I keep looking at this picture, on the Disney and More blog (via John Frost‘s shared RSS items). And I feel so incredibly conflicted. On the one hand, I love WALL-E so I kinda want the merch, and seeing the Champs-Elysées Disney Store reminds me how excited I was when I stopped there one August afternoon in 2005, to pick up my Disneyland Paris park tickets. But on the other hand, I’m continually struck by the irony of shelves upon shelves stocked with highly-disposable WALL-E merchandise, as if the company had not noticed that this film conveys a strong anti-consumerism message (among other things).
There are also some rumors floating around the interwebs (sorry, I can’t recall all the sources!) that suggest that Tomorrowland will be re-themed with Buy N Large logos, and a generalized WALL-E theme. What then could be next? How far will life go to imitate art? Will the TTA be replaced with floating hovercraft couches, complete with digital display screens and cupcake-in-a-cup?
My head hurts.