Film Theory: Wall-E's Secret Cannibalism... More Juicy Proof!

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    About 4 years ago, I released a theory saying that the movie Wall-E was about cannibalism. It was likely what solidified my place as King of Ruining Your Childhood forever. Theorists, today I am doubling down on that theory. The proof is in the pudding, or rather, it is in the cup. Where does the food come from and what is in it? Get ready for another heaping helping of people!

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    Writers: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Thomas Torbergsen, Koen Verhagen, Danial "BanditRants" Keristoufi, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

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    1. Celeste Mal

      At the end of the movie, when they come back to earth and the people come off the ship, you can see in the background an old lady coming out, using a walker. Its the only old person i saw, old enough to need a walker. She also had gray hair. Since i only saw one though, im sure this theory still stands.

    2. Joe Mama

      but this suggest that by eating people, theres free/purpetual energy which goes against the laws of thermal dynamics.

    3. Nathan L

      Fungus could support a large population if provided enough water. I'd argue that with the advancements they had at the beginning of their journey they could easily have modified fungus genetically to provide all the nutrition needed. Some fungi can even produce fibrous structures which is possible what we saw the robot chopping up. Maybe this is how they have gotten so far as fungi can both produce oxygen and a stable food source. What do you guys think¿

    4. VulpineKitsune

      But… in order to reach and maintain that high a weight, you’d have to eat a LOT more than 2000 calories, let alone 1400

    5. Leer Mangas

      game theory idea is that WTF eggman wants from sonic

    6. joao goncalves

      0:30 when the pixar logo is film

    7. Grimslade Leviathan

      "Human meat, can't be beat" That's where you're wrong bucko

    8. Kellen Knipp

      There is an obvious reason for there not being any elderly in the movie... Clearly they all have incredibly short lifespans... Look at them.

    9. Stoke Shadow

      But doesn't the captain drink from a cup with no straw??

    10. AnnkaBoii Rousu

      What about the other ships cause u can see other ships leaving earth in the start of the movie

    11. CynicalToonz

      Not sure if this has been answered before, but heres a question. How are the babies on the ship made if all of the passengers are too lazy to get up from their seats, let alone procreate. Once again i might be dumb and this might’ve already been answered but idc lmfao

    12. Zero Glyph


    13. Pixie Ciaran

      overweight old people dont really wrinkle. the food could be algae which would also make oxygen

    14. Happy Marley S

      Ok. But remember, Mary lived on the ship her whole life, right? So why didn't she notice the giant pool in the middle of the ship? Or why did the captain of the ship not know about the jogging track? People only look at there screens, and never noitice anything else. So it woulkd be possible to fit a food section on this massive ship with put people knowing about it, and robots taking care of it. Yes. The ship is BIG, so the planners might have added a plant section to the ship in order feet to feed people. After they realised it was longer than 5 years, they reprogrammed it So the robots would know how to take care of plants. However not many food items involve plants, it all junk food, so idk, maybe they crammed 1000 animals into the ship like cows and chickens and they reprogrammed the robots to help reproduce the animals. Besides, elders might be in a different part of the ship doing bingo or something. We never see all of the ship, so it's possible. I rarely disagree with Mat pat so this is new. Keep ruining my childhood I love ur videos goobye

    15. kumbuqe todetnuc

      The tightfisted law interstingly succeed because quart bacteriologically hurry onto a sweltering peak. obedient, billowy path

    16. jason burger

      How the captains didn't get old..? If they was captain for almost 100 or 200 years...?

    17. Lord Yoofy

      we need some food theories about cannibalism

    18. Dubilyoo

      to maintain the weight of 575 pounds you’d need to intake around 5955 calories a day.

    19. Darth Arcangel

      To be fair, we see that some passengers didn't even know they had a pool. And with everything automated, the reality is that there could very well be a robot automated farm around there somewhere. The pilot himself says that the only thing he does around there is make the daily announcements. So while, yes, if there was anything like a farm, he would be the one to have the best chance of knowing, but the reality is that these people seem to barely know how the ship works or physically is feels like a major flaw to the whole "this guy doesn't know what a plant is" bit. In regards to the lack of visibly old people, I would argue that these people are living terribly unhealthy lifestyles and live dramatically shorter lives. Alternatively, they have amazing health cosmetic care and simply don't visually exhibit signs of age. Furthermore, there would be no natural waste products if they were using it all in the development of a farm of sorts. It's a fun little theory, but it has some holes in it for me personally.

