cause they dont wanna face whats really happening to our earth. maybe not as bad as whats in the movie (yet) but definitely something to think about. maybe even act on.
    not to offend anybody (but since we are giving our personal opinions) i feel bad for those viewers who hated the movie because it shows that there are still sooo many who just dont or want to care that the investment in our earth is an investment in our childrens future and there childrens future.
    you dont have to love or even like the movie to appreciate even a little of what is being blatently pointed out.
    Thanks for yet again Pixar being the best and most wholesome entertainment for my kids.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Suzanne

    It's distressing to me to see all the bashing of this movie because there was no verbal dialogue for the first half-hour, or because there wasn't enough action, or because there weren't enough jokes. All this movie required from the viewer was a willingness to "go with the flow" and see what happens! Patience, people! I didn't think it was particularly preachy; certainly I have seen so-called "news" programs that were MUCH more annoyingly preachy than this. I enjoyed it very much and my two children (girl, 12, and boy, 16) did as well. They understood why the Earth was trashed and why the people were fat, but didn't feel beaten about the head with a "message"...they (and I) were pulling for Wall-E the whole time. He also showed some real high-character qualities we might want our kids to emulate.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Lisa

    I took my 2-year-old to see Wall-E last weekend. He had been to one other movie in the theater before and has watched all the Pixar movies on DVD. He was fine until about the last 30 minutes when he asked to watch "Nemo". He liked the Wall-E character, but seemed a bit more restless than he was this weekend at "Kung Fu Panda". (Hey, it was raining! You try to keep a 2-year-old entertained for 12 hours and see where you end up!)

    July 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Tammy

    I don't think I understand all of the let kids be kids comments in regards to how serious or preachy this movie supposedly is. I wonder what kinds of movies or shows they would rather have their children watching?

    Anyhow, my husband and I took our four teenagers to see it. The kids and I liked it, especially our youngest and they understood all aspects of it given their ages. My husband, on the other hand, took an $8 nap.

    There is something in this movie for everyone (I think even for my husband if he could have managed to get through the more silent beginning) and that is what generally makes Pixar movies great, their appeal to both children and adults combined with terrific animation.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Linda

    My husband and I took our 8 & 14 yr old boys. We thought the movie was entertaining, heartwarming, and contained some very valuable lessons. As for very little dialogue- I found it refreshing that it didn't rely on dialogue. Action truly speaks louder than words in this picture. I am in no way an environmentalist, but the fact that the earth was "bleak and sad" should serve as a good eye-opener for those who care very little about the future of earth.
    I would say, unless your 3 or 4 year old has a great attention span, it's not for them. My 8 year old understood the movie with a couple of questions. I agree with "Else"'s comments.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Wordygirl

    This was never designed to be an "environmental" movie. It was created as a statement about relationships, or lack of them. Read the interview with Andrew Stanton at http://www.worldmag.com/articles/14127

    WORLD: Now that you mention people misconstruing your intentions, how do you feel about reports that WALL•E is an environmental movie?

    STANTON: People made this connection that I never saw coming with the environmental movement, and that's not what I was trying to do. I was just using the circumstances of people abandoning the Earth because it's filled with garbage as a way to tell my story.

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  135. Chance

    Many people are annoyed by the lack of dialog in the first half of the movie, and this perplexes me. Do you really need to hear characters yacking for 2 hours straight? If anything, I think Pixar wasn't bold enough; it turns into a pretty conventional kids movie after EVA shows up.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Miriam Williams

    Being that my husband and I work for Apple Inc. the only question that our kids had was, "is Wall E a mac?" The reason for this question is because of the sound that he makes after he is powered up. They were also wondering if Eve might be a mac too because she had the grey spinning circle around her neck. We smiled with pride and said, "of course Wall E is a mac, he is an older version and Eve is newer version." It just proves that mac is indestructible and irreplaceable ! 🙂

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  137. Michelle R.

    My 4 year old son really liked Wall-E and Eva – basically because they were robots. The lazy human plot line was lost on him though that cracked me up. He clearly got the message though. On the way out of the theater he said that "litter bugs had made too much work for Wall-E and his other robot friends." Good movie, but I wouldn't say it was PIXAR's best work.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  138. veronica

    After the movie, my 14 yr. old daughter and I picked-up our trash and turned to the right to exit our row. A family with three younger children were ahead of us and dropped all their trash where they were sitting and continued out. My daughter and I agreed that if a Movie like this could not even make the parents strive to teach their children to clean up in a movie theater, the world does not even have a chance!

    July 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Jamie

    There should be warnings prior to the movie as to what group the movie targets. When you pay 10 to get in and 5 more for popcorn times 4 people that equals a lot if you are not happy with the flick. This is not for small kids and seems geared towards all of the fast food eating and video gaming crowd that I have worked hard to keep my children away from for fear of the same outsome the movie showcases. If your kids love Nintendo and McDs then they will like this movie. My three year old liked the short clip prior to the movie but got bored after 30 minutes. He did talk a lot about the cockroach Wall E stepped on in the first scene. My 7 year old daughter who just went to Kung Fu Panda last week with my son and I and said that it was much better and that Wall E was boring. Kids are brutally honest especially when they don't get many chances to get hopped up on Coke and M&Ms.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Lourdes

    Liked the movie, but the message would have been far more poignant had Pixar refrained from participating in the obnoxious over-marketing of ridiculous (and mostly plastic) Wall.E. products, games, etc. Oh, and all the over-consumption that is part and parcel of movie-going culture (have you seen the size of a "small"? do we really need to be able to buy "sides" of icing for our pretzels and extra butter and seasonings for our popcorn?)

    July 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  141. MT

    This was not a movie for a five-year old, whis is who we took to see it. My son wanted to leave before it even got started due to the lack of any actual entertainment. My husband and I most certainly got the message and could not believe this was a "children's movie". The marketing worked, hook line and sinker, but had I known what the movie was actually about I would not have wasted my time or money on this movie. Kung Fu Panda, although violent at least had a good vs. evil message which was easily understood by my 5 year old.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Courtney

    There seem to be a number of children saying they would rather "take a dump" or "take a crap" than watch this film. Seems like they're exposed to age inappropriate conversation and/or media. I can't imagine my children stating something like that at age 7!

    All of my children (ages 6, 8, and 11) enjoyed the movie, as did their dad and myself. It was a great launching pad for discussion. We're a family that likes to do what we can (shop organic/local produce, recycle/reuse, etc.) but this helped (especially the younger two) understand why we do those kinds of things.

    Whatever people say, it was a fun movie, great animation, and I think it's wonderful that Pixar is helping to show kids that it's important to take care of themselves and their world.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Kim

    My boyfriend and I took my 4 year old grandson to see this last weekend. He sat through it and enjoyed it as did we. Touching and sweet. He was ready to go home about 30 minutes before it was over though...which was to be expected. I thought it was sad, sweet, ugly, funny...you name it. Was not bad at all.

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  144. Adon LeBronco

    I took my 7 year old to see this movie, he not only grasped the importance of protecting the planet, he started talking about things he could do in his life to make the world a better place.

    I told him it wouldn't really matter and we went and played video games instead.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  145. deen

    I'd like to add that parents should forewarn their children that the movie is largely silent.

    For the love of God, tell your kids to be quiet! "What's Wall-E doing?" "Mom, why did he go in there?" And what's worse? These parents answered their children at full volume during the entire movie! It's one thing to BE a jackass, but please don't raise another one.

    July 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Geeshgirl

    My 9 year old said that he thought that it was the best movie he ever saw.

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  147. A. Waltman

    My 4 year-old son fell asleep for the last half of the movie. My 19 year old daughter and I enjoyed the "adult" messages in the movie but know that the mostly kid audience could not figure out what the movie makers were trying to say.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Wendy

    Seeing Wall-E was difficult for our 12 year-old son who suffers from anorexia. The obesity sub-theme has caused a significant set back in my son's progress since seeing the movie. We have recommended that other parents with children with this disease skip the movie, or at very least, preview it before taking their children.

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  149. Julie Blake

    A friend and I went with her 16 and 13 year old daughters and my 13 year old daughter. We all loved it, although it did get a little long. I
    added to the day's entertainment when I cried when Wall-E was "dying". We had a great discussion on the way home about both the environment and what we do to our bodies when we spend too much time vegging.

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  150. T Buck

    "I think it's a great message for all of us...."blah, blah, blah. It's is absolutely gut wrenching to read 90% of these reviews. You people have been spoon fed your responses. You're all playing defense with your minds. Here comes one agenda after another, thrown at you by liberal Hollywood and all you can say is..."I think it's a great message"
    Wake up people. When Orsen Wells tells you the aliens have landed
    90% of you will run screaming into the streets. Think for yourself! Is a political agenda, a bash against western society & technology, a villianization of America and a rip on corporations that you work for entertainment??? Entertainment for you kids?? (puke here)

    Come on folks, it's time to play offense....

    July 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  151. FlMom

    My 10 yr old and 8 yr old daughters, who loved the movie, laughed but were shocked and disgusted by the future of human health and clearly understood the message that if people are so plugged in and lazy that they don't move they will be obese. They loved how it took a robot to remind humans to be human, and that they need to do their part to keep Earth clean. The movie did not depress them or cause them to ask dooming questions. They're stil kids. They did comment on how they love broccoli and soccer though!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Jack

    “My two nephews, ages 11 and 9, both told their aunt that they had more fun taking a crap than watching “Wall-E”. ”

    "My 7 year old daughter made me take her home halfway through the movie, and said she would rather “take a dump than watch Wall-E”. There is no sound and that pissed her off…"

    Who are these people that are raising their young children to talk this way–and who see so little trouble with it that they actually admit it publicly! Nice to hear that most people did have the capacity to enjoy and appreciate the movie though.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Mary

    We went with a group of kids age range 13-3. The 8 year olds and older two understood the messages about our environment and society perfectly. They were all talking about it when leaving the theater which is always the sign of a great movie.

    My three year old wanted to leave within 45 minutes. It was the first pixar movie that didn't hold his attention. I think that it is an outstanding movie, but I would hesitate to bring the smaller kids unless they can withstand the lack of dialogue...

    July 7, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Caroline

    What's so horrible about delivering an environmental message to kids through a cute movie? I think the point it conveys is a really important one, and something that people of all ages should worry about. The kids seeing this movie are the ones who are going to inherit all of the problems we've created concerning the environment. Of COURSE it's something they need to know about.

    I saw the movie and thought it was great. The lack of dialogue didn't bother me at all! The love story and the happy ending make it a movie kids can enjoy while also getting the message that things need to change on Earth.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  155. mike

    yep, looking at all of these comments it's a clear line. Conservatives don't like it, everyone else liked it. Or might i say, conservatives didn't get it....

    July 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Mary Jo

    It's interesting that if the adults didn't like the movie, the children didn't either.

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  157. Steven

    Wow, it's really interesting reading these comments. What I find pretty amazing is that so often it seems that the kids of those who don't like the movie have parents who also don't like the movie. Sad that messages within entertainment or even half an hour without dialog are so often not tolerated. Even sadder is the way in which many kids expressed their dislike for the movie. Colorful would be kind, obnoxious would be more accurate. While I unfortunately don't have kids, at least I don't have any that say they would rather have a "crap" than watch the movie. Real great rearing there Earl! But I guess the similarity in disdain just goes to show that the acorn often doesn't fall far from the tree – er, sorry, should I put it in their language – the manure doesn't fall far from the cow.

    Oh, and for full disclosure, I liked the movie and there were some messages in the movie, I didn't agree with, I appreciated their right to tell them and enjoyed the way they were expressed. Good job Pixar.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  158. CA_Mother

    Well, if the only way your can describe your criticism of the movie is through "potty" talk, then, yes, I can see why Wall-E would not appeal to you. It is not Shrek with the non-stop jokes on bodily functions.

    I, on the other hand, was pleased on many levels. As a parent to a 4 year old boy and a 7 year old daughter, I was happy that Disney and Pixar still releases G-rated animated movies when it seems all the other animated movies are PG-rated filled with language, violence, and adult humor.

    I liked how the movie was entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. I thought the movie touched on many important issues that our society is still obviously struggling over – the reliance of our economy on consumption, the balance between virtual life and real life, the link between our humanity and the earth. For my seven year old daughter, the environmental message was pretty clear and she enjoyed the relationship between the robots (who ironically displayed more humanity than the humans). For my 4 year old son, he focused on the Wall-E robot and displayed an obvious connection with him.

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  159. Mike

    It's interesting to see the number of people who "didn't get it" or couldn't cope with the lack of dialog in the first half of the movie. These are obviously the parents and children who watch too much TV and have everything spoon fed to the point where they have no imagination or ability to receive and interepret that which is not spoken. My 6 year old loved every minute. He laughed at the jokes, and understood the story despite the fact that there was no dialog. It was a wonderful story and a wonderful movie, We will not only see it again, but we will buy it when it comes out on DVD.

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  160. Jim

    Jake seems to think the story is "hackneyed tripe." Perhaps if he spent a moment processing the story he would realize that the story is incredibly unique. Love stories come and go, but few achieve such a profound sense of loneliness and longing for friendship, and fewer still do so without dialogue. Finally, the true moral of the story (that I most connected w/) was that society will have to learn to integrate technology in a collaborative way, rather than use it as crutch or agent of our action and interaction, or risk becoming objects that "be" rather than subjects that "do"–an important distinction.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  161. John

    I have one question, and I don't know how to put it delicately so here goes. Are some of the people posting here that didn't like it overweight? I ask this because as we walked out of the theater there was on overweight woman (who had a large soda in one hand and a tub of popcorn in the other) said to the person with her, "well that certainly was insulting to me."

