Monthly Archives: June 2008

Wall-E takes over my Two-Year Old and what it can do for the environment

So, there’s a new robot movie coming out…for kids…and humorous enough for adults…don’t know if you’ve heard or not…it’s called…Wall-E?? Looks like R.O.B from Nintendo and Number 5 from Short Circut? Cute? Inescapably addictive to young children? That’s the one!

Disney-Pixar is the reason for my daughter’s current infatuation with, a robot. She’s not screaming for a Roomba, she’s completely disinterested in the Scooba, I’m not I’d love to have both. For that matter, she could care less about our Robosapian, Roboreptile, mini-sapian thing, or the other -Sapian my son has lurking in his bedroom. All it took was clever marketing, snazzy graphics, and a cute voice/catchphrase, and done, you’ve got the youth market in a tizzy over robots again.

My daughter is just a hair shy of becoming three and can already do a dead ringer impression of Wall-E. If it was up to her, he’d move in with us tomorrow. We’ve already purchased the plate and couldn’t make it through the store without constant cries of, “There’s Wall-E!!”, “There he is!!”, “Can we get it?! MOM!!”. She’s two and a marketer’s dream, and I know this. It’s unavoidable somehow. All she’s seen is the teasers like everyone’s else with a TV. With the two robots, one say’s “Wall-E” in it’s cute robo-voice and there’s some “At Last” and Wall-E in robo-love and a bra on his eyes. Somehow, that’s all it took to make a two-year old fall in love with a robot. Doesn’t matter if he’s cold steel or if the movie’s no good, which I doubt since it’s Disney-Pixar, but that’s the point I think. It doesn’t matter, she’s sold, hand’s down and so is her brother who’s nine.

There are a lot of big topics out there that we want to communicate to children about. Imagine if Disney-Pixar made Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth into a kids version…I’d be planting trees and walking everywhere. And buying a LOT of eco-friendly materials I would imagine. I can see the kids marketing now and product placement with Subway, because they serve healthier fast food that’s moreso eco-friendly than the other fast foods. All it takes is clever marketing, snazzy graphics, and a cute voice/catchphrase, and done, you’ve got the youth market on track to save the environment with ferver.

It just makes me wonder, what else?

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What’s The Point

One of the great things about growing older, is running in to yourself as a kid. Now, how did I run into myself? Good question, very existential, and this is where I was as a kid apparently. My husband is always getting on to my son for: “Being my shadow.” I’m admittedly a random burst into song person at home. Admit it, some of you are too. Every time he complains I bust in with: “Me and my arrow”…”The Point” by Harry Nilsson. I put this note on my fridge: The Point. I finally went to YouTube this evening to show my husband my weirdness had a…well…a point.

As soon as I heard the songs from the movie I was transported back to my childhood. I watched this movie repeated. I LOVED it!! It’s so soothing and it has a point. Old Kristi, meet new Kristi. This movie was instrumental in who I am today. (Except not nearly as mellow, I don’t know how that happened as much as I saw it.)

The point that I see today is in my work and studies and interests that I carry and opine on. Most recently The Pistorius Effect. I looked online and could not find the lyrics for The Game from the movie, but if you listen and substitute in Pistorius. It makes you wonder a bit. Are we not letting him, or whoever, not play because they are without their own points? Oblio had a synthetic point that his mother knitted that worked quite well at the game with the assistance of his dog Arrow. The other kids said he’s different and can’t play, not a natural point (and the dog could move and help him a bit…significant advantage). When Oblio gets his point, all the other points on the citizens disappear, except for his, he finally gets his own.

There are other stories of the outcast trying to get in, Rudolph, but try a new flavor.

For all of you that loved this as a kid, or never knew it, feel fall in love, again.

“If everything has a point,
then I must have one too”

What’s your’s

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