A trash-collecting robot falls in love with a life-seeking probe and travels across the stars to rescue her, inadvertently saving mankind in the process.
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Written by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon
Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard,
John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver
Oscar Wins - Best Animated Film
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score (Thomas Newman),
Best Original Song (Down to Earth)
Prior to this review, I had only seen Wall-E once. It was back in 2008 when I was thirteen, and I didn't really like it. But up to that point, the Pixar films I'd seen had been mostly funny and I hadn't really caught on to the harsh life lessons that Pixar injected their films with. Of course, that changed super quick with Up the following year. With this viewing, I finally saw something in Wall-E that made me realize why Pixar fans adore it. It's reminiscent of silent films by Charlie Chaplin, particularly City Lights, and it has a good, wholesome message about helping one another in times of crisis and protecting our planet.
Wall-E (Burtt) is a trash-collecting robot and the sole inhabitant of a dried-out planet Earth. Mankind left centuries ago on a spaceship called the Axiom, and Wall-E has been doing his best to clean the planet for their eventual return. But Wall-E has personality, and he collects random treasures he finds in the trash. Most of all, he's lonely, but that all changes when EVE (Knight) shows up. EVE is a probe sent to find organic life, and when she does, she is sent back to the Axiom. But Wall-E thinks she's being kidnapped and hitches a ride to save her. Along the way, Wall-E and EVE fall in love and mankind, who are now all fat and immobile, realize that Earth is their one true home and they have to save it. It's a good story with a sweet finale.
Wall-E may not be Pixar's funniest or saddest entry, but it's a solid family adventure that's aged very well. The minimal dialogue actually drags you into the story and characters, and as usual, the animation is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It took me a while to get onboard with this one, but I'm glad I did.