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WALL-E

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Rated: G
Directed by:
Andrew Stanton
Starring: Voices by Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard
Released by: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

In Short: Director/writer Andrew Stanton and Pixar have done it again, creating a wonderful animated feature that is great fun for the whole family.
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WALL-E is wonderful! A real winner, it's the latest animated feature conceived by the fertile brain of Pixar's Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winning writer and director for Finding Nemo as well as writer and director for A Bug’s Life.

The gorgeously-created film begins on a decimated planet Earth, a place that humans have polluted so badly that they had to escape on a space station, leaving only a robot named WALL-E behind. His directive is to clean up the garbage all over the planet, a chore that the "Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class" robot has been diligently doing since the humans left more than 700 years before. It's a lonely life with just WALL-E and a tiny cockroach companion, until a ship from the space station arrives and drops off EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), an advanced robot probe who is searching for life on Earth.

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It's love at first sight for WALL-E, even when EVE proves to be a slightly dangerous gal to love as the ship returns to take her back to the space station. WALL-E determinedly tags along, and the result is a rollicking space adventure filled with danger, romance, and extremely clever social satire that both adults and older kids will find spot on. All the humans on the space station are hugely obese, moving about in lounge chairs and having robot servants who do everything for them. Television screens keep them stimulated all day long, so stimulated that they don't even notice other people around them as they live in an isolated bubble of media overload.

It takes the two robots falling in love and their subsequent struggle to stay together to change the way the humans see and think, an ironic twist that Stanton and company deliver with style, laughter, and heart. As usual, the creative minds at Pixar are masters at turning inanimate objects (remember the toys in Toy Story and the cars in Cars?) into full-fledged characters that we come to adore by the time the final credits roll. It's an experience that is sure to result in audiences leaving the theater smiling. What more could one ask for in an animated futuristic robot trip into space?

Reviewed by Jenny Peters



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