Monday, September 21, 2009

Pop corn: Wall-E

Now i am a sucker for animation! I love the way it provides an escape to another world that most of us don't even have the imagination to even think about. In the last 20years animation has certainally grown in leaps and bounds with the disney renassense (sorry i know my spelling is shocking, i hope u'r able to recognise what i'm trying to spell there), starting in 1989 with The Little Mermaid, the introduction (and almost total reliance) of computer animation from the classic Toy Story, and the creation of rivals, dreamworks animation, and sony pictures (the ice age films) to combat the long running disney dominance. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about one of my new favourites in this genre: Wall-E!
One of Pixar's latest offerings and possibly one of the top 5best animated films ever! We meet Wall-E (waste allocation load lifter - Earth class) 700 years into the future. We find the earth overrun with rubbish and the humans have fled to space for safety. Wall-E then hitches a ride to space when his dream bot (EVE) captures his attention, leading him on the journey of a life time!
what makes this story so special and captivating is not just the animation, the characters, the story, the score or the brilliant sound the film produces, it's a combination of all of the above. My favourite scene from the movie is (stop reading if u haven't watched it people) when EVE has fixed Wall-E and is waiting for him to respond. Nothing. He stares blankly into space and carries on with his job. You're heart almost breaks for the robot you have so come to adore over the last hour and a half. You find yourself saying "please please please, come on, come on" encouraging the screen to give u a positive outcome... And it does. When Wall-E doesn't let go of EVE's hand, then moves his eyes up and down, a smile broadens my face and all is well again.
It's brilliance also lies very much within the incredible sounds the robots make use of in order to speak. I must say that the movie's only fault is the human design. I found it too "plain" for the rest of the movie and felt that it was nearly too different from the seamless animation of the rest me the film, however, there are just too many good points for me to dwell on the negative. Well done Pixar. U did it again. Wall-E scores a 9/10

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