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Film Theory: Wall-E’s SECRET Villain (Disney Pixar’s Wall-E)

Film Theory: Wall-E’s SECRET Villain (Disney Pixar’s Wall-E)

You know, when you stop and look at it, one film in Pixar’s catalogue truly shows us the dangers of the rampant consumerism in today’s culture. It’s a statement on the human desire to accumulate more and more and more useless stuff that just becomes garbage, meaningless trash that eventually cycles back to becoming meaningless trash. And that movie is– [playing advertisements] Ka-chow!! Thunder Hollow challenge — quick fix Each sold separately– other cars each sold separately– each sold separately– batteries not included– Each sold separately– each sold separately. (seperately doesn’t look like a word at this point lol) Cars. Hello, internet! Welcome to Film Theory: the show that does the dirty work of sifting through mountains of detail with the efficiency of a Wall-E robot. Which is to say, not very efficiently at all, but hey, at least we try really hard. :3 You know, if there’s one thing to say about my favorite Pixar movie Wall-E, it’s that it’s not exactly subtle with its theme. The earth has been transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland; left in a ruined state by humanity’s wasteful consumerism. And not in a cool way like Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok. Plastic sporks, Rubik’s cubes, leftover Twinkies, the kinds of trash that you and I produce on a daily basis litter every square inch of the planet. The message is beaten over our head: “We didn’t take care of our earth, and now you’ve inherited our problems. Other guy: ‘We didn’t listen!’ “We didn’t listen!” Every soup tin that you toss, every banana peel you give the slip, and every Diet Coke can that gets canned is part of the problem. You, you dear viewers sitting in the theater, eating your jumbo tub of popcorn and your mega sized Coke, have made this earth uninhabitable with your wanton lust for more. More stuff, more things, and now, humanity has been forced to take to the stars while these innocent little robots :3 have been forced to clean up our mess for the last 700 years. [BnL Starliner Ad] BnL Starliner, leaving each day. We’ll clean up the mess while you’re away! This movie wants to give us a wake-up call. To get us to go green and keep blue.™ To crush us with guilt every time we get an Amazon order and see all those little air pouches that come packaged with it that you just gotta pop, b– before you can throw them all away, ’cause they take up so much damn room in the garbage! And while I hope all the Theorists out there are for environmental responsibility, there’s one thing that I’ve learned from years of watching movies and TV shows, and that’s: You can’t believe everything you’re told at face value. (The Theorist’s Code) And Wall-E here, for as much as I love it, is no exception. 🙁 When you actually stop and question the events of the movie, you start to realize that something sinister is afoot. *muah-ha-ha* A planet covered in garbage is just one part of a larger conspiracy in the Pixar universe, and today I’m gonna prove to you that everything we’ve been led to believe about Wall-E and its trash-filled cities is complete and total GARBAGE. In the opening scenes of Wall-E, we see abandoned buildings, light poles, street signs and other indicators that this was once a thriving metropolis. This indicates the breakdown of one of the most basic things required for a modern city to function: a waste management system that transports waste out of the city towards landfills. I don’t know if you’ve ever stopped to think about it, but nearly all of a city’s trash is transported out of the city to landfills that could be hundreds to landfills that could be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from city limits. And though that might seem like a dirty business, both literally and figuratively, waste disposal is big money. Contractors get into bidding wars over the ability to take away a city’s trash. “And then, I start eating garbage. I’m the trash man.” Because not only does it allow you to collect on a city’s tax dollars – you know, all that stuff that’s taken out your paycheck for sanitation expenses – but landfill waste actually tends to produce methane gas, which many landfills are designed to capture and turn back into electricity. Just two landfill gas to energy facilities can generate enough electricity to power 16,000 homes. So basically, trash collectors are double dipping: payment to take out the garbage, and then extra payment for selling electricity made from that garbage back to the city. It’s a fantastic business. If, in Wall-E, humanity can afford to create rockets that transport everyone off the planet, then it can absolutely, very easily afford to have trucks deliver trash to landfills. As long as there is space literally anywhere in the world, we’re not gonna have the problem that’s depicted in Wall-E Which means that, for the situation to have gotten this bad, the world must have run out of space for landfills. Except, that one isn’t gonna be true either. You see, trash is a problem that people in science and business have been studying for a long time. One of those people was the self-proclaimed garbologist Dr William Rathje. An archaeologist professor at University of Arizona who turned his powers of archaeology not toward studying dinosaur bones or millennia old human remains, but studying the way that humans manage and treat trash. Hey, not all archaeologists are gonna be Indiana Jones, okay? [Indiana Jones] That belongs in a museum! According to an article by Dr. Rathje in Smithsonian Magazine, the total amount of land mass needed to contain all of our trash isn’t that large. A single landfill 120 feet deep and 44 miles square would be able to handle the US’ waste for the next hundred years. Now, granted, that’s a landfill the size of Delaware, which sounds like a lot, but remember that’s our second smallest state. It’s one twentieth of one percent of the US’ total landmass. Point-zero-zero-zero-five. And that’s to handle all of the waste created by the entire US for a hundred years. If we kept filling landfills at the same rate we do now, after ten thousand years we would still have only covered five percent of our total available area. TEN THOUSAND YEARS LATER! In short, the prospect of running out of space for all our trash any time near the future just isn’t realistic and certainly not realistic in the seven hundred year future of Wall-E. Not even in the ten thousand year hypothetical future. Besides, by the time humanity gets that far, we’ll probably have other ways of dealing with trash. More efficient ways. Or, you know, just launching it into space and sending it out into the Sun, but I know what you’re thinking. All of that is at our current rate, right? What about the future? We’re gonna get more and more wasteful and generate more and more