    20. Vydax 97

      How can there be no old people aboard the Axiom and they also have a lifespan of 150? It would make your theory make even more sense if they had a lower life span and would also be logical because while eating other humans might be efficient it's obviously not healthy

    21. Hope Rainbow

      "human meat can't be beat" The sexual jokes that I could make but won't bc there might be tots who watch these videos and may read the comments

    22. Hari Gandham

      Wait, what about protein, and vitamins, do human bodies have enough protein and vitamins to keep another human alive?

    23. Gary Midlane

      Mhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. GOOD TO KNOW

    24. Saucer Boy

      Disgusting, but would it be possible that they're not eating each other, but are in fact eating their own recycled faeces?

    25. ̇

      maybe at that time, they already invented a machine that will turn a poop into a food, or maybe they invented a clone machine.

    26. Godzilla is king

      How many balloons would it take for the house in up to go flying

    27. Alexander Jackson

      8:35 That’s weak sauce. Man was living on average of 912 years before the Genesis Flood. And close to 600, 400, 200, 100 years after the Flood. With multiple generations in each hundredth interval. The 4 generations after Noah lived longer than the next 6 generations after them.

    28. The Unvlog Channel

      He didn't account for previous generations eating dead bodies, did he?

    29. The Unvlog Channel

      this theory seems pretty good, but relative to other theories of his that are good it feels more like connecting random plot holes into a conclusion when pixar clearly intended there to be AI-controlled hidden farms or an actual futuristic replenishing buffet or something.

    30. Big G

      How do people in the axiom make babies 🤔🧐🧐

    31. Helen

      What about earlier during the journey when people were healthier and less fatter? Does the math check out?

    32. dFUZE

      what about vitamins, minerals and essential amino and fatty acids? also, what about kuru?

    33. Grimm rieper Herobrine

      Where are the kids like me

    34. Aya Yamout

      Maybe they also use the wastes produced by those people to make food and not only their flesh?

    35. DARKNESS2323

      Are the old pilots the food!

    36. MythicalKittydog

      I think they're eating things the same way that the people in Star Trek are. It's as they said, "regenerative food buffet"

      1. MythicalKittydog

        Also, maybe they have a compost area? Obviously nobody would go there and it wouldn't be important to the plot of the movie.


      11:33 As an autopilot program meant to keep as much of the population alive in space as possible, I can confirm that's a pretty darn efficient use of available resources.

    38. Louis ConoMano

      Synthetic food

    39. Austin K

      I'm surprised I actually guessed Juans weight

    40. Born Löka

      Malcolm in the middle theory, please.

    41. Chester Farthing

      Mat Pat please read this. I don't fully think this is true until you find how they get the stuff to make it taste like the type of smoothie it is.

      1. Chester Farthing

        I mean flavoring

    42. Assassin 1065

      Have any of you guys tried soylent green? I hear it tastes different from person to person. Yeah im joking if u cant tell

    43. yigor chibisov

      if the food just ground slush up cant the ship just extract elements and combine them inside the ship to make the food?

    44. Dani Prasnicki

      i hate to be the one to say this. but the population of the Axiom cant move outta their chairs, then uh... babies how are they...??

    45. Anthony Covey

      They cant walk because as you can see they have never got out of the chairs meaning it’s not their size it’s the chairs who made them like that

    46. Stelios89

      lmao his name is juan

    47. Carlos Chicas

      ok but can human meat support someone for 200 years

    48. Azure Frost

      I wouldn't even hate it if they're using people to feed people for generations(if it's the only way)

    49. Peter Barker

      Armie Hammer enjoyed this video

    50. Apollo 11

      Hol up im gonna stop you there Just rewached the wall e and when the axiom landed as they were exiting the ship there was a elder person with a stick for helping with walking

    51. Kokochan Ch. EN VTuber ココちゃん

      wait but if old people are disposed of, how do captains reign for over one hundred years? 👁👄👁

    52. Kokochan Ch. EN VTuber ココちゃん

      wait but if they can't even stand up after they fall down from their hover chair, how would they.... you know.... f r i c c ?

    53. PR0 GRAMM3D


    54. skot skot

      bruh when they were making wall e newer studies on human calories werent done yet

    55. Bogdan Krajišnik

      why the f do you make these stupid theries that is a fkn cartoon for children , god!

    56. Justin Hamlin

      ... Energy to Matter converter aka a food replicator. Matt is trying to hard with this one as the ship is advanced it's not unreasonable to believe it has an energy to matter converter.

    57. Katie Fox

      How do they get passed the first 120+ years if they originally only had 5 years food supply? Would enough people have been dying in the first 100 years? It seems like a long gap to have gone without a steady food supply.

    58. Christopher Gill

      Walton files Walton files Walton files Walton files Walton files Walton files

    59. Christopher Gill

      NoTiCe ThE SiGhNs MaTpAt I Am CoMiNg heheheheheheheh

    60. Mrdollyman567

      Plot twist: the food is just a sloppy flavored goop, made to appear like food.

