Even for Pixar, this might be a first: an animated film that contains not only a fully realized world as photorealistic as it is full of wonder, but also the Gargantuan themes and visuals of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, the stripped-down sad-clown pathos found in classic Buster Keaton comedies, and one of the most moving and simply unique love stories in a long time. Director Andrew Stanton kicked up the visual acuity of an already-stellar Pixar Animation Studios in 2003 with a reflective, refractive, color-shimmery realization of the oceanic world of FINDING NEMO, which genuinely felt as though it spanned the entire earth. With WALL-E, Stanton replaces an apprehensively fishy estranged journeyer with a love-struck and curious robotic one, allowing the quest for eternal love to expand from a desolate, dust-covered, palpably polluted future Earth and into an even more mysterious abyss: the far reaches of outer space. With virtually no dialogue, WALL-E's neatly contained vaudevillian first act eerily and tragically introduces the robot of the title as the last living thing on Earth (aside from a little cockroach friend) amidst dilapidated skyscrapers and equally tall compacted trash heaps. WALL-E has developed a tender and inquisitive personality doing what he was built to do day in and day out for the past 700 years--allocate and dispose of human waste--simply because no one turned him off when the human race left the hostile polluted planet. When the directive-oriented Eve robot comes crashing into his life from above, WALL-E immediately becomes infatuated with her, and is willing to follow her to back into dangerous outer space, where two robots gliding through the ether, dancing via fire-extinguisher propulsion, are among the many memorable and grandly romantic moments of an expansively beautiful, deceptively simple story.
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WALL-E DVD - Irresponsible - Our Future Hell In Space?
Wall-E by Pixar is a wonderful cartoon computer animated movie that is sweet and easy to follow. Great Disney cutsy-ness. Soothing visuals, not too complex, that today's film's should take as an example. The playful lovemaking scene around the Space Colony is pure art, pure joy to watch, the best of cinema. As usual there is a romance in the story which the story hinges on, same old-same old Disney formula.
My problem with this Disneyana, is that the writer-director Andrew Stanton worked pretty much off the top of his head, as revealed in the Special Features on the DVD. This movie is irresponsible in the fact that it shows it's audience, largely kids, that if we inhabit space, live in a space colony, we will become spoiled blob-like babies, who've even forgotten how to walk. Today, when children should be learning the positive aspects, and evolution, of our inhabiting space, this movie discourages the dream. We're in big trouble, folks, with Wall-E. One can't help sense Disney has some political agenda to promote the "greening" of Earth, and the hell with our future in space, Wall-E being a post-evacuation dystopia. With all the millions of dollars for this Pixar production, it's time Andrew Stanton, Disney, and Pixar grew up and took some responsibility for our societal situations and our children's future. This aspect of Wall-E reminds me of the damage that Peter Blatty and William Friedkin did with "The Exorcist" in 1972, during a very hard time in America, with the Vietnam War and Nixon. Yet they still consider themselves to have produced a wonderful enlightening movie for society. Everything looks great when computer animated, but there's deeper consequences for our indifference. Let's not toss out the baby with the bath water. WALL-E just may toss out the inspiration of our young people to evolve into space, believing we will become fat lazy idiots out there. A self destructive notion, at the wrong time in our history. But Disney’s ethics joined the decay of our society a long time ago.
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A Great Disney-Pixar Film.
It is a story about a little robot that is on earth. Earth is covered in nothing but filthy garbage and mess. It seems like it is set in the time period of a post-apocalyptic society. The only thing that survives on this planet is roaches.
Nothing more than filth. This earth removed most of society's people and placed them onto ships, sending them off into space.
Wall-E is a robot that collects odd objects, putting these odd objects into his arsenal of everyday items. He is a quirky robot indeed, touring around, being an individual.
The humans that were sent into space all of those years ago, about 500 years, into space were fat, large and moved around by floating chairs.
They sent probes out to find life on their old planet, earth, to find life.
One of them found a sign of life and sent a signal to the ship.
This robot, that found the required item, made friends with Wall-E on the Earth.
The animation quality of this film is stunning, and looks very exceptional on any format.
Highly recommened, Great Movie! A++
One of my favorite movies
Such a great movie.
I love movies that I can watch with my parents or other older people and not feel ashamed or embarrassed by any of the scenes.
Having said that, the real reason I love the movie is because of the story, the characters, and the graphics.
The first 40ish minutes of the movie are just beautiful. Beautifully crafted and scored. I've always loved Dystopian and apocalyptic novels and stories like 1984, Anthem, etc etc. This movie tackled deeper material than it's contemporaries. It's a "children's" movie, but not really. Having said that, the fact that it's primarily made for children makes it simple to overlook any of the elements thrown in for the mere enjoyment of children.
I think it was really the perfect movie and definitely not for everyone. I've shown it in my apartment with different groups of people. All of the "young people" my age (in their 20s) loved the film, while some (not all) older ones (40s-50s) seemed to think it was boring, particularly the dialogue-less 40 minutes.
Sci-fi junkies (like my parents) would enjoy the movie (they loved it).
There are several laugh-out-loud moments (not a lot though).
The characters are memorable. The images, visually stunning. The story, intriguing. I have seen the movie many times already. My wife loved the film.
This is one of my favorite films of all time.
Other favorite films of mine (to see if our tastes and interests match) include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, the Darjeeling Limited, the Matrix, and No Country for Old Men (mostly the book, though the movie is a perfect adaptation).
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Best animated scifi out there
I saw this film a few months ago and I haven't stopped since! I have found it to be the sort of film that everyone can enjoy on many different levels. The characters are lovable and believable, the soundtrack is astounding in its complexity and emotional quality, and I cannot say enough about the photorealistic animation. Holding all of these things together is an endearing and enduring story about true love and discovery. WALL-E is a journey into worlds that are new and different, yet eerily familiar, and gives a rich feeling that there is so much to explore in both. It is a film that I have viewed around 10-12 times on our large home theater screen, and I'm still noticing something new each time. I can definietly see the best of Pixar's movie magic has returned in the form of WALL-E.
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