Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wall-E Movie Questions (and Answers!!)

I wanted to post the questions that I used to discuss the movie with the students.  They were not necessarily discussed in this order because the students really had a good handle on what the movie was symbolic of.  The final question was the final question here.  Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments about the movie and discussion especially about the final "surviving vs. living" question.

Wall-E Movie Questions

-What are the buildings in the first scene made of?

Buildings of trash…from BUY N LARGE

- How long has the Earth been like this? How do you know?

VERY long time. Other robots are gone, and all signs of LIFE

- What LIVING creature do we see???


- Axiom-what does that mean?

Something that your life revolves around.

- How do we know Wall-E is unique???

He keeps things, has a home, watches movie, sings the song, dances, wants to hold hands which is his symbol of love.

- What does Wall-E feed the cockroach?

Twinkie (that is 700 yrs old...YUCK!)

-What kind of energy powers Wall-E? Why is that ironic?

Solar, bc they didn’t conserve energy until it was too late

-After Wall-E rolls over the cockroach he wants him to stay inside. Why?

He cares for him.

-Wall-E goes through the trash before he compacts it. Do you thing the other robots did that? Why does he do that?

No bc he is a unique robot

-Wall-E doesn’t know what a lot of the trash is such as the engagement ring and the bra. Why do you think the producers want us to know that?

So we know that Wall-E has LEARNED what some things mean and others he can't

-What is special about the green thing in the shoe that Wall-E takes home?

It is a plant and apparently the only living thing besides the cockroach on Earth.

-Why is Wall-E interested in EVE?

She is the only other robot

-How do we know that EVE is not all evil after she keeps blasting at Wall-E?

Cockroach tickles her and she laughs.

-What is EVE doing? What is her directive?

Looking for life

-EVE is also a unique robot bc she shows an emotion while searching and while interacting with the cockroach and later when first meeting Wall-E. What emotions are those?

Frustration and humor

-What does EVE have that makes her shut down and then so important when returned to the Axiom?

The plant

-What is wrong with the people on the ship?

Can’t walk and all are in wheelchair things, all are eating, shopping, chatting, PLUGGED IN!

-Who is teaching the children?

Robots with screens.

-Wall-E touches 2 people, John and Mary. They seem surprised about what is around them. Why?

They are always plugged in and don't see past their "screens".

-How long have they been on the Axiom?

700 years

-EVE stands for what?

Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator

-There is no way that people could lose bone density in that gravitational area. And a couple laps around the jogging track would not cure this either. What is the real reason for their size difference?

They are obese from living unhealthy lifestyles.

-Why can’t the captain tell at first what is in the Operation Manual?

He's is used to the computers reading to him.

-Why is the captain happy to return to the regular status?

It is what he and the rest have known for 700 years. Doing something new is scary.

-Why does Wall-E try to help EVE when she is being diagnosed?

He cares for her and thinks she is being hurt.

-What emotion(s) does that show?

Love and concern

-Where do EVE and Wall-E find the plant? What does this suggest?

In the escape pod bc the machines don’t want the plant found.

-Who else meets while Wall-E and Eve are “dancing”? Why haven’t they met before?

John and Mary bc they were too “plugged in”

-What is the captain asking the computer about and why?

The Earth bc he is curious.

-Why is the captain disappointed when he sees EVE's pictures of Earth currently?

Bc Earth is ruin still and not green with a blue sky as the computer portrayed it to be.

-What does the captain realize when he waters the plant?

They have to go back to fix the earth to take care of it.

-What does the word mutiny mean and why does the captain use it?

Mutiny means that workers that are disobedient to the captain. Auto and other bots have disobeyed their captain.

-Who saves EVE and Wall-E from being sucked out the air lock?


-How does Mo show emotion?

Frustration at the dirt and he cleans Wall-E while EVE is trying to fix him. He shakes hands with Wall-E.

-What is EVE’s directive?

To put the plant in the holo-detector on the Lido deck.

