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The highly acclaimed director of FINDING NEMO and the creative storytellers behind CARS and RATATOUILLE transport you to a galaxy not so far away for a new cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named WALL-E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. Transport yourself to a fascinating new world with Disney-Pixar's latest adventure, now even more astonishing on DVD and loaded with bonus features, including the exclusive animated short film BURN-E. WALL-E is a film your family will want to enjoy over and over again. Bonus features include: Additional Deleted Scenes, WALL-E's Treasures And Trinkets Hilarious Moments, Bot Files Get To Know WALL-E's Robot Friends, Cine-Explore With Director Andrew Stanton, Geek Track Pop-Up Commentary By Pixar's Geek Squad, The Axiom Arcade Video Games With A WALL-E Twist, 3D Set Fly-Throughs See Film Locations From An All-New Angle, BD-Live Connect With Family And Friends Through This Innovative Movie-Watching Experience, The Pixar Story By Leslie Iwerks An Award-Winning Filmmaker Tells The Riveting Story Of the Innovative Company that Revolutionized Hollywood, Presto Amazing Animated Theatrical Short Film, Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From The Sound Up Legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt Shares Secrets Of Creating The Sounds Of WALL-E
Pixar genius reigns in this funny romantic comedy, which stars a robot who says absolutely nothing for a full 25 minutes yet somehow completely transfixes and endears himself to the audience within the first few minutes of the film. As the last robot left on earth, Wall-E (voiced by Ben Burtt) is one small robot--with a big, big heart--who holds the future of earth and mankind squarely in the palm of his metal hand. He's outlasted all the "Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class" robots that were assigned some 700 years ago to clean up the environmental mess that man made of earth while man vacationed aboard the luxury spaceship Axiom. Wall-E has dutifully gone about his job compacting trash, the extreme solitude broken only by his pet cockroach, but he's developed some oddly human habits and ideas. When the Axiom sends its regularly scheduled robotic EVE probe (Elissa Knight) to earth, Wall-E is instantly smitten and proceeds to try to impress EVE with his collection of human memorabilia. EVE's directive compels her to bring Wall-E's newly collected plant sprout to the captain of the Axiom and Wall-E follows in hot pursuit. Suddenly, the human world is turned upside down and the Captain (Jeff Garlin) joins forces with Wall-E and a cast of other misfit robots to lead the now lethargic people back home to earth. Wall-E is a great family film with the most impressive aspect being the depth of emotion conveyed by a simple robot--a machine typically considered devoid of emotion, but made so absolutely touching by the magic of Pixar animation. Also well-worth admiring are the sweeping views from space, the creative yet disturbing vision of what strange luxuries a future space vacation might offer, and the innovative use of trash in a future cityscape. Underneath the slapstick comedy and touching love story is a poignant message about the folly of human greed and its potential effects on earth and the entire human race. Wall-E is preceded in theaters by the comical short Presto in which a magician's rabbit, unfed one too many times takes his revenge against the egotistical magician. (Ages 3 and older) --Tami Horiuchi>
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At home, my mom and dad; husband and I; and sister / brother-in-law -- three households, each home to at least one electrical engineer -- each has a copy of this. It's one of our favorites.
It's a great message and storyline; we enjoy Pixar's sense of humor; and the sound effects, voice casting and musical score are fantastic. Seriously, I love the musical score! It's beautiful, and I often hear parts of the score playing in my head after watching the movie. This movie also contains the best usage of Apple's Machintosh boot-up "dong" sound I've ever heard -- kinda a joke in the movie, if you watch it. Overall, a job well-done, imo.
In my opinion, Sigourney Weaver's "Caution: Rogue Robots" line as the voice of the Axiom spaceship may end up her best line ever, although my personal favorite exchange is between Auto the autopilot and the Captain:
Auto: "On the Axiom, we will survive."
The Captain: "I don't wanna survive. I WANNA LIVE!"
Words to live by, imo. = )
A note to parents: Does this movie deserve a G rating? Well, there is some violence and pistol usage (and couple explosions from the gun blasts) in the movie. No human characters end up seriously harmed, although one robot character -- a villain -- does "die" resisting the protagonists in the story. (There is a moment of peril in the movie, but the protagonists live.) Other than that, Wall-E does end up putting a bra in his "interesting finds" lunchbox, and Eve does scan a port-o-john. That's about it. But, if you would wish to avoid the movie, due to gun violence, I can certainly respect that.
For what it's worth, our three-year-old likes this movie and watches it fairly often. But, we also watch it with her, and she is not super-sensitive or afraid of much of anything.
Another factor to consider: This movie goes long stretches with no dialog. Personally, I've used that time to describe to my daughter what's been going on, and to voice what some of the robots are thinking. (You can tell by their actions and demeanor.) So, I've used this movie as a tool to help my daughter develop listening skills -- which have over time grown into speaking skills. This is unusual to find in any movie, so I appreciate it.
As an added bonus, the movie also helps introduce our young daughter to the concepts of a round earth, rocketry, robotics and outer space / space exploration.
So, I would say that overall, Wall-E is entertaining and can also function as a great teaching tool if you're just creative with it.
This movie is one of the greatest works of art I’ve been privileged to know EVER.
Without repeating the plot you basically know, here are the outstanding features:
Lack of dialogue. This movie manages to tell a story with barely any dialogue. How? Gotta watch it to believe it. Best of all, the main characters are robots and yet they still manage to develop a relationship - again, without dialogue.
This story is futuristic, and takes place in the larger galaxy, but stays grounded in the world as we know it. It takes a bit into the movie to show the greater context of where humanity is at, but there’s no confusion. That’s Pixar’s talent - to take you slowly thru a beautiful story without letting you question where you’re at but without giving away where you’re going.
So yes, you should watch this movie. Fast.
The DVD comes with two shorts - Presto, an unrelated short film that’s really cute, and Burn-E, a short episode about another robot in the Wall-E world, showing his story in a really humorous way.
But "The Pixar Story," pretty much the Holy Grail of special features for Pixar Fans, is included on this version - the one the cover that's split down the middle between a panel with Eve and Wall-E on the left and a fire-colored title panel on the right with Wall-E's hand grasping around the bottom.
It is indeed here, and in high definition, though some of the footage is old and doesn't look sharp. Overall, though, it's a sweet upgrade from the DVD version with no HD at all.
As some have noted, it's buried on the second disc, the dead last option under "Humans" in the menu; in fact, you have to scroll to a second screen. I expect Disney doesn't want it right up front because the Pixar vs. Disney politics got wonky for a bit, and this documentary brings that out, with Disney being the clear villains of the narrative.
Highly, highly recommended.