Movie Review: Wall-E

One of best animated films in awhile

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According to this animated film, the last man on Earth is not a man at all, but a pint-size, tin can of a robot named WALL-E. The name, by the way is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class. WALL-E is a beat up, rusty workhorse left behind by humans who have abandoned the planet to its mountains of garbage and environmental ruin.

WALL-E has been going about his mission of turning trash into towers of garbage for centuries, while establishing his world alone, except for his pet of a resilient cockroach. He follows a daily routine of reducing the garbage into compacted building blocks while gleaning various items out of it that he considers of value. He's kind of a future pack rat of sorts.

All is well until a space ship drops into his neighborhood and leaves behind an extremely advanced probe named EVE before roaring back into space. The ensuing confrontation between EVE and WALL-E eventually leads to a mutual, but uneasy relationship. That is, until EVE locates what she has been sent to retrieve.

The space ship returns, picks up EVE and prepares to leave again. WALL-E, now enamored with EVE, hitches a ride on the ship and follows her back to where all the humans now reside.

Adventure after adventure surrounds our two lovebirds before they, and the humans return to Earth.

I am leaving out the details, but suffice it to say that they add much to a story that is clever and refreshing while providing a relevant message for the audience without being a lecture in the process.

Animated films have come a long way in the past decade or so, and this film is a tribute to what has been accomplished in both story quality and visual arts. About the only thing I had a problem with in the film was the role of Shelby Forthright by Fred Willard. As the only real human in the film (seen in video clips) while all the others were animated, seemed inappropriate.

There is something for everyone in the family in this film and even though some of the dialogue may be over the heads of the younger ones, there's still plenty of story line and animation to keep them interested.

Probably one of the best animated films I've seen in quite a while.

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