Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in English


Margaret Case, Ph.D.


Disney Pixar’s WALL-E (USA, 2008) ostensibly presents itself as an innocent family film portraying the love between two robots,WALL-E and EVE. However, despite the seemingly innocent romance, WALL-E contains strong ideological components. Specifically, it attacks the consumerist impulse implicit within a capitalist ideology. Ultimately,WALL-E acts as the catalyst for political change, freeing humanity from the constraints of consumerist ideals. WALL-E also reveals humanity’s inability to partake in the Marxist concept of "praxis." Specifically, WALL-E rejects capitalistic ideals by reinstating the impetus for praxis within society. Upon humanity’s return to Earth humans and robots are able to reconnect with each other and nature, partake in meaningful labor, and rebuild a planet destroyed by consumer capitalism