Genre: CG Animation
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Ben Burtt, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin,
Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy
RunTime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: BVI
Official Website: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/wall-e/
REVIEW OF THE OFFICIAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK
Opening Day: 28 August 2008
What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to
turn the last robot off?
Award®-winning writer-director Andrew Stanton ("Finding
Nemo") and the inventive storytellers and technical geniuses
at Pixar Animation Studios ("The Incredibles," "Cars,"
"Ratatouille") transport moviegoers to a galaxy
not so very far away for a new computer-animated cosmic comedy
about a determined robot named WALL•E.
hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL•E
(short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers
a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when
he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize
that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key
to the planet's future, and races back to space to report
her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting
word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL•E
chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the
most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought
to the big screen
There is no reason why we shouldn’t give Disney Pixar’s
latest picture the perfect score. Like the animation studio’s
efforts before this, you have to experience the magic for
yourself to realize how ingenious these people are.
when you thought that these folks have more or less explored
every possibility of enchanting audiences with a mouse who’s
actually a chef, talking cars that stay on the legendary Route
66 and a superhero family that saves the world from perils,
they give you their latest creation: Waste Allocation Load
Lifter-Earth-Class (all together now, let’s read out
the acronym in your cutest tones: Wall•E!), a lonely
robot who stays on earth with his only friend, a nimble cockroach
(yes, trust Pixar to make a cockroach cute).
year is 2815, and mankind has abandoned the earth. One day,
Wall•E meets a search robot EVE ("Extra-terrestial
Vegetation Evaluator" – clever eh?) and over a
lineup of events, they travel the galaxies and back, creating
an adventure, like the movie trailer aptly puts it, out of
other movie in recent memory features a monologue within its
first five minutes via the hologragram display billboards,
peculiar robotic noises that is supposed dialogue within the
next 20 minutes, and no human voices until some 40 minutes
into the movie? And which other movie in recent memory is
so inventively enjoyable despite the lack of dialogue?
is something for everyone in this family friendly adventure.
Action: chase sequences between the good guys and the bad
guys are in place. Romance: the affection between Wall•E
and EVE are imaginatively played out. Drama: the final showdown
between the good guys and bad guys is one sequence you’ll
not forget in a short while.
98 minute picture is a perfect example how advanced technology
can be flawlessly and faultlessly used in creating movie magic.
The grimily sandy colors of the abandoned earth, the dazzling
flashes of the galaxies and the wonderful cast of rejected
robots are all brought to life with the animator’s clever
manipulations of the ever evolving technology. Couple that
with Thomas Newman’s (Finding Nemo, Lemony Snicket’s
A Series of Unfortunate Events) charming score and Stephen
Schaffer’s (The Incredibles, Osmosis Jones) nifty editing,
and you’ll get another feature that will go down animation
history as a box office and critical success.
other Disney Pixar movies before this, the animation adventure
has a story to tell. This time round, we discover the consequences
if the human race were to become complacent and take what
we have for granted. We also get a glimpse of what we’ll
become if we relied on technology too much. And although the
theme of robots developing personalities have been explored
in many other movies before, this one actually moved us (watch
out for the movie’s finale back on earth – the
genuine feelings between Wall•E and EVE may just make
you reflect on your own relationship with a fellow human being).
to director and writer Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, A Bug’s
Life): We may be watching a movie about robots here, but it’s
a truly moving experience that is, well, beyond the 'ordinar•E'.
perfect and fascinatingly delightful piece of work that will
go down movie history as a classic)
Review by John Li