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WALL·E (2008)

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In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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Andrew Stanton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Burtt ... WALL·E / M-O / Robots (voice)
Elissa Knight ... EVE (voice)
Jeff Garlin ... Captain (voice)
Fred Willard ... Shelby Forthright
MacInTalk MacInTalk ... AUTO (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... John (voice)
Kathy Najimy ... Mary (voice)
Sigourney Weaver ... Ship's Computer (voice)
Teddy Newton ... Steward Bots (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Forthright's Advisor (voice)
John Cygan ... Axiom Passenger #3 (voice)
Pete Docter ... Lifeguard Bot (voice)
Paul Eiding ... Axiom Passenger #12 (voice)
Donald Fullilove ... Axiom Passenger #7 (voice) (as Don Fullilove)
Teresa Ganzel ... (voice)
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Storyline

In a distant, but not so unrealistic, future where mankind has abandoned earth because it has become covered with trash from products sold by the powerful multi-national Buy N Large corporation, WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left to clean up the mess. Mesmerized with trinkets of Earth's history and show tunes, WALL-E is alone on Earth except for a sprightly pet cockroach. One day, EVE, a sleek (and dangerous) reconnaissance robot, is sent to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable. WALL-E falls in love with EVE. WALL-E rescues EVE from a dust storm and shows her a living plant he found amongst the rubble. Consistent with her "directive", EVE takes the plant and automatically enters a deactivated state except for a blinking green beacon. WALL-E, doesn't understand what has happened to his new friend, but, true to his love, he protects her from wind, rain, and lightning, even as she is unresponsive. One day a massive ship comes to reclaim EVE, but WALL-E, ...

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He's got a lot of time on his hands. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wall-E See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,087,526, 29 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$223,808,164, 8 January 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$534,767,889, 22 March 2009
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film contains numerous references to Apple computers: -when WALL-E is fully charged by the sun, he makes the same "boot up" sound that most of Apple's Macintosh computers have made since circa 1996. -WALL-E watches his favorite movie every night on the screen of an iPod -The villainous Autopilot's voice is provided by Apple's text-to-speech system, MacinTalk -EVE's sleek design as an evolution of WALL-E's parallels the sleek iMac design having evolved from the boxy, beige Apple IIe. Steve Jobs, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, was CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney in 2005, and as a shareholder and member of the Disney Board of Directors he was still actively involved with the company until his death in 2011. See more »

Goofs

Wall-E produces his Zippo lighter out of thin air in the Axiom's garbage hold with Eve. He last had it on earth just before racing back to the rocket ship that returns to pick up Eve, but he may have stashed it in his garbage compressing compartment, as he does with many other items. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voice in commercial: Too much garbage in your face? There's plenty of space out in space! BnL StarLiners leaving each day. We'll clean up the mess while you're away.
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Crazy Credits

The cleaning bot, MO, continues cleaning up all of WALL-E's dirt tracks throughout the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video prints replace the closing Pixar logo with a custom logo. (see Crazy Credits) See more »

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Put On Your Sunday Clothes
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Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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Who says popular films can't be art? "WALL·E" is magical
27 June 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

Who says popular films are not and cannot be art? If anything is proof that popular films can be of a stunningly high quality, the beauty of the animation, writing, music, and sound design in "WALL·E" is it. "WALL·E" eclipses even Andrew Stanton's "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in the Pixar pantheon, is perhaps Pixar's best film to date and, call me crazy as I've just seen it, a contender for the title of best animated film, period.

"WALL·E" is everything we've come to expect from Pixar and more- colorful, vibrant, imaginative, exciting, involving, beautiful, and most importantly a film with interesting, involving characters. Sure, WALL·E is adorable, and as much credit as the animators get for that, this film would be nothing without Stanton's screenplay, which features very little dialogue but is still notably intelligent and surprisingly subtle, making a refreshing change from the 'go green' campaigns we're all so used to. Does "WALL·E" have a message? Sure, but it's an important message and it is delivered subtly and beautifully.

"WALL·E" operates on two levels (and works spectacularly well on both). It is a majestic science fiction epic like we haven't seen in a couple of decades and it is a genuinely touching and never cheap romance. "WALL·E" will never get points for originality but it doesn't exactly need them because the homages to great films and figures of the past- Chaplin, Keaton, Tati, the Marx Brothers, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (this one is particularly spectacular), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" are actually homages and not ripoffs. "WALL·E" is a wonderful tribute to a bygone cinematic tradition (well, two or three of them actually).

The social commentary in "WALL·E" is sobering because it's never overbearing and most importantly because we see the world through machines, machines who feel more about Earth and life than the humans do. The depiction of humans on the ship could have been incredibly offensive, cheap, and tasteless in concept but the execution here is absolutely perfect.

What is most surprising about "WALL·E" is how sad it is. Not even in the 'how will they get out of this, oh I feel so sorry for them' way "Finding Nemo", a previous Stanton effort, is, but in a truly melancholy sense. The early portion of the film maintains all the playfulness of a Jacques Tati film but also evokes a striking and powerful feeling of loneliness. It's a brilliant introduction to WALL·E, given that the rest of the film is too wacky to bother with long scenes focused entirely on character, and works beautifully with the ugly yet beautifully-rendered future Earth, a barren wasteland filled with nothing but garbage, a seriously resilient cockroach being WALL·E's only companion before EVE shows up, but I won't go into the story- it's best you see it unfold for yourself.

From the entertaining shorts shown before the film to the memorable characters, locations, and animation we have come to expect, Pixar films are now event cinema, and they have outdone themselves with "WALL·E". This film is spectacular, majestic, touching, involving, and achingly beautiful. Most importantly, however, it is perfect entertainment. I may be saying this too soon, but I don't think I have ever seen an animated film that has satisfied me more than "WALL·E", and 2008 is going to have to work hard to keep this from being the top film of the year, which it most certainly is at the moment.

9.5/10


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