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Quint thinks WALL-E is a masterpiece!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some thoughts on Pixar’s latest work of genius: WALL-E. From the very first trailer I had a gut feeling this was going to be something special, even for Pixar. By the time I saw the finished film, I had seen the first act three times. I was blessed with a visit to Pixar when I was in San Francisco for WonderCon where they showed us the complete and finished first 25 minutes. Between that, the footage from Comic-Con, the footage shown at BNAT I figured I’d seen a good amount of the movie. And that’s fine. Each time I was awed by what I saw, by the depressing yet beautiful future world Pixar created, by the soul reflected in the body language and eyes of WALL-E and by the incredibly filmic style Andrew Stanton insisted upon. I got to experience the wonder, so it wasn’t all that big of a deal that I’d seen most of it by the time I saw the whole kit and kaboodle. Well, that’s where I was wrong. The majority of the trailers have only shown you the very beginning of the story. Thank God there were still surprises and wonder left. The heart of the story was laid out in the beginning… Wall-E’s the only robot left working on an Earth that became so overrun with refuse that it quickly became uninhabitable. The humans left on a gigantic luxury cruise looking space ship, supposedly for 5 years as a team of robots were to collect and compact all the trash. But the humans stayed away and the robots stopped working until only one remained. Somehow over the hundreds of years of working alone this lone robot developed a unique personality, a human quality… a soul. But that’s a catch-22. He has individuality, but no one to share his uniqueness with. He’s lonely. One day EVE shows up on a search mission. If Wall-E is an Apple IIe, then EVE is an iMac. Sleek, sexy, futuristic. Wall-E’s in love and after a… difficult… and brief courtship EVE is collected and Wall-E begins his adventure. I knew going in Wall-E was going to be a magnificent character, but what I didn’t expect was the glut of absolutely great side characters we meet when we get back to the Axiom, the luxury ship holding all of humanity. Through a great series of events I won’t spoil here, Wall-E ends up essentially being put in a special education section… He’s essentially put in with the misfit toys, malfunctioning robots. But are they really malfunctioning or are they just as individual as Wall-E is himself? There’s one robot that whores Wall-E up, powdering his face with make-up the second he’s pushed in the room, there’s one that’s bugnuts crazy and pounds the hell out of anything in close proximity. I loved these guys. The humans of the future are… well, imagine if Mike Judge made a sequel to IDIOCRACY (that Fox might actually put some money into and release… in this hypothetical, of course) set in space. Everybody’s fat, dependent on technology and so caught up in their world that there is no individuality anymore. To say this is a masterpiece of family filmmaking is no surprise. It is Pixar, afterall. To say it’s a masterpiece of Science Fiction storytelling is a bigger surprise. The future told here is a dark one, the implications of HAL-9000-like twisted programming machinery and an almost totalitarian robot regime on the space ship are all much darker than I imagined we’d see in a family film. But it’s a testament to Wall-E as a personality that he keeps the movie from being depressing. His neverending kindness, optimism and seemingly unlimited cuteness infects not just the audience, but all the characters he interacts with. There’s also a bit of a Christ parallel thrown in for good measure. That’s all in the subtext. On the surface it’s a goofy cute robot overcoming some obstacles and making everybody smile. What’s great about this is that kids will love it now and when they revisit it in 10 years time they’ll see it in a whole new light. That also means it’s not a chore for the adults taking the kids. I’ve loved almost all the Pixar movies. CARS I think is my least favorite, but conversely it’s also the most beautiful looking Pixar film… up until now. The photography in this film is beyond beautiful. WALL-E is a giant step forward for Pixar… when I thought there wasn’t much further they could go. It took balls to have a lead character who doesn’t speak traditionally and it pays off. Look at Luxo. Pixar knows how to use body language to tell a story and then they had the brilliant idea to hire Ben Burtt as Wall-E’s voice and bam… the have an instant icon. Time will tell if WALL-E can topple THE INCREDIBLES as my favorite Pixar film, but as it stands right now it’s a close second. Before I go, I want to share some pictures I took inside Pixar. It was a good trip and then when we got to look through the now legendary “cubicles” that’s where the real magic was for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures in there, but it was as wonderful as you’d think it would be by viewing the extra features on the Pixar DVDs. You can feel the creative energy in the place. Everybody is smiling, everybody loves what they’re doing and it shows in their work. Here are the pics:









-Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • June 27, 2008, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I will

    by medicatedmonkeyDUDE

    definitely see this movie. I had to choose between the midnight showing of this and wanted, and unfortunately i choose wanted. It was not a good movie.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST

    wow

    by The Real MiraJeff

    very cool photos. can't wait to see wall-e. my friends pussies out of going to a midnight show tonight, rat bastards... nice write up Q

  • June 27, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    third

    by tailgunner111

    wow, I'd never thought that would happen :)

  • June 27, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    On another note...

    by medicatedmonkeyDUDE

    I wonder if that little green monster from Monsters Inc (mike) is related to Lee-lah. (that was my best attempt at a Zap Brannigan way of saying Leelas name.)

