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Wall-E is a Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth-class, a robot created by the government to clean up Earth from all the rubbish man has made and filled it with. Man has long since left earth, taking up residence in space. The problem being that there is too much rubbish left on Earth and the other Wall-E droids seem to have burnt out from over use. The one droid left seems to have developed a consciousness of his own and collects various items, mainly from the 60s to 80s, and is obsessed with the film “Hello Dolly“.

When another robot appears on his planet Wall-E is intrigued and soon falls in love, his concept of love being what he’s learned from “Hello Dolly” of holding hands. The other robot is Eve, an Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, who is looking for life on Earth so the inhabitants of the Axiom can return home. Wall-E presents to her a plant he found and Eve shuts down until her ship returns to collect her. Wall-E stows aboard and together with Eve they try to help the inhabitants return to Earth.

This is Pixars first film that features Live Action and I am always happy to see performances from Fred Willard. This is certainly a film of two halves which sees Wall-E and his life on earth in the first half and then aboard the Axiom but both make a glorious whole. The film tells a wonderful story of love between robots, but also paints a grim picture of the future should we continue to live the way we do, being manipulated by conglomerates and getting lazier.

It’s heart-warming, it’s tear-jerking, it’s what Pixar are best at and they once again deliver. The robots, intentionally, have more personality than the humans, able to deliver more with a slight movement than their fleshy counterparts could in a soliloquy. The first thirty minutes or so where the robots are roaming Earth are a delight and once again a step forward in movie technology. The lighting is incredible, the reflections upon Eve alone prove the incredible power Pixar deliver.

Again it’s something for everyone, at its face value it’s a kids movie, but at its core it’s a Pixar movie. The kids can enjoy the cute robot and references to other Pixar flicks, characters from Toy Story and Monsters Inc are visible in Wall-E’s collection. The adults can enjoy the out of dated technology, like Pong, the Rubix cube and VHS tapes that somehow, seven hundred years into the future, still work.

It’s award material, it’s a stunning visual representation of technology, but it’s so much more than that. It’s not algorithms and pixels, it sucks you into the world, the story. You have a genuine feel for these characters, these robots and you will be moved by them.

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