The War on “Wall-E”

Peter Bart detects a backlash to the political overtones of “Wall-E.”

He writes, “Some of the far-right sites even denounced Pixar’s parent company, Disney, for encouraging the same sort of over-eating and slothful-fantasies at its theme parks as were parodied on the movie’s spaceship.”

“Yet another ‘conservative’, Charlotte Allen, actually liked “WALL-E”. Writing in the Opinion Section of the Los Angeles Times, Allen said the movie was “pro-life” (her explanation was too arcane to quote here) and that it also supported the basic conservative doctrine of “free will.” In her opinion, the central message of “WALL-E” was “anyone, whether robot or human, can transcend what we are supposedly programmed by our culture to be or do.””

Hollywood may not be earning box office coin for its pedantic readings of the war in Iraq, but its subtler messages in summer tentpoles are resonating.

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