Wall-E (Blu-ray)

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Even for Pixar, this might be a first: an animated film that contains not only a fully realized world as photorealistic as it is full of wonder, but also the Gargantuan themes and visuals of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, the stripped-down sad-clown pathos found in classic Buster Keaton comedies, and one of the most moving and simply unique love stories in a long time. Director Andrew Stanton kicked up the visual acuity of an already-stellar Pixar Animation Studios in 2003 with a reflective, refractive, color-shimmery realization of the oceanic world of FINDING NEMO, which genuinely felt as though it spanned the entire earth. With WALL-E, Stanton replaces an apprehensively fishy estranged journeyer with a love-struck and curious robotic one, allowing the quest for eternal love to expand from a desolate, dust-covered, palpably polluted future Earth and into an even more mysterious abyss: the far reaches of outer space.

With virtually no dialogue, WALL-E's neatly contained vaudevillian first act eerily and tragically introduces the robot of the title as the last living thing on Earth (aside from a little cockroach friend) amidst dilapidated skyscrapers and equally tall compacted trash heaps. WALL-E has developed a tender and inquisitive personality doing what he was built to do day in and day out for the past 700 years--allocate and dispose of human waste--simply because no one turned him off when the human race left the hostile polluted planet. When the directive-oriented Eve robot comes crashing into his life from above, WALL-E immediately becomes infatuated with her, and is willing to follow her to back into dangerous outer space, where two robots gliding through the ether, dancing via fire-extinguisher propulsion, are among the many memorable and grandly romantic moments of an expansively beautiful, deceptively simple story.

Product Details

Barcode
6003805103758
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 May 2009
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Animation
Region
Region B
Year
2008
Language
English
Studio
Walt Disney Pictures
Age Restriction
A
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Wall-E
Release Year
2008
Running Time
97 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Wall*E
Categories
Childrens / Animated / Adventure / Animated Characters / Animated Worlds / Classic / Computer Animation / Epic / Essential Cinema / Family (General) / Friends / Future/Futuristic Worlds / Futuristic / Love Story / Personal Triumph / Post-Apocalypse / Recommended / Renaissance / Robots / Robots/Cyborgs / Romance / Science / Science Fiction / Science-Fiction / Self-Discovery / Social Issues / Space / Space Exploration / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$223.7 million
Official Website
http://www.wall-e.com/
Ratings
IMDb
8.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
95%
Metacritic
95
Synopsis
Even for Pixar, this might be a first: an animated film that contains not only a fully realized world as photorealistic as it is teeming with wonder, but also the Gargantuan themes and visuals of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, the kind of stripped-down sad-clown pathos reserved for classic Buster Keaton comedies, and one of the most moving love stories in a long time. Director Andrew Stanton kicked up the visual acuity of an already-stellar Pixar Studios in 2003 with his reflective, refractive, color-shimmery realization of FINDING NEMO's oceanic world, which genuinely felt as though it spanned the entire earth. Now, with WALL-E, Stanton replaces an estranged journeyer of an apprehensively fishy disposition with a curious and love-struck robotic one, allowing the quest for eternal love to extend from a desolate, dust-covered, palpably polluted future Earth and into an even more mysterious abyss: the far reaches of outer space.

With virtually no dialogue, WALL-E's neatly contained, eerily vaudevillian first act introduces the tragic robot of the title. Whirring amid dilapidated skyscrapers and equally tall compacted trash heaps, he's the last living thing on Earth (aside from a little cockroach friend). WALL-E has developed a tender and inquisitive personality doing what he was built to do--allocate and dispose of human waste--day in and day out for the past 700 years simply because no one turned him off when the human race left the now-hostile planet. Soon though, the directive-oriented automaton Eve comes crashing into WALL-E's life from above, immediately becoming the object of his infatuation. At the drop of a hat, the little guy follows her back into the dangerous unknown, where the sight of two robots gliding through the cosmic ether, dancing via fire-extinguisher propulsion, joins the many memorable moments of a deceptively simple, expansively romantic story.
Poster
Poster for Wall-E
Cast & Crew
Director
Andrew Stanton
Voice
Ben Burtt / Jeff Garlin / Kathy Najimy / John Ratzenberger / Sigourney Weaver / Fred Willard
Screenwriter
Jim Reardon / Andrew Stanton
Composer
Thomas Newman
Executive Producer
John Lasseter
Producer
Jim Morris
Story
Pete Docter / Andrew Stanton
Co-Producer
Lindsey Collins
Song Performer
Peter Gabriel
Sound Design
Ben Burtt
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"The best science-fiction movie in years....Hugely entertaining, wonderfully well drawn..."
Roger Ebert (5 Dec 2008, )
Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "WALL-E is a character of genius, as wondrous an example of the potential of animation as you will ever see."
Olly Richards (1 Aug 2008, 42)
Entertainment Weekly
"[P]uckishly inventive, altogether marvelous....It whisks you to a new world, then makes that world every inch our own." -- Grade: A
Owen Gleiberman (11 Jul 2008, p.48)
Los Angeles Times
"Pixar's latest is wonderful and full of wonder....Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, WALL-E gains strengths from embracing contradictions..."
Kenneth Turan (27 Jun 2008, )
New York Times
"WALL-E surely breaks new ground....It is also a disarmingly sweet and simple love story, Chaplinesque in its emotional purity."
A. O. Scott (27 Jun 2008, )
Premiere
"Just watching WALL-E putter around earth by himself, crushing trash into neat cubes and listening to his homemade tape of the HELLO, DOLLY! soundtrack is mesmerizing."
Jenni Miller (26 Jun 2008, )
Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "Animation art at its highest level....You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic."
Peter Travers (7 Aug 2008, p.99)
Sight and Sound
"[E]xceptionally good. In fact it's one of Pixar's best films....The film's joy, though, is the way WALL-E's situation develops in an organic, lyrical, musical way."
Andrew Osmond (1 Aug 2008, p.81)
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "[E]ngaging and visually stunning....WALL-E is inventive, poignant and funny in its tale of a spunky robot whose name stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class."
Claudia Puig (27 Jun 2008, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: 2009