Friday, July 25, 2008

Machines Who Need Machines

After manning my booth Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., what better way to relax than going to a movie last night?

Finally caught up with Pixar's "WALL-E" -- a beautiful animated movie, with quite a pointed message. It's set on Earth after the planet has been trashed to the point where it can't support human life. All that's left is one robot -- a mobile trash compactor -- and a cockroach.

Humans, living on a space station, send a probe back to earth to see if the situation has changed. The trash compactor and the probe fall in mechanical love.

The cutest thing about the trash compactor is while he's collecting and compacting trash he separates out and saves items that catch his fancy -- a spork, cigarette lighters, Christmas lights, etc. And he treasures an old VHS tape of "Hello, Dolly." He watches the "Out There" number (starring a very young Michael Crawford) over and over.

Any story that turns on an old musical can't be all bad. Even if they dumped Carol Channing in favor of Barbara Streisand for the movie.
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