    61. Branden Diaz_Estrada

      They can 3d print food and burn the bodys

    62. markeye

      Their skin is smooth because they are now EVOLVED to be “human babies.”

    63. crankpatate

      how can the humans not be elderly but get to ages like 150 years??? Please explain.

    64. Ronald dakin

      MatPat How Long You can Survive In a Restraunt?

    65. Unfortunate Son

      Easy. Algae. Self replicating food source that can be served in a cup, kept in a tank, and lives in distilled recycled water.

    66. Erick Hernandez

      If they thought about a worst case scenario and couldn’t come back to earth there plan for unlimited food is cannibalism. They thought about everything else, even if the robot acted on its own it must of had a back up plan for food.

    67. Christine Diaz

      look at this 1:32

    68. IronVader6

      do they eat the bones?

      1. Eric Patum Pakingan

        They removed the bone

    69. Ashamatronic How

      Hats off the Juan Pedro Franco getting healthy and able to walk again👍👏👏👏

    70. Ni ck

      Wonder how they get there vitamins and fight things off like scurvy if they are only eating people?

    71. Josh morroc

      Human meat can be beat

    72. jet boy

      Plot twist the guy from cloudy and the chance of meatballs was there

    73. Ashutosh Rana

      Seeing the Ronnie aesthetic in the old vid makes me smile. Whatta great guy, PBUH and RIP.

    74. Random Lurker

      But to be fair, one of the characters says “I didn’t know we had a pool” Wouldn’t it be possible they didn’t notice a farm either?

      1. Sibbidy

        @Rafael Euzebio yeh I feel like that’s actually what happened. Everyone who I told this to could come up with a counter expect the straw thing, and they never explain it in the film as well

      2. Rafael Euzebio

        @Sibbidy He said that for oxygen production. Each adult human consumes 8 times of oxygen than a tree can produce, but i think that a farm is would be possible But that doesn't explain why they eat everything trough a straw, so the cannibalism is still possible

      3. Sibbidy

        He did say there would need to be more plants than humans so not at all. Also they didn’t know what a single plant was so they would’ve noticed at least one during their time on the ship

    75. Lorelei Wilson

      That food looks like a humans

    76. chris the saiyan

      My guess is 1200 Only a hundred off

    77. Arcadian Spark

      Wait. Is WALL-E a robot? How is it cannibalism if he's a robot eating people?

    78. Austin James

      Ok, clearly it's gonna be near-impossible to disprove this theory by going at the same perspective as Mat, so let's take this from a different point of view: Is there anything that truly confirms there isn't any plant life on the Axiom? Yes, the captain doesn't know what a plant is, but that doesn't necessarily mean there aren't plants on board. The captain barely knows the controls of the ship, so it's just as likely that he doesn't know the complete layout. Just like how cities and farms aren't located in the same areas, it's possible that the passengers are held in one area and plants in another, cultivated, cared for, and transported to the passenger area via robots. And, what's better, the cultivation area wouldn't even need to be that big, compared to the whole ship. They would only need to cultivate a select few plants, in order to account for all the necessary nutrients. Not to mention, the ships first took off in 2105, 84 years in the future from our current year, and with how quickly technology is advancing it's likely they'd've created a super food, one that provides all necessary nutrients, and even if they didn't have that in 84 years from now, they'd still have 5-10 years to create it (how long it would take for the original solid food supply to run out). Also, about the dead body issue, NASA is planning a system where they freeze the bodies of astronauts and have a robotic arm break the body apart. The Axiom likely implemented the same system, with the bits of the body then being expelled from the ship. This is a great theory and all but, after looking at the facts and possibilities, it just seems like a bit of a stretch to say wall-e is about cannibalism.

    79. Nicholas Cagle

      What about before the start of the movie how would they survive on cannibalism if they they weren't as chubby

    80. Dash Howler

      Okay but what about reproduction, we don’t see any hospital related places, only a part where babies in a nursery kind of place exist- so where do they come from? Is motherhood and fatherhood just nonexistent? You never see pregnant people on the ship.

    81. Arnar Þór Skúlason

      I feel like everyone forgot about algae and fungi... Sustainable, not plants, algae grow by photosynthesis and fungi on waste, together produce all necessary nutrients required by the human body and so on. Perhaps they originally had some other rations as well but the most logical thing to do is to have a backup plan (e.g. bioreactors) Incase they had a prolonged journey.

