Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wall·E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)


The title is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class, and it refers to a lonely, diminutive cross between E.T. and Chaplin's Tramp, only ten times more adorable and a robot. For the most part, the Pixar team eschew dialogue, and with it the stale snark and pandering that plagues much of contemporary animation. Their film is as imaginative, melancholy-joyous and entrancing as anything since at least Toy Story 2, and what's more, in theatres at least, it is preceded by Presto, the most ingenious piece of animation (forgive all this hyperbole) since the Looney Tunes.

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