garbage as the years go on, right? That’s what I was thinking too, but when you actually sit down and do the research, this assumption turns out to be incorrect. For as weird as it might seem, as time goes on and our society becomes more advanced, the amount of waste we produce goes downward. Every year, we’re figuring out ways to make our packaging more and more efficient. In the 1950s, we replaced heavy and dense glass bottles with plastic bottles. Then we replaced those plastic bottles with thinner bottles. You see it all the time on items like water bottles: this bottle is designed to use 20% less plastic. And this waste reduction is all thanks to companies being run under the idea that green is good. But, uh, not environmental green. huhaaehauah nohohohoho It’s not nearly that altruistic of a goal. MONEY! Money green is good. When a company figures out how to make a bottle with 20% less plastic, sure, it’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for the bottom line. It means they saved money by manufacturing 20% less plastic. Packaging foam gets slimmer every year. Why? Not because companies care about the environment, but because the less packaging material you use, the less it costs, and the more items that you can fit into a shipping container or a warehouse. This is one of the places where businesses driven by profit actually make the world more sustainable, even when they’re not intentionally trying to be environmentally friendly. “Being green” simply nets you more green. Our intuition would say that more development equals more consumption equals more waste, but in the world right now, less advanced societies tend to produce more waste because they don’t benefit from all the innovations that we have in producing more efficient packaging; food preservation techniques like refrigeration; and a transportation network that ensures that food is always getting to the people who are able to use it, rather than being unsold and left to rot. The average person living in New York City right now generates less waste than a person living in Mexico City. In short, as the world gets more and more technologically developed, we’re gonna produce less and less waste, not more. Even things like saving paper! We do things all digitally now, so we’ve saved tons and tons of paper! All of this: the obvious profit motives that companies have to deal with our city’s trash problem; the indirect profit motive of companies wanting to use less materials and make things more efficient and the relatively small amount of land mass it would take to create a landfill to deal with it all makes it seem like the futuristic dystopia that we see in Wall-E should be impossible. There is no way a city could fill up with garbage like this this quickly unless this was intentionally what you were trying to do, but that would be stupid, right? Who would intentionally want to fill up a planet with garbage? “BnL Starlighters, leaving each day! We’ll clean up the mess while you’re away!” “Too much garbage in your face? There’s plenty of space out in space!” “Because at BnL, space is the final frontier!” [garbled] “Too much garbage in your face?” “So, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!” “The Axiom is waiting and the stars are calling.” “BnL!” That’s right, the company responsible for the Wall-E program that’s supposed to clean up the Earth’s trash problem was the one that intentionally created the Earth’s trash problem to begin with. Why? Well, it’s simple. By getting the Earth’s population Onto Buy n Large Starliners like the Axiom, Buy n Large has what marketers refer to as a captive audience people who have no choice but to consume your products and your advertisements. On board the Starliner, the company has an absolute monopoly over humanity with no opportunity for competition. Everything about these people’s lives, from the entertainment they’re viewing to the food they consume, is all managed by this one single mega corporation. Children are even indoctrinated from early childhood to consume Buy n Large products. [robotic voice] “B is for Buy n Large.” Everyone seems to think that humanity’s rampant consumerism inadvertently turned the earth into the uninhabitable wasteland that it is. That the BnL Starliners were the solution the company came up with to solve it. But look at the way the BnL Starliners are advertised: they show people living in luxury, almost like space is a getaway vacation. This doesn’t look like a disaster relief program at all. It looks like a space cruise that was designed as a way to siphon people’s cash away, but there’s just one problem with that. Not everyone is willing to go to space. A survey by the Manpower Research Agency found that only 32% of workers would be willing to permanently relocate overseas, even if it meant getting a better job and advancing their career. If only 32% of people are willing to cross the border for a better life, how many fewer people would be willing to leave the entire planet and everyone they know and love for the unknowns of outer space? No, it’s not enough to entice people off the planet. When no one was willing to go on their expensive space cruises, they needed to find a way to force people off of the planet, and what better way than to turn every city into a huge contamination zone. And not only did they have the motive, they have the means to do it. They’re the largest seller of goods in the Pixar forest So, they could very easily create less efficient products. Then, they would throttle the sanitation supply. I mean, you see it in Up. Buy n Large controls construction companies. So, chances are they could also control the waste disposal companies, too. Because what’s better than saving a couple bucks by being green? Well, stealing everyone’s lifetime income by keeping them captive on your space cruiser. In Wall-E, we see the world reduced to a desolate wasteland and all this time we’ve been led to believe that this was something that happened because of us. Because humanity was careless and wasteful and didn’t look after the environment, but the truth is far more sinister. It was Buy n Large – corporate greed that caused this to happen. This, without a doubt, solidifies Buy n Large as the most sinister Pixar villain of all time. I mean, sure, Syndrome killed a few people, but Buy n Large killed an entire planet. Now go out and recycle a can – our fate hangs in the balance. But hey, that’s just a theory: a film theory! Aaaaaaaaand CUT! So, those are the awful things that Buy n Large did on planet earth. If you want to see the even more horrific things they did once they got humanity up in space, click the box to the left for the Wall-E cannibalism theory. Or, if you want to see my take on the Pixar connected universe theory, that box is to the right. And make sure you subscribe! 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100 thoughts on “Film Theory: Wall-E’s SECRET Villain (Disney Pixar’s Wall-E)