    82. Teddy Bear

      my mind is just blown

    83. sean Spykes

      Yay matpat destroyed another one of my favorite movies. Yo matpat i got a challenge for ya if you havent done it already DESTROY ANOTHER EPIC PIXAR MOVIE whats the dark secret behind toy story? Hmmmmmm?

    84. FreeLifeStruggles

      I'm a bit confused. Matpat keeps saying that there's no elderly people onboard yet also states that the average lifespan of the people onboard is growing to 150 years and above. Am I missing something?

    85. King fry memes and gaming

      No its about pizza plants

    86. Karamjeet Kaur

      everyone in the comment section: "we love quotes" me: what is it with robots and cannablism?

    87. Griffin Owings

      Just promise me you'll never get in this mindset ever again.

    88. Vaibhav Sapkota

      *Yes, more please...*

    89. Paul Nguyen

      aha this is debunked of one part in his wall e is stan vid

    90. Alexander zero

      Hey I'm doing a thing for school, can someone give me the link to the sources he uses for this episode.

    91. JJ M

      Matpat is a legit and fun film critic, but not really a biblical scholar (no offense is intended). May i suggest listening to the June 7, 2021, "One Creation Story or Two", podcast of the Bible Project. Now, you don't have to believe in the authority of the bible to learn about it, in this case, understanding the biblical creation narratives in their cultural context. And who knows? It might help you with understand Pixar movies.

    92. Kraykkk


    93. Oyun Tarihçisi

      but if a weight is high, the amount of calories to be taken will also be high. at least he's the same weight and still can't walk, otherwise he gets weaker. That's about 5000 calories for a 200-kilogram person. so i think it's a calculation error

    94. ok ko

      Bubble boy Released: 08-24-2001 Touchstone pictures Love this goofy movie please make a FILM THEORY. Maybe about the cults prophecy

    95. Tal0n

      i feel like that math wasnt quite right, because these guys are clearly not eating JUST the bare minimum calories. like theyre def over eating quite a bit

    96. endoverlord423

      i am not sure if this question has been asked but if there are no elderly people on board, how come they can live over 140 years?

    97. Loservegetable

      if their is 220,000 people fed, what about the other 380,000

    98. gmeletrk

      Matpat you haven't talked about the laws of diminishing returns. Mainly the fact that the human body doesn't need JUST calories to survive. Those calories need to be compiled from specific quantities of various minerals and other such nutrients. Once you, me, or any other human has ingested and used those nutrients they do not reemerge as the same usable substances...that's why we have pee and poop. They're called waste products for a reason. So even if you start with a healthy robust population, after even one generation of ouroboros like existence you wind up with a population of starving, malnourished, fatties. Your theory (which, like what most people call theories, isn't a theory at all, at best it is a hypothesis, but I get it Film Hypothesis doesn't really make for a good roll off the tongue FIblock channel name....anyway what was I saying...) goes up in flames without a supplemental supply of vitamins and nutrients. It's much more likely that the regenerative buffet is something much more like the sort of the protype replicators that were described as protein resequencers in the Star Trek series Enterprise. Now, where did the proteins come from to be resequenced? Perhaps that source of raw materials was cadavers, but then the finished product wouldn't really be people slushies anymore than a carrot that grows over someone's decomposing corpse would be considered a people carrot. The process would fundamentally change the initial substance. I can absolutely see a point to the idea that the all knowing nearly all powerful Auto would keep the people ignorant to this fact, in fact Auto would probably be keeping the people as dumb as possible to increase their dependence on the ship and its AI overlord. So it is totally believable that Auto could have designed and initiated the procedure to resequence the dead passengers and crew into a nutrient rich compound for consumption by the living, that isn't exactly the same as tossing cadavers into a BnL Blend-e and serving up cupcake flavored people smoothies. However, a glaring problem here is that presumably this technology would have had to be present at launch for Auto to make use of it, unless we assume Auto could invent new technology, which doesn't seem to be the case as the entire existence of the people of the Axiom has a just getting through this the best that we can kind of attitude. In fact it seems like the entire point of directive A113 was just to hang out and wait until a better solution presented itself (Which also brings up the question of how did Auto handle that conversations with Captain Reardon in 2110? "Alright Auto, it's day 1,825 time to go back to Earth!" "Oh that'll be fun, but Captain, I got an idea. Instead of going back to Earth, what if we just didn' ever." "Hmmm, that's kinda strange Auto, but hey why not." Also why does directive A-113 not cease sending the Eve robots to look for plant life on Earth if it directs the ship's AI to just keep the people in space indefinitely? 🤔).

    99. TheAdvertisement

      5:00 This makes me think of that Model Citizen animation...

    100. TheAdvertisement

      4:01 "But Matpat, couldn't they just mine the moon for cheese?"