Wall-E (2008) Mini-Review

It’s 700-something years in the future and for all that time, Wall-E—a cleanup robot—has been hard at work cleaning up the mess left by the humans. One day Wall-E gets an unexpected visit from the stars; the shiny robot EVE has also been given a task. As the curious robot he is, Wall-E follows EVE in her rummagings and eventually falls head-over-tracks in love with her.

Wall-E is a tearjerkingly delightful piece. It’s by leaps and bounds the best thing to ever emerge from Pixar yet. The post-apocalyptic setting is both heartbreaking and enlightening at once and the love story between the two starcrossed robots gives hope to any broken piece of crap robot out there. Myself included. Wall-E is a near-flawless feature.

The one thing that bugged me was the odd mixture of photo-realistic backgrounds and robots and some overly cartoony characters.

Prior to the film, we were shown the held-in-classic-Disney-style short called Presto about a magician and his rabbit. Together with Wall-E, the experience gets six pounding robot-hearts.

2 thoughts on “Wall-E (2008) Mini-Review”

  1. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I actually liked the more cartoony feel of the characters, there has been something off with the hominid characters up to and including The Incredibles, but I didn’t have that feeling with neither Wall-E nor Presto. Both excellent entertainment, and I wholeheartedly agree with your six heart rating.

  2. Joen says:

    It’s not that I didn’t like the characters. I can completely understand Pixars reasoning to go cartoonish — it allows them to animate in their 3D apps with the clear and easily understandable expressions we can get from cartoonish exaggerations.

    Since this is the comments, people have been warned of spoilers.

    So, more than being able to animate facial expressions, going cartoony had to be done with the humans. Simply put, unless they recorded live-action video (which they did for the video of the president), any 3D animated human would look fake — Pixar is good, but not that good.

    Bottomline, they had to do it. And they ran with it, and it worked enough to not detract a single star from a perfect review.

    But it’s still cartoonish rubber-masks inhabiting an otherwise near-photo realistic world. In fact, from the very first trailer I saw of Wall-E, I thought it looked too photo realistic.

    Funny sidenote: Did you notice the pictures of the previous captains of the Axiom? They start with a photo of a human (real human), and slowly the captains get both fatter and more cartoonish. So in a way, Pixar is telling us that humans will evolve into 3D animated cartoon characters 🙂

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