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Wall-E [DVD] [2008]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
Love, loneliness, hope, loss and rediscovery are just some of the themes explored in WALL E, another surefire hit from the team at Pixar. Probably my favourite Pixar film, it never fails to make me smile.

Primarily aimed at kids but with more than enough smarts and humour to charm adults this is THE perfect family film for our modern times.

WALL E is a happy little load lifting waste compactor robot living on a now adandoned and polluted Earth who unwittingly becomes the catalyst for a rebirth of humanity. Finding friendship and maybe even love along the way WALL E will touch your heart and make you laugh at his madcap adventure on Earth and then in space. Beautifully written, animated and directed this is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece of film making and a future classic.

Pixar are never mean with their selection of extras but this Blu-ray sets a new standard for me. 2 commentary tracks which are both well worth your time. One has us one on one with the director Andrew Stanton which is a joy to listen to, providing an in depth disection of everything relating to the making of the film. The other commentary track is a Blu-ray exclusive and is labelled as a 'geek track/trash talk' with 4 of the peeps from Pixar and its great stuff too. Very geeky, quite funny and another great listen this is also a worthy inclusion and something Id like to see more of.

Theres a fairly short making of WALL E featurette but its still interesting to watch. We get BURN E and PRESTO, (2 animated shorts) BnL animated shorts, interactive videogames, (yes, really!!!) a tour of the ship from the film, deleted scenes plus more.

But the extra which is probably worth the disc price alone is the feature length documentary 'The Pixar Story' which is just a very special document of the story of the wonderful people at Pixar, including John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and the sadly recently deceased Steve Jobs. A true fairytale documented almost as it happened. Wonderful.

The picture and audio quality is stunning, as ever with Pixar, so if you're wondering at all this is pretty much the perfect Blu-ray release. Magnificent Pixar!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2009
Wall-e is a delight for the viewer, this is beautifully conceived and exquisitely executed piece of animation. The world that has been created for Wall-e to live in packed full of detail and realistic. The use of 'Hello Dolly' packs an emotional punch and gives the robots a humananity that we can relate to.
This is too good to be left just to the kids. It also gives a scary view of the world if we don't look after it, a useful lesson for everyone. I loved the first part of this film, when we just concentrate on Wall-e and his part of the deserted earth. Alot has been made of the fact that there is no real dialogue for the first 25 minutes of the film, but that is a good thing, we can concentrate on the minutae of this world and the humour is subtle but still works.
This should win the Oscar for animation this year, it is stunning!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The opening shot is of downtown New York City. Only these aren't normal buildings but towers of blocks of trash. WALL-E (voiced by beeps and Ben Burtt), our hero, is a glorified trash compactor who has made the mountains. As we follow him across the vast landscape, we learn that he is the last of his kind and that he is indeed on earth. Humans fled years ago because they bought into the commercialism of the Buy-n-Large stores that ruled the earth. The resulting garbage overran the planet.

But WALL-E is not a mindless robot. He is curious and collects bits and pieces of things that are still intact. At night, he takes these to his bunker where they are on display a la Ariel. His only companions are a cockroach and a video tape of Hello Dolly.

Into this world comes Eve (voiced by beeps and Elissa Knight). Eve is another robot but much more high tech. She is on a classified mission. WALL-E immediately falls for her. So much so, in fact, that when the spaceship returns to collect Eve, WALL-E tags along. Suddenly, the two find themselves caught up in an adventure with the future of mankind at stake. Can they save humanity?

This isn't quite Pixar's best, but it is very good. I mean, we've got robots who hardly speak as our main characters, yet we are completely rooting for them. And even though the dialogue is limited, these robots have personality. But it was the limited dialogue that got to me. I got tire of long stretches where the only words we heard were Wall-E and EVE calling each others' names, especially during the climax.

There are few characters here. Frankly, that makes sense due to the extra effort it takes to develop character and story without dialogue. And the story was a tad slow in spots, but it usually picked up about the time I was ready to move on.

