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Monday, September 29, 2008


****½ WALL-E. Animated science fiction comedy.

Directed by: Andrew Stanton.
Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver

We saw this at the Embassy theater during our month in San Antonio this summer. I didn't know anything about it, but Dagny, who works in a child care center, had been hearing buzz for a while, and convinced us we had to see it.

I assume you're not as out-of-touch as I was, but here's a quick summary anyway. WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class, and voiced by Ben Burtt) is the last functioning robot left on an Earth abandoned by humans after they literally covered it with trash. 700 years later, WALL-E is still industriously compacting the trash and occasionally collecting souvenirs of human habitation, accompanied by his cockroach friend.

Then another robot arrives: Eve, whose mission is to search for evidence that Earth can again sustain human life. WALL-E saves her from a dust storm, then shows her his collection, including a seedling, which Eve promptly secures inside her torso and goes dormant to wait for her spaceship to return. When the ship arrives, WALL-E tags along.

It takes them to the space cruise ship containing the human refugees, and an adventure ensues when the ship's computer (Sigourney Weaver) tries to prevent them from returning to Earth.

In true science fiction fashion, the story takes certain current trends and follows them to a logical, if extreme, future: the humans on the cruise ship lie around all day on floating chairs, watching their screens, drinking their meals through straws. They interact with each other only through their screens, if at all, and from the inactivity, they're kind of like Weebles. And the ship and everything in it is run by Buy N Large Corporation--the spiritual descendant of Wall-Mart.

The message--a bit of a cautionary tale about over-consumerism--is somewhat simplistic and heavy-handed, but hey--it's a kids' movie. I've seen much worse. It helps that it's a good message, and that the main story: a love story between WALL-E and Eve, is just so darn adorable.

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This movie is from Pixar, right? I love Pixar movies! Of course not as much as I love Walt Disney movies more *grin*

Looking forward to see this movie from Netflix :)
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