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?))
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.