There are some many cute and funny moments in the film. While most of these will appeal to the whole family, even those that kids wouldn't get are appropriate for all ages.

The animation is spectacular throughout, but this is especially true once we leave earth. There are some space shots that took my breath away.

There are several morals lurking just below the surface of the film. And you know what I appreciated abut them? They lurked just below the surface. Oh, they're hard to miss, but the story never stopped to lecture us.

While slow at times, I had a smile on my face by the time the film was over. And really, that's what it is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2009
The thing I love about Wall-E is the way that alot of the story and humour is done, is very much like an old classic silent film which is sheer genius. Wall-E is very cute in the way he goes around collecting old junk and compressing it into little cubes in which he builds massive skyscrapers with. When Eve arrives from out of space Wall-E's life is never the same again and what a fantastic journey is unfolded for our little hero. The animation and sheer detail in Wall-E is Pixar best yet it really is breathtaking at times. For my own personal taste Wall-E is my favourite Pixar film yet with Finding Nemo taking 2nd and Toy Story 3rd hope this helps you out.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 2 October 2008
Since they crashed onto the scene in 1995 with their debut feature film Toy Story, Pixar have changed the face of cinema and animation forever. No longer is animation seen as a lesser art form, with Pixar becoming both commercial and artistic masters. Their films have been major box office successes, with their eight films to date taking over $4.3 billion at the box office, and critical triumphs, garnering an average of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. After a slight bump in the road (no pun intended) with Cars in 2006, they got back on track with Ratatouille last year. Not one to rest on their laurels though, here comes Pixar's latest and bravest offering - WALL*E.

It's been 700 years since the last humans left the rubbish laden planet Earth and only one 'person' remains - Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, or WALL*E to his friends. It's his job to tidy up the planet for the 'imminent' return of the human race. One day though, he is joined by the highly efficient, but highly dangerous, Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, or EVE, who takes him on an adventure he, and the human race, will never forget.

WALL*E is taking big risks and pushing the boundaries, not just of childrens' cinema, but of cinema full stop. How do you to keep an audience engaged with a film when there is no dialogue for the first 40 minutes? Andrew Stanton, the man responsible for Finding Nemo, and his team have done this by creating in WALL*E a funny and charming character, with a bigger range of emotions than some of the actors currently seen on screen. WALL*E draws the audience in with both his big eyes - based on those of Lenny the binoculars from Toy Story - and beeps, which comes courtesy of Ben Burtt, the man responsible for breathing life into R2D2. These convey a huge range of emotions, from the fascination of finding a new piece of 'junk', to the fear of an approaching storm, to the loneliness he feels each day when he returns to his dock.

But there's nothing pretentious about WALL*E - he's just Joe Average. He works 9-5 and hates the alarm going off in the morning, but there's nothing he likes more than to kick off his tracks and watch a film (an old VHS copy of Hello Dolly!) after a long day at work. What makes WALL*E most endearing though is the amazement and intrigue with which he treats the littlest things, such as his first encounter with a fire extinguisher, and seeing his collection of 'junk' back in his dock, where he frets over whether a spork should go in the spoon or fork section of his collection.

Detail on both the small and big scale has always been important to Pixar and this quality is maintained in WALL*E. The large backdrop to the early part of the film is stunning. The influence of cinematographer Roger Deakins is clear to see on planet Earth, which has been turned into a dry, barren dustbowl. This is paired alongside the crisp, bright, sleek space-ship which humans now call home. This juxtaposition continues though to the design of WALL*E, a bruised and battered mini-transformer, forced to repair himself with the parts of his fallen comrades, and EVE, a robot which Apple would be more than happy to call one of their own.

