Wednesday, January 6, 2010



Another excellent film by Pixar Studios. This one won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Humans are now living on a spaceship after leaving Earth centuries earlier. The original plan was to live in outer space temporarily until robots cleaned Earth for recolonization. But after seven hundred years, only one cleaning robot remains: WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class). You're mainly following Wall-E as he goes about his endless days of collecting trash and compacting it. Occasionally he finds interesting trinkets that he saves, but otherwise he spends his evenings watching old musicals on videos. Until the arrival of EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). She's a robot sent to periodically search Earth for vegetation. The interaction and courtship between these two is touching and humorous. Then she finds the plant Wall-E has just discovered and this activates her prime directive, making her oblivious to Wall-E. When a long-range probe arrives to retrieve Eve, Wall-E is inconsolable and we spend the rest of the film as he follows and works to save her. A wonderful film. Very little dialogue, mostly the beeps and trills of robots communicating to each other but you quickly learn to decipher the tone and language. Go ahead and set the dvd to display subtitles as I found this added to the poignancy. Who knew we'd care so much about robots? [If you like this, you may also enjoy the DVD Cars, also by Pixar.] -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Wall-E web site ]

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