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Is It Human Nature To Prefer the Non-Human? - De File
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Is It Human Nature To Prefer the Non-Human?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 21st, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's great to hear from you!

I agree about Andrew Stanton's Pixar films. A number of reviews in the States were written from a Brad-Bird-is-better perspective, which baffled me.

And I also agree that what sets Wall-E apart, aside from the astonishing level of detail in the scenes on Earth, is that the robots are not wholly anthropomorphized. Much of what they do might seem to be an example of human behavior, but it can be argued in many cases that our perception of the "human" there reveals an inability to recognize how other creatures, natural or artificially constructed, might develop individual traits over time. That's a long-running theme in sci-fi, of course, but Wall-E engages it ably and with a minimum of simplification, unlike other animated features aimed at children as well as adults.

It was interesting to watch it with my daughter, who has now entered a phase in her move-watching where she is hostile to animation much of the time and now prefers live action. She was skeptical at first, but gradually came to realize that the picture wasn't doing what so many other animated features of the past decade-plus have done. Or, as she put it in her almost-ten-year-old lingo, "It was way less postmodern than I thought it would be."
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