Directed by Andrew Stanton
Written by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, & Pete Docter
Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver
Release Year: 2008
IMDB rating: 8.6

WALL-E took place in the year 2885, 700 years after the earth was evacuated due to overwhelming quantity of garbage covering it. A single unit of Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class (WALL-E) was still active on the planet while other units had broken down. Its only companion was a cockroach. During its time cleaning up the garbage, WALL-E collected loads of items which caught its attention such as lighter, light bulb, and a video tape. It seems that WALL-E was capable of evolving from a mere mechanical being with no emotion into a sophisticated one with emotions.

WALL-E one day encountered EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), that was given a directive to probe earth for the existence of vegetation to ensure that its ready for a re-colonization. Somehow, possibly due to watching too much of the video tape that it found, WALL-E fell for EVE. EVE itself was capable of experiencing emotions, too. Perhaps, 700 years since the first creation of the robots aboard the Axiom, they managed to evolve like WALL-E and became machines with feelings. Later, EVE found the plant that WALL-E found among the garbage and immediately contacted its ship. EVE was later picked up and brought to the Axiom. WALL-E went along with the ship and then arrived aboard the Axiom where it encountered various characters (man and machines) and experienced a thrilling adventure that led to a new chapter of mankind (mankind aboard the Axiom, of course).

For an animated film, WALL-E is impressive. It is packed with a lot of stuffs, from the idea of evolution (from a mere mechanical beings to sophisticated machines), the global ‘thrashing’ of earth (literally), the danger of losing real social interactions (such as obesity, loss of bone structure, and of course either cloning (because humans aboard the Axiom had very little variations) or externally induced reproduction, and the risk of being outsmarted and outcivilized by machines) and of course about heroic sacrifice. These issues raised throughout the movie were the major power of the flick.

Not only great in the plot, but also the visuals and the characters design were great. How the behaviors of the characters were visualized reminded me of silent movies where visuals speak louder than dialogues. It also nicely associating itself to 2001 : Space Odyssey with Auto modelled after HAL 9000. The details of the scenes were also wonderful. From the barren earth to the void (well not so void just outside the earth because some garbage were obviously scattered around earth) space, and aboard the Axiom, everything fit the plot perfectly. Also, the end credit sequence was also nicely done. Don’t miss it.

In short, for me, WALL-E was the most enjoyable of all Pixar’s movies that I’ve ever seen, beating my previous favorite: Finding Nemo (also by Andrew Stanton). One thing that bugged me until the end was that plant. Wouldn’t plants instantly screwed when exposed to the space? Why it was still seemed fresh aboard the Axiom? Nevertheless, my vote for WALL-E: 9.5.

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