  1. Wait how is there not any futuristic tech in piles and piles of trash
    Yet they manage to travel the galaxy with the futuristic stuff

  2. MatPat, Thank you. I am literally studying Wall-e for my studies right now, and i can finally teach all my non-theorists a lesson. Too bad i don't have the Theorists Merch. Just a couple more years until i get my credit card.

  3. Archaeologists don’t dig up or study dinos and other prehistoric animals or plants that’s palaeontologists and palaeobotanists

  4. If you have watched wall_E you will have noticed oto (the axioms auto pilot) doesn’t want to go back to earth. Oto is programmed by BnL to stay off earth. That even further proves this theory. P.S BnL stands for buy n large

  5. 4:37 i think this guy looks like brose banner hulk from marvel i just need to give him hat and glasses and WABAM 4:39

  6. Please tell the company I work for to go digital instead of filling out so much paperwork. Lol. I use up to 16 pieces of paper every week. Narratives, goal sheets, mileage sheets, and time sheets. It's a pain in the ass. I can understand the timesheets needing the consumer's signatures, but the rest? Ugh! Let us do it online!!!

  7. This theory foreshadows real life. Any student of sustainability will tell you that all the Recycling that we as consumers do has little to no effect when compared to all the waste and pollution that's created by corporations. There's no way for us, as consumers, to save the environment ourselves, we have to get the corporations to stop what they are doing. So if Buy and Large has convinced the earths population that the pollution is a failure on the part of the consumers, and they were actually the ones that polluted the world, that's perfectly in-line with 2019 reality. The next step would either be to convince us to take a space vacation, or for Big Oil/Big Agriculture to pollute the planet to the point where only they can afford to fix it, and then sell the worlds governments a solution they've had in their back pockets the whole time.

  8. How would BNL be getting any money from the people if they don’t have any jobs or do any work at all? Wouldn’t they be losing money?

  9. Plastic is definitely worse than a dense glass bottle. Food waste and whatnot else would be able to properly deteriorate with a bottle made of glass breaking down rather than a bottle made of plastic that doesn't break down

  10. but the people aren't working. Even the captain is hardly working anymore. he is being cuddled and takes naps. I would say that BnL wanted to buy the earth but figured out a way to steal it instead. if nobody ever returns, then it's BnLs planet to use as they see fit. the star liners are no problem so just let them fly around, while having a whole planet filled with life, all owned by BnL

  11. But that still doesnt make sense though. Theoretically speaking ,if BnL did in fact held all of their consumers (i.e. earth's entire population) captive specifically for the money they'll be paying to board Axiom, BnL would only be getting paid for a boarding pass which would presumably cost a sum greater than each person's savings, unless of course you are a millionaire. Other than that, the 5 year planned cruise to outer space would halt the company's income since the passangers don't have money nor do they need to work for any, therefore still losing money, right???

  12. I feel like we'll be dead by the time all our trash is left behind. And then aliens find hentai and they're like: "…How screwed up is this race?"

