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This film has been preserved in the National Film Registry in 2021.

This article is dedicated to Justin Wright (March 8, 1981 – March 18, 2008), and Fred Willard (September 18, 1933 - May 15, 2020).
WALL-E
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🎵🎶"Put on your Sunday clothes, there's lots of world out there."🎵🎶
Genre: Animated
Science Fiction
Romance
Directed By: Andrew Stanton
Produced By: Jim Morris
Written By: Andrew Stanton
Pete Docter
Starring: Ben Burtt
Elissa Knight
Jeff Garlin
Fred Willard
John Ratzenberger
Kathy Najimy
Sigourney Weaver
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky
Danielle Feinberg
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: June 23, 2008 (Los Angeles)
June 27, 2008 (United States)
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $180 million
Box Office: $521.3 million


"WALL•E proves to this generation and beyond that the film medium's only true boundaries are the human imagination. Writer/director Andrew Stanton and his team have created a classic screen character from a metal trash compactor who rides to the rescue of a planet buried in the debris that embodies the broken promise of American life. Not since Chaplin's "Little Tramp" has so much story—so much emotion—been conveyed without words. When hope arrives in the form of a seedling, the film blossoms into one of the great screen romances as two robots remind audiences of the beating heart in all of us that yearns for humanity—and love—in the darkest of landscapes."
- The American Film Institute's jury rationale.
"Is WALL-E the perfect film? It may not be the absolute best of all time, everyone's opinions are different on that front, but what it achieves and the messages it tries to tell are some of the greatest forms of story-telling to ever be produced. From the characters, the cinematography, the animation, the editing and the music, WALL-E is a beautiful film, and I strongly implore anyone who hasn't to do themselves a favour and go watch it. To me, WALL-E is a perfect film."
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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 BurttElissa KnightJeff GarlinFred WillardJohn RatzenbergerKathy Najimy, and Sigourney Weaver, with Fred Willard in the film's (and Pixar's) only prominent live-action role, though many characters are primarily animated. 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.

Plot

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 There's Lots Of World Out There

  1. The concept of a film about a robot finding a plant on a post-apocalyptic version of Earth and setting off on an adventure to convince the remaining humans, who have long left the planet, to return is incredibly original and interesting, as expected from Pixar.
  2. The characteristics are all done extremely well, with them coming across as interesting, likable and well-written:
    • WALL-E is an extremely likable and memorable protagonist. 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 an amazing character too, getting a lot of great character development. At first, she starts off as a total jerk to WALL-E before she becomes friends with him after finding out that he has a plant. As with WALL-E, she also barely speaks and can only form certain words, but we still know what she's thinking through her actions.
    • In fact, almost every robot in the film is complex, well-developed, and has an interesting and colorful personality besides what they were programmed to do (i.e., M-O is a neat freak obsessed with keeping everything clean, GO-4 is sly and fickle, etc.).
    • One human character, Captain B. McCrea (Jeff Garlin), the commanding officer—though a mere figurehead—of the Axiom is a good and reliable character, and the moment where he stands up for the first time in years and shuts down AUTO is downright epic.
  3. The animation is absolutely beautiful and is a massive step-up from the animation in many Pixar movies before this one, with a lot of the scenes having beautiful visuals, most notably in the Define Dancing scene where WALL-E and EVE fly around in space.
  4. There are plenty of funny moments throughout the whole movie.
  5. The scene where Shelby Forthright secretly feared that the air was too toxic to supply life on Earth and decided to cancel Operation Cleanup and let mankind live in space forever with a directive (A113, more on that later) to all of the autopilots and telling them not to go back to Earth is very horrifying and depressing.
  6. Romantic ship: Like Up, Cars, Ratatouille and Toy Story, WALL-E and Eve have perfect chemistry, especially the scene where they dance through space.
  7. Tons of amazing lines including, but not limited to:
    • "Wrong."
    • "Give me the plant."
    • "I don't want to survive! I want to live!"
    • "EVA?"
  8. Amazing soundtrack that was composed by Thomas Newman, who also composed Finding Nemo.
    • Many of the musical scores that were done by him are great too, such as Define Dancing.
    • Peter Gabriel's Down To Earth that plays at the end credits is also amazing.
  9. It has a great mix of science-fiction, drama, romance, and comedy.
  10. 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.
  11. It has several positive messages about relationships and the environment. Showing us that we can either harm or heal the world.
  12. Andrew Stanton's writing and directing are brilliant.
  13. There's a post credit scene where WALL-E fixes Luxo's light bulb and takes the letter R's place, which is nice.
  14. The film takes full advantage of the technique "Show, don't tell!" and uses it to great extent. In fact, apart from lines consisting of few words from WALL-E and EVE, we don't get to hear full sentences until 30 minutes into the movie, when the human characters are introduced.
  15. A common easter egg found throughout Pixar's films, A113, can also be found here; but is the only film to actually feature it in a prominent role (taking on the form of the directive given by Shelby Forthright to prevent the Axiom from returning to Earth), and fits really well into it too.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. AUTO, while a passable twist villain, feels bland and weak due to his lack of an interesting motive for his actions (all we really get for that is his programming telling him that they couldn't return to Earth rather than his own free will) which is especially disappointing given how almost every other robot in the movie has a unique personality independent of what they were originally programmed for, and he is also very similar to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although this isn't the case, since he is actually doing for his job, therefore not a primary villain. Check here to see how not all the antagonists are evil, according to Pixar Wiki.

