The severely cute robotic love/post apocalyptic tale of Wall-E is now available on DVD. Jam-packed with extras including new animated short Burn-E, some sweet commentary, and the coolest box I’ve ever seen. Wall-E proves once again that Pixar CG films are almost always timeless classics that encapsulate the imagination beyond that of most other films.
The film begins in the setting of some unnamed Earth city that is severely overridden with trash and waste. Earth is no longer the beautiful, lush landscape it once was. While Wall-E is trekking around an compacting trash into perfect cubes the back story is cleverly revealed through in-film billboards. It seems that when Earth become too polluted mankind deserted it’s home planet to live on the Axiom, a giant space ship resort, while little robots cleaned up humanity’s mess.
The entire film revolves around a plant Wall-E finds and decides to covet as a worthy addition to his collection of random trash. He later delivers it to the mysterious Eve, a sleek white robot sent to Earth as a probe to search for signs of vegetation. Once Wall-E gives her the plant she goes into lock-down to wait for the ship to return to pick her up. He of course follows her onto the ship which goes back to the Axiom.
The main goal of Wall-E is to serve as sort of a cute version of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. It accomplishes this by first showing the Earth in ruins, then portraying future humans as fat blobs who are too lazy to walk and handle all communication through holographic screens, even when their co-conversationalist is sitting right next to them. It’s disgusting. They eat pureed food through cups.
Not too much more I can say without giving anything away. Wall-E is basically a love story/warning of things to come… though rather exaggerated and thoroughly unlikely.
On the visual and audio frontier, Wall-E is at the head of the CG movie pack. It’s one of the best looking films I’ve ever seen. Everything is portrayed with crystal clear textures and beautifully smooth animations. All of the robot audio is portrayed through boops and beeps that show emotion far better than I would have thought possible. All of the dialogue and sound effects are also superb.
Wall-E is a wonderful film for all ages and effectively proves that you can make a wonderful movie with a lead character that looks like Nintendo’s R.O.B. This one is definitely worth a buy as you’ll want to watch it again and again.
- Awesome story
- Beautiful visuals
- Excellent Sound
- Tons of extras
- Live action sequences thrown in seem out of place
- That evil steering wheel thing… watch the movie. It’ll piss you off too
Overall: 8.5/10 (Adorable, Awesome)
Visual: 9.0/10 (Cleanest animation I’ve ever seen)
Audio: 8.5/10 (Bleeps and bloops, sound effects are excellent)
Story: 8.0/10 (Love meets post-apocalyptic. A little over the top)
Extras: 8.5/10 (Tons of bonus footage, awesome box)
Humans are: Really fat/10 (Really, really fat)