  13. So the one thing I find confusing here is if B&L did all the to control the market how are the people earning outside income to spend with b&l now they have to support a jobless planet. Because they control the market.

  14. Just a quick pointer, the banana peel on the trash list at the start is irrelevant as it's bio degradable and good for the earth/ plant life
    Great video though bud, come across your channel the other night and have been pretty hooked ever since. Watching in all the free time I've had since, keep it up! 👍

  15. Just saying if humanity can make sapce ships that can be out in space for a long time and if that space ship can hold humans for that long time they can move it off world

  16. Only one problem with this theory: If everyone is growing up on BnL ships, eating BnL food, using BnL products, and just laying around fat, then where is BnL getting any money from? What does money even mean anymore? What is the point?

  17. Hmm. This future sounds l8ke it’s slowly getting there… Oh WaiT iT Is!

    Edit. Ok, I get it. No trash in future. But, what about climate change? Hmm? Even the North Pole is getting warm! AND ITS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD 🌍

  18. So instead of just us as individuals being wasteful (I mean, we can do better, but think about it), the message is about corporate greed and big companies destroying the world because they want quick bucks! And instead of them actually trying to fix the problem, they used the most aggressive of architecture to blind the public from what’s actually happening! They’re not even cleaning up the milk they intentionally spilled!

  19. I don't think you understand distances…. trash is not transported hundreds or thousands of miles away. the entire united states is only like 2,500 miles across a latitude. your garbage gets transported like just outside city limits, or if you live in LA, just out on the street.

  20. There is a big big big problem with this theory!!! While yes they may be able get at peoples life savings this way as you suggest (emphasis on “may”), it would be worthless. Money’s one and only value is as a intermediary for economic exchange, meaning it only has value if you have someone to trade with who also used the same money. In this scenario B&L is literally the only producer of goods and services!

    This means B&L is proving goods and services that are universally valuable to the people on its ships and the people are paying for those goods and services with money that’s literal one one only use is to buy things from B&L. Hence there is nothing B&L can use the money for other than maybe cycling it back though this micro economy by paying passengers to work, but this would not be sustainable for very long.

    In an economic cycle production always comes before consumption, so while the passengers are consuming resources and paying B&L to provide them using money, there is nothing for B&L to consume hence it has no use for the money so it get no value out of this arrangement!

    TLDR: B&L is providing people with goods and services and the people are giving them basically nothing of value in return.

  21. This is why companies are legally forced to split once they become too big. Monopolies are illegal. at least in the states. Verizon's done it at least once that I remember.

  22. Mat pat: makes a theory about wall.e

    Everyone else: ITS JUST A MOVIE


    Everyone: thank goodness

  23. Where are all the other starships? If one ship has 600k people and there are 7 billion people on earth. And at the end of the movie only one ship returns to earth…

  24. When i was in business school first thing they told us go green its not only good for the environment its good for your wallet in the long run. Along with the government will pay you for recycling

  25. Awesome insight! Wish you had also mentioned the fact that the EVE and the earth survey program are only “for show” because as soon as the plant is found a whole emergency protocol kicks into gear, THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE UNDERLYING INTENTION! They literally don’t want humans to go back!

  26. Plot twist: they actually did throw them in the bottomless pit like you explained but it then teleported around the world because it's revealed that the pit teleports you before you hit the bottom

  27. My question is: what happened to the rest of the ships besides the Axial? Also, wouldn't it be more profitable for BnL to return people to Earth? Because in space: people don't work, so they don't have an income; BnL produces any money spent, so they're not earning to begin with; and, if they're the only monopoly on literally everything, what use is their money?

  28. Can you make a theory about how people can afford being on the Axiom, cleary no people work so how do they have an income to buy food, housing and other things? Or is BNL just giving everything out for free with a darker plan? Its all so interesting to me

  29. laughs in garbage That's why you instead become one with the trash and don't flee to space. Yeah, you'll prolly have a bad time. But think about it… Adaptation over 700 years, we'd be used to it. And then BnL wouldn't have a captive audience.

  30. I've always wondered what happened to the other wallE's there's a huge group at the start of the movie then we only see the one

  31. Nah, A liberal Envornuts nut screenplay writers against Wealth,Capitalism, Corporations,and Consumerism just have no hip on reality and pop ojt shit like Wall-e, Avatar, and believe Hodges on bones,who family never gave a shit about wealth is happier without the money Pilate stole without raising a flag with IRS,SEC,FDIC,FBI,FTC,DOI, ,OCC,,CFTC,CFPC and every other governmeng agency hat manages stocks,money,and banking domestically and internationally as Hodges Corporation/Trust is an International Entity innvolved with Finance,investment,and government( aka piss poor writing from biaard and uninformed perspective to push personal beliefs )

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