Reception

WALL·E was critically acclaimed 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".

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times named WALL-E "an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment, and a decent science-fiction story" and said the scarcity of dialogue would allow it to "cross language barriers" in a manner appropriate to the global theme, and noted it would appeal to adults and children. He praised the animation, describing the color palette as "bright and cheerful ... and a little bit realistic", and that Pixar managed to generate a "curious" regard for the WALL-E, comparing his "rusty and hard-working and plucky" design favorably to more obvious attempts at creating "lovable" lead characters. He said WALL-E was concerned with ideas rather than spectacle, saying it would trigger stimulating "little thoughts for the younger viewers." He named it as one of his twenty favorite films of 2008 and argued it was "the best science-fiction movie in years".

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Trivia

  • WALL-E is the first movie of both Disney and Pixar to join the prestigious Criterion Collection.
  • Continuing a Pixar tradition, the film was paired with a short film titled Presto for its theatrical and home video release.
  • This is the first Pixar film to completely abandon the 1995-2007 Walt Disney Pictures logo used since Toy Story in favor of the standard Disney logo (a realistic-looking Cinderella Castle from Walt Disney World in front of a night sky; originally it was a white stylized castle covered with thin blue horizontal stripes under a curved line in front of a blue background) typical of the more recent Disney films, although the 1995-2007 logo is uses for the first teaser trailer.
  • As of 2022, this film and Shrek are the only best animated feature award-winning films preserved in the National Film Registry.
  • It is the first Pixar film to have titular protagonists, with the character in this movie being WALL-E. The second was Luca thirteen years later.
    • While Nemo is the titular character in Finding Nemo, he is actually the tritagonist in the movie.
  • Small quantities of merchandise were sold for WALL-E, as Cars items were still popular, and many manufacturers were more interested in Speed Racer, which was a successful product line despite the film's failure at the box office. Thinkway, which created the WALL-E toys, had previously made Toy Story dolls when other toy producers had not shown an interest. On February 4, 2015, Lego announced that a WALL-E custom built by lead animator Angus MacLane was the latest design approved for mass production and release as part of Lego Ideas.


Pixar Animation Studios
Movies:

Toy Story - A Bug's Life - Toy Story 2 - Monsters, Inc. - Finding Nemo - The Incredibles - Cars - Ratatouille - WALL-E - Up - Toy Story 3 - Cars 2 - Brave - Monsters University - Inside Out - The Good Dinosaur - Finding Dory - Cars 3 - Coco - Incredibles 2 - Toy Story 4 - Onward - Soul - Luca - Turning Red - Lightyear - Elemental - Elio - Inside Out 2

Short movies:

Theatrical short films:

The Adventures of André and Wally B. - Luxo Jr. - Red's Dream - Tin Toy - Knick Knack - Geri's Game - For the Birds - Boundin' - One Man Band - Lifted - Presto - Partly Cloudy - Day & Night - La Luna - The Blue Umbrella - Lava - Sanjay's Super Team - Piper - Lou - Bao

SparkShorts series:

Purl - Smash and Grab - Kitbull - Float - Wind - Loop - Out - Burrow - Twenty Something - Nona

Feature-related:

Mike's New Car - Jack-Jack Attack - Mr. Incredible and Pals - Mater and the Ghostlight - Your Friend the Rat - BURN-E - Dug's Special Mission - George and A.J. - The Legend of Mor'du - Party Central - Riley's First Date? - Marine Life Interviews - Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool - Auntie Edna - Lamp Life - 22 vs. Earth - Ciao Alberto

Short series:

Cars Toons:

Mater's Tall Tales:

Rescue Squad Mater - Mater the Greater - El Materdor - Tokyo Mater - Unidentified Flying Mater - Monster Truck Mater - Heavy Metal Mater - Moon Mater - Mater Private Eye - Air Mater - Time Travel Mater

Tales from Radiator Springs:

Hiccups - Bugged - Spinning - The Radiator Springs 500½

Toy Story Toons:

Hawaiian Vacation - Small Fry - Partysaurus Rex

Forky Asks a Question:

What Is Money? - What Is a Friend? - What Is Art? - What Is Time - What Is Love? - What Is a Computer? - What Is a Leader? - What Is a Pet? - What Is Cheese? - What Is Reading?

Pixar Popcorn:

To Fitness and Beyond - Unparalleled Parking - Dory Finding - Soul of the City - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Love - Chore Day the Incredibles Way - A Day in the Life of the Dead - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Three Heads - Dancing with the Cars - Cookie Num Num

Dug Days:

Squirrel! - Puppies - Flowers - Smell - Science

Television series:

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (co-production) - Monsters at Work - Cars On The Road - Win or Lose

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