Top 365 Films – #223 – Wall-E (2008)


Top 365 Films - Wall-EDIRECTED BY: Andrew Stanton

STARRING: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy and Sigourney Weaver

BUDGET: $180m

EARNED (Worldwide): $521.3m

AWARDS: 1 Oscar (Best Animated Feature), 1 Golden Globe (Best Animated Film) and 1 BAFTA (Best Animated Film)

 

SYNOPSIS

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

 

In the distant future, mankind has abandoned Earth due to too much trash (Thanks in part to multi-national corporation Buy N Large). We follow the journey of a garbage collecting robot named Wall-E, who has been left behind to clean up the mess and only has a sprightly cockroach for a friend, mesmerised by Earth’s history and show tunes. One day however a spaceship comes to Earth and drops a sleek reconnaissance robot named EVE to find proof that life is once again sustainable.

 

I’ll admit when I’ve made a mistake now looking back on when I compiled this list together. After rewatching WALL-E I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve messed up by putting it too low on the list. A film largely without spoken dialogue, especially with its main character, it’s a visually stunning animated film and a really well told sci-fi film to boot and just happens to get better on repeated viewings, bringing us certain views on being nice to our planet and how big corporations are a bad thing in the grand scheme of things without forcing that message across. Andrew Stanton does a terrific job of directing this film, particularly in the opening twenty minutes, showing the dust piles of future Earth and the gigantic skyscrapers of trash overtaking the landscape as we know it. The character of Wall-E overall is genius of a robot that goes about his job, yet has personality of indulging into obsession with man’s accessories that he discovers on his travels (personal favourite being that he discovers an engagement ring, throws it away as he’s more fascinated by the box it’s in) and looks up to the sky in wonder, given life with his ooh’s and aah’s but Ben Burtt who does a terrific job helping bring the character to life. It’s when he meets EVE though is when the real characterisation of Wall-E wins the hearts over in his attempts to befriend EVE (sometimes with comical results) and the montage they have together on Earth is possibly the most romantic scene Pixar have put together. The only thing I could say brings the film down slightly is the remaining humans, I mean I get why we go there and why we need to meet some of them, but it feels to me like Wall-E gets lost in the mix briefly in the middle. Who would’ve thought a film featuring robots would have more humanity than humans?

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Wall-E and Eve playing around the space station out in space.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Too much garbage in your face? There’s plenty of space out in space! ’ – Commercial Voice

DID YOU KNOW?: Andrew Stanton and the Pixar team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie (the short films and the features) every day during lunch for about a year and a half. This was to inspire the possibilities of pure visual storytelling.

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