WALL-E (2008) G 103min
June 30th, 2008 by Maxim · 3 Comments · 9,684 Views
The plot: In the not-so-far future humans trashed and polluted planet Earth and even space surrounding it so much, that life can no longer be sustained and they had to evacuate the planet on giant space ships. They attempted to clean up the planet by launching millions of robots, but the effort failed. 700 years later we meet WALL-E (a.k.a. ‘Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth-Class’), which had been forgotten on Earth, but dutifully keeps compacting garbage into cubes and stacking them on top of each other into piles that are higher then skyscrapers. One day WALL-E meets another she-robot named EVE - a probe that earthlings sent to check for sings of life on Earth. A romantic fella that WALL-E is, he falls in love with her. Soon a ship arrives to pick EVE up, and WALL-E sneaks in to it. Here on the mother-ship he discovers what humans had become after 700 years away from Earth – a society controlled, served, dominated and sustained by robots. So much so, that they keep humans in space and won’t let them come back to earth against their will. WALL-E tries to help.
The good: Pixar has surpassed itself in the state-of-the-art animation. You must see it in theater to appreciate the realism of the scenery. Great story – very thought-provoking, great sense of humor, very imaginative too. Animators clearly had a lot of fun, particularly in animating WALL-E and his dwelling, him in zero gravity and other small robots with simple house-hold purposes. Romantic robots are fun to watch in itself. The length is right for children. Nice musical score throughout the movie. Combination of live action and animation is quite lovely and works well. I am referring to “Hello Dolly” clip that WALL-E keeps watching on an old VCR he scavenged from the pile of garbage. The chemistry between him and EVE and other robots and even a cockroach he find in the garbage is amazing – especially considering that robots don’t talk. All they have to communicate is three words (like Mr. Bean, all they can say is their name and couple of generic questions/answers), their “facial” expressions and gestures. Even humans don’t talk much. Animation is so expressive! The humans that trashed the Earth and turned into blobs of fat completely served by robots so they don’t even have to get up from their flying sofas to the point that they lost capability to walk are quite repulsive. They are brainwashed by television they watch non-stop and their sole purpose of existence is consumption. Something to think of and discuss after the movie!
The bad: Kids enjoyed the physical humor in the movie, but many were asking their parents explanations of some points of the movie, like why are all people fat and why they can’t walk. It’s more of a movie for adults then kids. Peter Gabriel’s song during the final credits did not play in accord with the rest of the movie. WALL-E looked too much like Number Five in Short Circuit.
The summary: This is a grate animated Sci-Fi comedy, which I think will be very successful with kids and adults. Better then Ratatouille.
The credits: WALL•E / M-O – Ben Burtt | Eve – Elissa Knight | Captain - Jeff Garlin | Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO - Fred Willard | John – John Ratzenberger | Mary - Kathy Najimy | Ship’s computer – Sigourney Weaver | Director – Andrew Stanton | Director – Andrew Stanton | Screenplay – Andrew Stanton | Producers – Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Jim Morris | Musical score – Thomas Newman
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