Despite how their films look though, story telling is still at the heart of what Pixar do, and WALL*E is no different. Stanton and fellow script writer Jim Reardon's have a lot to say about consumerism, ecological conservation, love and the difference between being alive and living, with tips of the cap to sci-fi classics including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Aliens and Silent Running, making it at times a dark and thought-provoking film. But this is never at the expense of entertainment, with the film full of sharp wit that'll keep both adults and kids entertained and, at its core, a heart warming relationship between the two star-gazing lovers.

Once WALL*E has taken off into space with his new companion, the film does shift gear slightly, when he encounters a space-ship full of rolly polly humans who are now completely reliant on technology for their every need. Although not as stunning as the earlier parts of the film, this part is key to the essence of the film. There are constant claims that technology, be it clunky WALL*E or sleek EVE, is bringing people closer together. But the humans which WALL*E encounters in space have become so overly reliant on technology that there are now emotionally detached from each other. Ironically though, it does take a robot to remind humans that being alive is not the same as living.

So, the Pixar Express (predictably) rolls on with a piece of cinematic genius that is both beautiful to look at and a complete joy to watch, with WALL*E bound to become one of the greatest achievements in film history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Having seen such unequalled masterpieces like Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, I rather naively believed that I'd seen it all. That there was nothing else that Pixar could deliver.

Going to the pictures to see WALL-E made me realise that I HADN'T seen it all, and most likely never ever will. Pixar takes everything to a whole new level here. The CGI, the storytelling, the presentation goes BEYOND all their previous works. It's totally unlike anything they've ever done before, and the result is a true work of art that shouldn`t be dismissed.

The setting is future Earth. It's now a polluted, rubbish-tip of a wasteland that the human race has abandoned. The only life-form left is a remarkable, reliable little waste-disposal robot labelled WALL-E. He's the very last of a failed clean-up operation and has been on his own for 700 years. He's still going after all that time, though, and has developed a personality and a great curiosity for all things human. But he's also very lonely.

That all changes when a sleek-search robot codenamed EVE comes to Earth to carry out her `classified' objective. Soon, WALL-E's desire for companionship turns into a true outer space adventure that will uncover so much about the Earth and the human race.

Now, if it's Pixar, the CGI goes without question. You can always count on it to be faultlessly beautiful. However, the animators have TRULY surpassed themselves with WALL-E. Things like the polluted landscapes, dust, rubbish, rust/decay, the way robotics work, the sun's rays, the beauty of the cosmos etc is just absolutely astounding. When I was watching the film, it was all animated/presented in a way that was just so realistic and life-like. Even things like the camera shots/focus were expertly pulled off.

And if that wasn't impressive enough, WALL-E turned out to be a film that incorporated live-action sequences as well, featuring actual actors in front of the camera. The way it blends with the CGI is just so seamless and adds another dimension to the rich storytelling. NOTHING feels out of place here.

But the reason why Pixar are the undisputed masters of this sort of thing is not just because of the imagery. The plots that they write to go with the animation are equally renowned. There is just so much to WALL-E's story. It incorporates so many different aspects of storytelling in such creative, intricate fashion. For instance, the first half-hour is virtually the equivalent of a silent-movie. There's no dialogue whatsoever in this part of the film, which relies on actions, expressions and the setting to tell the tale. And it works fabulously, making the movie so captivating. It reels you in and doesn't let go, proving that actions speak louder than words.

As things progress, the viewer becomes exposed to such a wonderful cast of human and robot characters, so much philosophy and a perfect representation of the best and worst aspects of humanity. Not only that, but there's also some absolutely brilliant humour throughout, which is typical of Pixar films. It evokes so many emotions and makes you realise that there is hope at the end. Plus there are some absolutely brilliant homages to
classic sci-fi films, such as 2001: Space Odyssey.

WALL-E himself is such a wonderful character, deserving of enormous sympathy. He's also an unlikely hero that's impossible NOT to love and root on for. EVE is a polar opposite but just as easy to fall in love with. Both are treated with such great development and how they both convey their emotions is wonderfully executed. It's a love story that is just so plausibly conceived and executed, which is testament to the film's artistry.

