Wow, just wow. I just got back from a screening of the new Disney/Pixar Movie WALL•E and once again Pixar has amazed me beyond belief. For those who haven’t seen this movie yet, I’ll try to keep this post void of spoilers.
The Basic Plot
WALL•E sets the stage by showing an Earth overrun by consumerism and an Earth incapable of maintaining life as we know it. Those humans that remain in existence construct an ingenious plan to leave the planet Earth and wait for their WALL•E robots to remove all the pollution which is hindering life growth. Over the following 700 years, a single WALL•E remains in operation and continues to fulfill its robotic duties. However, unlike the traditionally robot we know, this interesting little fellow seems to have adapted humanistic characteristics which he learned from watching a VHS version of Hello Dolly. This is when the true story unfolds.
Now please don’t just think this is a child’s movie because it truly isn’t. Any age child, adult, old-folk can enjoy this movie. Standing back and realizing the true work of art this film is, makes it even more of an excellent film, specially since much of the movie is silent (of voice).
One instance that surprised me was the fact that the creators used Broadway music in this movie (and they used it very well). Some musical minded people might have noticed what was WALL•E was watching and humming during the movie. Of course, he was watching Hello Dolly and was humming the song Put on You Sunday Clothes (for those who are wondering, the love song is It Only Takes A Moment). Jerry Herman himself explains his reaction very well. stating, “It really blew me away. You’re talking to someone still in a haze. I couldn’t believe how beautifully the songs expressed the entire intent of the film.” Later he explained, ” [I was] not aware of how the songs were going to be used”; [I] was thinking something along the lines of background music.” Oddly enough the pieces that were used fit fantastically into the movie’s vibe.
Another topic this movie brings up is “Where are we headed?” In the current era we are in now, most people could not watch this movie without thinking, “This might just be where we are headed.” Bringing this revelation to our minds could even have the power to change how we think and how we treat our planet and life on our planet.
Hopefully everybody checks out WALL•E in theaters before its DVD release on November 4th 2008. Even thought, I’m sure that I’ll also be buying the DVD (and I’m sure I’m not alone).