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Conservative critics blast Wall•E

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(Read caption) Wall•E examines an artifact discarded by humans 700 years earlier.

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To some, the computer-animated science-fiction film, "Wall•E," is a cautionary tale about consumption. But to others it's left-wing, America-hating propaganda.

The film (which I saw on Sunday) is set 800 years in the future. The earth has been transformed into a giant toxic landfill, whose only remaining denizens are Wall•E, a solar-powered next-gen Roomba who spends his days compacting trash into bricks and stacking them into skyscrapers, and his cockroach friend.

The last humans left Earth 700 years earlier, where their descendants live on a huge interstellar cruise ship run by Buy n Large, a corporation-turned-government. The humans have evolved – if that's the right word – into bloated couch potatoes whisked around by hover-chairs and endlessly distracted by video screens.

"[L]eftist propaganda about the evils of mankind," is what the National Review's Shannen Coffin calls it. "Nice to see that Disney and Pixar can make mega-millions off of telling us just how greedy, lazy, and destructive we all are. There's no hope for mankind. Hand over your wallet."

"It was like a 90-minute lecture on the dangers of overconsumption, big corporations, and the destruction of the environment," wrote Greg Pollowitz, also of the National Review.


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