If you’ve been to see WALL-E yet (and if you haven’t, why in the world not?), you know that in addition to being another flawlessly animated movie with engaging characters, it’s something of a suggestion that possibly we humans aren’t exactly tending to the earth and ourselves the best possible way.
(Shocking, I know. And here humanity had everything perfect, before Pixar suggested otherwise.)
Still, it is a little bit sobering when a movie comes out and The New York Times suggests that it should be compulsory viewing for our current political candidates:
Mr. McCain should be required to see “Wall-E” to learn just how far adrift he is from an America whose economic fears cannot be remedied by his flip-flop embrace of the Bush tax cuts (for the wealthy) and his sham gas-tax holiday (for everyone else). Mr. Obama should see it to be reminded of just how bold his vision of change had been before he settled into a front-runner’s complacency. Americans should see it to appreciate just how much things are out of joint on an Independence Day when a cartoon robot evokes America’s patriotic ideals with more conviction than either of the men who would be president.
Wow. Um. Ouch.
That’s a pretty far cry from just laughing at Wall-E’s antics.
It may be a bit deep for a Monday morning, but I thought it was worth a read. Do you suppose Obama and McCain had time to get to the movies last week…?