WALL-E

Pixar has always stunned me with the quality, originality, and overall depth each and every film from them delivers upon. Since the very first preview of Wall-E, I’ve been hooked and awaiting the film’s inevitable release. It appeared to be a film that breaks free from the norm and offers a experience unlike anything else. I distanced myself from the few clips that emerged and the various press photos as well in a attempt to go into the theater unaware of what was ahead of me. Fortunately, the avoidance of spoiling the experience paid off immensely. Wall-E is a film that takes particular twists and turns and has a nearly perfect build up to it’s core that further defines just how much talent truly is backing Pixar. The story begins with a little robot with the moniker “WALL-E” (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) who is deployed upon Earth to clean up the immense amount of waste left behind by the human race. The robot’s sole purpose is to scoop trash within his chest plate and mold it into a cube, then organize each cube into a pile.

It’s implied that something indeed went wrong with the project to clean up Earth as other WALL-E robot units litter the surrounding area. That doesn’t deter the main protagonist from continuing his work as he simply uses the defunct units as spare parts when needed. WALL-E is the last of his kind and while he does follow the general idea of his job, he’s developed something most robots of his kind lacked… A personality. WALL-E follows his daily routine of exploring the surrounding area of his station, cleaning the vast amount of waste and stacking it into large building like structures, collecting various objects that fuel his curiosity, and recharging his solar powered batteries when necessary. The first half hour of the film is spent developing and fleshing WALL-E’s personality out to the audience through actions rather than simply words. WALL-E has enough to keep his curiosity preoccupied and yet he lacks something else entirely. He is alone and yet does not entirely realize what is missing…

All seems generally well for WALL-E and his daily routine until another robot that holds the moniker “EVE” (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) lands on Earth in search of evidence that can prove that the planet can once again sustain life. A spark ignites within WALL-E upon first seeing EVE and he follows her around in the background as she sifts through the waste and ruins of Earth. WALL-E eventually makes his presence known to EVE and they become friends. The film develops the relationship between both robots as WALL-E shows EVE around his “home” (read: unit station converted into a home). One particular treasure he shows EVE is the film “Hello Dolly” (on a video tape). The scene that invokes WALL-E the most is a scene within the film where two characters hold hands and showcase a particular emotion known simply as “love”. Throughout the film, WALL-E eyes EVE’s hand and is tempted to hold it in the same manner to show this particular emotion he has developed.

WALL-E shares another intriguing treasure with EVE. A young plant that is EVE’s directive for coming to Earth. EVE captures the plant and enters into a defunct state of “hibernation” (of the sorts) as she awaits the return of her ship. WALL-E tries to awaken EVE to no avail and is persistent in protecting her body until EVE is eventually retrieved by her assigned ship. WALL-E, afraid of losing EVE for good, grabs a hold of the ship and is lifted away from Earth and into space where the story eventually brings the protagonist to the Axiom. The fate of humanity is addressed as well as corruption and the atonement for one’s own actions. It’s a intriguing take of the future that magnifies the various flaws in society. The main two being the negative effects on the environment and increasing amount of laziness amongst mankind as more and more things become automated and the need for human interaction is absent.

It’s intriguing to note that there are hardly any human spoken lines within the film. Each of the robot characters have a overall limit of sound functions and thus must communicate via subtle noises and gestures. It’s very innovative and plays upon the classic idea of “silent film” in many aspects. There’s little details in the film that further amplifies that draw the overall experience has. Details such as WALL-E unable to say “EVE” due to the limitations of his voice box and how he must say “EVA” instead. There’s much more present throughout and the film has a unique soul to it that words alone can not describe. It’s something you’ll have to truly see for yourself to wrap your mind around it as I could ramble on all day about the depth and soul of the film and you still would not be able to fully comprehend what I’m trying to describe without seeing it in action.

The amount of detail present in WALL-E is staggering. From the various objects in WALL-E’s home to the sleek design of EVE to the imaginative concepts within The Axiom; there’s no other CGI film like WALL-E. The level of detail and complexity of many of the shots featured is simply out of this world. It’s a spectacle to behold and marvel of technology that displays just how far Computer Animation has come. The film integrates a unique way of displaying the action with camera angles and movements that feel as if it was shot by a camera man rather than the alternative fixed and artificial positions most CGI films utilize. There’s also a few live action shots integrated into the film in unique ways that keeps it in context without it feeling out of place. Pixar really took their time and put in a large amount of effort into this film and it certainly shows. The atmosphere and environments displayed literally hook you and never let go. From the wasteland within Earth to The Axiom space station. There’s just a endless amount of detail and creativity present within the film that I was literally at a loss of how to wrap my head around it as I exited the theater.

It’s a shocking notion, but I have nothing of significance to complain about regarding WALL-E. It’s virtually flawless in my eyes and I could literally go on and on how much I enjoyed the film. Those who dismiss the film as “too kiddy” for their taste are only cheating themselves out of a impressive experience. There is a viable message present that branches out into various ways to interpret it and also breaks free of the usual norms most films aimed at everyone typically preach to their audience. The main idea of the film is love. From there; responsibility, atonement, and one’s own future being unwritten is also touched upon. The animation is top notch and leaps and bounds ahead of other films of it’s kind and will keep you hooked. The soul and overall depth is a refreshing and rather surprising aspect present that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Do not mistakenly pass this film up and label it as a lackluster experience.

All and all, WALL-E is a film that appeals to both the young and old alike. While the targeted core demographic of the film is the younger crowd, there are various aspects present throughout that makes it appeal to all ages on various levels. WALL-E is one the greatest CGI films of all time (to date) in my opinion. It breaks free of all the usual paths and roads a typical film in it’s vein would try to take and carves it’s own place. WALL-E blew me away on many levels and I can’t see any other film of it’s kind doing that again anytime soon. It’s intriguing to think there was more soul and depth to a animated film centered around robots than most films (in general) pushed out of the door today. Pixar never ceases to amaze me with it’s diverse and intriguing projects that further encaptures a part of my imagination and mind once thought to be lost. WALL-E is further proof that imagination and creativity can truly soar to the ends of the universe if properly utilized.

Pro’s: Top notch animation, staggering amount of detail and depth, intriguing and well crafted camera work, viable theme and overall message, and a well rounded film that appeals to everyone rather than one particular crowd of movie goer’s.

Con’s: None to speak of.

Conclusion: A incredible feat that integrates many techniques and inventive concepts that further pushes the boundaries of the CGI film genre in only a way Pixar truly can.

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2 Responses to “WALL-E”

  1. Wesley Chaderton Says:

    Pixar just gets better and better :)

  2. Wall-E totally looks like the robot from “Short Circuit”… minus the cheesy 80’s style of course

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