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WALL-E (2008)

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6.4
 / 10
11 votes
Genres:
Animated Feature Film, Animated Sci-Fi, Animation, Children's / Family, Sci-Fi Adventure, Science Fiction
Director:
Andrew Stanton Andrew Stanton
Starring:
Ben Burtt Ben Burtt
Elissa Knight Elissa Knight
Jeff Garlin Jeff Garlin
Fred Willard Fred Willard
MacInTalk MacInTalk
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Review by 385
Added: December 11, 2009
I've said it before on here, but some parts of me never grew up and I never lost my love of cartoons; and it just so happens that Disney has put out some quality ones. The bar was kept just as high when they teamed up with Pixar and moved into the realm of 3-D. With that said, I was insanely excited to see Wall-E, and it definitely didn't disappoint.

In the year 2105, planet Earth is completely abandoned, covered in garbage, and incapable of sustaining any life whatsoever (except the cockroaches of course). It seems that a single mega-corporation called Buy 'N Large (BNL) has built large starships and moved the entire population off planet, leaving behind thousands of robotic trash compactors called WALL-Es (Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth Class) to clean up the mess. It seems that something hasn't gone quite according to plan, since there's only one WALL-E left, who has kept himself going by salvaging parts off the other units. Over the years, it's programming has become sentient, creating a childlike mentality and it now spends it's time collecting knick knacks, building huge skyscrapers out of bricks of debris, and most of all, trying to ignore the loneliness. One day, after charging his batteries via solar panels, he chases down a spaceship that lands on Earth and sees a highly advanced robot who sets off scanning everything she can find, searching for something. WALL-E is instantly smitten with her, but his attempts at a greeting are only met with a few blasts from her plasma cannon. Eventually however, she warms up to him, and introduces herself as EVE. WALL-E takes her back to his home to show her his prized collection, but when she sees a small weed he found the day before, it's obvious that's what she's been searching for. She pulls the plant inside her chassis and shuts down until the ship returns and takes her away. There's no way WALL-E is going to lose the closest thing to a friend he has, so he grabs onto the hull of the ship and rides it to the Axiom, BNL's starship. Naturally, throwing a robot like WALL-E into a brand new environment is going to have some interesting results.

What's truly amazing about this movie is that it's a love story where almost every indicator of feelings has been removed from the characters, yet it's still so effective. Neither of the robots talk very much, which just leaves body language, but both their bodies are extremely limited in mobility. Neither robot has legs, elbows, or mouths, which must have made conveying any sort of emotion a severe pain in the ass, but they nailed it. In fact, it actually helps the movie in a lot of ways, as it strips away all the fluff and we're left with a back-to-basics love story. With robots. A back-to-basics love story that's also pretty damned hilarious, mostly thanks to our titular character. Using a mixture of slapstick (WALL-E is quite accident prone) and childish mischief, the little bot kept me in stitches. Especially when he encounters M-O, an obsessive compulsive janitorial bot that WALL-E just can't help himself but antagonize.

Another thing I loved about this movie was all the social commentary throughout this movie, or rather, how it was handled. The world covered in garbage and run by a single corporation, people too fat to move and too completely obsessed with their computers to notice the world around them, especially in this futuristic setting, all speaks volumes of what our film makers think of the status quo, but none of this is shoved down our throats. Instead of being pretentious and preachy, it barely acknowledges it at all, and it's all just there in the background while WALL-E and EVE are doing their thing.

As per Pixar tradition, WALL-E was preceded by an animated short. On the DVD, it's been moved to the special features. Presto is about a magician's bunny who is absolutely starving and refuses to cooperate until it is fed a carrot. Hilarity ensues. It was definitely funny, but the bonus short, BURN-E blew it away. The film follows its titular character in its duty as a repair droid to fix one of the lamps outside the Axiom. It plays off the main film pretty heavily, so make sure you watch that before firing this one up, as spoilers run heavy.

I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this movie. It's a back to basics love story that's absolutely hysterical and masters social commentary the way it's supposed to be done. Definitely worth hunting down. 10/10.
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BuryMeAlive #1: BuryMeAlive - added 12/16/2009, 01:48 PM
A Johnny 5 (from Short Circuit) rip-off by Disney, no thanks...
385 #2: 385 - added 12/16/2009, 02:00 PM
Except other than a coincidental similarity between the way they look, the two have nothing to do with each other.
BuryMeAlive #3: BuryMeAlive - added 12/18/2009, 07:01 AM
Yeah, 'coincidental' just like "The Lion King" was to "Kimba The White Lion"...
385 #4: 385 - added 12/18/2009, 08:22 AM
It was a robot that moved around with tank treads and had a square head. You're seriously going to sit there and tell me that Johnny 5 wrote that book? At this stage in the game, that's as much a 'rip off' of Short Circuit as just saying "they both had robots".
BuryMeAlive #5: BuryMeAlive - added 12/18/2009, 12:58 PM
I do believe that the source and clear inspiration should get some credit, yes, I do...
Lucid Dreams #6: Lucid Dreams - added 12/18/2009, 02:09 PM
I thought the movie was great. 10/10
385 #7: 385 - added 01/05/2010, 03:17 PM
"Source". Again, laughable.
Rest Easy Soul #8: Rest Easy Soul - added 01/24/2010, 08:08 PM
No dialogue until almost half way in, the characters were obviously created to simply be cute as well as annoying (WWWAAAAAALLLLLLL EEEEEE)

I will give it great visuals and an okay score but the weakest Pixar movie IMO.
johannesfaust #9: johannesfaust - added 02/15/2010, 10:09 AM
it´s a great story, kinda based on how the over consumption has destroyed the f*** world, how a robot gives humanity back to human beings...10/10
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