The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wall-e, Hollywood and environmentalism.

I have just enjoyed Wall-e from Disney Pixar, with my family. What I particularly enjoyed was the underlying message of the film. You see, more than anything else, Wall-e is a comment on the state of the world today.

Children get their education best when they least notice it. A cinema is a pretty good place to educate children on important issues. Thus, I would like to congratulate Hollywood and Disney Pixar in particular, for Wall-e.

I am not about to spoil the film, but I can say this: it preaches a very clear message about the perils of not caring for the environment, of allowing Man to become successively more lazy and dependent on machines and on the probable future of Earth and Man if we continue to do and be as we are. These are important issues for children to confront and understand so that, when they become adults, they might live in a way which does not contribute to these problems.

I would urge every parent to bring their children to see Wall-e, even very young children will be able to understand the film - and let them imbibe the message it has, for the state of our world today. Clearly, the film is an extensive comment on the nature of, in particular, modern America and where not only is it ahead, but where it presently already is. In a way, the film is quite chilling in what it predicts, but is so without making the audience too uncomfortable. In fact, I found myself laughing at things I shouldn't really have been laughing at, while being made aware of how awful such a situation actually would be.

So, if you want your children to grow up environmentally aware, active and protective, I think Wall-e is a good place to begin their education in what will happen if nothing is done.

See it.

Watching the film gave me hope that Hollywood - often seen as an evil force in the world - could actually help the future development of the world by producing responsible films that educate the audience on important matters such as environmentalism and the likely future of Man if we don't change our ways. They serve as powerful warnings and are more likely to be heeded since they won't be perceived as lectures.

Well done, Disney Pixar...I hope to see more of such films, for the future adults of tomorrow to learn from.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and seven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, five years exactly, and Tiarnan, twenty-eight months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 11:16 PM 


Blogger Miao said...

I first read about the film in Time magazine last year, and have been looking forward to it ever since. I'm planning to watch it this coming week. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hi Miao,

Fiction though it is, Wall-e is quite sobering in how "true to home" its message is.

Have fun.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

I actually liked the lack of dialogue; images often convey more meaning than words. "Wall-e" is a thoughtful and deep critique of consumerism. It is a story well-told!!!

1:35 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Indeed, Shannon: the image of consumerism it portrays is enough to make one shudder! Excellent.

7:31 AM  

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