Going Beyond Our Directive: <em>Wall-E</em> and the Limits of Social Commentary

  • Ann F. Howey
Keywords: environmentalism, kinderculture, Wall-E


The film Wall-E (2008) is both a love story and a social commentary about our current practices of consumption. Analysis of the film as text and of the theatre experience reveals the limitations of Wall-E’s social commentary: while some features of the film position viewers as critical readers of current social practices, other features of the film and of the viewing experience position viewers as consumers and naturalize traditional consumer practices. Wall-E thus illustrates the complex ways that kinderculture positions audiences as critics/consumers and the affective nature of its critical stance.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.0.0009


Author Biography

Ann F. Howey

Ann F. Howey is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Langauge and Literature at Brock University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of young people's literature, speculative fiction, and Arthurian literature.

How to Cite
Howey, A. F. (2010). Going Beyond Our Directive: <em>Wall-E</em&gt; and the Limits of Social Commentary. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 2(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/6