Is WALL•E a powerful science fiction movie for adults, a touching love story for people of all ages, an allegory about the necessity to protect our environment, a cautionary tale about mankind’s reliance on technology or is it just a fun kinetic movie for kids with humming, whizzing loveable robots?
The good news is that it’s all of those subjects rolled into a beautifully crafted 97 minute picture that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
WALL•E is an out-of-this-world action-adventure filled with heart and humor that follows an extraordinary cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton’s beautiful story of WALL•E is a love letter to the Golden Age of sci-fi films. WALL•E‘s voice cast includes Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Elissa Knight (Cars), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), John Ratzenberger (Toy Story), Kathy Najimy (“King of the Hill”) and Fred Willard (Chicken Little). Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars and Indiana Jones) provides the endearing voice of WALL•E, the little robot who never quits.
After 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. Joining WALL•E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
The animation in WALL•E is absolutely stunning. The scenes in outer space are jaw dropping! The sound design is perfect, the dialogue, although minimal is witty and the story flows smoothly without a single unnecessary minute to slow things down. WALL•E is a joyous film and it should earn the Oscar this year for Best Animated Picture.
The 3-Disc DVD edition is packed with hours of extras that need to be savored. Disc 1 is comprised of the feature film with a very informative commentary track by writer/director Andrew Stanton who shares his passion for the project and provides the back-story on how WALL•E came to be. Disc 1 also has two entertaining shorts – Presto (seen in front of the film in theaters) and BURN-E (a brand new short). Two deleted scenes and an exceptionally good featurette on sound design complete the disc.
Disc 2 has the majority of extra goodies. There’s hours of material to relish, including The Pixar Story, a superb documentary on the history of Pixar. There’s also a batch of behind the scenes featurettes on the look of the film, the characters, designing the humans, and the film’s score. In addition, Disc 2 has two more deleted scenes and the scoop on all the robots. There’s even an interactive storybook for kids. I enjoyed how this disc was partitioned with sections that appealed to adults and children.
Disc 3 is a digital copy of the feature film that can be downloaded to your computer or iPod. Even the DVD packaging is very clever mimicking WALL•E with its two slide out DVD holders.
WALL•E is a treasure filled with hours of entertainment and a highly recommended gift for this holiday season.