-How do we know that the “rogue” robots like Wall-E?

They sing “Put on Your Sunday Best” from the movie Wall-E watches.

-What motivates the Captain to walk?

Wall-E trying to keep the holo-detector open.

-What kind of a wheel is Auto and what does Auto in his name stand for?

He is a nautical wheel and Auto is short for Auto-Pilot.

-When Wall-E wakes up, why doesn’t he recognize EVE, or his “treasures”, or cockroach?

He has a new memory card.

-What helps Wall-E remember?

EVE sings “Put On Your Sunday Best” and holds his hand. Also EVE "zaps" Wall-E when she touches her forhead to Wall-E's eyes.

-When Wall-E messes with his eyes, what is that similar to as a human eye reaction?


-What does the captain want the passengers to know is their job?

To grow plants and help TAKE CARE of the planet Earth

-How do we know there is hope?

The plants growing on the side of the hill.

-Why does the director show the cartoons at the end of the movie during the credits?

So we know that they are successful.

-My favorite line is said by the captain. He states, “I don’t want to survive, I want to LIVE!” What is the difference between surviving and living? And which do you think God would want us to do and why?

Surviving is to stay alive by doing just what is necessary, but living is staying alive AND making a difference in life.

God would want us to live…IN HIM!! By doing His will, and using our talents for His glory.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It is VERY personal! is “Bare Your Heart and Hope No One Laughs at It” day...aka, I begin to tell my students about my “Healthy for HIM!” concept. Anyone who knows the “real” me, knows that I am a very passionate person. And when you add to that a directive from God, I am almost unstoppable. I have passionately taught my students concepts in the past, but this concept is deeply personal and tied to some major “bad” in my life. I am truly hoping that this is the “good” that God has made from my recent “bad”s in life. Here is how God’s plan has proceeded...

Yesterday a fellow parent remarked that she just couldn’t see me 50 lbs. heavier (see picture at the end of this blog-Yikes!!). That was definitely my happy thought of the day! I admit that I would look in the mirror then and say to myself, “Who is that?” My passion for life; home, school, and church; required the energy of a 5’4”, 130 lb. woman. Stubbornly I plowed through life paying attention to what needed to be done for each, but not for me. Even having gestational diabetes with both children did not slow me down enough to eat right, exercise, or sleep right. And stress??? Forgetaboutit!!!!!

So in July of 2008 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I determined that at 37, I was too young to ignore this and had to get control of my health. I wanted to see my kids grow, learn, love, and live! And I didn’t want my health to sideline me. I wanted to participate in their lives. Having been on a diabetic diet with my pregnancy, I knew how to change my eating habits and got busy immediately. By the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, I felt confident enough to tell a parent/friend who is a personal trainer that I needed help getting busy exercising. I had lost 30 lbs at this point, but didn’t want to start until I got rid of a nagging pain in my begins the medical chaos!!!

After going to my chiropractor and my medical doctor, no one could tell me WHY my back was hurting. I had a student teacher for the first time in 15 years and was struggling to keep up my work and professionalism. I even had a heating pad plugged in at my desk to relieve the pain while my students had work time or my student teacher was in charge. On Super Bowl Sunday, my husband took me to the hospital because I couldn’t stand the pain anymore. The doctor’s determined that I was having a gall bladder attack and scheduled me for a battery of scans to determine if I had any gall stones to remove before laparoscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder. The scans came back positive and I was scheduled for laparoscopic gall stone removal immediately. Waking up violently ill from the anesthesia was the least of my worries. The doctors informed me that they extracted almost all of the stones but one after draining an infection FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR!!! I was almost septic with NO FEVER! Calling Dr. House!!! The doctors readmitted me to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics and to recover. They also scheduled another laparoscopic surgery for the following week hoping that the swelling would decrease and release the stone. THEN they would schedule a laparoscopic gall bladder removal. Sounds simple right? (play gloomy music here!!!)

