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Wall-E Hero Journey
Transcript of Wall-E Hero Journey
Community Sustainability Center
Form & Function
by wyatt chingery
cannery and food processing
Community Grow Space
extension of growing season
Bike Trail/ Depot
Neighborhood Tool Share and Central Resource
To act as a Neighborhood Sustainability Center, a Local HUB and ANCHOR for the Community, where neighbors, businesses, and local municipalities interact as equals with regard to shared concerns and interests.
A "Third Place", where people can interact causally and share ideas and knowledge.
Meeting and Gathering Space for environmental workshops, conferences and educational forums; a neighborhood Think Tank to address issues of sustainability and global change at the neighborhood level.
how people use it
Neighborhood & Cultural Interfaces
Technology - Old and New:
Combining technologies, past and present for resilience and inclusion.
advanced designs in infrastructure and rain catch systems
With a little
it doesn't take a lot of space to grow a lot of food.
Community Oriented and Inclusive
Connected to larger community
Promote and Support Future Developments
Calle de Comidas and Urban Growth
A place for chance encounters and sharing ideas.
New business models
Fields of Hope
Encourage present Civic and Socio-cultural Connectivity
Existing Local Food Production
and sustainable practices.
An unlikely hero on a journey...
WALL-E's Call to Adventure
EVa is a robot whose mission is to find a sign of living life on earth,
Wall-e is interested in eva,
but she is set on her mission.
he attempts to interact
with her and she almost
kills him, scans him for
life, then moves on.
Refusal of the call
Before eva ever came to earth, wall-e found and kept a small sprout he found growing inside of
Crossing the first threshold
Wall-e follows eva, as once she finds the plant a ship returns to pick her up. he clutches onto the outside of the ship just as it is taking off and is carried into space.
Belly of the wale
the ship carrying eva and wall-e arrives and lands at a massive ship called the axiom.
Wall-e loses eva upon arriving on the AXIOm.
wall-e helps eva get the plant to the captain of the axiom, but the ship goes rogue and nearly destroys wall-e therefor losing the plant.
being broken and then being partially fixed by eva.
road of trials
the meeting with the goddess
wall-e finding eva on the Axiom.
woman as temptress
wall-e's own safety and well being.
the success of eva's mission.
atonement with the father
wall-e gets the strength to hold up the plant capsule.
because of wall-e's actions, the axiom set a course for earth to recolonize and reestablish the human population.
leaving space to return to earth.
crossing of the return threshold
Returning to earth.
the ultimate boon
eva fixes wall-e from spare parts on earth and he can now fully function again.
Freedom to live
Wall-e can now live his life as he wants to and does not have to be a "wall-e" anymore
Master of Two worlds
earth with humans coming back to inhabit it.
Earth after humans deserted it.
wall-e has now been to the two worlds.
"His flowering world becomes a wasteland of
dry stones and his life feels meaningless" (Campbell 49)
"mother nature herself supports the mighty task" (Campbell 59)
"Beyond them is darkness, the unknown, and danger" (Campbell 64)
"The hero...is swallowed into the unknown...[and] the devotee at the moment of the entry into the temple undergoes a metamorphosis" (Campbell 74-7)
"Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials" (Campbell 81)
"the goddess is red with the fire of life; the earth, the solar system, the galaxies of far-extending space, all swell within her womb" (Campbell 94)
"And the testings of the hero...were symbolical of those crises of realization by means of which his conscious came to be amplified and made capable of enduring the full possession of the mother-destroyer, his inevitable bride" (Campbell 101)
"It is in this ordeal that the hero may derive hope and assurance from the helpful female figure, by whose magic...he is protected through all the frightening experiences" (Campbell 110)
"This godlike being is a pattern of the divine state to which the human hero attains who has gone beyond the last terrors of ignorance. 'When the envelope of consciousness has been annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, beyond the reach of change'" (Campbell 127)
"A Blunder --- apparently the merest chance --- reveals an unsuspected world, and the individual is drawn into a relationship with forces that are not rightly understood" (Campbell 42)
"Another image of indestructibility is represented in the folk idea of the spiritual "double" --- an external soul not afflicted by the losses and injuries of the present body, but existing safely in some place removed" Campbell 150)
"If the hero in his triumph...is then explicitly commissioned to return to the world with some elixir for the restoration of society, the final stage of his adventure is supported by all the powers of his supernatural patron" (Campbell 170)
"the hero adventures out of the land we know and into darkness; there accomplishes his adventure, or again is simply lost to us, imprisoned, or in danger; and his return is described as a coming back out of that yonder zone" (Campbell 188)
"freedom to pass back and forth across the world division, from the perspective of the apparitions of time to that of the casual deep and back --- not contaminating the principles of the one with those of the other, yet permitting the mind got know the one by virtue of the other --- is the talent of the master" (Campbell 196)
"the hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become" (Campbell 209)
peter barry's literary and cultural theories
when looking at wall-e and his role as a "wall-e" robot, it gives a greater perspective on just really how bad humans treated the earth. without these unsustainable and degrading acts, "wall-e's" would never have to been made in order to clean up their mess.
wall-e is a robot designed for a specific purpose and none other. when he receives a new programming chip from eva to become fixed, he reverts back into the programmed "wall-e" he stared off as. After some time and help from eva, he returns to his normal self after recovering who he was from his unconscious.
Eva is portrayed in the movie as a sleek, shiny, innovative and impressive piece of robot technology that is on a mission it was programmed to perform. While women were only portrayed as either mothers or wives before the 1900s, Eva is an example of strong, independent, working female in modern society that performs and excels at her profession.
the humans on the axion in wall-e live in a materialistic, consumerist, classless world in space where a screen in constantly in front of their face. They know of no other life than the one they live until they are returned to earth. this is due to wall-e and eva's actions and it returned humans to a more natural human society.
Barry, Peter. Beginning theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory. Manchester [England: Manchester University Press ;, 1995. Print.
Campbell, Joseph. The hero with a thousand faces. 2nd ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 19681949. Print.
WALL-E. Dir. Andrew Stanton. Perf. Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2008. DVD.
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli