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About that AICN WALL*E Screening Tonight...

Hey folks, Harry here... I can't tell you about arguably the best film Walt Disney has ever had its name on - and I certainly can't go into how it is one of the absolute best hard science fiction films made in my adult life - and I won't be able to go on and on about how it's an incredible work of speculative future mythology the likes of which, I've never seen... whilst also being wildly entertaining and thought-provoking to literally all ages. I can't go into any of that, because I am under Embargo till the day of release. And the host of reviews that are coming in from our screening tonight... well, they're Embargoed right now too... even though they say things like:

"Masterpiece. That's it. That's truth in one word. WALL*E is a masterpiece. It tells its story with economy, with little dialogue, but there is no question what is going on. It's like a Buster Keaton silent film mixed with the wonder of the original STAR WARS and the morals of the best fables, except this moral is an imperative one, and one to which we must pay attention. It's emotional, but not overly so. For children, it is instantly accessible, maybe more so than a film with more dialogue, because it's from the character's actions that the story is propelled. WALL*E and EVE and the rest of the robots are unique characters and they do it with deeds, not words." - Nordling


"This film is gorgeous. The scenes in the trailer don't even approach how amazingly beautiful the film is. I teared up three times during the movie. Twice was due to the story, but one time was just from how amazingly unbelievably gorgeous the film is. And these were scenes I'd seen before at BNAT! Some of them are even in the trailers I've seen dozens of times! They were still amazing enough that I cried just from how beautiful they were." - The Abstruse One


"Thanks to Pixar, I have no choice but to go into wild, unrestrained hyperbole regarding their new film, the animated sci-fi adventure love story titled Wall-E. Ready? Here we go. Visionary. Emotional. Fantastic. A Must-See. A Thrill Ride. Romantic. Eye-Popping. Incredible. Instant Classic. The best Pixar film ever made. Let that sink in for a minute. The best. THE. BEST." - John Gholson

However - what I can tell you about was the audience reaction tonight. I had about 15 Families with kids there tonight. The rest of the audience was pretty hardcore science fiction geeks ages ranging from their twenties to their sixties. People that love their BLADE RUNNER, SILENT RUNNING, ROBOCOP, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, STAR WARS & 2001 fans. I had folks that grew up with The Next Generation, Babylon 5, SeaQuest DSV and that sort of stuff. There were also folks that loved ASTRO BOY, GIGANTOR, TOBOR THE EIGHTMAN, Then there were far more of the audience that were card carrying passionate lovers of Asimov, Heinlein, Gibson, Phillip K. Dick, Ellison and the other classic authors of speculative fiction and science fiction. We had a man working on the next generation of Hybrid cars for a major automotive company - that drove 9 hours from a secret location. I had a group of 5 friends that work at NASA. And then of course I had a few Pixar mega-geeks. But they were in the minority. I can't tell you about the audience during the film... for me, I had only the screen and my own consciousness... which was some 700 years into the future. But when the movie ended there was thunderous applause. Myself - there were at least 6 moments of applause throughout the film. But then the credits ran... and the end credits are kinda masterful in their own rite - and after all the credits ran... after the last frame in the gate ran through... the audience thunderously applauded again - and in a daze I turned around to see 220 people in their seats - stunned. Dazed. Goofy grins, slack jaws and utterly flabbergasted - because nothing they saw in trailers, nothing from the posters and all the "cute" bits with WALL*E prepared them for just how awe-inspiring and brilliant the film that had just played... played. Afterwards, kids were playing like WALL*E and adults were having high-minded conversations about the science fiction, mythological elements and the romance. Their faces were windswepted and when everyone walked out of the theater - we pretty much all looked up at the sky with wonder.

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  • June 16, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by Striking Writer

    I just yesterday found out Wall*E isn't going to make it to Australian cinemas until September 11...after months of following the news here and watching and re-watching the trailers and then watching them one more time, my hopes have been cruelly dashed. The whole damn world gets to see this movie months before me :( Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyy? Now you're all going to be telling me how good it is and I won't be able to see it! Its like bart being banned from the itchy and scratchy movie! Why Pixar? Damn you why? I'm going off for a good cry.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    I can't wait!

    by red_weed

    But i have to becaus eit isn't released in Australia till mid September!!! FUCCKKKK!!!!!

  • June 16, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to screen this in digital at my theatre on the 25th..

    by JackLucas

    I know this site has been known for its off the charts hype in the past, but something tells me this time it is warranted. I can't wait to fire up the DLP on the 25th and find out for myself. It's going to be nice to have this and Hellboy II to hold us all over until July 18th when... well... we all know what happens on July 18th.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Striking Writer

    by red_weed

    I feel you pain. This is agony. Pixar films are always dumped here months late. It's infuriating.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    So it's better than the happening?

    by ChuckImania

    Psh, no way....

  • June 16, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    I can't be that good.

    by 2sdaychicken

    It just won't.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Been waiting since BNAT to see this!!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Seriously, one of the highlights of BNAT 9 was seeing the exclusive WALL*E... <p>and then, right after, seeing a bigger than life-sized Harry on the screen in front of me in a bad-ass, red BnL jacket the Pixar folks gave him... and mind you, I was right in the front row at BNAT, so it was quite huge.<p>BTW, not to shill for any particular corporation, but Best Buy is doing a cool promotion right now wherein you get a free ticket to see WALL*E with the purchase of certain Disney DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, games and CDs. I picked up a couple of Disney films my wife and I didn't have in our collection... and got two tickets. Great deal!<p>I can't wait to see this on opening day!! Thanks for the review, Harry. It sounds like it was an awesome screening.

  • June 16, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I meant "one of the highlights of BNAT 9 was seeing exclusive WALL*E **CLIPS**." <p>I *wish* we could have seen the whole film at BNAT, but I'm sure it was far from fully complete in early December.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    I've never actually understood

    by Napoleon Park

    applause in a movie theatre. It's not live theater. I mean if the directer is there at a debut, that's one thing...<p>I've been at movies that were so good they got applause at the end. (2001, roger Rabbit) Some that got applause in the middle - the Millenium Falcon jump to warp speed or whatever they called it in Star Wars. I just never "got it". it's not a standing ovation if everyone getting up to leave anyway.<p>It's like a zen koan - "What if a theater full of people applaud but no one responiible for what's being appluaded is there to hear?"<p>Laughter I get. Crying at a tear jerker, sure. But applause?

  • June 16, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by antonphd

    I loved RATATOUILLE to the point of deciding to learn to cook and planning out a vacation to France. I can just watch that film nonstop. I love it. When I saw the trailer for Wall*E I went into a kind of slow motion stunned limbo... I was thinking about RATATOUILLE and extrapolating what Wall*E would be. I quickly decided that it just wasn't possible for Pixar to shoot any higher. But I could see the potential for what could be one of my favorite films of all time. Right there in the form of that little waste management robot. The nuance that was already there in the little teaser trailer. I work in game development and I dream of making a futuristic science fiction game about being a robot... and I know that I can't make the game I want because I know it won't sell well enough... and seeing what could be my own dream realised in a Pixar movie... I'm really looking forward with both excitement and nervousness... and all the more after this review.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Lion King

    by Massive_Bereavement

    Being superior to Lion King is hardly a stretch of the imagination, on account of Lion King actually being a shit film.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I see what you did there...very good

    by Massive_Bereavement

    Ahhh so you've seen the film then I take it? You must have done to be able to qualify it inferior to the charmless, clichéd, utterly unimaginative, Lion King. One moment of pre-requisite poignancy does not a good film make.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST



    you know... go in thinking SHORT CIRCUIT reboot. Go ahead. And if you think Simba and Daddy was hard - just wait and see.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Going back to my previous point again...

    by Massive_Bereavement

    Have you actually seen the film yet then? Unless you have, making these absolute statements is a bit daft. I agree with one point though. It'll have to be one hell of a film to beat The Incredibles.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Short Circuit

    by Massive_Bereavement

    If ever there was an example of why not to trust the nostalgia of youth, it's Short Circuit. Loved the film as a kid. Watched it again recently and it was utterly, unutterably shite. Such a bare faced attempt to emulate ET, only with added bare-faced racism thrown into the mix. Makes Mac and Me look like a masterpiece.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I had no idea what this movie was about and than I saw the trailer and was instantly intrigued. I have since put it out of sight out of mind because of the other films that have been coming out and of course The Dark Knight. In all the years I've been coming here I've seen you Harry get excited about films but I really feel your excitement from reading that and well you got me pumped to see this.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST

    phoenixmagi2 - strike 1


    way wrong

  • June 16, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    when dealing with emotion of robots...

    by Massive_Bereavement

    ...a sense of allegory or metaphor can help. I didn't feel much emotional investment with any of the characters in Lion King. They were all so thinly drawn, and again just charmless. Disney cookie cutter material. If you give that character heart, a spark of life, empathy, individuality, then I might feel for them. Alas, Disney all to often tend to bypass this in order to appeal to a completely broad, homogenised demographic. They play it too safe, too often, and as a result, more often than not we get the American golden boy persona, with a few tear jerking moments thrown in to comply with the Disney patented formula. If you ask me, this is why Disney ended up losing their way.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Wall-E is stunning

    by Heleno

    Utterly, utterly stunning. It's significantly better than The Lion King and doesn't even belong on the same planet as Short Circuit. But Harry, please cut back on your use of elipses and dashes. You're writing like William T. Kirk talks.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    The list of low quality, cookie cutter, robot films that studios churn out is endless. There' me a minute here...what Wars? No, wait! The Invisible Boy - Ha! studio retards and Wall-E (when I actually see it) will be no different, mark my words!

  • June 16, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST


    by andrew1911uk

    Making statements about a film you haven't seen yet is the height of arrogance.<p> At least do Harry the courtesy of respecting his (AND the other reviewers) comments until you've seen the damn film.<p> And then, if you have a different opinion you can make an informed judgement. Otherwise you're just a blowhard.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    phoenixmagi2 you will feel like a fool

    by master bitchfist

    phoenixmagi2 you will feel like a fool when you actually see this film and realize not only is this the best pixar film, it is the best film of 2008. and if you don't realize that. then you have no soul sir.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Phoenixmagi2, you twat

    by Lemming

    Incredibles was a good film, but the praise your throwing at it (ie. not believing a film could be better THAT YOU HAVE YET TO SEE) is fucking retarded.

  • June 16, 2008, 5 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Why do u feel the need to be such a fucking prick!?! Harry can give any opinion he feels like on this site, because it's his! So if u dont like these opinions and passionate reviews then fuck off to a different site and get those fuckers down with your negative views and opinions. As far as i'm concerned you can go suck a chlamydia filled cock!

  • June 16, 2008, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I would go on record that WALL*E


    is far greater than THE INCREDIBLES. And while the ads are selling the film to families - everything you've seen in an ad is from about the first 3rd of the film. And you haven't a clue what the film is actually about.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by Jimmie Dimmick

    [QUOTE]Making statements about a film you haven't seen yet is the height of arrogance.[/QUOTE] <BR><BR> You're new here, ain't ya?

  • June 16, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Jimmie Dimmick

    Careful there pal. You might want to look up what "Embargo" means for movie reviews. You don't want to piss off the Mousehouse and Pixar.<BR><BR>Your iPhone might stop working!

  • June 16, 2008, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Embargo, huh?

    by Nordling

    Oh well. Grumble.<P>These next 11 days are gonna be rough. I must see this again.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    no iPhone for me


    until they become available for SPRINT

  • June 16, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    And, yes. This is the best film Pixar's yet made.

    by Nordling

    I honestly don't know how it would be possible to top this.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Glad to hear such positive stuff.

    by mrfan

    Looking forward to it. Thanks.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Wall*E was great...

    by Backstage Larry

    But I still like The Incredibles more, I still stand by the fact that it's one of the best superhero movies ever made. But not like it matters, we should all just count ourselves lucky that there is a studio like Pixar out there making excellent films that will stand the test of time like these.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST


    by andrew1911uk

    Sadly, no.........assholes that mouth off with no basis for argument just piss me off.<p> I'm all for a difference of opinion but that guy was really an assclown.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    "authors of speculative science fiction"

    by cornponious

    you forgot Peter F. Hamilton.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Also cock

    by cornponious

  • June 16, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Gotta wait til fucking September! Agh!

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    Fuck you, Disney international release strategies.

  • June 16, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST


    by Gabba-UK

    It might be OK then? Thats good, was so worried it might suck. NOT!!

  • June 16, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    A Tall One

    by NudeandAroused

    Those are some pretty impressive words about a movie. Toy Story I and II are two of the very best. Must say that the trailers have me very interested.

  • June 16, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    September 5th

    by TheNorthlander

    That's when this movie opens over here. No wonder piracy is so big here.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    by gp3000

    Whiny, Since the first Toy Story, I felt the same way about Pixar movies until I saw Ratatouille, which seemed more adult-oriented. Looks like Wall-e will even top it. I've been hooked since the first trailer. Love movies with little talk and kids probably will enjoy it too.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    It may be better but it wouldn't be as popular.

    by Desmondo

    Toy Story was landmark obviously. <br/> Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo still came at a time when a Pixar CGI film was a big deal. <br/> The impact of films like this has been severly lessened by the onslaught of mediocre CGI kids films that come out every week with celebrity voices. I remember when a Pixar film release had a real sense of being a big event. <br/> Despite Ratatouielle being so incredibly charming and brilliant, it did well, made money, but then in the mainstream was quickly forgotten. <p> The cinema-goers desire for CGI movies is lessening, and Pixars brilliant storytelling and eye for beautiful animation has been tainted by so many other lesser films. <p> Wall-E will clearly make big bucks, but I don't think it will placed in the same sentence as Toy Story, and will probably fall of the radar not long after. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear this getting to be the case.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Keeping things in proportion...

    by quantize

    well after Harry described that bucket of steaming cheap trick turd Cloverfield as 'genre-redefining' his opinion is irrelevant to me, and the squirting and blubbering of self ascribed 'geeks' in a shared orgasm of cinematic genius also makes anyone with a sense of proportion queasy...having said's Pixar, this is a great theme for them to explore and I'm sure it's a fine movie. But the group ejaculations mean fuck all to anyone with a brain.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I'm curious is it like...

    by Kizeesh

    Th beep! beep! honk-if-you're-horny robot cartoon strip? That brought me to tears.<p> You can find the originals here <p> but there's also a version with the frames put to music on youtube here.. <p> If it is then My God am I there...

  • June 16, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Wow, high praise Harry!

    by Deathpool

    I certainly hope it lives up to your words. Everything I've seen of Wall*E looks great, but better than the Incredibles? I hope you're right! And though he seems to be gone at the moment, Phoenix, don't be a douchebag. So Harry liked movies that others didn't like Godzilla, big whoop. If you don't respect his opinions, then why even be here and post here? That's kind of dumb. And would it really be a bad thing if Wall*E was better than The Incredibles, better than any Disney movie before it? That doesn't make those other movies suddenly become bad, they're still fantastic in their own right. I'll never understand that mentality that some people display. More awesome movies is good for everyone. I know this might seem like a bit of a suck-up to Harry, but he gets shit on by asshats so much it seems, I wanted him to see not everyone is out to make lame fat jokes and that people around here still love to hear his unabased enthusiasm for movies.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I love superlative Harry...

    by skycrapper

    You evoke the greatness of the original Star Wars? I love Pixar and all but that is high praise indeed.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Some people just don't deserve to see great movies

    by performingmonkey

    phoenixmagi2, along with all the other know-it-all cunts on here, is one of them. You all masturbate to '2 girls 1 cup'.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Blatant Backhanded Rave.....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    YOU BROKE THE DEAL!!! P.S.: Harry, if you have Sprint, that means we can talk anytime for free. Just don't text often, i dont gots unlimited.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by Grendy

    I guess people just got up, had a bowl of Shitty Flakes and decided to be pricks to, A: people they don't know and will never meet, because they saw a movie before them, B: a movie they have not yet seen. I can't get behind just a bunch of random dickheadedness. Why? Come on boys, did none of you see Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back? Don't keep making Smith's points for him. As for the movie itself, I saw those clips at BNAT 9 (which I was thankful to be going to)...and I teared up at certain parts of them. At this rate, I may need a hanky to go see the whole film. I am glad it's getting positive reviews from some people I know from BNAT, some of them are grouchy towards Pixar films, and kids' films in this makes me think Pixar has probably knocked one outta the park. All you cranky boys need to just get over yourselves, wait 'til it comes out, and make your own decisions about it.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by Elemeno Pee

    I can't believe I'm first!

  • June 16, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    WALL*E sequel? Beaver*Bot!

    by Ninja Nerd

    Sorry...not enough coffee yet. I have no judgements on a film I won't see until this weekend. But, I saw the trailer for WALL*E during Kung Fu Panda last week and got the feeling "THIS...COULD...WORK!" from it. It's very cool that DreamWorks put out their best movie, on many levels, with KFP and it appears Pixar is about to do the same. For me, I have The Incredibles at the top of my "best Pixar movie list", followed by Ratatouille, then Cars, then the Toy Storys. I'm an diehard robot fan; have built them, designed them, read EVERY Asimov story (and yes, I still hate every second of the I, Robot movie with Will "Art, Schmart...give me a paycheck" Smith) and in fact, love the heck outta "The Invisible Boy". For me, WALL*E looks to be something I will love for years to come.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by only1

    did Pixar get the traditional John Ratzenberger role in???? I can't imagine it, but I hope so!!! :-)

  • June 16, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Yes. John Ratzenberger's in there.

    by Nordling

    It's actually a really cool part, too.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I dream of...

    by JackLucas

    a coffee shop filled with all of these TalkBack asshole regulars who persist in shitting all over any and everything in pursuit of their elitest nose-up-their-own-ass goals of attempting to repair whatever Mommy-or-Daddy-touched-me-bad childhood trauma that has obviously fucked them up beyond repair at a time when some other dried up soul sucked wretch of a fuck decides to empty a clip or two into the place before ultimately blowing his own deep important thoughts right out the back of his fucking head. Can't we just get another board for all of these pricks to leave their collective droppings where they can revel in eachothers genius and argue whose asshole smells the best? Because these boards are beginning to stink worse than the week-since-scrubbed taint that stains the seats these punk bitches pancake their asses out on as they spill their bile for us all to shake our heads at. If this has offended anyone, then please... forgive me!

  • June 16, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by icon2

    I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to see Wall*E with my family yesterday. The film had the rapt attention of even my hyperactive 3 year old from the first frame and hauntingly mesmerizing opening half through to its crowd pleasing end and closing credits. I'd like express my appreciation to Ain't it Cool, Disney, Alamo Drafthouse and everyone else that put together this truly memorable evening.

  • June 16, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by The Brain Machine

    Yet to be mentioned... <br> <br> AMAZING PIXAR SHORT. <br> <br> I don't want to post anything that will get you busted, or get my ID yanked. Are we allowed to write about the film and short in this talkback?

  • June 16, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    This is Going to be a Heck Of A Movie


    And do boffo box office. It may be top grosser of the year. While nothing can replace The Incredible's in my heart (due to it being the greatest super hero movie ever made, combined with the family dynamic, combined with . . . well, everything else about that wonderful movie. But I wouldn't put both movies in the same box--The Incredibles was a superhero/family/personal potential movie, while this looks more like a sci-fi/incredible journey/curiosity fulfilled/discovery of love type movie . . . (with a cautionary eco/consumerism message). Normally, I don't care that much about that kind of movie, but I'm betting Wall*E is going to be great. I probably won't see it until a month after it is out, but I fully expect to be blown away.<br><br>And the real good news there is that it's going to help cement John Lasseter's control inside Disney, not just of the animation division but of what's going on with the Disney parks. If you care about all the great ideas that have never seen the light of day from the Disney Imagineers, I think this movie is going to be nothing but good, good news. Lasseter could use a little more clout to broom the deadwood out of some of the larger Eisner-era hold overs in Disney, and this could be the E-ticket to make it happen.

  • June 16, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Cars Would Have Been . . .


    The best Dreamworks movie ever, until King Fu Panda. As a Pixar movie, it was a little disappointing. Because it was just darn good, instead of mind-blowingly great. But I just bought the DVD, because I know my little girl will watch the hound out of it. She gets excited every time the trailer for Cars comes on before the Incredibles on the Incredibles DVD.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by cowsaysmoo

    I'm one of those fellas who is grouchy towards Pixar films...and kids movies in general.....

  • June 16, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda = Pixar

    by Saluki is right that it tops Cars, and I will go a step further and say it equals a Bug's Life. Hadn't had that much fun at the movies all year. Check it out before Pixar reinvents the wheel again with Wall-E, which has a shot at being the next E.T.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Quit comparing Kung Fu Panda to Pixar

    by critch

    Kung Fu Panda is a well done Jack Black movie, the type of movie that Dreamworks does twice a year. But it's characters, story, and humor are shit when compared to even the 'worst' of Pixar's productions.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Hey SK,

    by half vader

    Lasseter said a big part of his attraction was getting his hands dirty with the imagineering guys. So fingers crossed.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    SK229: I Think It's Going to Get Better


    Check out the BlueSkyDisney Blog (just Google it), if you haven't before (I actually found it through an AICN post about six months back). <br><br>Eisner was a big part of the problem, especially after EuroDisney had so much trouble. Their solution was to cheap out on everything, like Disney California. But they are getting it right now--though still not always spending as much on their domestic parks as the Oriental Land Company spends on Tokyo Disney and DisneySEA.<br><br> The folks close to what goes on at Disney all say (a) Lasseter is in charge of animation, as is nominally in charge of the parks, but is becoming more and more in charge as time goes on. Every property that Pixar turns to gold, like Wall*E, is going to give him more power--with the board, with the financial people, etc. He will get more cash for the parks every time a Pixar/Disney animated film knocks it out of the park. This includes stuff like the upcoming The Princess and the Frog. Also, if the reworked Bolt performs well at the box office, it's going to be evidence that Lasseter has the midas touch . . . and Lasseter's ging to have carte blanche to rework and retool the parks.<br><br>Just keep in mind, it's a long process. His first show of power is the retooling of Disney's California, which is only now bearing fruit, and won't be done until 2015 or so. It's going to be Lasseter's long-term impact that's going to determine how Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Eurodisney are going to be, from 2025 and beyond. <br><br> From what I've heard (I've never been, probably won't), Tokyo Disney already rocks . . . but it's because the Oriental Land Company funds the development, and they spend 100 million on a ride where Disney spends 30 million. <br><br>From everything I've read, Lassetter understands that it's that kind of development, investment, and attention to detail that keeps people plunking down money to come back again and again. As such, as Lasseter consolidates his power (and he's made no secret that he wanted control of Disney animation and the parks, specifically), we'll see Disneyland (being in California, it's going to benefit earlier) and Disney World benefit tremendously from the Pixar acquisition. Yay, Lasseter!

  • June 16, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Goddamnit Harry...

    by m_reporter

    ... you just made me uber-excited about this one.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    OK, Kung Fu Panda = A Bug's Life

    by Saluki

    Zero pop culture references, zero pop music, and bare minimum junk humor. The art design is fantastic. Really leagues beyond what they threw into the advertising. Yes, Dreamworks is TEN YEARS behind Pixar, but at last they have reached the plateau that Pixar has long since passed.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I liked Cars better when it was called Doc Hollywood

    by skycrapper

    Weakest Pixar movie by far and it didn't even have Michael J. Fox.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Of Course You Like Doc Hollywood Better


    It had Julie Warner naked.<br><br> <br><br>Ain't nothing like that in Cars.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Doc Hollywood Didn't have Tow 'Mater


    Or Paul Newman as 'The Judge'. But it did have Barnard Hughes, who was also in Tron, so . . . lots to recommend Doc Hollywood. George Hamilton as the LA plastic surgeon. Makes for a sort of Love At First Bite/Back to the Future/Tron nexus . . .

  • June 16, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Best of 2008, hands down!

    by _Wheels03

    Had a chance to see this last night and it was everything I'd hoped for and more. People who are making these Short Circuit comments really have no idea what they're talking about, but sadly they'll be too jaded to even see the film. This movie has made it into my top 3 all-time Pixar films next to Toy Story and Finding Nemo and my favorite of 2008 so far, beating out Iron Man.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Cars is OK

    by Boba Fat

    It grew on me after watching it about 50 times with my three year old but it also made me despise that Randy fucking Newman mainstreet song! If I hear that song one more time I won't be responsible for my actions.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Counting the minutes until June 27th.

    by Zarles

    Hell, I may even catch a midnight show. It remains to be seen if it can outgross The Dark Knight, but if these early reviews are any sign, it's going to be an outright bloodbath between the two. Can't wait.<p>As far as the Disney parks, for my money, Disneyland is perfect. In regard to DisneyWorld, tear out that cheesy-ass Indy stunt show and put the Indy ride in its place. The Great Movie Ride? Bupkus. Tear it out completely and start thinking up a Ratatouille flume ride to put in its place. Oh, and that god-awful Drew Carey 'adventures in sound design' thing needs to go like yesterday. What a waste of 20 minutes...

  • June 16, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I like AICN

    by MIkeYH

    only for the movie news. The movie reviews are utterly worthless. Really, I know you're a movie critic, but even as a critic you still (should) have some journalistic integrity to worry about. Hyping up every fucking movie as the second coming of Christ makes you look like a tool. A movie CRITIC is supposed to CRITICIZE movies -- that means good AND bad. Are you really saying ther e was NOTHING bad about this film? It was perfect? Really? Pixar is good at what they do, but what they do is make kids movies that are HIGHLY formulaic. Go watch The Brave Little Toaster and you've basically seen every Pixar movie ever made.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Clapped 6 times during the film

    by Muse1983

    Ok I can understand really getting into a movie and enjoying it but man im sorry anyone that claps during a film is a annoying asshole who is doing nothing than disturbing the people around them.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    arguably the best film Walt Disney has ever had its name on

    by Kingdaddy

    Wall-E is "arguably the best film Walt Disney has ever had its name on"? Should someone update the AICN Wikipedia with this entry as the official "NUKED THE FRIDGE" moment?

  • June 16, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Hey Headgeek

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    you ve got some pull in the industry Tell Pixar to pleeeease make a live action Gigantor

  • June 16, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    This is funny shit..

    by Madcapper

    I didn't even think The Incredibles was that awsome. It was cool and all, but I think Pixar and Disney films are getting way to much attention now, and that based on the coming Wall*E..I hope it will be good, and I hope it doesn't end up like the rest of their films;Amusing for about 90 minutes, same day following week you don't remember half of it or just don't give a shit..

  • June 16, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I never really wish for movies to suck..

    by Madcapper

    so no hating for this post. I want Wall*E to rock my fucking socks off, but I do moderate my hopes, and base them on previous achievements, instead of solely on Harry's funny ass hell review:D

  • June 16, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Did someone just use the phrase "nuke the fridge"?

    by slone13

    How last month.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by _Wheels03

    My fondness of Finding Nemo comes from the fact that it was the first movie I watched with my current girlfriend. I realize that the movie itself has flaws as you mentioned, but it's still one of my favorites due to it's sentimental value... so I guess that makes my opinion void. Still, you shouldn't miss this film on my account by any means.

  • June 16, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    People need to stop these Indy4 references..

    by Madcapper

    I agree Slone13...It's getting old really fast. Just like the movie itself..

  • June 16, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    WALL*E always looked special, can't wait now

    by G100

    Even the trailers were a massive hint that sheer wonder and adventure were what this film was about.<p> <p>I don't know why some are finding it so difficult to believe Pixar can still make amazing films since they have been quality from the off.<p> <p>Many suspected the likes of Indy 4 would never live up to any serious scrutiny or the absurd hype but this I am FAR more confident will be must see.

  • June 16, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I'm loving the response but...

    by mefrog

    so much for "embargo" right Harry?

  • June 16, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Trailers are always trying to be impressive, thats

    by Madcapper

    the general idea of trailers..I do think Wall*E looks good, but will it be, can it be, something the adult audience will remember for time to come? How is it when it comes to repeatability? You already half-fucked the embargo anyways Harry, why don't dish out a clear review and tell us why this rocks your boat so heavily? Don't hold out..Hehehehe..oh, I almost forgot. I saw a post about Beowulf. I hope this movie is better than that boring, boring "effort".

  • June 16, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, how would you compare ...

    by jgmamma0

    "SPEED RACER" to "WALL-E"? Because so far this year, "SPEED RACER" has been the best film that I have seen this year. I have been waiting for "WALL-E" since I saw the trailer this year...I cannot wait for another trip to "Infinity & Beyond". It is funny that I think the true heirs of Stanley Kubrick's filmmaking style are the Wachowskis, the Coens, and Pixar. The image that really made me believe in Pixar as one of the greatest filmmaking entities in motion picture history is when Sully is being chased in the doors factory in "Monsters, Inc." and the viewer the limitless space of this assembly of door factory. Just amazing.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I can't compare WALL-E to Speed Racer


    I love the visceral glee of SPEED RACER, but WALL-E is the first film I've seen in my lifetime that truly evokes the genius of Charles Chaplin. It's like CITY LIGHTS, MODERN TIMES mixed with this fantastic science fiction mythology. WALL-E is a tramp... and a wonderful one.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Visceral Glee of Speed Racer


    I gotta second Harry on that one. Speedracer isn't a "great" movie, per se, but it's a solid popcorn movie (I certainly think it's better than Transformers) and it definitely has "visual glee". There are a lot of reasons to like the movie, even if some people didn't. Tron underperformed when it was released, and became a geek favorite. I think Speedracer has that potential, too. In some ways, it may have been so new, stylistically, that it was a bit off-putting.<br><br>and John Goodman kicks all sort of ass in that film. That is all.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Hey, Harry . . . I've Always Dreamed Of


    A Buzz Lightyear movie. Especially after the opening to Toy Story 2. Is Wall*E like that? Also, wouldn't you love a Buzz Lightyear movie, ala the Toy Story 2 Opening (man, I love that opening). I wouldn't mind an earnest meta-take on Woody's Round-Up. Maybe that's just me.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The Door Storage in Monsters, Inc.


    One of the great things about having young kids who get addicted to certain films and want to watch them a hundred times is that you often end up watching them 100 times. I've seen Monsters, Inc. a dozen times this week, and there was so much thought that went into that movie, from the company bureaucracy to how the doors were handled and stored and called and how the scare floor worked and the CDA and on and on. The big "banishment" door . . . of course, after watching it dozens of time, I also have time to wonder why when Boo laughs and activates all the doors in the facility, you never once see someone opening their door to get something out of their closet and almost falling into the monster world. Clearly, the doors can be opened (if activated) from the "real" world, because Sully exploits that to return from banishment in Nepal. A million doors are on, and no parent sticks their head in to get something . . . ? Of course, tells ya how much one gets sucked in to the thoughtful construction of these Pixar films that I'd be sitting there thinking about that. Or what a geek I am.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by Kurutteru Yatsu

    So close to the actual word, yet so far away. And seriously, clapping six times during a film in the theater? Unless it was the entire audience I'd get the usher. <br><br>Also, phoenixmagi talking about 'The Lion King' sounds like Patton Oswalt describing himself when he was younger and cut off from everything cool in life. "You guys hear Phil Collins's 'No Jacket Required,' man?! It's pretty dark! He's an edgy dude, man! He wears khakis AND SNEAKERS!"

  • June 16, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Those are some mighty big words, Harry.

    by The Brain Machine

    City Lights is in my top 5 as pure cinematic genius. I truly enjoyed Wall-E, but will have to see it multiple times before I would compare it to City Lights, or Modern Times. I do like the Tramp analogy, though. <br> <br> Don't you think you are doing some viewers a dis-service comparing this film to these true classics?That can only generate such a desire in film geeks that can not possibly be lived up to. <br> <br> Don't get me worng, I loved the film, too and I can't wait to see it again. But comparing a new film to genius that has stood the test of time for 80 years like City Lights or Snow White and Disney's finest seems a little pre-mature. <br> <br> I'm just sayin'... Also, can you expand on the embargo that Disney put upon the site? How did they ever allow the screening if reviews aren't allowed? Isn't this thread in point disobeying that embargo? Of course, they would be less happy if you hated it I suppose... <br> <br> BTW thanks for a great screening. I wish the audience could have had a geek discussion afterwards, but awesome in any case.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    and as a brit...

    by Obscura

    i have to wait a month..... and they wonder why people download films. they need to either start doing global releases for every film, or just stop making movies so damn good.

  • June 16, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Looks visually stunning

    by myspoonistoobig

    And when I saw the first trailer, with the "Brazil" theme, and the stars reflected in Wall-E's eyes, my heart took a leap. But I have found that I've lost some of my connection to Pixar's other work, so this will have to work triply hard to really grab me. I'd still like those other films on Blu-Ray, though, please.

  • June 16, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Great, Thanks a lot, Harry.


    I can't wait to see Wall*E - it's really been this and Dark Knight at the top of my must-see list this year, and I'm sure I'll really like the movie... but I've been affected by the Harry Knowles Hyperbole Storm before. I remember going into "Almost Famous" thinking it was going to be the greatest thing ever, and that I would be soooo moved by it... and I liked it, but it didn't change my life or anything. If anything, I was let down by how "good" the movie was and how "amazing" it wasn't. <p> Harry, I still love your site, after 9 years of visiting and posting, I'm still here. But can you ever try to review films with just a little more objectivity and a little bit less... "windswepting?"

  • June 16, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Perhaps it's wrong to compare one Pixar to another.

    by Nordling

    I've seen them all and all of them are different from each other and each have their specific pleasures. Before yesterday, I couldn't pick a Pixar favorite. It was something of an amalgam of TOYSTORY2INCREDIBLENEMOATOUILLE. I love all of them in different ways.<P>But WALL*E has an ambition about it, that builds from a seemingly simple love story to something that's universal. Stanton juggles the love story, the hard sci-fi elements, and the physical comedy just so, that he makes it seem easy.<P>I understand people's weariness about hyperbole. I'm guilty of it myself. But I can only go by the simple truth that I've never seen anything like WALL*E before, and that I can't stop thinking about it a day later. This movie has the serious potential to change people. Or not, who can say. Just let go of your cynicism on this one... it's a great film and you can believe that or not. Either way, I'm seeing this one again. And again.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    what film is all about

    by zooch

    I was at the screening and WOW. Absolutely Brilliant. Ingenius. Beautiful. Not only is it Pixar's best, but it's their most relevant film to date. This is not nostalgia like other Pixar films, this is something new and important. A complete joy for the senses. Unbelievably detailed visual storytelling, and sound design like you have heard since Star Wars! You'll be touched like the first time you saw ET.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Post after post by a guy who hasn't seen it yet

    by wash

    STFU already, jeeze.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by dablunt89

    it almost unintentionally funny in his douche-baggery. He is quite the specimen in his willingness to provoke people without any justification or knowledge of what he is talking about. Can't wait to see the movie. I hope its on IMAX!

  • June 16, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    So this is the "Citizen Cain" of Pixar?

    by conspiracy

    I dunno Harry. We all take your reviews with a grain of salt..cuz honestly you love film so much I believe it is hard for you to be objective. That said you have set the bar SOOOOOOOOOOO high in your micro review, that even taking into account said grain of salt, I fear it will be hard for the film to measure up.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Best Picture Oscar?

    by Maxer

    Is that possible in a film that has basically no dialog?

  • June 16, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    one more thing phoenix...

    by dablunt89

    ...godzilla 98 was (i assume) ten years ago. The fact that you reference that that means that your probably a grown man and not seven years old. But you could have fooled me with the way your acting. Your like the kid wants the sandbox all to his own at the playground.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    So I am just calling it early

    by Series7

    Wall-E nominated for Best movie. Possible win. If anyone is ever going to win Best movie for a cartoon, its going to be Pixar. <P> Though the academy pretty much put and end to that with the Best animated feature category.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    My own personal sleeper hit?

    by SergioGiorgini

    Call me cynical, (I dare ya,) but I do kind of tune out of a lot of 3D animation until I read a review. Just seems they focus on the 'hey, this is 'tharee die-menshonal' rather than the 'ska-ripped' sometimes. The more I've heard about this though, the more my ears have pricked up. Sorry Wash. Hate to post something that might piss off someone who appears to be a fellow Browncoat.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    nobody is a bigger Incredibles fans that me

    by zooch

    but this is better. Remember how cool that part was where Mr. Incredible fights the Omnidroid the first time? It's that cool, the entire film.

  • June 16, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    **nobody is a bigger The Incredibles fan than me^^

    by zooch

  • June 16, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Pixar Magic

    by ochiang

    Thanks, Harry, for the screening last night! My wife and I enjoyed watching it with all the kids and thought the movie was beautiful. Though it wasn't my favorite Pixar film, it was beautifully done and worthe wait and see!

  • June 16, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    don't loose the wonder and the excitement harry

    by chipps

    even if jar jar does suck. die jar jar! (we all make mistakes)

  • June 16, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    It Was Amazing!

    by CasperVonSidecar

    I guess I'm not allowed to say much yet. But last night's screening and of course the subject of said screening left me not only amazed but with this simultaneous lament for our society today and an overwhelming hope for where we could be if we really tried. That really sounds pretentious and cryptic when you have not seen it. But believe me you will love it.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I sat next to annoying people at the screening.

    by jrbarker

    They stank and ate with their mouths open and kept moving in their seats and laughing hysterically during inappropriate parts where nobody else was laughing. But the movie was good. Thanks so much Harry. It was very fun.

  • June 16, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    another liberal lecture?

    by rainbowtrout1265

    sounds like a bunch of preachy environmental nonsense. btw, whatever happened to "global warming"? now, it's called "climate change"

  • June 16, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Why are people comparing this to Incredibles and Nemo

    by Larry of Arabia

    The only thing the films have in common is that they are animated. Why don't we stop comparing animated films to eachother simply because they are drawn and instead compare them to other movies they resemble. Comparing Incredibles to other super hero movies makes sense. Comparing Incredibles to Wall*E doesn't. How about a comparison to Close Encounters, 2001, or The Day The Earth Stood Still?

