WALL-E (stylized with an interpunct as WALL·E) is a 2008 American computer-animated post-apocalyptic science fiction romance film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton, produced by Jim Morris, and co-written by Jim Reardon. It stars the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, and Sigourney Weaver, with Fred Willard in the film's (and Pixar's) only prominent live-action role. The overall ninth feature film produced by the company, WALL·E premiered at Los Angeles on June 23, 2008 and was released in the United States on June 27, 2008.
WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.
Why It Rocks
- The concept of a film about a lonely robot that finds a plant and goes to a Buy N Large's ship the Axiom in order to get back to Earth is incredibly interesting.
- Wall-E is absolutely a very likable, and memorable protagonist that you can care about, Although he can barely speak and only says a few words, his actions let us know exactly what he's feeling and thinking.
- EVE is also an amazing character too, she gives a lot of great character development, she starts off as a total jerk to Wall-E before she became friends with Wall-E after she finds out that Wall-E actually has his plant.
- And even apart from them, almost every robot in the film is complex, well-developed, and has an intricate personality besides what they were programmed to do.
- There are plenty of funny moments throughout the whole movie.
- The scene where Shelby Forthright secretly feared that planet Earth is that the air was too toxic to supply life on Earth, so he decided to cancel the operation and let mankind live in space forever with a directive A-113 to all of the Autopilots and telling them not to go back to Earth is very horrifying and depressing.
- There are tons of amazing lines, such as when SECUR-T says "Wrong.", and Autobot yells "Give me the plant!".
- Amazing soundtrack that was composed by Thomas Newman, who also composed Finding Nemo.
- It has a great mix of science-fiction, drama, romance, and comedy.
- Songs from the movie Hello, Dolly!, such as Put On Your Sunday Clothes and It Only Takes a Moment really connect with the movie and make it even more entertaining.
- It has several positive messages about relationships and the environment.
- Andrew Stanton's writing and directing are brilliant.
- The post credit scene when Wall-E fixes Luxo's light bulb which is nice and Wall-E turned into letter R, which is nice.
The Only Bad Quality
- Unlike the other robots, AUTO, the main villain, feels rather poorly developed and lacks a proper motive for his actions.
WALL·E was critically acclaim for its animation, story, voice acting, characters, visuals, score, use of minimal dialogue, and romantic relationship between WALL-E and EVE. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 95% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 259 reviews, with an average rating of 8.55/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Wall-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers—and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext." At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 95/100 based on 39 representing "universal acclaim".
- Following Pixar tradition, the film was paired with a short film titled Presto for its theatrical release.