Nope! The next week, the doctor was unable to remove the stone and tore a hole in the bile duct trying to do so. Readmitted into the hospital for recovery again, the Dr. House joke was funny, but not so much so. I was referred to Dr. Parsons at Northwest Community Hospital. He is the guru and if he wasn’t in Arlington Heights, just down the highway, I would have been flying to wherever he lived to have this stone removed...all before ANOTHER surgery to remove my gall bladder.

Dr. Parsons told me I was #5. The fifth stone he could NOT get out! Out of the tens of thousands of successful procedures, I was the 5th failure. I don’t think EITHER of us was happy. The stone had burrowed through the bile duct wall near the head of my pancreas and the only way to remove it was to have an open, rather than laparoscopic, surgery. Amazingly (Thanks be to GOD!!), Dr. Parsons knew of a doctor, a pancreatic oncology surgeon, that had done this procedure before and was in the same hospital. This time I got to LEAVE the hospital and go home. I was prescribed rest and a liquid diet, and to call Dr. Bilimoria the following morning. Dr. Bilimoria’s office called me a half an hour before the office opened to schedule a consultation appointment. After another month and another emergency room visit, I went into surgery and came out with no gall stones or gall bladder, and a 7” scar down the middle of my abdomen.

If you ever think you feel helpless from a foot, leg, arm or hand injury; try losing your core muscles. You can’t sit up so you can’t get out of bed. You can’t catch a falling pencil. You can’t pull or push anything towards or away from you. Even stairs can be difficult. The first time I tried to walk, I made it down the hall two doors away before I had to head back and the nurse (Annie-bless her tough loving, “you’re a momma and your kiddies need you so let’s get busy!!!!” attitude) had to “catch” me with a harness twice. After 5 days, I went home to recover. And 1 day shy of 4 weeks of recovery, I went back to school. By Memorial Day weekend, I was FINALLY working out with Mark, my friend and parent who is a trainer.

After almost 2 months of a liquid diet, I had lost 25 more pounds and I had NO muscles. Not only were my core muscles effected, but my arms and legs were deteriorated because I had been on bed rest and not eaten enough protein to sustain muscle tone. So Mark, my friend/parent/trainer, got me busy and IN SHAPE! I did the Sears (ok ok!!! Willis) Towers Stair climb in November of 2009 and one day before my 39th birthday, I ran my first mile! Other than some hernia issues from the 7” incision which is common, I FEEL great! My overall health allows me to follow all the things that God asks me to do at home, school and church.

Now don’t get me wrong! It is HARD to stay disciplined and committed, but that is a whole other issue for another blog. My point is that becoming healthy was quite a trial and one that very few people have to experience to actually become healthy. It has changed my life in so many ways. I passionately want others to know how important their health really is.

While researching diabetes, I realized how many CHILDREN need to become healthy because so many are being diagnosed with diabetes NOW. And I thought I was young!! The causes and effects of our children’s lack of health is very diverse and complicated. Generally they are inappropriate levels of exercise, diet, sleep and other living habits. As Christians this also includes an inappropriate level of worship, Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and stewardship. This is why I want to share “Healthy for HIM!” with my students, their parents, and support systems.

Today my students and I watched Wall-E. Now I have a degree in English as well as education, so movies are a passion for me. This movie uses symbols VERY effectively. I have watched it a dozen times and see something new EVERY time (like the 700 year old Twinkie!). It makes the point of the evils of an excessive life whether the movie is realistic or not! And by the way, you can NOT lose bone density due to lack of gravity and there is gravity portrayed on the AXIOM spaceship. BUT I used this movie to talk to my students about living a life that keeps them “Healthy for HIM!”

This will be the introduction to what I want to achieve with the students this year. We will gradually be learning and adding to elements of the program. And I will be adding and reflecting on those elements and the process here.

Hope this finds you motivated and blessed by God!


YES!!! That is a ginormo ice cream sundae in front of us!