    By the way, my five year old loved it. He was rooting for Wall-e to be with Eve and afterwards said, "thats why we recycle and play outside isn't it daddy?"

    We try hard to instill values in our son and I definately think the reaction of some of the kids posted above reflect their parents. Good and bad. When a kid says I would rather take a crap then you have to wonder what kind of parents they have.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Happy Girl

    My husband and I took our 4 year old son to see this movie and our son, along with every other kid in the packed theater, was hooked. I did not hear one bad word about this movie. Lots of questions, lots of why, why, why. And that isn't a bad thing for a kid. My son still is talking about the movie and he knows about recycling already so got the idea it is important or we will have sandstorms like the movie. He also understands he needs to be physically active or be fat like the people in the movie. Mostly he loves Wall-E the best and how he turns into a box and makes towers from crushed trash. I think the movie touched on important topics that ALL people need to wrap their heads around. For those going on about how it was horrible, boring, etc. then you might consider whether you are just reacting to some message in the movie that touched a nerve?

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  163. Kathleen

    Yes, we have a 6 year old son who LOVED Wall-E, and think it was in part because it was about robots, but also because of his personality and the wonderful affection and relationship he has with Eve-A. Kids have at once a complete openness and knowing about the world and take good and bad in stride. I think they understand the duality and don't think to try and rid the world of "bad", yet also know that we need to stand up against it, and be loving and sensitive. They just know how things work. Kids level of compassion, empathy and understanding is to be admired, and often makes me wonder when and how we lose this perfect balance they have innately. Wall-E is very sobering to adults I think because we know how dumb we are, and how often we don't act on signs. Will we change our lifestyles to prevent global warming while we have the chance?

    July 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Pixie

    Our 3-year-old son has been asking to see Wall-E since the preview aired during the SuperBowl. Three weeks before the movie came out, we bought two Little Reader versions of Wall-E, and we had been reading these books to him every night in anticipation of the movie. I liked the little robot, even if it is just a smaller version of the 80s classic Short Circuit ("Number 5 is alive!"). We were all looking forward to seeing the film as a family.

    My husband and I took our son on opening weekend, expecting to see another classic like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, or Cars. All of those Pixar movies are endearing and funny but also have scary parts to them (getting lost, parents dying, being forgotten and devalued). However, nothing prepared us for the despair and lack of joy that Wall-E brought us.

    Twenty minutes into the movie, our son said he wanted to go home because "it's not fun when they don't talk". The lack of dialogue, which is being hailed as revolutionary storytelling, is (in my opinion) laziness on the part of the filmmakers. I assume that Andrew Stanton must be a huge "Hello, Dolly!" fan, judging by the overreliance of that device to drive plot and convey the love story. And since my son (and most kids in the theater, I assume) had no understanding of this as a cultural touchstone, he was bored by the continual references to it.

    We toughed it out because after spending almost $30 to see the movie, we weren't going home without giving it a second, third, and fourth chance to redeem itself, but we were ultimately disappointed.

    Our son enjoyed the previews for the other upcoming kids' flicks, as well as the magician's rabbit short. He has seen numerous movies in the theater, including Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek the Third, and Ratatouille, so we know it's not like he doesn't have the capacity to follow storylines or focus his attention. He has mentioned nothing about the movie since we saw it, and has no interest in reading any of the much-beloved Wall-E books. They, like Wheezy, have officially been "shelved" in favor of his well worn Woody, Buzz, and Mater storybooks.

    But, hey, if you like hearing "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" and "It Only Takes a Moment' about 15 times in an hour and a half, then Wall-E is for you.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  165. John

    I took my five year old son to see it the day it came out here in Boston. I think the best comment he made was 'Wow Daddy, look at what happens when you don't exercise!' when he saw the people of Axiom. Maybe he'll pick up on the other lessons when we buy it on DVD.

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  166. Gayle Chappell

    Remember when we 'baby boomers' were little and watched the unabridged Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner cartoons for the fun of seeing Bugs outwit the stupid hunter (Elmer), how many ways Daffy would get his bill shot off and how many different ways Wile E. Coyote could blow himself up? Of course, child psychologists and 'family protector' censors have so watered down the dreaded VIOLENCE of those cartoons that they now make no sense, are a complete waste of celluloid and bore my daughter to tears. Wall-E is a cartoon with lots of messages for adults (who probably need them) that simply fly over the heads of the kids (who DON'T need them from this venue). If the kids 'get it' and ask questions, GREAT – answer them Mom and Dad. If they don't, EVEN BETTER – maybe they just enjoyed the show!

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  167. Sam

    Our 4-year old son watched the movie spell bound (as did I)! He particularly remembers the plant, and the next day we planted seeds togther in a small pot, which he compared, without prompting, to Wall-e's plant.
    PS: He was very disappointed when no plant had grown the next morning!

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  168. Heather

    I really enjoyed the movie. I went with my husband and 4-yr old (it was his first movie). They both liked it to. And although my son didn't really question the people on the spaceship I thought it was great to portray what could happen when you don't exercise and everything is done for you. My son did pick up on how caring Wall-E was and liked the holding hands part best. I thought it was great and got the messages across that we all want to get across to our kids without preaching.

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  169. Thomas

    I must say, though said with much anger, I agree with solid snake

    Many of you help build my case that the average American is quite ignorant, mindless, and utterly stupid. It seems to me that your children are following your footsteps and are lacking the basic brain development needed to grasp such basic concepts. My child, though he is quite intelligent for his age, completely understood the concepts. Oh and by the way, he will be four years old as of August 3. He mentioned that he sees the destruction of humans and the need for people to fix it. Frankly, his statement is quite simple. I assume the children who were unable to grasp or just too bored to care, will continue with a consuming, ignorant mindset and probably take on the role of an individualistic consumer too lazy and ignorant to teach their children the values just like their parents. The children who did understand the basic concepts of the movie, hopefully will instill such values in their children and consequentially, stop the perpetuating generational problem that is growing more evident with each child born in the typical incompetent and dysfunctional American family. Hence my dismal outlook on the American culture.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Amy L.

    Ironically, many of the posts describe taking very young children, 2 and 3 year olds, for example, to a movie. What exactly are you teaching your children if you frequently expose them to TV and movies at such a young age? Shouldn't they be out playing (exercising) and enjoying nature (so they care enough to help save it)?

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  171. Shelley

    Awesome movie. My 12-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son and I thought it was another A+ from Pixar.

    Doesn't anyone read about movies BEFORE they go to them? We knew that there was little dialogue in this movie 2 months ago when we started reading the reviews.

    I really thought it was a masterpiece and commend Pixar for having the nerve to make it.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  172. jane

    Agree with the comment that it is not for sensitive children. My 12 year old and 7 year old daughters went to see it with a friend. The 12 year said she cried through the whole thing because it "was all just so sad." The 7 year old ended up crying at the end when Wall-E finally gets squished and might not be able to recover and be with Eva, or whatever the tear-jearking moment was. I get it that some adults like to watch movies that make them cry, but I never understood children's movies that are designed to do that. Both of them decided that Wall-E was okay but that Kung Fu Panda was better because it was more fun.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Carolina G.

    My 5 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. The fact that there was no dialogue didn't bother her, she inserted her own thoughts and I was so grateful for the opportunity to listen to her "commentary" every so often. "Cute robot", "Funny robot", "I think that cockroach is dead". Then came EVA (when she starts shooting): "Mom, that is not a robot friend." She absolutely loved it. She wants me take her again, but now with all her friends.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Tim

    My wife and I took our two and a half year old to see Wall-E and she was entranced. We've taken her to a couple movies before, but this was the first one that had her standing on the floor for half the movie peering over the seat in front watching and taking it all in. As we were leaving she mentioned how she really loved it and was bouncing up and down saying walllleee and eeeevvaa. I personally found the movie very enjoyable and was happy to see my daughter be very interested. She was certainly too young to see the deeper meaning of the obesity and planet in disarray but did become captivated by the characters. I'd say, well done Pixar.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  175. DWV

    My 5 yr old son enjoyed it. It has stunning visuals and cool robots. He didn't really analyze the pollution plot. I thought it was fun. Not "Incredibles" fun mind you, but pretty cool none the less. It has a message and slow parts. Go see Hancock for non-stop action.

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  176. Twowolves

    First off; this is not a movie for very young kids. Not all Disney/Pixar movies are for 5-6 year olds. I think that's pretty obvious from the commercials. Parents with little upset kids should have taken a few minutes to research the movie they're about to see.

    That said, our 9 year old twin boys enjoyed it; one more than the other. They understood the environmental aspect of it, having covered environmental issues in school, and how it's probably not a good thing to spend your life with your face in front of a computer screen or TV.

    We all like Wall*E's character and thought Pixar created a fully realized character. In fact, the lack of excessive speech added to the film.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Alpharetta, GA

    I saw this with my 8 year old son and his only comment was that it wouldn't be a movie for which he'd buy the DVD. I think that our kids are so beat over the head in school about how selfish we all are in "killing" the planet that they've grown a bit weary of the whole save the earth movement.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  178. norma

    I am an over 50 adult and I only wished I had walked out of this movie... I hated it. The only thing that kept me seated was my companion. Bleak, distrubing and sad... no redeeming qualities at all

    July 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Kal

    We took our 4 year old who has been watching every trailer and teaser since Christmas. He is a very active little boy, but he just curled up in his seat between us, and watched the whole thing. He says he liked it. He does like Presto, the short at the beginning, the best, but he did pay attention to the whole movie. Based on other posts, it seems people assume that a fidgety, active child cannot like the movie, but that is definitely not necessarily true. I know our son will watch it again, when it's out on DVD. He definitely does not yet understand the large picture, but he likes the music, he likes the space scene, and he likes Wall-E and Eve(a), along with several of the supporting robots.

    Also, my husband and I both loved it, and my husband can't wait to see it again. (I already did – Sorry!)

    July 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  180. joni

    I took my grandson Bug and his mom whose name is EVA and we all had a great time ...except that I fell asleep..but oh well Bug and his mom really enjoyed the movie!!! It really did have a good message what will happen if everyone doesn't clean up their act!!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  181. else

    We went with a small child and were all enthralled. The boy was riveted, full of pertinent questions and comments the whole time. Another child wailed "no! No! Wall-eeeeeeee..." when she thought Wall-E was dying. So clearly, a lot of kids do get it, and age doesn't seem to be the thing that matters. Maybe it's the smart kids who get it?

    Some of these comments seem rather... off. How many separate instances of children going home and telling someone they'd rather 'take a crap' than watch this movie? That seems a bit odd. Also, Kevin T. Baldwin, where were these subtitles you mentioned – there were long stretches with no dialogue, but I didn't see any subtitles. And Erin, as for those "unrequited promises of Disney-esque jokes for the adults" – there were tons of those. I know you said you were a teenager, so maybe in a few years if you watch this again, you'll catch them.

    We didn't find it preachy, we found it satirical. I guess it's "preachy" if you're in denial about the world actually having environmental problems. Otherwise, it's smart and dead-on.

    Didn't see anyone mention the short – it was cute, but not as good as the last one, "Lifted." It features a magician and his rebellious rabbit who have a falling out just as he goes on stage. It has a retro look, but the cgi it took to make it must have been amazing.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Sarah

    My four year old son and his friend (same age) both enjoyed watching Wall-E. Their interest was in Wall-E, Eve and the other quirky robots in the movie. They didn't pay much attention to the people on the space ship. I think more of the adult audience paid attention to the obese people and the lazy environment.
    After the movie, my son was still talking about the friendship Wall-E and Eve had together.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Jeff T in MPLS

    I am sick of Hollywood trying to shove its political agenda down my throat by trying to instruct my children on liberal Hollywood values.

    Although, now that I think of it, Wall-E was probably more exciting than Al Gore's movie, and had better animation.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  184. KC

    Difintely a different movie from any I've ever seen. My husband and I have no children, yet we go to see some of the animated movies. I notice no one has mentioned the roach – seems strange that the robots had a "pet" and the humans did not have any. Also found that Wall-e's fascination with a lighter and lighting it up was inappropriate for young children – that could have been cut. What kind of message are is being sent to children when there is a "caution" sign out on the ship for the two robots and they are running and hiding from everyone? We liked the overall messages that were mentioned in the other posts. Would it be appropriate to ask you children about the lighter and the robots running and hiding, too (not just the friendship, environment, and lack of exercise). I can see where children would be fidgety, but the only one in the whole theater I was aware of was fidgeting right next to me!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Alex

    I'm not a parent. I didn't go with any children, went on a date actually. I thought it was great. I was amazed by how well the robots could depict so much emotion without using words. The story was absolutely touching and I teared up at parts (I'm 31).

    I have enjoyed reading the different comments people have. It seems to me that the people who didn't enjoy this movie didn't like it because it wasn't what they expected it to be, having their own formula in their head, as opposed to enjoy the originality of the movie. In fact those that called the movie preachy... really? When did someone actually preach? I understand imagery can be made to be "preachy" but I really didn't feel that was the case. It strikes me that these people most probably were offended by what they saw ("how dare they!" attitudes).

