Intentional Parenting Family Movies
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Moral-Ethical Emphasis — Caring; Responsibility.
At a Glance — Age: 5 - 8; MPAA Rating -- G; Animated; 2008; 98 minutes; Color.
Description — The time is centuries into the future and the scene is the Earth, a desolate, garbage strewn no-mans land. Nothing green or animate is visible. People abandoned the planet long ago, opting for life on a gigantic space ship until conditions on Earth become habitable again. Wall-E is a robot who works alone compacting and stacking the mountains of rubbish that mankind left behind. By chance it finds a small green sprout.
A drone named Eve has been sent from the spaceship to evaluate conditions on Earth. Wall-E immediately falls in love with Eve and offers the plant in an attempt to impress it. Controlled by its mission, Eve automatically takes the plant back to the spaceship and the lovesick Wall-E goes along for the ride. The people they encounter on the spaceship have become infantilized blobs who do nothing but watch entertainment all day. They have almost lost the ability to move. The arrival of Wall-E and Eve sets in motion a chain of events which allow the humans to save themselves and Wall-E to get its girl.
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Benefits of the Movie — "Wall-E" is a gorgeous, tender film, that shows the importance of taking care of our planet and the dangers of relying on technology.
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For a more complete explanation of how to use movies to foster development through talk and play, see Ideas for Talking and Playing Using Family Movies. Babysitters can better serve their charges by talking with children about the movies children watch and organizing games based on situations in the films. See How Babysitters Can Enhance Verbal Development and Social-Emotional Learning.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against putting children age 2 or younger in front of a screen. For children 3 and above it recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of educational, nonviolent programs each day. For these children family movies are a great way for intentional parents to use entertainment to enhance a child's verbal skills, social and emotional learning and character education.
Wall-E is a cautionary tale of ecological armageddon, with a compelling romantic story, and cute robot characters.
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