  • June 27, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    wanted

    by The InSneider

    aw c'mon medicated monkey, wanted was pretty damn good. solid entertainment. not the most original story but some pretty mind-blowing action sequences. and mcavoy rocked the house. admit it.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by smorgasbord

    That's all. Can't wait

  • June 27, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Wanted

    by medicatedmonkeyDUDE

    was too predictable. And you're right, the main dude totally rocked the movie. but besides the action, it was really slow. Plus Angelina's only acting in this movie is a smile and a wink, in every damn scene.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    this movie

    by long live the new chris

    really is amazing. best film of the year thus far.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I was at the midnight showing

    by Mezzanine

    Just got home an hour ago, and I still have a smile on my face. Yes, Wall*E is THAT good. </p> And Quint, you are bang on with how depressing this movie has the potential to be. In the beginning of the film SPOILER ALERT: I was thinking about how the Earth felt like it was the same Earth that was in Blade Runner, just five hundred years later. How strange that one of the most damning post-apocalyptic visions in cinema history comes in a family film.

  • June 27, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    Pixar are near untouchable, they have a record

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    like the Coen Bros. One or two pretty good movies and the rest...instant classics.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Highest grossing film of the year

    by tomdolan04

    with Iron Man a second and Indy third when all the counts are in during the end of decemeber. <p> Believe it.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Although...

    by tomdolan04

    despite going after two different markets it's a bit nuts that here in the UK The Dark Knight and Wall-E are going head to head on the same day

  • June 27, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    But then

    by tomdolan04

    it's much better than Pixar's usual record - Ratatouille, Nemo et all were released months after the US launches

  • June 27, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    They should make Incredibles 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Han Cholo

    With Hulk Hogan as the baddie. "Whatcha gonna do when the largest arms in the world destroy you, BROTHER!!"

  • June 27, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Don't get there late!

    by Subovon

    Not only did the square robot exceed my high expectations but the traditional Pixar short which precedes the film, a duel between a magician and his white rabbit, is one of the funniest things since Tex Avery's wolf ran after the Red Riding Hood. Get your pop-corn during the trailers which all suck but don't miss the beginning of the show!

  • June 27, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy and Wall-e would make a great bizarro double feature

    by SifoDyasJr.

    And every time I think that Pixar can't make a better movie, they surprise me again.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Wall-E is one of Pixar's lesser films.

    by jrbarker

    That being said, it's still good. I would put it in there with Cars, Monsters Inc. and A Bug's Life. In my opinion, the classics are Ratatouille, Incredibles, Finding Nemo and the Toy Stories.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    most amazing studio ever

    by bacci40

    have they ever made a bad movie? even cars wasnt bad...just not great...and what disney has forgotten, they have learned...family films and tv need to work on many levels...pixar films do that...kudos to the pixar peeps...next weekend, after the rush, im taking my nieces and nephew...they will love me forever

  • June 27, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Mezzanine...what trailers did they show?

    by bacci40

    just curious

  • June 27, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Bacci

    by Mezzanine

    One for that Beverly Hill Rat Dog (everyone booed it), Bolt, a movie about a mouse with giant ears, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, and Madagascar 2. There might have been another, but I don't remember. The trailer for the one with the giant eared mouse looked cute. The Beverly Hills Chiuaha made me think that I was having a REALLY bad acid flashback that came out of nowhere. It was really shitty.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST

    No UK clash I'm afraid

    by dr_buggerlugs

    Wall-E arrives on the 18th and we get TDK on the 25th.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    dr bugger...

    by tomdolan04

    holy crap you're right. damn that sucks, it got so caught up in the trailers pimping the US dark knight date I only checked the Wall-E release. <p> An extra week, pants. Spoilers will be damn tricky to avoid by then. At least its not Germany, they don't get Bats till Aug 21st :(

