Wall-E - 2018

Wall-E - 2018
Movie Info

Rating: G


Age-appropriateness: cartoonish peril and violence


Overview: In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Wall-E serves as a warning of what could come of the Earth if humans continue a consumeristic, lazy, technology-addicted lifestyle. This film reveals the duty we have to take care of ourselves and the Earth.


Themes: environmentalism, purpose/calling, love, future, curiosity, technology, laziness, responsibility

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Environmentalism. What decisions do you think led the Earth to be so full of trash? What can you do to help avoid that future?

  • The Earth that Wall-E works in is full of pollution and trash, no longer livable for humans. Humans stopped taking care of the Earth and instead only took care of themselves, doing whatever made them happy. We are meant to use the resources in the world for our benefit, but we shouldn’t be careless or foolish about it.

  • Check out this article about How to Talk to Your Kids About Environmentalism.


2. Purpose and love. What do you think you were put on Earth to do? To what degree do you feel like you are loved by others?

  • Wall-E spent a lot of time by himself on Earth, simply doing what he was meant to do: compact trash and organize it. He really wanted to experience what it was like to love and be loved. Once Eve arrived, he had that chance. We also have a deep need - one that can only be fulfilled in Jesus. John 14:6 says, "Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'"


3. Technology. How lonely do you think the humans on the Axiom were? Even with crazy-awesome technology, do you think their lives were actually better?

  • People on the Axiom spaceship had a screen in front of them at all times. As a result, many of them didn’t know how to interact with others and spent most of their time by themselves.

  • Here's an article about How to Talk to Your Kids About Technology/Screen Time

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. The Earth that Wall-E works in is full of pollution and trash, no longer livable for humans. Humans stopped taking care of the Earth and instead only took care of themselves, doing whatever made them happy. We are meant to use the resources in the world for our benefit, but we shouldn’t be careless or foolish about it. What decisions do you think led the Earth to be so full of trash? What can you do to help avoid that future?


2. Wall-E spent a lot of time by himself on Earth, simply doing what he was meant to do: compact trash and organize it. He really wanted to experience what it was like to love and be loved. Once Eve arrived, he had that chance. We also have a deep need - one that can only be fulfilled in Jesus. John 14:6 says, "Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'" What do you think you were put on Earth to do? To what degree do you feel like you are loved by others?


3. People on the Axiom spaceship had a screen in front of them at all times. As a result, many of them didn’t know how to interact with others and spent most of their time by themselves. How lonely do you think they were? Even with crazy-awesome technology, do you think their lives were actually better?


4. At the end, Wall-E’s Earth was made new with all sorts of new plants. Jesus will one day make our Earth new, wiping away all of the pain and hurt that we experience now. God promises to one day bring a "new heaven and a new Earth" to His Kingdom. God will make all things right and there will eventually be no sin or pain. What are you most looking forward to in the new Earth that God promises to bring? What do you think it will be like?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:05 The Axiom was built to give people non-stop entertainment and luxurious experiences. People could just relax and have fun all day everyday, for years on end. It sounds fun at first, but judging by how the Earth looks, it apparently had some dangerous consequences. What would be the best part about being on vacation for 5 years, without working or going to school? Could you see how this might be a bad thing?


:12 While Wall-E works to compact all of the trash, he comes across all sorts of new items. He’s very curious, so he interacts with these things, trying to find out how they work. He collects the coolest things in his cooler. How curious are you? How often to you explore new places and try new things?


:22 Wall-E and Eve get to know one another. Wall-E admires Eve’s power and strength. They explain each other’s purposes to one another. What do you think is your purpose on Earth? What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?


:34 When Eve gets taken by a big spaceship, Wall-E gets scared. Have you ever been scared like this? How did you deal with your fear?


:42 Wall-E observes humans in their new life on the Axiom luxury vacation spaceship. The people are brainwashed, unhealthy, lazy, and attached to technology. They are doing the same exact thing every day, over and over. Would you get bored on the Axiom? Could you imagine humans on Earth ever becoming this way?


:48 The Captain has had robots do everything for him for so long, that he didn’t know how to read a book for himself. It’s not because he wasn’t capable, but rather he relied so heavily on technology that he never bothers to learn anything for himself. Is there any skill you rely too heavily on technology to do? Can you think of a task that technology completely does for you? Could you learn how to do that task on your own?


1:04 The Captain realizes that as people stopped taking care of the environment, the sky was no longer blue and the grass no longer green. Why is it important to take care of our environment? What are the potential consequences if we fail to take care of nature?


1:09 The Captain learns that Auto’s plans were to never recolonize Earth. The Captain recognizes they have a responsibility to return to Earth and make it better. He says, “I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”. What do you think he meant by this? What is the difference between merely surviving, and actually living?


1:15 Eve is willing to abandon her directive, her purpose in life, to instead take care of Wall-E. Wall-E is willing to sacrifice himself in order to save the Earth. God's Word encourages us to love people more than things (like Eve does). Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we could be saved one day (like Wall-E does for Eve). Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we can be with God forever! Do you ever love things more than you love people? How much must Jesus love you, knowing that He sacrificed Himself for you?


1:28 Eve held Wall-E’s hand, showing him that she loves him. It’s her love that brings him back to working function, when it appeared he was broken. Jesus’ body appeared to be broken as well, as bad men hurt him and put him on a cross. However, God’s love for Jesus brought him back to life three days later, the best day in the history of the world! Because Jesus rose from the grave, we know he can be trusted and that He is God! How does it feel to know that Jesus keeps all of his promises, and that He’s worthy of being the most important thing in your life?