A few days back my uncle mentioned taking my soon to be 3-year old cousin to see Wall*E for her very first big screen experience. That or Kung Fu Panda. I recommended the latter for a youngin of such a tender Dora the Explorer loving age. And why not, there's hardly any talking in Wall*E.
For some the lack of language may recall the 1988 film The Bear where an equally cute lead character was all alone experiencing the world. I know I flashed back, but the similarities ended with cute doe eyed expressions shared by both leads.
Wall*E is a wonderfully entertaining, and dare I say it, subversive movie. Rarely have I seen such overt socio-political commentary in any film, let alone a Disney partner production.
Sure we've seen our fair share of post-apocalyptic world horrors, but post-consumption devastation? Now there's an equally likely scenario, if not more so given the West's taste for disposable consumption AND it's drive to share that taste with people's of developing nations.
(If you haven't visited a developing country then it may come as a shock that the consumer mentality is part of the democratic export package.)
All heaviness aside, this was a purely entertaining and charming film. I can see it going right over the heads of the 8 and under crowd...there's a real risk of boredom with some of the early portions of the film. I suppose that could be said for other flicks, such as I Am Legend, but isolated lead characters hardly bust a blockbuster.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with giving nearly two hours of my life to this movie and would recommend it as a way to generate discussion with our society's youth about the practical consequences of disposable consumptive behavior (not saying the giant spaceship was a practical or realistic consequence...more like a metaphor or something.)
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
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...