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"Wall•E": Unprepared to Go Home

In many ways the Pixar's animated film Wall•E is a story about coming home. It tells the story of a lonely robot who for 700 years has been cleaning up the trash left behind by humans on an abandoned planet. Wall•E stands for "Waste Allocation Load Lifter–Earth class." While we are never told so, it is likely that Wall•E is the last operating robot on the planet. All of the human beings now live on a giant spaceship called The Axiom, situated in the outer reaches of the galaxy. The ship initially set out on a "five-year cruise," while robots like Wall-E made the planet acceptable for human life once again. When the robots' efforts failed, it was decided ...

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