Compare/Contrast: Kung Fu Panda vs. Wall-E

And now, I shall revisit high school English class with my compare and contrast of
Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E.

1. Both are cartoons.

2. Neither is rated R.

3. Both are less than 100 minutes long.

1. Panda is clearly made for kids with colorful, rollicking fun; Wall-E is made for….well, I can only guess, depressed environmentalists who just got divorced, lost their jobs, and were evicted from their green-built yurt.

2. Panda has an uplifting message — persevere and follow your dreams, no matter how unlikely; Wall-E has a bleak message — humans are pigs.

3. Panda is full of loud, kung fu motions; Wall-E is full of bittersweet pantomime by a robot.

I’m not sayin’ Wall-E is bad, just improperly marketed. It’s more like the illegitimate love child of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lost in Space.

(hey, just had a thought: maybe they could hand out dope instead of that blue plastic Wall-E watch (why the watch, anyway? did someone use a watch in the movie?))

I doubt my husband any kid under 10 would understand the entire storyline of Wall-E (hi hubs! luv ya!).

And if you want to watch melancholy pantomime, rent Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Miss Lonelyhearts does an excellent job.

In conclusion, for a good time with your kid, see KUNG FU PANDA.

Agree? Disagree? Discuss.

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6 responses to “Compare/Contrast: Kung Fu Panda vs. Wall-E

  1. lol. Will just watched Wall-E and loved it.

  2. hee hee this is hilarious and so TRUE. I was totally channeling 2001: A Space Odyssey when we watched it. And depressing! Oh the depression!

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  4. We saw both with my 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys. They loved them. Kung Fu Panda resulted in immediate kicking and jumping about. I think it won for the fan favorite despite parts of it scaring them to the point of one boy declaring it was time to go home right in the middle of the movie.
    We saw WALL*E a couple of weeks later. They liked it too, but I think they thought it was about trash. Much discussion on that topic has followed as well as many claims that “This ____ smells like trash! Mommy, smell it!” Fill that blank with any object. Yes ANY object. “This flower smells like trash! Mommy, smell it!” “This pillow smells like trash! Mommy, smell it!” “This bubble bath smells like trash! Mommy, smell it!” Cute the first 1,000 times. Now it is getting old. In fact, I think it smells like trash! Smell it!

  5. still gotta see Kung Fu Panda… Jack Black is classic for sure; he’ll be forever famous for his work in School of Rock

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