    Some people were upset that there was a message. I believe that it is important to challenge children to think from the beginning. I bet these are the same parents who don't talk to their kids about drugs or sex and then are shocked when they find out their child knows about these things and gets offended ("how dare they!"). You hurt a child more by keeping him/her in ignorance than teaching them, because if you aren't doing it then someone else will. And if you don't teach about the environment and challenge your child, he/she may grow up to be like those people depicted in the movie. Hope that was preachy enough for you.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  186. John

    The movie makes fun of fat people. All the fat people sliding across the room – seemed more like a Jack Black or Adam Sandler film than a classy Pixar show. The first part of the movie is exceptional – but then when they get to the space ship and rely on fat jokes to move the plot, the bottom falls out. Very disappointed in this movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Todd

    My 7 year old daughter loved the film, and understood the message on a basic level. She's already concerned about animal extinction (thanks to a couple of year's of "zoo" camp), but I think Wall-E drives the message home without being overly heavy handed, unlike the drivel that was Happy Feet. Both my wife and I loved it also. It's nice to see real message movies for children that make them aware of current problems without terrifying them in the process.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Tammy

    Took my 3.5 yr old son. He asked to go home less than half way through. I didn't care for the movie at all. Not memorable and certainly not the best Pixar movie ever. Wish I would of read all these comments before we went. Would of spent my hard earned money on another film.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  189. abug's maman

    My five year old daughter enjoyed the film. She was taken by Wall-e's curiosity and mannerisms. I thought she asked really good questions, like why did the Earth look like that? Why are all the people fat? We had a great discussion about recycling, taking care of ourselves and our planet. Not what you would typically expect from a five year old. I thought it was a good movie, very brave and clever of Pixar to make a movie that would appeal to kids and make their parents squirm.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Sam

    As the theater was emptying and we were all heading to the parking lot, I overheard some of the conversation of a mom explaining to her little girl, in kid's terms, that polution is bad and we need to make good choices.

    Then, ironically, they climbed into her large SUV in which I saw some McDonald's bags and drove off.

    I wonder if her daugher will make different choices...

    July 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Amanda

    What a great way to bring up such important discussion points in a manner that's easier for younger children to understand. Every mom I've talked to has had great things to say about her childrens' reactions to the film.

    I have the feeling that the children whose parents' reported were bored or wanted more explosions are the exact children who need to take the lessons from this film seriously.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Mark

    My wife and I took our 6 year old son to see Wall-E yesterday and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. My son had to go to the bathroom half way through, but said he would wait because he didn't want to miss any of the movie. That has NEVER happened before.

    We stayed through the end credits and watched as they showed the humans fixing up the planet. My son also noticed that as the pictures progressed, the people were getting more fit. It was a nice epilogue to a very entertaining story.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Nicole

    Anthony, I agree with you! For once, a movie that doesn't promote flat out violence, potty humor, etc., to keep our kids engaged. We took our 6 year old and 4 year old to see it. It was refreshing! And correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no Happy Meal or BK Meals with this toy, which is nice that they aren't having to inhale the healthy meals for a cheap toy!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Winterhawk

    I took my 7 year old to see Wall-E. He seemed entertained, but not enthusiastic. He had about the same reaction to "Happy Feet". Interesting in that both movies seemed to be more concerned with social commentary than entertainment. After reading the critics and listening to others I feel guilty about not caring for the film Wall-E – but I will work to get over it and express myself honestly even if it is not socially acceptable NOT to like a cartoon that seems driven to deliver a social commentary rather than just let us escape. After all, isn't that part of what going to the movies is all about – escape? If I want to subject myself to this "message" I can get that from a dozen other films – but when I take my young children to a movie I want THEM to be able to escape as much as I do. Leave the social commentary to Michael Moore.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  195. maureen

    my husband and i took our two children, ages 7 and 5. both LOVED it! both sat through it glued to the screen, which is something considering the 5 year old is super active and generally has a short attention span. in fact it wasn't until later that i became aware how much conversationless time had actually passed.

    my 7 year old understood the message about conservation and consumerismver clearly, probably because they are ideas she hears alot about here at home. i think the same imagery passed over the 5 year old's head, but he still loved the relationship between wall-e and eeeevaaaa. i think the movie gives parents an open window to discuss environmental and consumer issues with our kids and pass our idea on. stories have always passed along cultural messages, and in a modern world where climate change is on the nightly news, this movie is nothing but TIMELY!

    i have been recommending this movie to everyone i know. i think pixar went above and beyond with this one. kudos to them for bringing our kids something with meaning and depth, not just more bright, flashing action!!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  196. trev in the midwest

    this movie should come with the disclaimer "attention wal-mart shoppers, you're really not going to get this!!!" if by chance you have seen it and found it completely boring, just go ahead and picture your obese grandchildren tooling around blissfully in hover-chairs, sipping on mccup-o-meals.

    but for those of us trying to stand upright with half a brain (even trying occasionally to avoid the couch and idiot box) , it's a great message for us and our children to apply to life. i loved the movie and plan to buy it when it's out on DVD.

    (of course, i also own "idiocracy". a movie with a similar message, but not remotely for children.)

    July 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Gopher C

    I'm a college student, and I do have to say that it was definitely worth the precious 10$ I paid to see this movie. Reading a lot of the comments above I started thinking "have these children never been entertained by something that doesn't have an explosion?" I'm inclined to think that when I was a kid (something I never thought I'd say) we were entertained by stories with more emotional fulfillment and less explosions and action scenes.

    And honestly, did you really expect a 3-4 year old to grasp all the concepts of a complex movie?

    I do agree, some of these comments definitely point to a gradual dumbing down of America.

    All in all, I loved the movie. All 11 other college students I went to see this movie with loved it too. If you can get over the lack of dialog (which apparently some people can't) you'll see all the wonderful layers of this movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  198. David

    The kids loved the movie (5,7, and 11). I liked the concept.

    I found the irony of the preachiness combined with the McDonalds Wall-E toys in happy meals a bit much. Save the earth, but merchandise the heck out of it...

    July 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Rebecca

    I am an adult and have not seen the movie yet. I would like to, and thought it would be interesting to read the comments from a wide variety of people.

    Just from reading the comments alone saddened me to think that we as a society must be spoon fed our entertainment (referring to the lack of dialog). I am also disgusted that there are several comments by CHILDREN that "they'd rather take a dump than watch the movie." I'd like to know when was the last time these children actually picked up a book without pictures and used their own imaginations?

    We all must remember that many moons ago when there was no PIXAR, Dreamworks, Disney, video games or even t.v., good story telling was an artform meant to entertain a broad spectrum of ages AS WELL AS leave some type of message behind if you were paying attention.

    As for my opinion of the movie – I'd say I will still see it because from what I've sees, the vast majority of open minded adults and children seemed to enjoy a good story.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Glenn

    My wife & I took our kids-12, 7, and 5-to Wall-E yesterday. This was the first movie that our 5-year-old ever sat through without squiriming or getting up once. He was completely riveted the whole time. During Kung-Fu Panda, he was up & down repeatedly...We're probably not going to use the movie to "preach" to our kids about environmentalism, exercise, etc., but my wife & I ourselves have enjoyed talking about all the issues the movie raises.

    On another note, this movie reminded me very much of Idiocracy...piles of garbage everywhere, humans as lazy bums, corporations ruling the planet, plant life dying out, technology/computers running things on auto-pilot...but without the adult humor and the humans are smart enough to figure out how to leave the planet!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Rich

    I brought my two girls (ages 3 and almost 6) to see the movie. The pre-movie short feature that came on first was pretty funny and we all liked it. All three of us were extremely bored though by the movie itself. I encouraged the kids to stay, thinking it would get better, but after about 20 minutes my youngest was dazed by the movie and my oldest really wanted to leave. The real problem my kids had though was not just that it was boring. The real problem was the violence. The storms were quite scary for the kids and the large explosions caused by the weapon-fire frightened them as well. So, we left and got ice cream, which they liked much better.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  202. M

    Why does a movie need to filled with endless explosions and pointless dialogue in order to be enjoyable? Wall-E is a children’s movie not the sequel to an action movie. I think kids are loosing touch with their ability to imagine and interpret of meanings themselves. I think some people are only a step away from turning into the blobs depicted in Wall-E. It's sad that parents buy into letting TV, video games, structured play times and corporate greed raise their kids. I bet the kids that truly enjoyed Wall-E are those who are encouraged to be creative and not handed a video game so mom and dad don't have to do the work of parenting.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Rick in SC

    We went as two families, both with kids 9-12 yrs old. Adults and children enjoyed it – on whatever levels we watched, there was something to grasp. I thought it was beautifully made, bleak or not, and appreciated that the lack of dialogue forced other elements into the storytelling.

    I feel bad for those on this board who need to be spoon-fed their entertainment with no real information or inspiration added. I feel bad that they're raising kids to be just like them.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Pete Gordon

    PIXAR has again made a great movie and this may be the best of them. I am not sure why I am seeing so many comments about the lack of dialogue, but having seen Jackie Gleason in Gigot a few decades ago, the ability to express oneself through facial features (even in an animated environment) is more indicative of greatness that just words can convey. As a 55 year old, I enjoyed the entire movie. The opening cartoon Presto was outstanding as well.

    Our 2 grandchildren attended the movie with their father and loved it.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  205. sandy

    I took my kids ages 9 and 11 , they sat through the movie and seemed to laugh at some key moments, but honstly to me it was bleak, boring and a waste of my money! After wards the kids said that it was a ok movie but nothing like the other great movies out there KUNG FU panda etc, so to me id say skip it and wait for it on dvd its cheaper !

    NOT A GOOD MOVIE

    July 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  206. stu

    I went with my wife and 5 year old son. While the movie was amusing and my son seemed to enjoy it. I found it ironic that on a beautiful sunny day so many people (included me and my family) were sitting in a dark theatre, stuffing our faces with junk food, watching a movie about how we shouldn't be sitting around, watching tv and stuffing our faces with junk food. Go Figure.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Brigitte Canto

    I have 4 kids ages 10, 8, 5 and 4. We have a large family and really enjoyed the Wall-e movie. I felt my older two children got the overall message and my other two, loved the robots in the movie. I fell Pixar/Disney are trying new things and it was still was well worth the 60.00 we spent on the experience. (Admission, 2 sodas, 1 popcorn) Those times come very few and far with the cost of living so this was a treat! I rate it a B+++.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Richard

    I took my 8 year old son and he said, "This is what the Republicans are doing to this planet isn't it?" He's a very smart boy.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Bill

    We took our four and nine year-old. They both loved it, and totally ignored the somber messages in favor of the topical storyline. We tried discussing with our nine-year old afterwards, only to be met with relative indifference to the larger messages which she thought were so obvious it did not bear discussing. I am waiting a couple of days to see what my four year-old took away from it. I agree with other parents here and am glad to see movies with a message that refrain from preaching.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  210. NathanK

    I love how you can read these comments and both gauge the intelligence of the author by their writing and then see how it correlates with their opinion of the film... I think you'll see a pattern.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  211. patti

    Granted, 2 years old is a bit early for a movie... but she made it through about 35 minutes before wanting to go home

    July 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  212. minna

    I took my 4 year old daughter and she loved the relationship between the two robots. However she did ask why there were no people on earth. My daughter also did mention that if we do not recycle and if we are litter bugs we will make the earth sick. As parents we enjoyed the movie and asked my daughter about it and said she like it as well.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Helen Skor

    I went to see this with a fellow thirty-something friend, and we both loved it. There was a little boy about 5 years old sitting next to me, and he seemed to really love the movie as well. While kids may not totally get the movie, I think there are valuable lessons for everyone in this movie.

    And I have seen a lot of folks on here writing about the reactions of their 2 and 3 year old children. Honestly, I just can't see why anyone would be suprised that a child that young would get fidgety in a movie -they get fidgety watching an episode of Sponge Bob!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Charlie

    I have no children of my own, but am an uncle to quite a few. I saw this movie on my own and found it incredibly well made. There was a lot of depth in the story line and in the animation, which made it very suitable for children and adults, alike.

    What I find very interesting is comments posted by parents on this page. There's irony here, because what they share about their children actually says a lot about themselves and the values they are passing on. There's no reason why childhood can't be fun and also educational at the same time. Part of the challenge of raising a child is preparing him/her for the very real and relevant issues of today and tomorrow – after all, they are inheriting the mistakes the last generations have left them. If the next generation doesn't learn from our mistakes, they'll be doomed to repeat them.

    I'm very pleased to see so many parents who have voiced their thoughts and who obviously are nourishing their children with the foundation to become responsible adults... and who have the capacity to "think" while simultaneously being entertained. There are way too many passive-consumers who just want to be spoon fed everything from dialogue to big explosions that are nothing but empty spectacle.

    Yes, there is very little "verbal" dialogue in the beginning chapters of the story, but it's incredibly rich in "non-verbal" communication. I think the animation team did a tremendous job to pull out so much detailed story telling without having to use a lot of words. This movie is worth watching over again a couple more times just to see any subtle non-verbals I might have missed the first time!

    Thank you to all the parents who "get it" and who are raising their children to become adults of action and not of lethargy.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Sean

    Wall-E was a different film from the laugh-a-minute Toy Story. Now Happy Feet, that was a disturbing movie. The lead dancing penguin ended up in an animal equivalent of an insane asylum, the green message felt like a sledgehammer over your head and it wasn't very funny. Wall-E was charming and funny,(my 14 yr old son and I enjoyed it)
    but I can understand why younger kids got fidgety. Try showing them a movie by Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton and you will get the same reaction.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Kristin

    My boyfriend and I loved the movie. His 3 year old nephew went and lasted only through the first half. After his experience, and reading the above posts, I agree – without dialogue, young kids get bored easily.

