The Disney/Pixar collaboration has raised the bar in animation time and again. With each movie they create, the countless awards and critical acclaim pour in.
The Disney/Pixar collaboration has raised the bar in animation time and again. With each movie they create, the countless awards and critical acclaim pour in. Their newest blockbuster comes in the form of "WALL·E", a story of humanity's escape from Earth, and the robot that got left behind. Can these two companies recreate their past performances, or does this movie shoot for the stars and miss?
Set in the future, mankind has given up on Earth's ability to sustain life, and has left it behind for space. WALL·E, the cute little box of a robot, was meant to clean it all up. He works tirelessly, compacting trash into breathtaking mounds of waste. In his possession is a collection of trinkets and things he finds while out on the job. These include a rubix cube, an iPod, and (most importantly), a tape of "Hello Dolly", where he dreams of sharing a romance like that portrayed in the tape. His whole world changes when EVE, a robot sent to find life on Earth, crash lands into his life. Their encounter sends them rocketing to outer space and back again, and all through out create a lasting relationship.
The animators of WALL·E were really able to capture a human feel to the robots. Sure, they follow orders and tend to humans, but there are subtle signs of personality that really give the characters emotion. Somehow they made a robot the lead character and created him as someone anyone could connect with and understand. The plot comes off more as a romantic comedy than a sci-fi or action flick. WALL·E's a special case. He's curious, fascinated, and scared all at the same time. The way he acts, it's as if he were just a child with a little crush. EVE is somewhat of an opposite figure. She's futuristic and sleek; her technology is decades ahead of WALL·E. The lighthearted romance shared between these two (what's amazing is we're still talking about robots) is the main focus in internal conflicts the movie presents. The film also lightly acknowledges the issues of pollution and entertainment addiction, but it's more of a "there if you want it" kind of thing. The developers first and foremost made the film an interesting and provocative film for the whole family.
Overall, I'd think it's safe to say Disney/Pixar has done it again. Their magnificent storytelling, wonderful animation, and believable, loveable characters prove that they have the winning formula. This is the movie to catch this summer. I give WALL·E five stars, out of five.