Pixar did it again. Most of you will probably have seen their previous films like Monsters Inc. or The Incredibles (as superhero fans you should at least have seen this one) and are probably by now familiar with the unique perspective of the Californian creative team. Their movies combine adult and child friendly entertainment in a way that is never dull for either side. So it is no surprise, that WALL-E does again just that.
Of course not only the children among the viewers will respond to the cute and cuddly look of the little robot protagonist, but that’s not what makes WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) so unique. He is the last of his kind on the planet Earth and he passes his time by compressing waste to little cubes, which he stacks on top of each other in order to create enormous structures. While the other robots of his class seem to have stopped working over the years, WALL-E has managed to stay “alive” by repairing himself. Over time he also seems to have developed a personality and he has started to collect trinkets of all kinds in his hangar. All is normal in the mechanical workers life, when suddenly a spacecraft appears out of nowhere and releases another robotic unit on the earth’s surface and WALL-E’s repetitive life suddenly takes a surprising twist.
As I said before, not only the visual component is responsible for the movie’s success, but the creators are also trying to raise awareness by tackling an important question of our everyday lives. What happens to all the waste we produce everyday and where will it lead us if we don’t start to pay attention to our environment? Sure, the movie will not give a perfect answer to these questions and it will only graze the surface of the real problems, but at least it has a message in it, which most entertainment directed at children seems to lack these days.
The only thing one might reproach the movie is the lack of dialogue in the beginning. It sadly dumbs down the whole experience a little even if it fits the story. But that’s not really a big deal and all in all WALL-E is one of those films you can show your kids without a speck of doubt on your mind. And of course the humor and stunning visuals will also keep the adults entertained for many viewings. Two thumbs up!