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WALL*E Soundtrack

4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? Academy Awardr- winning writer/director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and the inventive storytellers and technical geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios transport moviegoers to a galaxy not so very far away for a new computer-animated cosmic comedy about a determined robot named WALL E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve. This encounter leads to WALL E chasing Eve across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.
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Product Details

  • Performer: Bruce Morgenthaler, Christian Kollgaard, Frances Liu Wu, Nico Carmine Abondolo, Nicolas Philippon, et al.
  • Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B0017LFKMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack really stands on its own, despite accompanying one of the most achingly beautiful films I have ever seen.

Stanton says in the liner notes that the movie as a whole was a space opera, something he kept emphasizing as Newman composed. Compared to the defining space opera, the original Star Wars trilogy, there are rather a lot of differences. Williams' score in Star Wars had a clear sense of accoustics and an expansive staging that translated even while watching the film. With a good sound system, you can almost imagine an orchestra pit just below the screen. The score seemed to come from the eternally romantic Star Wars universe itself, boldly proclaiming its themes of good, evil, love, and war.

Newman's score for WALL-E, on the other hand, has a sonically closed or condensed aspect to it that draws you in closer to the intimate world of its inhabitants. As breathtaking as Stanton's vision of outer space turns out to be, you are still invited to experience it through the eyes of a newcomer, a little robot who, like yourself, has never been there before. Rather than coming from the universe, the soundtrack to WALL-E seems rather to simply be the music that accompanies the imaginative, curious, and ultimately wonderstruck mind.

Although I liked nearly all of it, EVE stood out as my favorite individual track. In all I recommend the album, especially to those who enjoyed the movie.
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In a film where there is not a word of dialogue from your main character for over half an hour, the score has a special duty. Whereas it might take a backseat in films with action and elaborate monologues to care our auditory senses along, WALL·E's design forces Thomas Newman to stand in the foreground, pants down, exposed to the audience. In some ways WALL·E marks a touch of the standard fare for Thomas Newman. At first impression it could be suggested that his particular brand of restraint toward an overly-developed set of themes and motifs might be inappropriate for a large fun sci-fi outing. However, Newman makes no apologies for his consistent use of light and airy orchestrations and without a doubt, it raises up the film.

While fans of recent Pixar films may be hyped up on the delightful and more pronounced themes Michael Giacchino, it would be hard to argue that he could match Newman in the realm of tone. And WALL·E, despite its very well-paced plot is a film that relies on tone.

There is no cohesive set of themes in WALL·E. There are no really action-packed cues to get our hearts pumping. Instead, we are presented with music that defines its world. In the year 2815 AD there is one robot left to clean up the garbage left behind on earth. It is a new but familiar world. One which requires a tonal introduction. Newman obliges. From the first cue "2815 AD" (following "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from "Hello Dolly!") Newman creates a fantasy tone for us that drags us into a world with one occupant left. The spine-tingling chord shifts and arpeggiated harp immediately create a feeling of isolation that gives form to the earth of the future. This musical thought is followed up at the end of the film in "Horizon 12.
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I saw "WALL-E" the other night, and it truly is a magical film. I think the folks at Pixar have got some Oscars coming to them for this one! I also predict that two of those Oscars will be for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, both of which can be found right here on the wonderful "WALL-E" soundtrack. Thomas Newman's score is at turns delightful, quirky, and beautiful, while Peter Gabriel's song, "Down To Earth" (co-written with Newman), which plays over the film's end credits, is simply an uplifting joy. I sincerely hope that both Newman and Gabriel are justly rewarded at the Academy Awards for their marvelous "WALL-E" music. And, as an added bonus, the "WALL-E" soundtrack also includes Louis Armstrong's whimsical treatment of the old Edith Piaf fave, "La Vie En Rose," as well as the film's signature song, "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" (from "Hello Dolly"). There's also a few soundbites from the movie scattered throughout. So, what's not to like about the "WALL-E" soundtrack? It's a wonderful CD, and I highly recommend it. (And go see the movie too!)
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OK, so I'm a complete sap. Even as I write this tears are forming. WALL-E is a Disney/Pixar film that will undoubtedly become a legend. I don't know how Andrew Stanton, Thomas Newman and their teams did it, but this is a movie like nothing you have ever seen before. I've heard all the gripes that the film offends overweight people (hey, I'm overweight and it didn't even come close to offensive). Other gripes range from ecological offenses, it's too liberal, and that the film is hypocritical because Disney/Pixar are selling toys that are not biodegradable...the list goes on. People who watch this film and say such things I feel are saying it because 1)They're just plain jealous of the success of Disney/Pixar and most of all they don't get it that 2) THIS IS A LOVE STORY! It's just that simple. I say to those who dislike it for those reasons to please stop looking so deep into this film. Yes, it brings up the fact that we've got to stop trashing our planet, but isn't that a good thing to say?

WALL-E is truly one of the most wonderful, beautiful, touching love stories I have ever seen and not once is the word "love" even mentioned! Matter of fact the first 20 minutes or so there is hardly any dialogue. Wall-E is such an endearing character. He's part E.T., SHORT CIRCUIT,Chaplin and Keaton and pretty much a trash compactor with binoculars for a face. And even though he technically doesn't have one he is ALL heart.

But since this is supposed to be a review of the CD let me just say that if Thomas Newman doesn't get an Oscar (as well as the film itself) then the voters are clearly dismissing this amazing composition which I feel, so far, is the best music Newman has ever written.
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