  • June 27, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Wow, It's All True

    by Rebeck2

    Beautiful, thrilling, emotional, and just a great story that keeps topping itself. You know when you're watching a movie and you're riveted trying to keep up with it because it's so rich and dense you know that it will take many viewings to really catch all the nuance and detail? That's what this is like. I found myself with my mouth open a lot of the time, just in awe of the sheer confidence of the storytelling. Don't let anyone ruin the story for you - part of the joy is thinking you've seen all its wonders and then it just dazzles you even more. But it's all about character and a story well told, the visuals are just the icing. But what icing! This is by far the most intelligent "kids" movie I've ever seen. It's absolutely an instant classic. And you know this may seem a strange thing to say but it makes me proud of American cinema again - how long since you could say that? - because Pixar is representing us better than any other filmmakers out there and the fact that the film criticizes what could be seen as distinctly American laziness and overindulgence makes it even better. We may have major problems as a country but we can still entertain like a motherfucker. USA! PS> This will not only be the highest grossing film of the year, but it will be nominated for Best Picture. And it may even be the first animated film to win.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Cars was Fantastic...

    by Redfive!

    I think no matter which movie they put out after The Incredibles people would have complained.Sure the story was basicly Doc Hollywood but the characters were memorable and The BluRay of CARS is nothing short of Amazing.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Cars was subpar because...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    ...it was in production during most of the turbulence between Jobs and Eisner? They may have been 'coasting' on what they thought would be their last Disney film at that time. Also, as great as Wall-e was, there were a dozen trailers for absolutely horrendous CG animated movies.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    This film looks almost perfect

    by jamaicanpenguin

    i just hope it won't be a let down!

  • June 27, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Will Never Get The Cars Hate

    by Rebeck2

    I love that movie. To me, it was much more interesting and adult-friendly than Finding Nemo, which I admire but which ultimately feels just a little too kiddie-ish for me to really love. Sorry. I know I'm in the minority... My list NOW would go... 1) Toy Story (always and forever) 2) The Incredibles 3) Wall-E 4) Cars 5) Ratatouille 6) Toy Story 2 7) A Bugs Life 8) Finding Nemo 9) Monsters, Inc. But I mean, c'mon. Is that an embarrassment of riches or what???!!!

  • June 27, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Masterpiece is Right... It's absolutely magnificent. *MILD SPOIL

    by Jam Banjo

    The stunning thing is the challenge they set themselves by designing a character who, by his very nature is limited in movement and expression - and giving him life that you absolutely believe and fall in love with. But to do it twice - by introducing Eve, limited in other ways with regards to how she expresses herself, who also has this real character that you totally buy. And then Pixar go nuts and give us a ton of other robots that also have their brilliant characters come shining through (kids are going to love that little cleaning robot, he was a joy) its absolutely remarkable. Does it come easy to these guys? Other films spend double the time developing a single character with only half the success. The HAL9000 reference is true - the 'baddie' is a great threat and how the film deals with him is brilliant. The 2001 music cue is genius, but then almost everything in the film is - I sat there gobsmacked by the visuals and sound design, with a huge grin on my face the whole way through, apart from the frequent times I was laughing. I will watch this again and again- it's just one of those films that you know will always be right up there in your favourites list. I had high expectations, having loved the trailers. This film surpassed them and then some. Glorious. Wall-E is a film that will push the CG animated film industry forward proving that you don't have to settle for big names and obvious concepts. It's a film that should push the live action and traditional cell animated film industries forward too. If all films were made with a fraction of the love, care, detail and passion that obviously went into this film... well, maybe it's better this way. You put up with a lot of crap, a lot of garbage and every now and then you find something gleaming brightly in the middle of it all. That's Wall-E, another step forward for Pixar, and a film I'll be showing to my kids and grandkids. Beautiful, funny, touching and timeless.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    I offically hate all that have seen this before me!!

    by Gabba-UK

    the film I'm looking forward to the most. By the way the BBFC website states that The Dark Knight is 152 mins long!! Bliss.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Shameless Apple plugging...