And finally, the end credits. This normally wouldn't mean anything to anyone, but these really do deserve just as much praise. When they roll, it perfectly symbolises the evolution of mankind through the telling of wonderfully animated cave-drawings, Egyptian markings, and paintings in the style of Monet and Van Gogh. It adds even more power to the film's ending. Also, Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth" is a fantastic closing song and there's a brilliant recap done in the style of retro computer graphics e.g. old school Nintendo. It all rounds off something that can be called a perfect film.

As for the DVD package, it's a two-disc set that folds out and has a beautifully embedded foil cover. There are some outstanding special-features as well that fills the set up quite nicely. There's an audio commentary with director Andrew Stanton, a look at the Sound Design, trailers, the in-depth documentary "The Pixar Story", some great deleted scenes, live-action "BnL" shorts, "Making Of" featurettes, a "Lots of Bots" storybook (which is good for kids), a "Bot Files" database (profiling the characters in the film) and WALL-E's Treasures and Trinkets, a collection of hilarious mini-films.

All these extras are fantastic, but really, the ones that you SHOULD check out more than any other are the animated shorts. Starting with Presto, this is the theatrical short that accompanied WALL-E in the cinemas. The premise is a magician trying to pull the classic "rabbit-out-of-the-hat", only the rabbit won't cooperate until he's had his carrot. And BURN-E is the all new animated short that tells the tale of a repair-bot cursed with bad-luck, who was just trying to do his job throughout the course of the film. Both these shorts are absolutely hilarious and are five-minutes of utter perfection.

WALL-E is one of those things that's easily on a par with Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and the rest of Pixar's masterpieces. It is simply a phenomenal film that will appeal to kids, adults and all animation lovers. Do not hesitate to own it.
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on 27 April 2015
I wish there was an option for ten stars. I am usually dubious about people who gush, but halfway through this film I had already decided this was one of my favourite films of all time. I know this already has over 400 reviews and normally when I see that many I don't add mine. I couldn't stop thinking about this film and just had to say how impressed I was by it.

I am not usually persuaded easily, but I literally fell in love with this movie. It had been recommended by someone at work who shares my love of sci fi, it looked like a kids film I wasn't expecting too much from it I was just hoping it was fairly amusing, and not too much aimed at a younger audience.

Wow, what a lovely surprise, I take my hat of to Pixar and Disney, this is an instant classic and reminiscent of ET, which I thought was ok but didn't really love. For a film where there practically no dialogue for the first half, just those sweet lens which form Wall E eyes and the cute little noises he makes which convey so much it is still so watchable. I loved the way Wall E disappeared into his shell when scared, I felt he had somewhat of a little puppy feel to him at times.

The sentiment of the story was so simple with Wall E falling in love with a visiting robot on the deserted Earth he is trying to clean up. It is this meeting that leads to his voyage to her home and, his loveliness that eventually affects the destiny of everyone on board.

I will be buying this immediately, and watching it whenever I feel really cynical.
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Wall-E, as any decent film should, covers a range of topics; the advent of technology and the superseding of raw human values with machinery. Global warming, Capitalism. All these themes neatly fit into what is essentially, a love story. Now...there's something about animated objects which strike the right chord; they pull on the heart strings and, maybe only in my case, that seems to happen mostly in films portraying animals or machines. Wall-E is no exception, and a large degree of success is based around the protagonist's inability to, basically, speak. This inability to speak is every single way round the absolute charm of the film.

What also makes the film slightly more interesting is that the actual nemesis is an A.I programmed robot, which results in the film being about humans versus their own previous actions; there is no real sense of an actual villain, no quintessential good versus evil. The film develops into a wake-me-up; it is a battle to see if the humans can engage with themselves again. Wall-E acts as a catalyst that initiates this process. This all said and done, it really is a love story, one that works extremely well, and one that can be appreciated by all ages.