  • June 16, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Oh, man

    by mthrndr

    Please, please PLEASE don't let this movie end up being a screed on climate change or humans destroying the planet or other such "timely" thing. Because I seriously might hurt someone. And that's what I'm sensing with comments like 'this movie has the ability to change people' and other hyperbole. I am so sick of the al gores and others who will undoubtedly fade into the dregs of history as their sensationalistic hysteria proves unfounded. I just want this to be a really great sci-fi movie without some sort of "hip" environmentalist bent that will seem hopelessly dated 50 years from now.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    In Japan

    by Larry of Arabia

    This film is going to make billions. You think they are Stich Crazy? Trust me. Wall-E, EVE, and MO are going to be everywhere there. Tokyo Disney is going to be overrun with cute robots.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    9/11 happened on bush's watch

    by Undead03

    The most incompetent "president" in U.S. History got 30 briefings about possible terrorist attacks with planes on U.S. soil in the 8 months before 9/11 AND DID NOTHING! After the attacks, it took him 4 months to send troops into Afghanistan. And then he dropped the war on terror to SPREAD terrorism by invading a country (Iraq) that had NO ties with Al Queda, and NO WMD. Those are the facts. Shame on bush. Shame on dick. Try them for murder.

  • June 16, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Zarles

    Yes, I'm sure Al Gore and all of his evildoing environmentalists will be outdated in 50 years. You know, right around the time when half the country is underwater, you ignorant fuck.<p>Anyway, isn't Wall-E cute? He fell on his bottom in some butterscotch. Awwwww...

  • June 16, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by darthvedder81

    I don't have a problem with "message" movies (all the Pixar films have some sort of moral in them). I am by no means a bleeding-heart, corporation-hating, Al Gore apologist but I still recognize the danger of rampant materialism (I just think rampant government regulation is far more dangerous). As long as the moral of "Wall-E" is even-handed, honest and not some lefty polemic I'm sure I'll have no problem with it.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Hey Headgeek

    by Illinest

    Are you willing to make comparisons to more traditional heavy hitting films like Godfather or is this just 'good for a cartoon flick'?

  • June 16, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    You said it better and more concisely than I would have. Needless to say, I agree, and I'm looking forward to the film as doing so would seem to go against their style.

  • June 16, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I meant...

    by jerseycajun

    Injecting overt political messages in their films and/or beating the audience over the head with a one-sided political statement would seem to go against their style.

  • June 16, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    is it Iron Giant good?

    by Larry of Arabia

    simple yes or no will do.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    fuck off harry

    by sprucebruce

    all you ever do is over-hype big releases. i'll bet anything youre review will start with 2 bullshit paragraphs about your childhood. stop being such a softcock fanboy.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    So basically this movies like the second coming?

    by Orionsangels

  • June 17, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Incredibles wasn't that good

    by Orionsangels

    I think it's a well crafted film, but didn't care much for it. Iron Giant I love! much respect! I still think Pixar hasn't topped Toy Story. So with all this hype on Wall-E. I'm very much looking forward to it.

  • June 17, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    RE Orionsangels: Second Coming?

    by VoxMillennium

    ... get wood and nails!

  • June 17, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by mthrndr

    I'm going to print out your comment and have it laminated. That way, I can use it as a bookmark when I'm sitting on a beach in Key West in 2050 drinking mai tais and reading a good classic. Then I'll notice your comment, look out over the beach and ocean, and laugh and laugh.

  • June 17, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    a "timely" issue?

    by zooch

    how is not destroying the planet with a bunch of trash a "timely" issue?

  • June 17, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    bush failed America

    by Undead03

    At least Clinton TRIED. Oh, and he left office with a huge surplus. Gone after less than a year of bush. And bush never TRIED to catch or kill the terrorists. He just made more of them by illegally attacking another country that was not of imminent threat to America. Killing over 4000 American Soldiers in the process. This isn't "bush bashing." It's a call for True Americans to bring this criminal to trial for murder. And you're just jealous because Clinton was a better and FAR more liked President.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    bush failed America

    by Undead03

    At least Clinton TRIED. Oh, and he left office with a huge surplus. Gone after less than a year of bush. And bush never TRIED to catch or kill the terrorists. He just made more of them by illegally attacking another country that was not of imminent threat to America. Killing over 4000 American Soldiers in the process. This isn't "bush bashing." It's a call for True Americans to bring this criminal to trial for murder. And you're just jealous because Clinton was a better and FAR more liked President.

  • June 17, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    bush failed America

    by Undead03

    At least Clinton TRIED. Oh, and he left office with a huge surplus. Gone after less than a year of bush. And bush never TRIED to catch or kill the terrorists. He just made more of them by illegally attacking another country that was not of imminent threat to America. Killing over 4000 American Soldiers in the process. This isn't "bush bashing." It's a call for True Americans to bring this criminal to trial for murder. And you're just jealous because Clinton was a better and FAR more liked President.

  • June 17, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    don't believe the hype

    by Rupee88

    sorry but you are setting expectations for this film WAY too high.

  • Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, Incredible Hulk...I saw all four (just one at the theater) and they were all just OK at best. And lame at worst (with Indy). Iron Man was good, but def not great. Maybe Harry is being sincere and he just loves movies, but you have to realize his taste lately has been questionable.

  • June 17, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by _Wheels03

    I'm wondering what the last movie you saw in theaters that actually met or exceeded your expectations. The reason I ask is because I was on the same page as you going into this movie. Although I enjoyed Cars, it really didn't feel like Pixar put their heart into the project. I feared Wall*E would suffer the same lack of polish, but I'm glad I was proven wrong... way wrong.

  • June 17, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    No VoxMillennium, "Bring wood and oil!"

    by Orionsangels

  • June 17, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Poor Pathetic Bastards.

    by Larry of Arabia

    What you are doing is falling into a sad little corner of movie geekdom that says anything made for children has little value. In doing so, you ignore great artistic accomplishments. You never spend a Night on Bald Mountain with Chernebog, or were swallowed by a whale with Pinnoccio. What movie fan refuses to endure the 400 Blows with Truffaut or chase after De Sica's Bicycle Thieves? You haven't watched Paikea vanish into the sea (Whale Rider)? You haven't found The Kid with Chaplin? The only thing movie fans have for you is pity. Become a well rounded fan, open your mind, and see the delights of movies made for younger audiences. We promise, you'll still be cool. I'd wager you'll be cooler.

