What is it about Pixar that they are able to take a project and knock it out of the park every single time? Sure, not all of their films are works of brilliance, but they all bring something to the table that will keep you coming back for more. Whether it is the quality animation, the characters, the stories, or some combination of it all, there is a reason to revisit these films.
They transcend mere animated films and become something wholly different. So, it is with great anticipation that I approach each new film from this first rate firm, and very rarely am I disappointed (and when I am, it is still not enough to make it a bad film).
It is the rare film that can elicit such childlike glee as this one did. I remember when I saw the first Wall*E trailer my jaw dropped. The first thing that hit me was the animation — it was absolutely gorgeous, the amount of detail that went into every corner of the frame was mind-boggling. Beyond the animation, the title character - striking a cross between ET and Johnny Five while still feeling new and fresh - just captured my imagination; the innocence and curiosity that he possessed made me want to see more of him and his world. I am happy to report that the film does not disappoint.
In a future where humanity has consumed so much and wasted so much more, the planet has become so filled with refuse that all of humanity has hopped on luxury space liners and fled for the stars, leaving behind a fleet of Wall*E (Weight Allocation Lift Loader-Earth Class) robots to clean up in their absence. However, the project turned out to be considerably larger than had been anticipated.
Our story picks up hundreds of years into the future. Wall*E is working alone. Day after day he goes through the motions of compacting trash and arranging it into skyscraper-like piles. It is a thankless, dirty job, but one he is particularly good at. Fortunately, in the future these advanced robotic creations come complete with personalities, and Wall*E is curious. He collects things that interest him from the trash; he watches a well worn VHS tape of Hello Dolly, and he has befriended a cockroach (it's true, those things will outlast everyone).