My only bugbear is that Wall-E should have been left free from dialogue, It works really well, to be honest, the more dialogue there is in the film the less magical it becomes and this is the film's only real criticism. The moment you see humans talking to each other something disappears. It goes from being a unique experience to, a pretty good film. However it still stands as a very well thought out, brilliantly animated and fun film. I'd definitely recommend a watch.
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In the distant future, where human beings have departed from the planet Earth for a state of the art cruiser space ship, a maverick rubbish collecting robot called Wall E is left behind to clean up the mess. Along with the more advanced machine called Eva, Wall E sets to prove that life on Earth is once again sustainable.

Wall E is another impressive outing for Pixar and a worthy addition to their catalogue of animated storytelling. If you thought that animated feature length films were experimental enough, then Wall E is an experiment within an experiment. The storyline may be linear but the sheer portrayal of its mechanical lead characters makes us interact with them in a way that we treat them as humans. The plot, (predictable as it may be) is told in a truly original way. With minimum dialogue and extended scenes, it plays like a silent movie in parts, especially the first fifteen minutes. This is something rare for any modern day, feature length film, let alone an animated one. The risk taken by Pixar succeeds as they effectively manage to capture our senses with something heartfelt and affectionate.

The only criticism is that some of the scenes taking place in the new future proof planet are clustered and too ambitious. Dizzying and full of high tech gadgetry they may be, and even though adult viewers may not mind this; it will probably be too much for younger viewers.

However, the real winner is the lead protagonist Wall E who is both charming and likeable. Ironically Wall E's basic and less advanced infrastructure succeeds in a seemingly more hi tech world. He's a poor mans Johnny 5. Short Circuits' Johnny 5 may have been able to digest a whole reference book in minutes, but Wall E has trouble coping with day to day tasks. This accident prone, goggle eyed specie is effectively a robotic version of Mr. Bean, who is pitiful and admirable at the same time.
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This film was very popular with many people. A lot of critics and many readers think it was the best film Pixar ever produced, which is saying a lot.

However, Amazon customers deserve to have the opportunity to get both sides of the story. Even the best studio cannot please every child every time, and although many kids absolutely loved this film, my children did not.

I'm not writing this review with the intention of slagging off PIXAR, for whom I have a lot of time, or telling those people who think "Wall-E" is brilliant that they're wrong. I'm trying to explain why it doesn't work for all children so that Amazon customers can make a fully informed choice whether to buy it.

So I would ask those people who loved the film and are outraged that anyone might give it less than five stars to resist the temptation to click the "unhelpful" button until you have given those of us whose kids didn't get the same kind of pleasure from "Wall-E" a fair chance to explain why.

For me, applying adult judgement, Pixar are a brilliant outfit who have great production standards, tremendous imagination, an amusing and quirky sense of humour which provides something for adults watching with their offspring, and enormous skill at animation. None of those things were missing from this film. My children have enjoyed everything else Pixar have done - that's an understatement - and I expected them to love this DVD too.

They didn't.

The trouble was that the bleak and lonely start, with the last robot on an abandoned Earth, having been left on his own for centuries as he gradually tidied up a planet humans had messed up, was played just a bit too strongly to work for my seven-year-old children.

The sombre opening reduced my daughter to floods of tears, and after about 20 minutes she gave up and went off, thoroughly depressed, to do something else. My son did watch the whole film, and reported that overall the film was "OK" as there were some "better parts" but this was a much less enthusiastic response than he normally gives PIXAR's offerings.

I think that this illustrates the old saying that no-one can please everyone, and particularly that nobody can please every child. I know that millions of other children loved this film. Unfortunately some didn't like it, and my daughter was among them.

Let me stress - I do NOT intend this review to come over as an attack on this imaginative and brilliantly made film. Nor am I writing this review with the intention of advising other parents not to get this for your children. It's very possible that they will get far more out of the film than my two did.

But if your children are on the soft-hearted and sentimental side, watch it with them, and be ready to put something else on if you do find that your family, like mine, is one for whom this particular film does not work.
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