    Another friend of mine took her daughter – after the movie she was ready to strike up a dialogue about the deeper meaning of the movie. She asked her daughter what she thought the movie was about – and the daughter responded "friendship" (which seems to be a common theme).

    July 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  217. SCY385

    I took my eight-year old, and thirteen-year old to see it. I found that it opened a dialogue between me, and my girls. The eight-year old loved the robots, but she, also, got the message about taking care of the planet. The thirteen-year old asked me questions, and we had a discussion on certain things, and I told her what I thought. It's true that some of the themes in WALL-E will go completely over little kids heads, but I think it's a great way to open up a conversation about those things. I told my kids that I hoped that Earth would never look the way it does in WALL-E, but that we all needed to do our part to take care of the planet. I liked the fact that the movie gave adults something to think about. I, also, liked the stab at corporate entities using the fake B N' L. Take your pick about which coporation the movie was spoofing, but me, and my kids had a conversation about the corporate culture. I think that is WALL-E genious. It's a cute little Pixar movie, that really can make you think , and talk about the world that we live in, and the world we all hope to live in. I

    July 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Rick

    Both my 8 and 10 year old said it simply, 'we messed up the world, didn't we?' They got it. And now they both want a robot.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Jim

    One more thing... Pixar needs to stop giving away cheap, disposable "watches" at a movie about over-consumption and junk! Do they not get the irony?

    July 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Jeff

    For those whose children didn't like the fact there was little speaking in the first half-hour, you should be ashamed for raising children with so little cognitive ability. The simple motions, behavior and tasks that Wall-E performed in that time were beautifully done and mesmerizing. If you taught your children some appreciation for the quiet beauty of life, maybe they would have been able to comprehend it. And complaints about their not being enough explosions, really, why don't you just buy them the new Grand Theft Auto video to keep them occupied, because obviously you have polluted their minds with so much senseless violence, nothing else can quiet them. This was not a depressing movie either, if you had watched through the end credits you would have seen a rebuilding of humanity through the use of chronologically applied forms of art, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the Impressionist look of Van Gogh, but I suppose you would have to appreciate the aesthetic to get that and if your children didn't get it, you don't know it well enough to teach it. As far as the complaint that it was preachy, have you ever read Dr. Seuss? The best movies teach a lesson or are "preachy," watch To Kill a Mockingbird, or would your kid not be able to understand that either. Your narrow minds disturb me. The only consolation I have is that in the theater I was in I did not see a single fussy child wanting to go early, in fact, looking around the theater, nearly all of the children were in almost complete rapture by the film. To top that off, once it ended, the audience burst into applause (a behavior after a non-live performance that puzzles me, but it does show honest appreciation).

    July 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Tony Ashton

    I took my 3 kids, 10, 5 and 2. They all loved it. The 10 year old understood the environmental message, but was more interested in the story of Wall-E surviving and thriving and accomplishing his mission to 'clean up the place' and find love along the way. My 5 year old loved it, but couldn't (and frankly doesn't need to) explain why she liked it.
    The two year old clapps his hands and squeals "WAaaaLLLlleeee" whenever he sees Wall-E on an advert or schreed. Obviously he loved it.

    Personally, I think people try to see too much in this movie, and try to ascribe too much meaning to it. Leave that for the adults in the room. Otherwise its a cute story of romance. Well done Pixar. Another movie we will be adding to the Well-Loved and growing Pixar DVD collection at home.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  222. dibs

    I think Disney paid the reviewers off. Besides great animation, Wall-E offered nothing new in terms of story, message, etc. We were beyond bored the whole time.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  223. ian

    It was fun. All this reading messages into movies that are produced by the most decadent in society is silly.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Jim

    I am astounded! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. There are so many comments about young kinds preferring "taking a dump" or "crapping" over this movie. And they are overwhelming written by crass people with some thinly veiled anger over...something. Crass parents raising crass kids. It cracks me up that my four year old has a longer attention span and more intellectual curiousity than many adults and older kids.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Smart Kids' Parent

    Wow, some of you parents should have your kids checked out for ADHD and/or mild retardation.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Jeff

    We took our 7 year old daughter and 11 year old son. The whole environment issue went over the head of my daughter, but my son was actually bothered by it. (SPOILER AHEAD SO DONT read if you havent seen the movie) The scene when they watched a video of the President of the company talk about the world being inhabitable was in the year 2010. My son was saying that is only in 3 years. We explained that it would take alot more then 3 years to get the earth to that level, (Hopefully) He understood that, but now he is more concerned with the environment. I thought it was great entertainment but also taught my son a lesson.

    They loved the movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Jess

    Okay here is the kind of comment that proves the kind of adult taking a child to see a movie affects what a child's reaction will be:

    "My 7 year old daughter made me take her home halfway through the movie, and said she would rather “take a dump than watch Wall-E”. There is no sound and that pissed her off…"

    Really? Kids don't talk like that unless they are around adults who talk like that, and that makes me sad for those kids.

    I can see how this movie may not be for all kids and how they may be frustrated by the lack of action. But 1st of all this is NOT necessarily a kid's movie. Just because something is animated does not mean it is for children. Do some research before you bring children to the theater.

    Second important point: If you can think and understand the concept this movie is wonderful. I am just sad the point is lost on people. I don't think it's too much to rush children into thinking about the world at their level. Waiting to bring up important issues until kids are old is too late. You don't need to beat them over the head with it, but I don't think this movie does that, I think it meets you at whatever level you can meet it.

    Finally, anyone who fell asleep in this movie and got too bored and who left early- you are exactly like the humans on the Axiom. You need to be constantly occupied and want life to be easy and easy gags, and life isn't about that always, it is okay to think sometimes!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Haggerty's

    Wow – give the audience a film with more depth and subtlety than the average summer flick and people Complain that "it's boring." "My 2 year old was bored!" Not surprising, given that children (and adults) are assaulted by the seizure-inducing crap on TV that offer no substance other than explosions. I'll take some nuanced, dialogue-free sequences (in the vein of chaplin) to some pop-culture loaded Dreamworks animation any day. To all those that get bored with films that lack (a) lots of explosions and/or (b) "punchy" one-liners, might I suggest any number of CGI- filled Will Smith summer "blockbusters" (hey, good news! there's one in theaters now!) or any animation filled with celebrity guest voices (wow, it so much better and funny, because it's Eddie Murphy/Angelina Jolie/Ben Stiller doing the voices! Who cares if the story sucks, and that the pop culture references will horribly date the movie in a few months!).

    July 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Sarah

    I can't believe how many people are bothered by the lack of dialogue in this movie. I guess they need everything spelled out for them... I loved getting to know Wall-E through his actions alone. I thought Pixar did an amazing job conveying the story without a lot of words. The first half-hour or so was especially mind-blowing visually (especially because of the lack of dialogue), and I found the whole movie completely compelling to watch.

    We saw this movie with our 6-yr-old and 3-yr-old boys. I did not have great expectations for my 3-yr to make it through the entire movie, and luckily he fell asleep. My 6-yr-old loved the movie and really "got" it. There was enough action and silliness to hold his attention for the more somber stuff. He has since asked me if the overweight people started to become skinny again once they moved back to Earth and began moving around more. He also thought it was hilarious they thought they could grow pizza plants!

    The theatre was PACKED with families and small children, and yet you could have heard a pin drop throughout the show. Bravo! I recommend this movie for 6 and up. I don't have the "warm fuzzies" I got from "Finding Nemo." That one's a classic on every level. Wall-E is a classic as well, just different.

    P.S. If you have restless kids, or just want a good time, go see "Kung Fu Panda."

    July 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Amanda Reckonwith

    I think the great thing about the movie is that it works on different levels depending on the age and developmental level of the child. My son, 10, was able to see it as a work of sci fi, while my daughter saw it as it as a relationship film. The cautionary tale of a future wasteland is a theme that has figured in "adult" movies for a long time. I think it works well for adults. But for most kids... yeah, they don't get it.

    BTW, if you think WALL -E is bleak just wait for The Road.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Gman

    I took my 5 year old, and he was scared the first part of the movie. My soon wants to know "what's going on" all the time, and with little dialogue, he just didn't get it. As I started to whisper to him the story, he calmed down, and was okay, but then days later, he was scare of Wall-E.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  232. daddyoftwo

    My wife and I took our 6 and 4-year-old boys to see the movie. They are suckers for mainstream media and were already anticipating WallE before we sat down. I thought they would drift off during the first part of the movie that was wordless. However, they loved the slapstick enough to bridge the gap until a story arose. None of the deep themes hit them much, but our 6-year-old did walk away thinking we should not waste as much as we do. They both asked if we could buy it as we left the theater. It helps that mommy and daddy loved it. They love anything we love. But they genuinely enjoyed the movie and will watch it time and time again. Go Pixar.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  233. indnajns

    What do you all mean, "the future"? We're already there! There are places on this earth that are already so polluted they look just like what WALL-E was cleaning up and where the locals die from uncommonly high percentages of cancer (places in China and India). The current text messaging frenzy is no different from the mindless screen viewing of the Axiom inhabitants. They can't be bothered to talk to a human right next to them. Same with our current texters. And people over 500 lbs are no longer rare. There are entire shows on TV about obesity clinics, articles all over the web about people so hefty they haven't left home in years. Folks, the future is HERE. Stop the denial.

    But what is really disturbing is how many people (adults or children) didn't have the attention span to sit through an entire movie. The social commentary in the movie wasn't aimed at the three year olds. Pixar's smarter than that. It was the backdrop. It's there if you wanted to understand it, or easily ignored if you didn't. But to slam a movie because "there wasn't any talking for the first 30 mins" is just pathetic. To be unable to enjoy a movie because "there weren't any explosions" is ridiculous. And the posters here think the inhabitants of the Axiom were coddled? How about looking a little closer to home?

    This movie was spectacular. Only Pixar could've pulled it off and Pixar DID pull it off, in a monumental way. It's just scary that so many in the audience have mush for brains that they couldn't handle 120 mins of just pure "watching to see what happens" kind of fun. No wonder there's an overload of ADHD being diagnosed.

    July 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Nick - Minneapolis

    Everyone I know who's seen this movie says it's one of the best children's movies ever made. My 8 year old daughter absolutely loved it and had no problem understanding the different themes and messages. She even commented on how neat it was to be able to understand everything without much "talking" in the movie. Reading through these comments from all the people who just don't get it is a real eye opener – it's amazing how many dumb parents are out there who are just going to pass that trait onto their kids. A neverending cycle, I'm afraid.

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  235. FamilyEnjoyment

    My ten year old was wondering why there weren't any ninjas in the movie. He was very bored, but he didn't seem to hate it as much as he hated Shrek, so I would give Wall-E a D+

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  236. Shari Dodd

    My 21 and 17 year old sons took their 7 year old brother to see it and all enjoyed it. My 7 year old wanted to take me so we went and I also enjoyed it. The older 2 talked about how it was very thought provoking and the little one thought it was cool to be in space. But did realize that if we don't do something with the garbage, we won't have a place to live. The PIXAR short before the movie was great. We all laughed ourselves simple. I love the rabbit, PIXAR is awesome on their shorts!

    July 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Rich

    Good movie. Loved that a sent a message to irresponisble parents who let their children and themselves sit on their fat butts all day, eat, and watch tv. That's the way we look now! Sad times, bro, sad times!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Jenn

    My boys walked away from the movie with lots of the social commentary firmly cemented, and the love story just an interesting side bar. My issue with the Pixar folks is that the movie regails us on the evils of conspicuous consuption and then you see all these "Wall-E" toys, posters, games, etc. Talk about hypocracy...

    Did anyone stick around for the credits? They illustrated the recreation of the new society on earth as they learned how to hunt and sustain themselves. Each new development was illustrated with a representation of classical art...the fishing scene looked like cave paintings, men building a new structure looked like DaVinci sketches, there were some Monet and Van Gogh type scenes as well. I was mesmerized, but of course, the boys were ready to go 🙂

    July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  239. mike

    My kids loved the movie, they are 6 and 8. They got it. I just wonder how many people that say their kids didn't like it actually listened to their kids. It would be interesting to see a political break down of these comments on favorable v. unfavorable. I have a feeling it will be liberal v. conservative

    July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Mark

    I brought my seven year-old brother to see Wall-e yesterday and he loved it. He seemed to follow the story line perfecting even without dialogue. He asked me during the movie," is this what the world will look like in the future?" I told him that we need to more helpful towards the earth and not litter. He and I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. The symbolism and the messages within the movie address some rather intense issues such as global warming, love, and understanding reality. The kids might not be able to absorb all of the teachings but a large portion seemed to be understood.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  241. April H

    My husband and I went with our eight year old, second grade daughter. We enjoyed it just as much as she did! I truly enjoyed seeing the relationships of the characters, and the two people who had "fallen and could not get up" new view of their surroundings. We should all take heart. The best animated movie to come out in a decade!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Paige

    I am a sixteen year old and went to the movie with my parents and younger siblings, ages nine and twelve. We all loved the movie. I think that the messages presented were so important and the movie as a whole sent a wonderful message. The movie showed us how bad conditions could be if we continue to abuse our planet. It also showed us the importance of getting off the computer, cell phone, etc. and looking for companionship and enjoying the world around us. The movie was bleak to begin with but offers hope and shows that humans are capable of changing things and bringing the planet back to a healthy state. This movie was a masterpiece and anyone of any age will take something away from it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Teresa

    I took my grandson, he is almost 10. He did understand the concept of laying around makes you fat and if we do not keep the earth clean, it will look like the movie. He loved EVA and Wall-E but was bored because of no dialog even though he did learn some valuable lessons. He did really like the movie. I actually thought the message was too deep for most children and I did think it was cute, It really was not my favorite movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Beth

    I didn't take any kids to this movie and I wouldn't.. I was really concerned that they would feed into that over-the-top environmentalist tripe. First off, it's sending mixed messages: excitement over technology (which lead us to the "Fat Ship") and a more fundimentalist lifestyle to avoid such a slothful outcome, which would ultimately feed our need to grow, create and in the end, fall right back into those comfy chairs whilst the machines did everything.