  • June 17, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I Dont Trust Harry's Opinions

    by nastee_flembot

    He likes everything. So I will have to wait for Rotten Tomatoes Review Percentages

  • June 17, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I expected to see a few more reviews here

    by Ye Not Guilty

    It's weird that Harry screened the movie and yet we have seen so few reviews. The film seems to have earned a collective "meh" from its viewers.

  • June 18, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Bunch of naysaying, miserablist cunts

    by Massive_Bereavement

    Why is it, that regardless of the film being speculated about, there is always a percentage of joyless cunts who simply cannot accept that it may actually be a good film? By the way, just because there isn't a glut of reviews on AICN, doesn't mean there aren't plenty of reviews out there. AICN isn't the centre of the known film universe. I've read plenty of reviews elsewhere, and suffice to say, they're all, without exception, glowing. I have very little doubt this film will deliver, but by all means, you tiresome cunts keep whining.

  • June 18, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    "Joyless Cunts"

    by Rebeck2

    I love that, MB. Has a certain poetry to it. By the way, isn't that the next Tarantino movie?

  • June 18, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    When "every reviewer" is glowing or scathing I get suspicious

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Smacks of herd mentality. For those who remember 1997, damn near EVERY reviewer was creaming their jeans over "the unsurpassed majesty and glorious filmmaking that is Titanic." On a side note, no matter how often I (strenuously) disagree with his reviews, will always respect Kenneth Turan for being pretty much the only major reviewer to take shots at that bloated cloying monstrosity. As for this suggestion that "you can't comment on a movie unless you've seen it", it is very simply asinine. You make decisions on every film you come across - is this something that interests me or not - and make judgments on that film having only seen a few moments of it or nothing at all.

  • June 18, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by getme

    Who the hell are you talking to? Multiple personality much?

  • June 18, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    ugh anti-herd elitism.

    by Illinest

  • June 18, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Jaws Wayne

    Hi Harry, with both Toy Story films and ESPECIALLY The Incredibles (best action hero + animated movie film ever, what an a-ma-zingly well-made and all-round superior movie that is) Pixar proved to be the no.1 studio when it comes to brilliant film making. Can-not-wait to watch Wall-E, yes we know some films get undeservedly hyped but this soundeded like a super-duper classic from the start when I read about it and saw the first pictures of it. Me and my 7 year old kid have been countin the days to see this one, he's a robot and sci-fi nut, you think he's gonna like Wall-E ? Haha, bring-it-on !

  • June 18, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    They've been planning it over ten years - I JUST WANT A GREAT M

    by workshed

    Is it too much to ask. I don't want comparisons with Citizen Kane, Star Wars, The Incredibles, E.T. I have always thought that WALL-E would be a phenomenon since the opening moments of the very first trailer i saw with my two daughters (aged 4 and 11 at the time and it's now a year on). Their reactions to the character spoke for themselves and i expect this film to be one of the biggest films of all-time. Forever. Andrew Stanton has threatened it time and again. My kids must watch his films at least three times a month. Now, how about that Monsters Inc sequel..? It would be bigger than any Toy Story sequel i can promise you. Hooray for Pixar though for kicking Dreamworks ass again and again. GO WALL-E..!

  • June 19, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Damn these reviews are encouraging...

    by PullMyFinger

    Not that I need any more positive reinforcement. And it's not just Harry - glowing reviews are popping up all around people!!! So that "Harry likes everything" argument is falling a bit flat....

  • June 20, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    How can people be applauding and dazed at the same time?

    by abcdefz7

    Fuck, I wish Harry could write.

  • June 20, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by chocolat321

    am I last?

  • June 21, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    WALL-E is a decisive moment in the history of modern civilizatio

    by Orionsangels

  • June 21, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • June 21, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Please Wall-E, save my movie-going summer...

    by tvspace

    That is all, except to say watch

  • June 21, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Obviously, A PLANT!

    by mistergreen

    nah, it'll be a good movie summer. Just think about the movies coming out.

  • June 23, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by polyh3dron


  • June 23, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I like Harry's enthusiasm

    by palinode

    The man loves him some cinema. I don't always agree with him, and I take his over-the-top style with a grain of salt, but it's good to know there's someone out there who loves films as much as he does.<br><br>What I want to know is, is Wall*E as good as that movie with Matt Leblanc and that creepy fucking chimp?

  • June 23, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    will pixar finally get an academy nod for best pic?

    by bacci40

    and not just best animated pic? they are one of the few that make movies that play to all ages...this needs to be acknowledged and honored...they dont have to win, but a nom would be nice

  • June 24, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Saw the movie tonight, it's nothing mindblowing.


    This review is insane. The movie was fun but not spectacular. Hopefully they'll put up the review I sent in. The short film rocks the shit, though!

  • June 24, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Hey Zarles

    by _Maltheus_

    You ever read any 70s sci-fi back when the big scare back then was about about global cooling and the next ice age? Cause that seems dated too. Same with the environmental scares du jour back in the 90s. Oh yeah though, we definitely have it right now though. Come to think of it, aren't we all suppose to be dead from bird flu or monkey pox or some shit by now? Live through enough scares and perhaps you won't be throwing around that ignorant claim so loosely. We may even have serious environmental problems, but I certainly wouldn't trust that crowd to get any of it right given their track record.

  • June 24, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Help me decide

    by _Maltheus_

    I'm not sure what to make of this movie. The trailers and scenes I've seen have left me very underwhelmed. And the overboard hype machine has left me distrustful since overhyped movies are almost never good. The RottenTomatoes reviews are also anemic, which is rarely a good sign. And although I like the talkbacks here, I don't think I've ever seen a review here I could trust (in many years of coming here). I guess it is Pixar though. And I see some non-black-text people saying good things about it. So my question is, are there any people out there (who saw it) who didn't care too much for Ratatouille, but thought this was great? Cause I kind of thought that one was overhyped too, compared to earlier Pixar movies.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Oh cmon - the hype for Way of the Gun didnt convince you?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I personally like Way of Gun but I'm a sucker for 70'sploitative flix. It was then, when it was tanking at the boxoffice and Harry ran an impassioned article saying GeekNation would lift it to monetary success if everyone drew together ... and the movie tanked ... badly ... that i realized how very very little correlation there was between AICN and average filmgoer.