Color Acts As A Symbolic Foundation For The Film

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Color acts as ongoing symbolic foundation for the film. The film mainly employs monochromatic, muted colors, focusing on warm reds, browns, and yellows in which Wall-E’s world comes to life. Against this backdrop, the Earth setting is translated as a massive garbage dump while the signs of life, real life, like the bright green of the seedling instantly seize the viewer’s eyeline. The audience is visually magnetized to these small glimpses because the contrast is so sharp and captivating. While the color palette changes when the setting shifts to space, the filmmaker has achieved the desired communication in which the relationship between life and the humanity is deliberately experienced. Ironically, while the audience is currently part of the consumerist lifestyle that the film is challenging, the viewer, as a human being, is given the moment in which to experience their own humanity, which is innately connected to nature. The seedling is immediately recognized as natural life, the very hope of human and earthly existence. Using this symbol and magnifying this essential link, the audience is psychologically drawn into the film on both conscious and subconscious levels. For instance, the child or adult who sees the plant and grasps its meaning inadvertently chooses sides in this moment. Of course, whether or not this connection translates to behavioral changes is outside the scope of this analysis. From a film perspective, this visual structuring of color and…
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