    And it's stupid.. we're a species built on invention. The idea of us sitting around in space getting fat and stupid is just an obvious scare tactic. I happen to believe a lot more in the human race as a whole.

    I wish Pixar and Disney would stick to intelligence and encouraging our kids to grow up smart and conscious of everything around them (the planet, history, cultures, animals, etc) and not just force feed them "end of days" BS with a political agenda.

    I would not take a child to this.. yes, they may brush it off after the first viewing, but after the DVD and multiple viewings, we're just brainwashing the next generation.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Cindy

    My 14yr old daughter wanted to rent HELLO DOLLY afterwards! She also thought it was great that two "beings" as different as Wall-E and Eva could see the beauty in each other and fall in love. There's a teenage girl for you!!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Jim

    My 8-year boy loved it. He had to go to the bathroom during the film but refused to leave till the end, (he made it!). I also enjoyed it and appreciated the skill the film makers took to make this enjoyable to both kids and adults. I think if kids were board with this movie they have watched to much TV. Finally a real G rated movie that can be very entertaining for all. For those that thought this was some sort of Green propaganda movie I really feel sorry for them, it was pure fun science fiction

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  247. Brittany

    My husband and I went to see the movie on the night it came out. We are your typical 25 year old couple with no children- and no personal stand on keeping the earth "green." We both LOVED the movie, and were not at all bothered by the "under-lying agenda." The movie was entertaining and I laughed more during Wall-E than I have during a movie in a long time. The love story was touching and I even found myself holding back tears at times.

    The theatre was packed with kids of all ages and I did not hear any of them crying, complaining, whining, etc. And I did not see anyone get up and leave. There was a family with four kids behind us who seemed to completely enjoy the movie...the youngest one seemed to be about 3 years old.

    Overall, another great Pixar movie with a point...and one we should all think more about.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  248. pat erickson

    I took my 8yr, old grandson, i was moved by the wonderful message of this movie., that we need to take care of our earth. it went right over his head, he just thought it was a good movie. it gave me the opportunity to tell him the theme ans for us to talk about it. it was a good conversation, hopefully gave him something to think about.

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  249. Mike

    I saw Wall-E on opening day by myself (35 years old) as I was killing some time while traveling on business. I thought the movie was wonderful on so many levels. From a comic point of view, the mai characters were perfect foils for each other and really helped move the movie along.

    I thought the non-verbal "Acting" was great. It reminded me a lot of Tom and Jerry from when I was a kid and how they never spoke but let their expressions, their actions and the music help tell the story. Wall-E and Eve were just like Tom and Jerry in that aspect.

    As for the story line of the Earth being over polluted... I applaud Pixar. I think everyone fro 3 – 93 can understand the idea of too much waste. I think a parent should be able to use the movie as a lesson after the fact... i.e. if a toddler uses too many paper towels they can say "wall-e would have to clean that up in the future", etc. I don't see this as preachy at all. I see it as PERFECT.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Karen

    11 year old and 14 year old loved it. They were not bored at all, and they "got" the message. We've shown our kids many silent movies by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, so I don't think the lack of dialogue bothered them at all. I thought it was extremely well done, it's definitely going in our Pixar collection when it's released on DVD. I wouldn't recommend it to very young kids or for a "first time at the movies" movie, though.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Jeremy

    My sons (3 and 5) were extremely excited to see Wall-E and have talked about it happily since. The setups on the environement and complacency seem to have gone over their heads.

    Their main focus has been the relationship between Wall-E and Eve. My older son's been drawing pictures of Wall-E thinking of Eve, while my younger son is a little mistrustful of her after the early scenes about her itchy trigger finger: "She was naughty to fire the boats. They didn't like to be fired."

    I've seen some complaints on the lack of dialogue, but it didn't seem to bother my guys. It was interesting to see how quickly they identified with Wall-E and what he was feeling. And as a parent, I was pleased: I'm continually amazed at the poor judgement of Pixar's competitors when it comes to appropriate dialogue in a kids' movie.

    I think this will be the rare movie we actually purchase.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  252. ryan

    If your kid was confused by this movie you are an awful parent and this movie was made for you. Its a story about appreciating all that is good in human capacity and shunning all that is bad. If your kid can't understand good vs. evil perhaps you shouldn't be taking them to movies, you should be interacting with them and not staring at a giant TV screen for 2 hours.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Brett Jensen

    This is coming from a childless 25 year-old, so take my comments with that grain of salt...

    Are you parents all oblivious to the fact that your children (who couldn't sit through two hours of entertainment hinting that they might be a little spoiled)... ARE A LITTLE SPOILED?

    I know. Let's leave earth, and fashion moving seats with attached TVs to make sure that no one has to go about being mentally engaged ever again. This movie made a point straight into your faces, and all you can do is complain that your kids weren't engaged.

    Here's the moral of the story: You're not engaging your kids, you're placating them. It is supposed that as a parent, you're fashioning a decent human being... rather, in your cases, you're complaining at a company who didn't keep your kids entertained ENOUGH for the standards your households set.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Tracey

    My 11 year old daughter saw this movie with her swim team last week and she absolutely hated it. So, two thumbs down from her.

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  255. Katy

    While my children attended seperately with their grandparents, I attended with my husband. I think the child's reaction depends wholly on the folks that are accompanying them to this movie. Myself, I was somewhat disapointed when the movie ended. I had believed this movie would be a comedy of sorts, given the previews I'd seen. I didn't find a lot of humor and found myself wondering how my children were 'enjoying' the flick. In the end, although I'm not opposed to having to 'think' during a movie, I do get tired of these movie empires taking it upon themselves to do my job by teaching my children. Once, I'd be completely overjoyed to take them to a movie that was nothing more than fun and relaxing, a short hiatus from real life, as it were. The movie was okay and I wont' say that I don't recognize the depth in layering within the plotline but, again, I'd prefer to teach my children about any of their responsibilities in life. I don't need a pixar or a dreamworks to motivate me to do so. I need a pixar or a dreamworks to provide me with an opportunity to treat my children to a moment's rest amidst a world weary of political and social messaging.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Bryn

    My 7 year old and I went and both loved it. He picked up on the fact that the people on the spaceship all became fat because they did nothing but float around and eat. It was a great time to talk about the earth and also how important it is to go outside and get away from the video games and the T.V. It was a great movie to start a conversation about a lot of issues.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Jessie

    I am a college student and have no children, but went to see the movie anyway (and with much anticipation, I might add). I thought it was wonderful! I can't give any feedback as to how my children reacted seeing as how I don't have any, but reading some other people's comments about themes being "over their children's heads" made me think about movies I saw growing up. There were a lot of jokes and themes I didn't get growing, but still loved the movie. I don't think the child necissarily has to "get it" right now. If they liked it, they'll watch it again when they're older and then things will start to click. For example, I grew up loving The Sound of Music and watching it non-stop. I even knew every word to every song and sang them all the time. However, it wasn't until a couple of years ago when I watched the movie again did I realize it was dripping with politics and nazi's. Good thing I liked it then enough to get it now!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Alberto

    I've seen all of Pixar's movies with my children. Besides Finding Nemo, this was the only movie where you could here a PIN DROP in the movie as the end drew near. The movie is about the characters first. It's obvious the characters in this movie gripped the audience. The messy nature of humans was evident all around us. Mostly overweight, popcorn and trash all over the place so if the massage about this is NOT understood, it's up to us to explain it to our kids!
    Folks, it's mostly about being entertained and WALL-E did just that.
    Thank you Pixar!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Lisa

    Best thing about the movie was the 3 minute "short" before it started with the magician and the rabbit!!!!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  260. T Buck

    I thought the movie was very political and manipulative. We were all lulled to sleep over this cute little robot and his escapades while the film-makers attempt to convey a message about the laziness of the western world and the detriment of technology on the human race was penetrating the minds of the children, teens and adults who watched it. I may be one of the only people who hated this film!! I think it was motivated by the green movement. Wake up America, Hollywood is attempting to manipulate you again and everyone is giving rave reviews to an extremely damaging film. My kids liked what they saw, because they don't know any better. Most of America will like what they see, because they don't know any better either!!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Jim

    I thought my two toddlers viewed it primarily as a love story between two robots. When we got home afterwards, they played in the back yard as Wall-E and Eve. Then, much to my surprise, they went around cleaning and picking up the backyard, saying "We have to get the Earth clean!" I was bowled over.

    I did have to tactfully answer one question about why the mobidly obese humans "looked like that." I just told them that's what happens when you eat too much candy and don't play outside! I was relieved when the ship's captain and the other humans rose to the occassion, cast off their complacency, and redeemed themselves. Without that component, the movie would be a tad awkward for some, er, gravitationally challenged people.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Adam

    Wow.....
    Talk about unintelligent people. Wall-E is a wonderful movie with a ton of layers. Obviously the majority of the people posting here didn't learn any science in school or they wouldn't be complaining about the fat people in the ship that can't walk. Hasn't anyone ever heard of bone degeneration due to space. It happens to all astronauts. Even exercise doesn't fix it completely. So it shouldn't be surprising that all the people on the ship including the babies would be fat/squat and unable to support themselves with their legs.

    My 6 year old got it all. We watch science shows all the time (Beakmans' world and animal planet stuff).

    As an adult, I absolutely loved Wall-E. And please.....if you haven't seen the movie don't comment on it! And no hear say.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Daryl

    My kids are 7 and 4. They loved the movie. Loved the slapstick parts of it. After the movie, my son (who is a very sensitive 4 year old) asked why all the people were fat. He thought that it was funny that they were, but after my wife and I explained that the human race basically got lazy and did not get exercise, he said that it is just a movie, and it would never happen. My 7 year old daughter though seems to be riding her bike more. All in all they loved it and are still talking about the movie and it was over a week ago that we went to see it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Char

    I went with my husband and my 7 year-old son. My husband liked it, my 7 year-old did not. My opinion was somewhere in between. I guess we were simply expecting something else. More action? More humor? Not sure, but it seemed like something was missing. It's more of an adult movie, and we were expecting a kids' movie. It was not BAD, but we won't be buying the DVD.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Michelle

    What an awful movie. I went reading reviews about it being the best movie of the year, Pixar & Disney did it again. However, my kids along with others in the movie theather were crying when Eva was shooting everything around. It should not been rated G. The movie is not for young kids.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Andrew Greiner

    Did anyone else get the feeling that the BNL (Buy N Large) was really a reference to the internet. Shift all the letters one place in the alphabet and you get COM. Is this a reference to the .com world and how we all buy online????

    Very close to the HAL = IBM from 2001.

    I could be wrong and it's just a co-incidence

    July 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Travis

    I think it says even more that there are so many responses to the question that state that kids were complaining there weren't enough explosions. Would the movies of my childhood have enough action and explosions for the children of today?

    July 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  268. HappyBean

    My 38 year old husband and I loved this movie on all levels, simple and complex. I'd take my nieces and nephews, probably Age 5 or older. Who takes a 2 1/2 year old to a 90 minute movie???? And, Who are all these parents with children/nephews using this "I'd rather take a dump than watch Wall-E" lanuguage? Is this from South Park or some other adult cartoon? I think I'd rather spend my time with a robot with only four words in his vocabulary than with these children...or their parents!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  269. dashiel

    i find it really amusing how hard people are trying to cover-up their political allegiances by labeling the movie boring or interpreting the reactions of children. well maybe less amusing and more disgusting.

    does anyone here doubt those trying to say the movie was boring or their children hated it are conservative, climate change doubting, pro intelligent design anti-intellectuals? that you can so desperately cling to dogma to cloud your enjoyment of what boils down to nothing more than an entertaining film is a sad indictment on society.

    my three year old niece got cranky in kung-fu panda and we had to leave, ergo she must disagree with olympics being held in beijing this year. give me a break.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Elizabeth

    We took our 2 year old. It was his second movie. He enjoyed all the action and the "big TV" was louder than at home! He exclaimed at all the explosions (rocket ships taking off) and seemed to love it. After one hour, my husband had to get up and walk around with him. He could not sit through the whole thing.

    My husband thought that the movie was boring. I liked it. It was slow a bit at the front end, but I enjoyed the love story between the robots and Pixar did a great job!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Stefanie

    I took my 10 and 6 year old girls to see Wall E last week. They enjoyed the movie and when we were leaving, I made the comment that there were several messages in the movie, and asked if they had picked up on any of them. My 10 year old answered that we have to keep the planet green and healthy, and we can't sit around watching TV all day or we will get fat and won't be able to walk. I also think that the movie had a lot to say about perserverance as well. It was a nice change to sit through a movie that relied heavily on visuals instead of listening to a lot of dialogue.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Lisa

    Me (35yo) and my 36 yo friend snuck in to see it after "Wanted" was over. We both enjoyed it more than "Wanted" and immediately noticed the social and political commentary behind the message. As a civilization, we all need to take care of this planet and ourselves. We can't be led around like sheep by these big corporations who are out for one thing...money. Next to "Finding Nemo", my favorite Pixar flick.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Jean Mank

    Here we go again! Many adults here are agreeing with their kids that they were "bored." Several kids rudely stated that they would "rather crap" or "take a dump" than watch "Wall-E." First of all, my 12-year-old daughter is not allowed to talk like that.

