Director: Andrew Stanton
First off, this is no cartoon; this is an animated film and what a great one it is. There are many reasons for my excitement, not least of which is because it dares to have no dialogue for almost half its run time. This is not to say it’s slow by any means. The pace is brisk and there is always plenty to take in. Plus, in a time when animated is just another word for marketing to children, WALL-E actually dares to slap that culture in the face.
The film opens on a trash-covered, desolate Earth where WALL-E (waste allocation load lifter—Earth model) has spent the last 700 years cleaning up our trash. He seems to enjoy his life collecting treasures by day and watching “Hello Dolly” at night.
This routine is interrupted by a sleek probe robot sent by the humans. Once the probe finds what it’s looking for, things kick into high gear and we see where the humans have been hanging out while this robot has been cleaning up the mess.
This is where the “humans are fat lazy consumer idiots” message comes in (very ironic since this film is under the Disney umbrella). Thanks to the huge box corporation “Buy-n-Large” humans have devolved to the point where they’re too fat to walk and use hover chairs.Pixar once again solidifies itself as a leader in excellence with this ballsy robot love story. This is truly a film for the whole family with a great message to boot. Please, enjoy.