Director: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Jim Capobianco
Release Date: June 27, 2008 (USA)
Oh please say to me
You’ll let me be your man
And please say to me
You’ll let me hold your hand
Oh let me hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
-The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Animated films are often mediocre experiences parents are forced to meander through while their children cheer for the cute but hollow characters on-screen. But with Pixar films, parents (and the rest of us) have something to look forward to. Pixar dominates the animated film market, and for good reason: their award-winning movies are delightful experiences for the young and the old alike. Pixar has focused on toys, monsters, and superheroes, and will their latest film WALL-E, one little robot makes a journey into the final frontier.
The title character of WALL-E is the most lovable little trash compactor in the history of film. Though he doesn’t speak much, he is quite polite and a sure bet to win over audiences and become a Pixar favorite for generations to come. Though there are secondary characters present, our attention is always tuned to WALL-E, whether we’re smiling at his human gestures or worried for the little guy’s well being. With this movie Pixar doesn’t depend as much on a large cast (see: Finding Nemo) and instead narrows its scope on key characters. At its core, WALL-E is essentially a love story. The heroine is EVE, a much more advanced robot than WALL-E who puts business before pleasure. It’s likely kids won’t think twice about it, but EVE is a powerful “female” character, which leads to more satisfying characterization and plot development as the film progresses. You can forget the cliché romantic comedies plaguing the theaters every week, because WALL-E develops a chivalrous and loving relationship viewers can actually invest care in. But there’s no question about it – WALL-E is the character people are going to remember most fondly once the credits begin rolling; he really is one of Pixar’s best creations.
WALL-E calls on a number of sources – modern and classic romantic comedies, Short Circuit, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me – and as odd as these references look placed alongside each other, their elements work in this fiction. This is another knockout by Pixar. WALL-E is going to win awards, most likely taking home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and it is going to knock off some of Pixar’s other films as a personal fan favorite for many viewers. Watch WALL-E and become enamored. Besides, any movie that could create fondness for a cockroach is something to behold.
4.5 Stars / 5