    Where I live, MORE THAN HALF of the adult population is OBESE, and their favorite hangout is Wal-Mart. Many of them prefer just to ask for the electric riding cart, even after I've seen them walking all the way across the parking lot. They're out of breath, I guess.

    When did we stop caring about movies that made you think? We are no better than the obese consumers floating in space. Paddy C. nailed it when he wrote that line for "Network." Just brilliant. We want it yesterday, it has to taste good, it has to be in mass quantities, and it has to be fast-paced and cool. In other words, let somebody else do all the work.

    My 12-year-old daughter cried through much of the movie because she feared "This is going to be my future, isn't it?" She gets it. Of course, since she was a baby I've always get an open line of communication with her. For instance, when the video "I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It" came on VH1, I watched it with her, then asked her how it made her feel. She said, "I don't care if somebody is homosexual, but this video makes me uncomfortable. It's like it's almost telling me to go out and try having sex with girls."

    I'll get off my soap box now.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Holly

    My kids, 5 & 6, enjoyed it OK, but not enough to really make a big impression on them of the lessons that were implied. They did like the "love story" between Wall-E and Eve. And they really enjoyed the curious gizmos that Wall-E collected.

    As far as an adult view, first off I have to say that the "short" in front of Wall-E was soooooo well done, I laughed till I had tears rolling down my cheeks. That is the best short ever, I've seen Pixar do. I will never think of "Ta-dah!!" the same way again. 😀

    As far as Wall-E goes, I enjoyed some of the hidden implications, such as the fact that "Eve" means "mother of all life", and this little Eve held a plant within her – a way to bring back life to the earth. Yeah, and ol' John; I think his voice will be in every Pixar movie somehow. I started laughing just as soon as I heard his voice, and my kids were wondering why.

    However, there is something that has disturbed me in this movie. If the WHOLE earth wasn't worth living in, and ALL humans were up in that gigantic spaceship, then why didn't we actually SEE more than an American culture up there? That really bothered me. I mean, if you're gonna tell our kids that our planet is in trouble and we ALL need to do something about it, then how long are we going to blind our eyes that we're a GLOBAL community. I wish that was part of the lesson too. I only saw one culture, and even that one was mightily skewerd.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Vicki

    I took my 3 yr old grand daughter. She loved it!!! She loved the relationship between Wall-e and Eva. She asked why all the people were fat and i explained they watched tv all day. She couldn't believe they didn't play outside...lol....I loved it and so did she....an excellent movie!!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Solid Snake

    wow, a lot of you people suck. wtf is so hard to grasp? sorry its not stupid humor and pointless banter between two characters. mayeb if your children weren't desensitised by stupid shiite thats on tv, they wouldn't complain about how boring it was, or how much they'd rather take a crap (classy, that one is) than watch this movie. go back to fosters home or whatever they watch and watch them de-evolve throughout the years.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  277. smb from connecticut

    Based on the moronic statements made by most parents' 7 to 11 years olds, I'd say that those are the kids that will grow up to be anti-social, ill-mannered, dis-respectful, spoiled losers and the parents should be ashamed.

    You should be nuturing, teaching and disciplining them instead of letting them run your life with their lack of patience, thoughtfulness and intelligence..........when an 7 and 11 year old says "they'd rather take a crap than watch Wall-E, then you know the parents have no control and cater to those whining, instant-gratification seeking little brats.......here's a lesson, guess what the world will be like when those little retards are running the country............................

    July 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Shannon Dew

    I took my 4.5 year old son and he's usually upbeat at Pixar movies...he curled up in a ball and laid on my lap about 30-40 minutes in and didn't smile, move or say anything for the rest of the film...I came away slightly depressed...the movie isn't wrong and the questions it raises are good, but it's pretty heavy stuff under the guise of a lighthearted children's movie. If I'd known, I wouldn't have taken my 4 year old.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Mike

    I brought my five-year old son and the two of us were bored silly. I knew nothing about the movie other than that it was a Pixar movie with a robot. I was thinking Nemo or Toy Story. Instead I get this dreck.

    Hey, I get it, we need to take care of the planet. Thanks. Memo read. Next time I shell out $20 for the movie, please entertain me.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Amber

    To quote from another post "In the words of our 8-year old friend, Mark Anthony, 'There was no point, the movie didn’t have enough explosions.'"
    I saw the movie this weekend and I thought the movie as well as the message was delightful. The statement above just goes to show you that we as a whole are not taking our children to thought provoking movies and rather exposing them to mindless "blow up, shoot 'em up" movies.
    I am not judging your choice of titles for your children, but movies like Wall-E should inspire an intelligent, thought provoking discussion between parents and children, topics other than the difference between Peter Parker and Spider Man.
    It is a relief to have a simple story that exploits the wasteful and gluttonous behavior of the human race. It is somewhat disheartening to hear about the kids who get "pissed off" by the lack of sound, or is it imagination that they lack? And to that I say, the child is not the one to blame.
    Wall-E is a fantastic film. Thank you for your vision Pixar! Maybe your simple story will help those parents who do not discuss reality (other than American Idol) with their children.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Bob

    My 6 year old daughter and 9 year old son both enjoyed the movie very much. After it, they both commented that we weren't taking care of the earth very well. My son gave a bunch of examples of things most people can do to help prevent things from turning out the way depicted in the movie. Neither of them understood how anyone could get so lazy as to never get up and walk around, or how they never noticed what an amazing spaceship they were living on.

    Someone commented that most kids won't get the message... I strongly disagree. Sure, maybe some kids won't get it, but a lot of them do, and that's the point! Maybe they'll figure out how to do the right things that most adults haven't learned yet.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  282. David in Phoenix

    Wow...I am astounded by some of the comments made by supposed adults here. You people are raising kids? If grown adults can't sit still for 30 minutes without much dialogue, even with amazing visuals and music, then there is no hope for their kids. Get those kids some Ritalin, a greasy hamburger and sit them in front of the TV or video game. A tragic comment on 21st century life. Glad to see they are a small minority.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  283. John

    My 2 year old grand daugther enjoyed the film and was moved to tears near the end when she thought Wall-E wasn't going to make it. There seemed to be some borrowed themes in the film (i.e. the auto-pilot was too much like HAL-9000, including the red "eye"). A few other observations...fat people flying through space for 700 years would not walk off the ship onto Earth and I guess they would still depend on the ship to provide food and potable water...opps, it's just a cartoon!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Katina

    My 11 year old daughter went to see Wall-E last Friday with her day camp. I can tell you she was none too pleased with this idea earlier in the week, actually she was annoyed. When I picked her up after camp on Friday she refused to give me the slightest idea about the movie, no kidding, she wouldn't tell me anything about it. She would just smile and say, "I guess we need to go see the movie this weekend, together." While not quite an answer, I'll take it as she loved the movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Mike

    My three year old wanted to see the Panda movie again, and kept asking to go watch the Panda moving. She lasted about 10 minutes and she started asking.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  286. kathy

    I appreciate that you brought up the dark side of Walle. I love Pixar movies but this one was very dark. I took by eight year old granddaughter and when we left she said, "That was kind of strange". She enjoyed some of the movie but for the most part was disturbed by the Walle's loneliness, the dirty Earth, and the lazy people how wouldn't get off their chairs.

    Certainly their are a lot of things to discuss with children after seeing the movie; however, I don't think this should be a G movie. The dark nature of it makes it more of a PG movie in my book. There was very little laughter in the audience except during the more slapstick moments. I can't recommend this to families with children under the age of ten.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Nick

    My 8 year-old daughter loved it. She thought Wall-E was cool – and loved EVE even more. She pointed out that we had to be better in taking care of the Earth, and that sitting around and inactivity in general, would cause your legs and arms to evolve away. She wants to go back and see the movie again, and has already said she wants the DVD for Christmas. I admire Pixar for targeting the younger audience, although I was initially put off – paying $30-plus to be preached at for 1.5 hours – still enjoyed it anyway.

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  288. Pgh Pens fan

    Took my kids (son 8 & daughter 6). They loved it. They both seemed to get the message, but were not bothered by it. They do understand that we need to care for the Earth as well as ourselves.

    They particularly enjoyed the interaction between Wall-E and Eve. (They immediately decided afterwards that this is one that they'd like to buy when it comes out on DVD.)

    I thought the animation was spectacular. The story line was quite good and held my interest throughout. (The animated short at the beginning was very funny.)

    Over all, two thumbs up.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  289. JB

    My wife and I were very disappointed, limited dialogue and bleak portrayal of the future (gloom and doom)!! The message being conveyed was too obvious, Disney movies typically relay a message throughout their movies but they are more subtle and don't override the story line. My daughter (6 year old) wanted Eva and Wall E to be together and was happy at the end when it all worked out. Al and all it was ok but should be listed as a Drama!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Katie

    the lessons in the movie are OBVIOUS. Take care of the Earth and most importantly take care of YOUR body. With the obesity rates going through the roof for all age groups this movie is an eye opener for adults and kids. How many people sit around constantly, eat excessively and and haven't bothered to exercise in who knows how long?

    Most people are missing the point. Teach kids healthy eating habits, get them active and maybe they won't end up helpless and unhealthy like the characters in the movie. How can there possibly be more action scenes when the people can't even get out of their chairs to do anything?

    Tell your kids the truth about personal health. It may require some personal reflection but you're kids will be better for it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  291. James

    My wife and I took our 9 year old son to see Wall-E over the weekend. He thought the first half of the movie was a little slow, but the end had him laughing and enjoying himself. At home I asked him what he thought about it. He said he loved the robots, and was glad that the story about what happened on earth was just that, only a story. I asked him if the BnL company reminded him of any place he knows. He quickly answered no. Then he thought about it for a minute, and in that totally surprised kid kind of way, he said, "YES! WalMart."

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  292. Juan

    My 2 daughters, 11 and 6, loved the movie and understood the message very well. I wonder what the kids that hated the movie usually read and watch on TV. There might be a relation between background information they have before they walk in the theatre and the movie's message itself?

    July 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Bren

    My 8-year-old daughter won't throw anything away since seeing the movie! I had to buy a bin for all of her recycled items, and she has made some interesting art projects! I'm proud of her for not just thinking about the earth, but for actually doing something constructive...all without being told what she should do.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Dan

    This movie was very dissapointing. Hence the Oscar Buzz. My wife and I took our 5 and 3 year old to the movie. The 3 year old fell asleep and the 5 year old was wrestless the entire time. These are the same children that loved Bee Movie, Horton and Kungfu Panda. The Short Circuit robot ( renamed Wall-E) had a nice personality but the story was lacking. I think its hard to use a childrens movie as a platform for a GO GREEN campaign.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Christy

    We took our 3 year-old to see the movie at my urging. The reviews we saw were great ... said it was Pixar's best movie since Finding Nemo. I couldn't disagree more. It was an extremely bleak movie and very confusing for young children ... not at all what I was expecting. The bright spot ... every so often our son can be heard saying, Eeeeva or Wall-E in a robotic voice ... which makes us both laugh.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  296. wwright

    IT IS A MOVIE........why can't we let our children play in make believe? Why do we always have to get them to grow up so fast. To everyone that has to "explain" the movie to their children I have a simple saying.......LET YOUR KIDS BE KIDS!!!!!! I do my part to change the world so my daughter can enjoy swimming in our backyard and riding her scooter, the day will come when she will be in my shoes and worry will come whether she likes it or not so I choose to let her be a young child with no worries.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Jackie

    Our 9 year old son is still discussing the movie with us and asking questions, a week after we saw the movie. It raised some very relevant topics for family discussion, and he had some very interesting questions and answers. His questions ranged from: Why is the earth so barren and polluted? What happened? Could this happen? Why are those people shaped like babies? Why did they lose bone mass?, to: do you like Wall-E better than Eve? Who do you think is stronger? What are the strengths of Wall-E and the strengths of Eve? When did Eve first decide she loved Wall-E? Who do you like better? Wall-E or Eve?

    This was clearly a very thought provoking film for our son, and a great family movie.

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  298. Jacki

    It seems that children have different reviews on how the movie was. Mysell being 21 and loving Disney movies went with a few family memebers of mine. From a 'grown-ups' point of view I thought it was a lovely movie. It had all the classic lines of any Disney and it taught not only gown-ups but children a lesson. I think, even though some beleive the movie was bleak, that it taught each generation that understood it something. We are showing adults that we need to start taking care of things because although we may not be the generation that has to deal with issues similar to these we will be setting it up for our children and grand-children to deal with. For the childrent that saw the movie I am sure they went home and asked questions and I believe that is a good thing. We will need to get back to the point where we are teaching our children lessons instead of stepping aside and forgetting about them.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Josh

    I understand that this thread is specifically about how children are relating to Wall-E, which is excellent, but I think the discussion presupposes that this film is aimed primarily at children, which isn't necessarily the case, just because the medium chosen to tell this story is animation. No doubt children are a target demographic, but they're not the only one, nor are they, in all likelihood, the primary target. I saw this film in a theatre filled primarily with adults, relatively few of them with children in tow, and the adults clearly appreciated and enjoyed the multiple themes and messages presented in the movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Michael

    This is not Toy Story or Nemo so not the best for 5-6 year olds and under.

