My better half bought us tickets through the SF Film Institute for a special screening at Pixar Studios in Emeryville before the general release. I meanwhile bought her a bunch of flowers, but I promise to try harder this year.
The Pixar Studios were really interesting in every way you'd expect - and it was an honor to meet many of their talented artists and storytellers who simply do a better job at filmmaking than the vast majority of studios these days. They're all very understated people who seem much more engaged with their characters than the media attention. They also seem to have a connection with childhood that I was always scared to lose, and realize I must have lost a while ago.
One of the tenets of screenwriting is "show, don't tell", which sounds obvious enough but is very hard to do skilfully. Actually, it's just really hard: plot points and character changes are just much easier to achieve with dialog, so we've moved from silent cinema - where they had to show character - to plainly bland film making, centered around dialog.
In this respect alone, it's an achievement. For the first 25/30 minutes, nobody has any major dialog and yet the audience understands every nuance of the character. There is nothing undiscovered in Act 1, even though they barely/never speak. Beyond that, it's a tightly executed movie in the classic Pixar way, the type that emotionally enslaves the audience like any good film should.
Since my original viewing, I've seen it several times - Wall-E is a rare film that will stand the test of time. While I'm happy to add my Pixar experience to my feelings about this film, the truth is it's one of the all-time great movies and it's a complete shame on the Academy that Best Film wasn't offered.
After being annoyed by this film's advertisements plastered all over public transit cars, I didn't really care to see it. But, a friend brought the DVD over one day and it turned out to be an excellent movie! For a "kid's" movie, it's quite innovative and sophisticated. First off, the visuals in this film are incredible! The rich colors and textures are quite mesmerizing. Since it takes place in both a decaying, dirty, abandoned earth and … more
Robots can hold an audience, absolutely! Ok, so I am the biggest skeptic when it comes to certain movies and especially cartoon movies. Don't get me wrong, some of my favorite movies are in animation, but robots? I did not want to see this movie for nothing. I thought of all the Disney/Pixar films, this was going to be one of the worst because it had seemed to be one of the most hyped films. Ok, so we start out with Wall-E on a deserted earth trekking daily out to his … more
WALL-E is about the most unconventional animated feature film you will likely ever encounter. It’s strange, it’s moving, it’s powerful, and it’s pretty darn spectacular. Realistically speaking, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering this is big-budget Pixar/ Disney all the way, was done by the director of Finding Nemo, and boarded by the creative storytellers behind Cars and Ratatouille. By now you’ve read … more
Pixar has come of age my friends. Pixar has never made a bad movie, in fact I'd consider almost all of them to be a masterpiece, but none of them, before now, have tried to be anything more then emotional family affairs, not that there is anything wrong with that, but they weren't necessarily deep, meaningful beyond personal issues, or revealed anything about our society. Now, I say again, there isn't anything wrong with that, but Wall-E goes beyond … more
pixar wins again...like they always do. With barely any, if not any, spoken dialogue in this movie but some beeps and sounds that only come from things you can purchase at best buy, it still captivates you and I'm not gonna lie def made me cry..one tear...I work out
This futuristic film follows the adventures of a lonely robot named Wall-E who follows an intriguing "female" robot EVE to a large spaceship, within which the remaining human population is residing after evacuating Earth many years earlier after it was essentially destroyed by an overabundance of man-made garbage. The reason this movie is so intriguing is that it holds audiences fully captivated with minimal to no dialogue for most of the movie, a trait unheard … more
WALL-E is a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. It follows the story of a robot named WALL-E who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.
After directing Finding Nemo, Stanton felt Pixar had created believable simulations of underwater physics and was willing to direct a film largely set in space. Most of the characters do not have actual human voices, but instead communicate with body language and robotic sounds, designed by Ben Burtt, that resemble voices. In addition, it is the first animated feature by Pixar to have segments featuring live-action characters.
Walt Disney Pictures released it in the United States and Canada on June 27, 2008. The film grossed US$23.1 million on its opening day, and $63 million during its opening weekend in 3,992 theaters, ranking #1 at the box office. This ranks as the fourth highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film as of May 31, 2009. Following Pixar tradition, WALL-E was paired with a short film, Presto, for its theatrical release. WALL-E has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews among critics, scoring an approval rating of 96% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
It grossed $534 million worldwide, won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature...