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The Wordless Wonder - TopTenMM Animation Movie

Updated: Dec 22, 2019


700 years into the future, humans have deserted the planet. The fate of earth lies in the hands of a rusty little robot named Wall-E.


Director:

Andrew Stanton

Writers:

Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Stars:

Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin


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700 years into the future, humans have deserted the planet. The fate of earth lies in the hands of a rusty little robot named Wall-E.


Pixar’s 2008 animated film, Wall-E follows the love story of two adorable robots - Wall-E, the only citizen on earth, who spends his days collecting and crunching trash, with his cockroach sidekick, and EVE, a modern, sleek and agile droid sent to earth by the humans now resident in space.


Years after its release, this film still manages to keep us wide-eyed at the insanely intricate animation of the solar system and the desolate city landscapes. And it still warms hearts with one of the most touching love stories in animation history. Wall-E is a perfect example of how Pixar manages to convey emotion through visuals and sound. From Finding Nemo (2003) to Ratatouille (2007), a magical combination of colour, music, cinematography and set design is being used to move audiences and touch hearts.

Wall-E is a perfect example of how Pixar manages to convey emotion through visuals and sound.

But something about Wall-E makes it extra special. Director and writer, Andrew Stanton accomplishes sophisticated storytelling, never seen before in animation. The film has been critically acclaimed as “cinematic art”. He manages to stimulate emotion in the audience without the crutch of dialogue! Both robots do not even have mouths; their love story is told through expressions and actions alone. We must recognise the difficulty of this for the filmmakers and acknowledge the exceptional work of the team to not only create an interesting storyline, but also present one of the most loved relationships in any of the Pixar movies.


Wall-E’s puppy-dog like eyes and happy-go-lucky way about him, as he cruises along, makes him a profoundly lovable character. His curious nature and his interest in humanity is illustrated through his collections of spoons, toasters and cassettes that he cherishes with a child-like glee. He even hangs his tracks up after his day at work, as we would take our shoes off!


Whilst the film is a sci-fi love story, it also has a strong environmental message. It foreshadows what may happen if human laziness and lack of concern for the earth continues. It’s vision of the earth is a vastly different place to what we think it to be - a bleak wasteland, congested with trash towers and remains of a negligent society; clearly uninhabitable.


When humans abandon the earth, they end up as fat blobs floating on a ship somewhere in space. They succumb to the luxuries of floating chairs, “lunch in a cup” and robots aiding their every move. They live zero-activity, jobless, ‘problem-free’ lives.


In that sense, Wall-E, whilst being a playful, entertaining film, also explores a dystopian world and shows us a dying, neglected planet and a degenerate race - a powerful and timeless message from a timeless film.

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