Similarites between World Inc. and Wall-E

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Similarites between World Inc. and Wall-E

Post by Bianka Walter » 02 Aug 2018, 12:00

I know that the two stories couldn't be more different, but I couldn't help noticing some big similarities between World Incorporated and the Pixar film Wall-E.
In both, the big corporations take over, and the somewhat mindless people go about their everyday lives without much stimulation.
Did anyone else notice a slight connection between the two? Was there anything else from the book that shared themes from Wall-E?
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Post by Hollyrobb42 » 03 Aug 2018, 04:15

Do you know, now that you’ve said that I do see a connection. I don’t remember much about Wall-E, but I do remember the fact that all the humans did become under stimulated zombies almost! That’s interesting, I never would have thought of that.

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Post by Sushan » 03 Aug 2018, 06:52

As per my view, science fictions have talked about many themes by now. So it is unavoidable to have at least few similarities
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Post by OloladeO » 03 Aug 2018, 08:15

Not read any of the books, but most books that share the same genre tend to have certain similarities so I won't be surprised.

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Post by StarkidStarling » 03 Aug 2018, 08:32

I think it's a good comparison. The biggest flaw I see is World, Inc (and the other super-corporations) worked to fix global warming rather than just give up on the Earth and move into space.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 03 Aug 2018, 08:43

StarkidStarling wrote:
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I think it's a good comparison. The biggest flaw I see is World, Inc (and the other super-corporations) worked to fix global warming rather than just give up on the Earth and move into space.
Exactly. That's where the two are completely different.
But as far as being run by supercorporations, people doing what they're told to do, and technology running the place, I saw a few things that reminded me of Wall-E when I read the book.
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Post by Nma26 » 03 Aug 2018, 10:02

Very good observation.There are a few things here that remind one of Wall-E.

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Post by dbulkley » 03 Aug 2018, 12:18

I wasn't thinking this at all, but now that you mention it there is some similarities. I wasn't a huge fan of either though.
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Post by Laura Del » 03 Aug 2018, 17:11

Good catch. I was thinking the same thing.
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Post by juliecsa » 03 Aug 2018, 17:44

Nma26 wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 10:02
Very good observation.There are a few things here that remind one of Wall-E.
I'm curious what the others that you noticed are? I'm still reading so I haven't caught everything yet, although I definitely see the connection between the world being run by corporations in both.

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Post by daydreaming reader » 03 Aug 2018, 17:52

Bianka Walter wrote:
02 Aug 2018, 12:00
I know that the two stories couldn't be more different, but I couldn't help noticing some big similarities between World Incorporated and the Pixar film Wall-E.
In both, the big corporations take over, and the somewhat mindless people go about their everyday lives without much stimulation.
Did anyone else notice a slight connection between the two? Was there anything else from the book that shared themes from Wall-E?
This is exactly what I thought of when I first read the synopsis.
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Post by CatlynnHighlights » 03 Aug 2018, 17:55

StarkidStarling wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 08:32
I think it's a good comparison. The biggest flaw I see is World, Inc (and the other super-corporations) worked to fix global warming rather than just give up on the Earth and move into space.
I think the same as you. The points made by the creator of this thread do stand, but the whole point of Wall-e is that they gave up on the world because it had problems (global warming, trash), and the super-corporations found ways to fix these problems.

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Post by sheeps44 » 03 Aug 2018, 22:17

Granted, any future dystopia story can be compared to each other because they focus on the same themes of either survival, corruption of the government or both.

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Post by Eileen R » 04 Aug 2018, 08:14

At this point similarities are unavoidable in dystopian novels.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 04 Aug 2018, 09:57

CatlynnHighlights wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 17:55
StarkidStarling wrote:
03 Aug 2018, 08:32
I think it's a good comparison. The biggest flaw I see is World, Inc (and the other super-corporations) worked to fix global warming rather than just give up on the Earth and move into space.
I think the same as you. The points made by the creator of this thread do stand, but the whole point of Wall-e is that they gave up on the world because it had problems (global warming, trash), and the super-corporations found ways to fix these problems.
As I said, the stories couldn't be more different. I was looking for something else uniquely comparable between the two.
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