In The Clearing Stands A Boxer
went to see Pixar's Wall-E at the midnight show last Thursday
night. I viewed it, along with a few hundred rabid fanboys, on what is
claimed to be the largest movie screen in Texas. It
will come as no shock to you that I enjoyed every freaking second of
it (The short film that precedes the main feature is a scream,too!) but
I was completely awestruck by the level of detail the
digital environment exhibited. Pixar has a saying that they "paint the
of the drawers".
In this case, they evidently set up housekeeping and raised a family
in these drawers.
The most amazing thing about the movie is that it's gone and
upset the conservative right, causing them to toss around descriptions
like "fascistic", "fear mongering" and "malthusian" (look it up). According
to them the movie wrongly portrays humans as indiscriminate wastrels
whose compulsive shopping
destroy the Earth. Can't expose the little kiddies see to THAT sort
of nonsense, now can we?
As an example, here's what that antediluvian lunkhead Greg Pollowitz,
he of the National Review Online, had to say: "It was like a 90-minute
on the dangers
destruction of the environment. … Much to Disney’s chagrin,
I will do my part to avoid future environmental armageddon by boycotting
any and all WALL-E merchandise and I hope others join my crusade."
Good luck with that, Greggie-poo, ya freaking moron.
This world gives us all great cause for worry at times but it's comforting
to know that companies like Pixar and, by extension, Apple exist to raise
the bar for everyone.