    Otherwise, great movie, even with the limited dialogue, it was visually and mentally engaging. Many friends have seen and agree. I have encouraged others to go. My children 7 and 9 understood many points the movie made.

    What is wrong with a movie having a sobering yet meaningful message? Take a look at Discovery's World in Peril. Folks the reality is here! BnL parents can really use it as a reminder to themselves and as a teaching point for their children...this is the ONLY planet we have treat it kindly or the consquences will be far worse than this story shares.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Suzanne

    My 5 year old daughter loved the movie and so did I! She was intrigued the most by the relationship between the two robots and understood how badly Wall-E wanted to hold Eeeeeva's hand. She kept looking at me and saying "Awwww" whenever he tried and failed. She didn't fidgit or complain one bit. She understood that the people on the ship had gotten "big" because they didn't exercise and eat right. Both of us enjoyed the movie on 2 different levels, which I think makes the movie perfect.

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  302. William

    My first thought as a parent was "What a load of propaganda" – reminded me of that old kids' cartoon – Captain Planet? – the big bad corporation destroying the earth, etc. – you can write this tired old storyline in your sleep. My 10 tear old thought it was stupid – he pointed out the obvious – a bunch of overweight humans with little or no bone mass suddenly stand up and walk around a desolate lifeless Earth – hoping to save it? He also wanted to know who the bad guys were supposed to be – BNL, the red eyed robot, or US????

    July 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Ian

    My wife and I recently took our 5 year old son to see Wall-E. He was completely mesmerized by the movie from beginning to end. I thought it was the best of the Pixar movies.

    He didn't seem bored by the first half hour or so...yes, there's zero in terms of dialogue, but a LOT is going on in those first few minutes as we learn of Wall-E and his life on a devastated Earth.

    I think a lot of the overall environmental message went over his head but he seemed to grasp the concept that we need to take care of our planet or one day, we might have to leave it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Karen

    My children, 7 and 8, were not thrilled. They loved Wall-E and Eve and did find many of the scenes humorous. I'm not sure that the 7-year-old understood the environmental message. They were both upset about the danger to Wall-E and Eve, and they did not understand why Eve shut down after being given the plant. What really disturbed them was the ending, when it seemed that Wall-E would not have the same personality or remember Eve after he received another card. Both left the theater quite sad and declared that they did not want to get this on DVD. My husband and I enjoyed it quite a bit, however. I did find it ironic that the movie's message was about humans destroying the world with trash, and yet at the ticket window we received two rubber Wall-E watches for the kids that never worked and had to be thrown in the trash.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Jason Cusick

    I took my son (6 and 8) and they both loved it! Of course, they like little things like robots and related a lot to Wall-E's collection of trinkets. They saw it as a love story. I think we are seeing through the lens of current events. Andrew Stanton, the director and writer, said the movie is about the love between Wall-E and Eve, which seem to be the most "human" characters in the story. The environmental message was not intended (according to his interview on ChristinaityToday.com). It seems like most kids relate most to the author's intent – a love story. I also took our 20 month old daughter, who now runs around the house yelling "wall-we!"

    July 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Chuck

    We went as an extended family outing with visiting relatives. My 11 year old totally got the message about the damage to earth, loved Wall-E and the action sequences – and wants to buy the game. My 7 year old daughter was consumed with the relationship between Wall-E and EEEeeevaaaa – and was very sad when Wall-E was damaged (She's hugely empathetic). My nieces (6 and 3) were totally unphased, but enjoyed the movie. The parents all loved the movie and the messages.

    Grandpa thought it was cool – and Grandma pondered "If there is no physical contact on the ship, where'd the babies come from?"

    Oh – and a good friend who saw the movie before us didn't like it because she said "It had no real dialogue. It was like watching R2D2 for 2 hours"

    My wife and I disagreed. We loved the movie. I think it pushed the right buttons without being 'preachy'.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Shannon

    My kids (4 & 7) loved it, and I did too. My youngest wanted the book to keep reading the story, but in that version the "message" was lacking. Disney marketing?

    Personally, I liked the reference to 2001:.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  308. charffs

    My 7 year old daughter made me take her home halfway through the movie, and said she would rather "take a dump than watch Wall-E". There is no sound and that pissed her off...

    July 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Lulu

    Took my 13 year old son and 13 year old niece. Both got the movie, both enjoyed the movie. I do not think it was "preachy" at all. What's wrong with a movie that shows us what can become of our planet and human race if we continue on the path we are on? At least it also depicts hope. Stop wasting, start recycling, turn off the video games and TVs and get some much needed exercise!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Brian from Maryland

    My wife an I took out 7 year old son to see the movie over the weekend. While he was interested in the robot and the space ship. He understood the movies message: that human's destroyed the earth. We took this as an opportunity to discuss the importance of recycling, not littering etc. with him. Hopefully, his generation will do a much better job than ours (and those before us) at taking care of the planet.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  311. tch

    My 7 and 9 year old loved it. I think the animation / characters / story i.e. Wall-e and EVA relationship far outweigh the somewhat sombering backround issues. As a 46 year old I too found the movie fascinating and incredibly well done. Is it really so terrible for a Pixar movie to have some environmental material. The next generation needs to be made aware of these things and if it can be done while they are being entertained more power to them. KEEP IT UP PIXAR.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  312. KDH

    I don't have kids. I am an adult and I would like to see it.
    However, I do get tired of movies preaching that the world is ending especially to kids. Can't kid's movies just be fun without dragging them into adulthood and all it's worries?
    I am holding out hope that maybe this is not that way, but according to what I have seen so far, I am not sure.

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  313. Erin

    Here's an interesting perspective...that of a teenage girl. My best friend went to see this movie, after much anticipation. When she came back, she was very disappointed. The fact that there was no talking for the first 30 minutes contributed to that, also the fact that it wasn't as funny as suggested. Add on unrequited promises of Disney-esque jokes for the adults, and you have Wall-E: the let down children's flick of the year. I usually trust her judgment completely, and she's not a hard critic...but her review along with the ones you provided convinced me to skip it, at least until it comes out on DVD.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  314. anthony

    Man you guys are lame. This movie was a masterpiece.. Try to get a hold of your children. If you have half of a brain, you would understand the movie. My son loved the movie. My son is 7 Years oldHe knows he has to get off his ass and exercise or he will become fat like most of the kids I see today. Also he learned about companionship. And finally he learned how pollution can in time ruin the world.

    Some of this stuff is not far from the truth.

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  315. Michele

    My children (boys ages 8 & 4) enjoyed the movie, but they haven't talked about it as much as they did previous animated movied. When we saw Cars, for instance, everything they boys did from the moment the movie was over revolved around Lightning McQueen & Mater. It was a comical, light movie and my boys focused on the funny statements and actions (tractor tippin').

    With Wall-E, the comedy was mostly slapstick with no comical dialogue. I don't think they got it, at least not all of it. They laughed at a few things. They watched the movie intently and they said it was good, but that was the last thing they mentioned. I don't think they remember a lot of it because there was no dialogue to tie the action to. They haven't asked any questions, I think it was too "deep" for them to have grasped.

    Overall, it's a good movie and we all enjoyed it.

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  316. Wendy Lippincott

    I took my son , 13, and two other 13 year old boys to Wall-E. They mainly thought it was pointless and boring, though they liked the little robot, and I thought it was just about the most boring stupid movie I've ever seen. The only humor was seeing how many times and ways this robot could get squished, smashed, etc. I only went since it got such good reviews... are these reviewers being paid off by Disney???!!! The whole thing just didn't make much sense either broadly or in the details, and there was certainly no sympathy generated for the bloated stupid humans. How much time and money was wasted making this thing? I guess Pixar has become a big bureaucracy. The half hour episodes of most cartoons on Cartoon Network are way better. At least they could have made a few original songs for the movie to liven it up instead of using 'Hello Dolly' ad nauseum. As for the bigger meaning? That gets lost in the total boringness of it all.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Cinti mom

    I think it made both my 12 and 8 year olds more aware of the discussions we have frequently about trash, plooution, eating right and staying physically fit and active. Unfortunately, they didn't show how they got rid of all the trash – that would be a great movie!

    July 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Amy

    My son and I went last weekend. I was surprised at the depth of the theme of the movie – but did my son notice? He's 9 and yes he did. He wasn't too interested in the "love" blossoming between Wall-E and Eva, but he wanted to know at first, why are all the people so fat – then he took a look around...a lot of fat people watching a movie.

    When we got into our car on the way home, he said "is that what our planet will look like when all the polar bears die?" I said, "No", then he said "what about if all the plants died?" I said yes, because the plants make the air that we breathe – then we got into a discussion in regard to death and on and on it went...with the ending a little like this..."So, mommy? If the plants all die, can we get a wall-e?" And the other thought was, "Who was your favorite?"

    July 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Jill Sim

    I am a mother to a six year old and 15 year old who both saw the film.

    The 15 year old was as dispirited by the world of tomorrow of "Wall-E" as I was, recognizing that the window onto the future didn't seem so far fetched, pondering our current trajectory and state of affairs in the global economy and mountains of waste we have already created from mass produced goods and the present multi-faceted threats to existence on earth under Global Warming.

    Our six year old was utterly enchanted and delighted by "Wall-E" and wanted to see the film again as soon as it ended. Her thoughts about the movie reminded me of how I used to look at the world as a kid, a world beset with problems, choked with 70s era pollution, and the despondency of the 60s hang over, and yet I never saw it that way at all, but recalled being attracted to and delighted by that which seemed good, true, or beautiful. And by this, I do not mean the things that are purchased.

    My daughter's attention was spent on the characters of Wall-E and Eve. I believe the hope and awe which all children are born with allowed her to disengage from the depressing set piece and to embrace the theme, which is love, which is what Wall-E and Eve embodied.

    Love is what will resonate with the younger ones when they see Wall-E.

    As for my son, he was moved, frightened, and then also in thrall with the story and the animation; he was entertained but he was also jolted. and this is good.

    It is important for children of all ages to know the world we are inheriting. If the movie inspires us to do as Wall-E does and pitch in and clean up before it is too late, then the price of being disturbed for a little while is well worth it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Lanette

    I read this blog and asked my 6 year old daughter what she thought of the movie. Here are her exact words: "Wall-E is about friendship because Eve and Wall-E are friends. And its about not taking care of the earth. That means if you throw too much junk away, it will trash up the city. Then it is a bad thing. Because littering for the earth and making robots clean it up is not good. The people on the ship got fatter while they sat. That means they are not getting so much exercise. Thats not good about them. They should get up and exercise while NOT sitting in a chair. The movie was fun because whenever the computer robot was turned off, he didn't talk and that was good because he told the people what to do." That is how she saw the movie and she thought it was great. She understood a lot of what was going on and asked questions during the movie. I think she learned several good lessons from it.

    July 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Eric

    It's funny to see the comments about kids fundamentally not enjoying the movie... A friend of mine yanked her family out after 45 minutes due to the absence of dialogue. My kids and another family saw it after hearing about this, but nobody had any issues with it. The action and the subtext was very enjoyable for everybody.

    With regards to the content, both of my boys (9 and 7) understood the environmental aspects but completely missed the social commentaries. Regardless, it's a spectacular, many-layered film.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Pat Barks

    I took my 4 year old grandson to see Wall-E. We both enjoyed the movie very much. His thoughts after the movie was that, "everybody needs somebody to love." He was completely entertained throughout the whole movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Sean

    I went with twin girls that are turning 4 in three weeks. One of them, sobbed from the time Eve left the earth surface until the ending credits.

    While she was sobbing, I would ask her why she was so sad, and she would whimper, "I want wall-e to find his friend" or, "I want wall-e to go home". And I would find myself, sniffling and saying, "me too".

    Afterwards, I was expecting her to hate the film and asked if she liked it. She responded by saying, "I loved it, can i see it again sometime?".

    When I asked her, her favorite part, she said holding hands. The other twin did not get emotionally invested in the film and said her favorite part was, "the silly cleaning up."

    I've told everyone that listens that they should see it. But I'm curious if adults without a crying three year old sitting on their lap were as touched by it as I was.

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  324. Bill

    After the movie my 7 year old said she really liked it. I said, "It was different, wasn't it?" She said, "What do you mean, Daddy?" While she was watching it, the movie was just a cartoon with a cute robot. However, as we were leaving the theater, she said, "We really have to take care of things, or the world may get like that."

    July 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Amy

    We just saw Wall-E yesterday – and I'm sorry to say, neither I, my husband or our 4 year old son liked it at all. My son was asking to leave a half hour into the movie – I nearly fell asleep myself a few times and I also wanted to leave but stubbornly stayed waiting for it to get better. I was disappointed as the Pixar movies are usually so enjoyable. On a positive note, I thought the animation was stellar, as always. And Wall-E was lovable. There just didn't seem to be a capturing story.

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  326. Tony

    I've seen reactions of both kinds from kids. My older kids loved the movie – the younger ones liked the robots but didn't connect with the story.

    The issue is that Pixar made a movie that was more adult in sensibility, and thus the more mature kids will appreciate its context and nuance better than younger kids (or "less complex" adults).

    Another problem is that some people think that since a movie is animated that it has to be bright, perky, funny, and targeted at kids to be anything other than a colossal flop. Pixar alienated many people with "Ratatouille" and now "Wall-E" because they weren't as kid-accessible as, say, DreamWorks movies.

