The very winning â€˜â€™ is This Summerâ€™s Must See Family Film
The animation geniuses at Disney/Pixar should make room on their mantle for another Oscar for their terrific and timely new feature, â€œWALL-E.â€ Although a cinch to win for Best Animated Feature, this inspired gem of a film is good enough to be nominated for best picture of the year.
Academy Award-winning writer-director Andrew Stanton (â€œâ€) has produced a dazzling new eco-animation classic about the last little robot on earth. WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has spent hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for; collecting, compacting, and stacking endless miles of trash left behind by earthlings, who have fled to to a terrestrial cruise ship, the â€œAxiom,â€ awaiting word that it is safe to return home. Over the years, the small robot, accompanied by his only friend, a Twinkie-eating cockroach, has begun to seek meaning in his existence, collecting knick-knacks and endlessly watching the remnants of his one VHS tape, the 1969 movie musical, â€œ .â€
WALL-Eâ€™s world makes an abrupt change when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE, (short for Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator,) and when EVE realizes that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planetâ€™s future, she races back to space to report her findings to the waiting humans. Believing that he has finally discovered his true purpose, WALL-E adventures across the galaxy chasing EVE and his dream.
Although â€œWALL-Eâ€ boasts an impressive â€œvoiceâ€ cast, including Jeff Garlin, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver and Pixar veteran and lucky charm, John Ratzenberger (who has appeared in every single Pixar film) as well as four-time Oscar winning sound designer Ben Burtt (who won one Oscar for his sound work in â€œETâ€,) much of the movie is without dialog, paying tribute to screen greats such as Charlie Chaplinâ€™s Little Tramp, ET, and even â€œ2001â€, while blazing new ground in character development and dazzling style.
Special mention must be made of Thomas Newmanâ€™s score (Newman is the cousin of Pixar favorite, Randy Newman) and his collaboration with Peter Gabriel on the filmâ€™s musical epilogue, â€œDown to Earthâ€ as well as the delightful cartoon short, â€œPrestoâ€ about a magician and his playful rabbit, which precedes â€œWALL-E.â€
Following â€œFinding Nemo,â€ â€œ,â€ â€œ â€ and last yearâ€™s â€œ â€ might have seemed a daunting prospect for any other studioâ€™s animation unit, but Pixar proves, once again, why they are the platinum standard of film animation.Â By any standard, â€œWALL-Eâ€ is a masterpiece, certain to join the list of ground breaking films that have forever changed movie landscapes and audience expectations. Finally, and above all â€“ itâ€™s eco-animation fun for the whole family. (Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min. MPAA Rating: G)
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