The Brief: In this video, MatPat explains an elaborate theory about Wall-E's dystopian environmental and social commentary.
In this video, produced by The Film Theorists, part of The Game Theorists group, MatPat explains an elaborate theory about Wall-E’s dystopian environmental and social commentary. In Wall-E, the earth has been filled with trash, making it uninhabitable to humans. The main character, Wall-E is a robot in charge of cleaning up the earth after the human population has fled to space.
MatPat theorizes that in the movie, the corporation that handled waste management named “Buy & Large” intentionally filled the earth with trash so that it could profit from its cleanup and from the relocation of the human population to the company’s spaceships. In the film, capitalism and corporate greed are a worse entity than consumerism (although they are related). As MatPat points out, destroying the earth is a pretty evil thing to do, making the Buy & Large one of Disney/Pixar’s worst villains.