Themes that are present in movies aren’t always obvious. I’m sure many of you have overlooked the religious themes that are portrayed in Wall•E. Yesterday for Catholics, was the first day of Lent, a period of time to make better of ourselves in all aspects of our lives. In honor of the beginning of Lent, today I will focus on religious themes portrayed in Wall•E. Wall•E is about the last robot on Earth, that has no relationships with any other robots or humans, who goes against his programming to charm another robot, who also goes against her programming to form this new relationship.
Wall•E and Eve’s initial programming is like doing what everyone else is doing , following the crowd. Both go against their early commands (i.e. Wall•E was programmed to clean up Earth’s garbage that was left behind by the humans and Eve’s directive was to find signs of plant life on Earth) to bring themselves closer to each other. In life we need to break our normal, bad habits and routines of ignoring the world around us, and ignoring God. We need to learn to “stop and smell the roses”, interact with each other, make relationships with friends, loved ones, and with God.
“You’ve got these two robots that are trying to go above their basest directives, literally their programming, to experience love. With the human characters I wanted to show that our programming is the routines and habits that distract us to the point that we’re not really making connections to the people next to us. We’re not engaging in relationships, which are the point of living–relationship with God and relationship with other people.” -Andrew Stanton (director of Wall•E)
Wall•E finds a little plant while cleaning up trash, exactly what Eve needs to deliver back to the Axiom, a ship full of the human species that is keeping them safe in space while their home planet, Earth, is incapable of inhabiting life. Sound familiar?
Wall•E is very much like the story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible. A ship of people (the Axiom), carries the human race to safety like the ark carries the animals to safety while both the humans on the Axiom and the animals on the ark’s homes are inhabitable. A sign is needed to let Noah and the captain on the Axiom know that they can go back home. Noah sends out the dove, the Axiom sends out Eve (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Both the dove and Eve bring back signs of vegetation, the dove brings back an olive branch, Eve brings back the tiny sprout that Wall•E gave her.
Andrew Stanton, the director of Wall•E, is a Christian. I think that he portrayed these religious themes very nicely and in a very entertaining way (bye bye Veggie Tales!). I loved Wall•E and was blown away by how creative religious themes were tied into the plot.
Credit: http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2008/07/christian-themes-in-walle.html Original quote from “World”