It’s Media Motivation Monday, erm, Tuesday. Growing up there was always the “go-to” movie that we watched over and over. We had a whole series of them including Annie, Ghostbusters, Mister Boogedy, and Splash. We would stick one on almost every afternoon. Now that I think about it, I must have driven my mom nuts watching the same thing day after day.
Now my kids are doing the same thing. Thank heavens for DVD, easier to manage than those VHS tapes – and they don’t wear down! Our current “go-to” movies are Wall-E for my 4 yr old son and Ponyo for the 2 yr old daughter. I’m really glad that we’ve moved past Cars. That was a daily regular for almost a year.
Today I’d like to share a bit of brilliant animation which most all of you have seen. This is the moment in Wall-E when Wall-E just arrives on the Axiom and M.O. is cleaning the EVE robots. Here it is:
What I love about this scene is that Wall-E and M.O. are so human in their actions and reactions. Even without dialogue we understand know exactly what each is thinking and feeling by the use of body movement. This is a great lesson on unspoken communication. M.O. is showing us some delightful frustration at not being able to do his job. At first, Wall-E is annoyed at this tiny robot and has no problem showing it. Then, he is curious – he wants to see what will happen if he tries to push this little robots buttons. I especially love it when Wall-E grinds M.O.’s face.
When we write do we use moments where characters communicate without speaking? Take a close look, is there anywhere that the dialogue seems too obvious or unneeded for the scene? Consider adding some body language – it might be just what you were looking for.