    by loafroaster

    ... in two features and counting today.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    NegativeBitch

    by SmarkJobber

    Pixar constantly avoids getting too schmaltzy. They've been master-level storytellers since Day 1, able to juggle the needs of all audiences save the "Me? I don't fucking watch cartoons!" set. If you didn't like what they created in the past, I doubt "Wall-e" will change that. "Wanted" is probably more your speed.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Saw a midnight showing tonight

    by applescruff

    This is the most important film of this decade so far, in terms of content, and in terms of pushing cinema forward as an art form. It's definitely my favorite Pixar film. Which is fucking crazy at this point. How could these guys drop so many classics, only to top themselves once again? How good can they possibly get?<br><br> I don't want to give away the film. Chances are most of you know way too much already going in, but this movie is a humbling experience that really made me love the Earth just a little bit more. It made me scared that one day all this would be gone. And this is a fucking kids movie????? Holy shit.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Sounds like my most anticipated film this summer

    by O_Goncho

    And my girlfriend has catagorically refused to see it with me because it 'looks like a kids film'. Weep for me. Weep for me having to ask, 'one for Wall-E please'. I can already see the funny look form parents keeping their kids six rows away from me :(

  • June 27, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Another reason why these animated movies are so exceptional...

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Less studio interference. They can't just step in, i.e. Hulk, & say cut this or that angle won't appeal to the "masses". We're talking mucho time & money for every single second created, more prep and, of course, enough alotted time to actually think about the product. It's getting to be the only cinematic medium that's fully satisfying these days. And that saddens me.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Best date movie ever

    by Series7

    It really is, I had to see it solo just because me and my girl are living in different states right now. I feel sorry for ou O_Goncho, but its such a good movie that I also don't because its amazing. My girl knows that Pixar movies are my favorite and that I've been dying to see this since I first saw the teaser. If Toy Story didn't exsist this would be my favorite movie of all time. I can't stop thinking about how amazing this is, every aspect of it. I feel like writing Pixar a thank card for what they've done. I am jealous of quint for getting to visit the studio, and mad at myself for never getting into computers enough to ever get a job there.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    "love the earth just a little bit more"?

    by rainbowtrout1265

    And "it made me scared that one day all of this would be gone"? Are you out of your mind? The new cult of environmental hysteria is far more dangerous than anything us pathetic humans are doing/not doing to beloved Mother Earth.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Rebeck2

    by just pillow talk

    I found Cars to be very bland and uninteresting, and I couldn't make it all the way through. I'll eventually give it another shot, but it didn't strike any chord with me for whatever reason. But you are right, there's a lot of quality you mentioned in that list.<p>WhinyNegativeBitch, dude, for a twenty something, why the fuck are you so pessimistic and down on everything? Fuck, go out and get blitzed tonight. Enjoy yourself and forget about Disney for a bit.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Also

    by Series7

    There is not point to even bother trying to rank Pixar movies. Lets face it, you have your favorite one and then there are the rest thats it. Your just kidding yourself if you say that one Pixar movie is better then the other. Each one has there own unique thing. And really the only reason that Wall-E is not my favorite one, is becaus Toy Story came out first and I was at just the right age that it made such a lasting impression on me, plus it was the first one. And as much as I really liked the Peter Gabriel song, nothing will top Randy Newmans score and songs, no matter how hard his cousin tries.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, how *old* are you people?

    by Paulseta

    It's a kid's movie! <p> A kid's movie! <p> Then again, I saw a grown man reading a Spider Man comic on the train this morning, so maybe the world is just a smidge more retarded than I thought.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Cars sucked, but this looks good.

    by FluffyUnbound

    The reviews it has been getting are absolutely phenomenal. There are a total of 2 negative reviews at RT: one of the negative reviews makes the absolutely absurd statement that it would be a great movie if it was an independent film made by Ralph Bakshi, but because Pixar made it he doesn't like it; the other one describes several sections of the film as "breathtaking", but gives the film a negative review because he doesn't want children exposed to enviromentalism or anti-consumerism. What dicks.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    If you didn't like The Incredibles...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...I can safely ignore what you say. Blah blah blah blah disclaimer disclaimer there's no objective standard for art yadda yadda yadda - but if you didn't like The Incredibles, you have no sense of humor or appreciation for storytelling and if you say you don't think Wall-E sounds good, that's actually a vote of confidence for the film.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    No, that'd be you, Paulsetta

    by half vader

    The retarded one, if I can call myopia retarded (and I can). <p> Pixar films are FAMILY/ALL AGES films, which doesn't automatically mean KIDS' films. Notice that many of even the jokes work on both levels at the same time. Kids laugh at the sound of the spaceman breathing inside Buzz's helmet, and we get the added Darth Vader homage. I guess you didn't get the scene in Toy Story 2 where Jesse is left aside on the adult level, either. Oops, no. That's a kids' movie too. <p> But hey, if that's your opinion, no problem, fair enough. Don't go see it. Also don't come in here and lecture people on wanting to see something you yourself won't. Retard.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    "Everybody’s fat, dependent on technology...no individuality"

