We watched WALL-E (2008) last night.

It's a great story. It's about planet earth, a planet that was supposed to be beautiful—in its landscapes, in the plants and animals it supported, and in the human civilisation that developed on it. But this planet had been left desolate, reduced to a heap of trash by the greed, futility and disconnectedness of the people who inhabited it. But it's also a story of hope. A love story develops between the central character, WALL-E, and another robot. And so powerful is this love story that it brings in its wake not only the re-humanising of humanity, but ultimately the renewal of the whole planet.

And it's a whole lot of fun too.

But what I like most about this story, as about any story, is the resonances it has with a far greater story...