For those who read my pre-Christmas rant about faux gifts, here's a somewhat insignificant and rather loosely connected follow-up. (You may be impressed by my Photo Studio skills, but don't get your hopes up if you're looking for something profound or even advertising-related.)

In that post, I unfairly accused the "Kingdom of the Sea" film creator, David Mulhern, of stealing his ideas from the "Finding Nemo" film creator, Andrew Stanton. A reader called me on it and I retracted my unsubstantiated claim. Still, I wanted to side with Stanton.

Then last week, I finally watched Stanton's latest movie, "WALL-E." Guess what: He stole it. Yep, right out of the Bible. Noah's Ark.

=> People become self-centered and ruin life on earth;
=> People live on floating vessel for extended time while earth is cleansed;
=> Small creature is sent to search earth for signs of life;
=> Small creature finds plant and returns to floating vessel where captain decides it's time to return to earth, but only after humans learn that self-centeredness is wrong way to live.

If this weren't enough proof, Stanton is, by his own account, a Christian and claims that his story is about love...just like in the Bible!

OK, so I'm pretty sure allegories don't count as plagiarism, which means Stanton is off the hook.

Stay tuned for something less tangential, and perhaps more serious, next time.


Andrea Emerson January 12, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

Nice observation! That thought hadn't occurred to me (probably because I was surfing the Internet during the movie), but now it seems obvious. Have a great week.

Billy Coffey January 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

I'll ditto the first comment. As a father of two little ones, I think I've seen that movie a thousand times. Never occurred to me.

Sam Van Eman January 12, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

andrea and billy, it struck me about two days after seeing it. some days i wish i had a blog just for stuff like this, but i don't, and i can't, so i cheated and put it here.

i could stretch it and say that this is a great example of how christians can live out their faith in a secular work place, but that wasn't my intention for the post.

Jennifer January 12, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

Sam -- I'm glad you decided to share this observation. Even if you didn't think it "fits" the theme of the blog, it was a great post. Thanks for sharing it. Cool ...

Bradley J Moore January 13, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

Very observant, Sam!
I'll believe your version - it was very convincing

M.joshua January 15, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Awesome observation! I usually pick up on these things. But you certainly beat me to the punch! :)

Sam Van Eman January 15, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

hey, how about the art direction, josh?


M.joshua January 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

Yeah. thats pretty much the coolest thing I've seen in a while.

I wanted to share your blog post just it just because it's that cool. I'm not even playing.

Dayton January 16, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." - Pablo Picasso

Sam Van Eman January 16, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

maybe it's the ones who steal artistically that get away with it the most (i'm just playing with an idea here, as my accusation toward stanton was obviously tongue-in-cheek).

i wonder if our admiration of a stolen piece influences the degree of pardon we offer for the artist's sin.

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