    I personally loved "Wall-E" and appreciated it on many levels. The characterization that allowed me to connect with Wall-E and EVE even though they spoke a sum total of four words apiece was awe-inspiring. At the same time, a mother left the screening I attended midway through, telling her kids, "I didn't know that this movie would be this awful." Sad to see that the dumbing down of America is still so prevalent...

    July 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Denise

    My Children (12, 8 and 6 years of age) loved Wall-E – they all thought it was a lot of fun! My oldest child did comment that the film had a "political" agenda involving the environment but he was not overly concerned that this was a direction as a society we were headed in. He went the opposite direction concluding this could never happen to our plant because as a society we ARE aware and concerned about the planet Earth saying frankly "Mom that is why we recycle".

    July 7, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Stuart McCutchan

    We took our four teenagers (two in high school, two in middle school) to see "Wall-E" this weekend. One daughter was charmed by the love story, but the other three were unenthusiastic (and they usually LOVE Pixar movies). My wife and I were both put off by the preachiness and inanity of the plot. Tubby human beings with stubby little legs that can't support them? What freak genetic permutation caused THAT? Our entire planet evacuated to what looks like a giant cruise ship in the sky? Yeah, right. A decision to return to Earth because a single plant is found? Hmm, could be a bit premature, mebbe?

    In short, yuk. Following the warm, nostalgic, and optimistic "Cars" with this human-hostile green diatribe was really surprising. Pixar has always seemed smarter than this. Could it be the Mouse's influence? Disney's ability to connect with its audience has been pretty hit-and-miss in recent years.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Jonathan

    And how many of the kids and parents that didn't like this film spend their time zoning out on their couch being entertained by television and video games?

    July 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Dani

    my four year old son echos rick's four year old daughter.....he LOVES the movies normally.....he says that he loves wall-e, but I think that's because the marketing of the flick was so comprehensive. I thought the movie was sweet and the message was nice, but the color palette on earth makes it less spectacular for little kids.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Mike

    "My two nephews, ages 11 and 9, both told their aunt that they had more fun taking a crap than watching “Wall-E”. "

    How eloquent...

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  332. Mikel

    When their kids ask questions about the film, I think that many parents will just say "It's only a movie! Now eat your burger and fries...I want to do some shopping before we go home."

    July 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  333. kath l

    Called to emergency child care duty for our 2-1/2 year old granddaughter, my husband and I decided to take her to her first movie. (She will sit and pay attention to a full DVD showing of Shrek, Madagascar, Cars, Cinderella, Snow White, Ratatouille, Tarzan, and others.) She sat pleasantly through 30 minutes of trailers but 45 minutes into Wall-e, she turned around and said "Done." (A word that warns of possible meltdown if not heeded.) By that time, we were "done" too. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone–adult or child.

    It does suggest the need for some expert and widely publicized advice on what age level would appreciate a feature-length movie. The G and PG ratings really don't do it.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Teri

    My kids loved the movie. I myself thought it was cute, but knew my husband wouldn't like it. (Pixar has done much better movies.) My 5 year old understood the message enough to look at his daddy while he was sitting on his lap to tell him he needed to walk more! That itself was worth the $40 to see the movie:)

    July 7, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Sarah

    As an 18 year old, I can say that I was pleasantly suprised with just how many layers Wall-E had. I believe it all went well over my little sister's head, but (along with the main love story of course) it kept me very interested with it's rather startling commentary. It's not thrown in your face, it's just there. You can choose to ignore it, but it sends a powerful message if you pay attention too it. I would recommend people of all ages to go see it, everyone will get something out of this movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Susan

    Most children, although not all, will not be sophisticated enough to see any underlying 'message' this movie displays. They will blissfully and innocently watch a cute robot on a movie screen -nothing more.
    For those children who do 'see' deeper, I only hope they have parents capable of explaining.

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  337. Noah Rodenbeek

    Despite taking place almost 800 years in the future, this movie should be a great launching point for environment responsibility conversations with your children. My daughter's only 4 so her biggest concern with Wall•e was how he slept on that tiny shelf. But I'm hoping this movie segways into more realistic conversations as she gets older. Unfortunately our irresponsible lifestyle to date warrants that we have such advanced conversations with our kids these days... even though we may not want to.

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  338. LisaVK

    The more depressing elements of the movie were largely lost on my nine year old boy. What he remembers fondly are the more slapstick and humorous events of the movie. We certainly discussed the more somber elements of the movie, but he seemed largely focused on the more positive messages. We recycle and are as "green" as we can possibly be and we encourage him to play outside and move around so the dire scenarios were relevant in a "See what can happen if you don't...?" kind of way. My 20 year old adult child and I enjoyed the love story, but are now even more concerned about the health and well-being of ourselves and our planet. Even so, I would have to say that the "Love conquers all" message of the movie is what remains paramount in our hearts and minds. I've yet to be disappointed by the Pixar studios. God bless them for making movies that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Heidi

    My 3 year old son LOVED it! He loved the robots, and how they interacted with the humans. He thought the spaceship was awesome. He didn't make any comments about the negativity of the movie, he just thought it was thoroughly amusing and intriguing.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Erin

    My six year old was horribly dismayed by the depiction of the future and cried inconsolably when she thought that Wall-E was not going to "live." In fact, she ended up crying all the way home. I personally loved the movie, but for a sensitive young child, it is overwhelming on many levels. She says now that she liked it, but she does not want to see it again.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Jake

    Wall-E was a giant disappointment. Not only was it's preachiness annoying, but it was just a bad story. There was nothing "deep" or "sobering" about it; it was just hackneyed tripe, not to mention boring.

    All three of my kids hated it. My son asked me half way through the movie if we could go just go home.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Chris

    My kids (12 and 10) asked during the movie why everyone was fat, why they had a hard time walking, etc. They understood that people left because of what was done to the planet and understood why Wall-E was there but they didn't quite make the connection as to the lifestyle that led to the condition of the people. I did not connect the dots for them but provided the most direct answers and over the course of the ride home they were able to conclude correctly that the people didn't take good care of the planet, that they became lazy with the robots doing all the work and everyone suffered the consequences. Oddly though, they felt those people were "dumber" than we are and thus that fate wouldn't happen to us. And yet, they were excited by the possibility of having robots like those depicted. We'll see...

    July 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Steve

    We took our 6 and 3 year old. Our 6-year old greatly enjoyed the movie and particularly the characters of Wall-E (of course) and Eva. We provided the language for the context of the movie with questions like "why do you think the people in Axiom are so big" and "why do you think all of the garbage was left on earth." Six year-olds are already aware of the ideas of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle so part of their own environment/human-impact understandings are reinforced by the themes in Wall-E. While our kids enjoy movies at home and some computer games for the 6-year old, they're familiar (through our reinforcement) of ideas that "too much screen viewing" can be unhealthy. There's lots of fictional characters (Mike TeeVee is one that comes to mind) that we can use to reinforce these ideas. Nothing seemed too confusing for our 6-year old. It's hard to know what our 3-year old thought of it all. She also greatly connected to the affections and actions of Wall-E and Eva.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Jim

    Take it for what you will, but my boys were excited to leave the theatre with two plastic Wall-E drink cups. *shrug*

    July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  345. John in Columbus

    The questions and problems posed in the background setting of Wall-E are not questions to be avoided, but to be considered. The wasted earth, the fat and coddled remnants of humanity, these are elements of a cautionary tale. Humans have used cautionary tales for thousands of years to guide children. Wall-E has some very clear messages that it will benefit kids to hear: rampant greed and consumerism is bad, ignoring damage to the environment in favor of pleasure and convenience is bad, and sitting around all day without getting any movement or exercise is bad. You shouldn't shield a child from this movie, you should watch it with them and talk to it afterwards. And if they're spending too many summer days in front of the TV or the computer, ask them if they really want to wind up like the people in Wall-E.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Scottsdale Arizona

    My soon to be 4th grader has learned about conservation and recyclying at school so that part of the movie plot was not new to her. Those points are lingering though as she did mention things like "I would never trash our planet that way" and "Let's watch the Planet Green network more to find out how we can be more green." To which I say no problem. I would say she definately got the right message. I would recommend the movie.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Carrie Duncan

    I took my 9 year twins (boy and girl) to see Wall-E and waited to see what their interpretation would be. Being an environmentalist and self proclaimed Power Recycling Tree Hugger I left it to them to form their own opinions. They left the movie with two completely different line of questions for me. My daughter grabbed right onto the fact that the human race had created their own mess of the planet. She wanted to make sure that it could be stopped and that it would never come to that dramatic of an ending. My son on the other hand was horrified that the people had become so lazy on the ship that they could not even walk and he particularly pinpointed that their bones had shrank. He required indepth explanation as to why bone mass decreases and mutliple reassuring that proper nutrituion and exercise would eliminate this from happening. They, however, both found their own comfort in that the movie showed people returning to the planet and working to fix the mess that had been crreated.
    I loved the fact that Pixar is trying to reach a younger generation regarding our responsiblity to ourselves and our planet.
    Also a highlight that brought chuckles on the way home was the character, John, who was voiced by John Ratzenberger.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  348. John M

    I took my 2 year old boy and 5 year old girl to this on Friday. The 2 year old fidgeted through out most of it, but enjoyed the part of the robots "flying" though space. The girl liked the story between the 2 "lead" robots but I didn't know quite how to explain to her what was going on when one of them shuts down for awhile. There was a young girl about 6 behind us who kept asking if the robots were dead or had died everytime they were damaged or shut down in some way. Overall, I thought there were certainly many advanced themes that went over my kids heads and for the most part, the had forgotten all about it by the time we were home.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Andrea Kagel

    We saw Wall-E with our 3 children, ages 8, 6 and 5. The movie hit home with our children on two topics: 1) what happens to people when they sit around all day watching TV, typing on the computer, or playing video games (ie. they become overweight and unhealthy b/c of lack of exercise) and 2) why trying to clean up our environment in any and every way possible is important. Our children were most intrigued by all the "space junk" or satellites floating around earth in the movie and they did not like that. They said, " that would block all the stars." We told them they were exactly right. Excellent movie that really drives hard learning points home to children, and on their level.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Rick

    My 4 year old daughter was so bored with it she was asking to leave the theater 30 minutes into the movie. We made her stay and she had no comments about it afterward. It just didn't strike a chord with her.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Jon

    So far the reactions with the four or five youngsters I know have been mixed; understanding some of the implications seems to be hit or miss. A lot of them are bored; the movie tends to lack to dramatic action scenes, doesn't have excessive dialog, and there are not as clear cut good and bad guys (Auto, after all, is only following his directive and the BNL executives are 650 years expired); all of which I personally find wonderful, but I can see how kids might lose attention. In the words of our 8-year old friend, Mark Anthony, "There was no point, the movie didn't have enough explosions."

    July 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Kevin T. Baldwin

    My two nephews, ages 11 and 9, both told their aunt that they had more fun taking a crap than watching "Wall-E".

    The combination of a half an hour of no talking and subtitles bored them to tears. I understand the movie is getting rave reviews from critics, but I know my 6-year-old would be fidgeting like crazy.

    However, I wouldn't make it a blanket rule. My 8-year old desperately wants to see it and I think he'd enjoy it and understand the point of the non-dialog action. My 6-year-old and her cousins, though, just don't have the patience I think is required to sit through something like that.

    So, it really depends on the child. Reminds me of when Disney thought kids would enjoy "Hunchback" but instead much of the content of that movie went wayyyy over most kids' heads. Still an incredible work of animation, though.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Bill Rice

    I took my seven year old. He loved it. When asked what it was about he simply said 'take care of the world.' I think he got it.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Bob

    I took a 3 and 7-year old to the movie. This discussion is way over the three-year old's head. She just likes the robots.

    The 7-year old is smart enough to pick up on what's going on. But he realizes it's fiction. It's just a story. It's not real. It doesn't bother him. I think he handles it better than some of the adults have.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Gretchen

    I took my five-year-old son to Wall-E and he hated it. He cried most of the time and asked me to take him home. I would not say that this is an upbeat, kid's movie. What I thought would be a nice mother-son bonding experience ended up being torturous for my son.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  356. vanessa

    Wall-E was my 3-year-old daughter's very first theater movie, and she loved it. She was much more concerned with the relationships between the characters, particularly Eve and Wall-E, than with the greater message of the movie. She categorized the bleak landscape of earth as "scary" but loved Wall-E's home. She seemed only vaguely interested in the spaceship and fell asleep just a few minutes after the action shifted to the ship. Her favorite part of the movie was the short before it actually started, but her father and I loved it. It's really well done and enjoyable. I would definitely encourage others to go - even if kids have questions, they're easy to explain.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Celeste

    After walking out of the movie theater my 9 year old who obviously totally enjoyed the movie said "That was made to teach humans a lesson" I of course pushed him a little further and he explained "we can't keep being mean to the Earth"

    July 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Ronnie - NJ

    I went with my wife, daughter, niece and my wife's brother. I thought the movie was very bleak in the beginning but Wall-E gave me such a warm feeling while he was working. That's what kept me interested. I think my daughter took away how caring Wall-E was and to me that's an important lesson.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  359. lelismom

    my almost six year old was more interested in the relationship between wall-e and eeeevaaaa! the lazy people in planet b-n-l had to be explained and made no sense to her until the end. she wished wall-e had more action and energy in him.... mommy agrees.

    July 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |

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