    by LaserPants

    Sounds like Earth circa 2008, actually. Really looking forward to this btw. I like robots; especially ones that make me think about what it means to have a soul and all that stuff that robots have been used for since, say, Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Paulseta

    by Series7

    Unless your jokeing, people who complain about stuff being a kids movie are really annoying. Who do you think makes this makes these movies? Why is it that when an adult enjoys a kids movie, or wants to see one some a-hole has to come and say, "Hey, NO, NO! That is meant for kids. Go be an adult and sit around and watch sports and octogon." Also the person who creates the kids think is never scolded for making kids things? You think that is someone told John Lasseter that he was being a big baby and should grow up, doesn't feel like a complete idiot now while he sits in his lazy boy watching NASCAR with WWE in the screen within a screen in the corner of his TV, while John has enough money to do whatever he wants? Does anyone else find it weird that one of the most beloved childrens authors got his start by writing for Playboy and has a CD with such great songs as Fuck'em and The Great Smoke Off? <P> I'm a big kid on the inside, but I'm probably more professional and mature then the people that like to tell me I don't watch cartoons, thats a kids movie. Also, do you not care for parents that take their kids to movies, that if they have to go that they can enjoy the movie as well? Instead of sitting through Pokemon Movie 10? I just don't see whats so wrong with liking cartoons. I guess I should go watch grown men do something I am perfectly capable of doing myself? Or watch war movies about wars that I was never involved in? Car about cars, when I own a European car that doesn't need to be fixed every six months so I don't need to know how to fix it? Wall-E may be a "kids movie", but its darker and more profound and tackles harder to understand issues then any big summer movie thus far.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    I suspect this movie will freak obese people out

    by terry1978

    Honestly, I think someone is going to see the future, and suddenly be all, "shit, that could be me!" and go down to the nearest Crunch Fitness after the showing lets out.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    la la la la la

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    not listening. can't wait to see this.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch

    by Series7

    "Sometimes I don't want anything challenging or memorable." Have you seen Wall-E? If you can't find something challenging or memorable out of any pixar film, then you must just be the perfect person. Yeah there is going to be that, make kids buy stuff factor, but last time I checked Dark Knight toys were over crowding the Toy Shelves worse then anything else. And they all looked like crap, the Wall-E toy is very well done, like most Pixar Toys. I know if you don't see Wall-E in theaters you are an idiot, because the animation is beyond anything you've seen before. This movie is just so realized that its unbelievable. Yes, there is schmultzy thing about it, but thats its appeal. I enjoy and like to watch truely disturbing movies, but man when you can leave the theater feeling good about life there's nothing better then that. And if you can't leave any Pixar movie feeling that way, well then go back to your farm and complain about people not working enough and that your far to busy to do anything.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    HAHAHA...So far..funniest talkback I'v read today!

    by conspiracy

    People whining and bitching Pixar films are for children, while at the same time suggesting movies based upon comic books offer greater depth. Thats priceless.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by hoisin

    sounds awesome. good review

  • June 27, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    "Family filmmaking" = bogus.

    by HoboCode

    Seriously. Pixar sucks. Although the main themes in this film appeal to me, particulalryl one ginat corporation owning and controlling everything, but all thta does is remind me that DISNEY is makign every effort to do just that. Step 1: Sedate the masses with saccharine-laced "family" entertainment. Flame away drones.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "Family filmmaking" = bogus. (Now typo free)

    by HoboCode

    Seriously. Pixar sucks. Although the main themes in this film appeal to me, particularly one giant corporation owning and controlling everything, but all that does is remind me that DISNEY is making every effort to do just that. Step 1: Sedate the masses with saccharine-laced "family" entertainment. Flame away drones.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    *SPOILERS* -for WALLE and HAPPY FEET-

    by Gilkuliehe

    To those of you who saw it... Second spoiler warning, I told ya so: What's with those live action shots? I damn LOVED the movie, but I can't say I wasn't bummed by the live action people they threw in there. I'm not talking about the movies WALL-E watches, I'm talking about the BNL adds, and the president's press conferences. It really took me away from the world I was... I'd get it if all people were live action (as in HAPPY FEET), but once we get to Axiom, all the humans were animated... and beautifully so. <p> So, if you saw it, what did you think of that? Thanks.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    HoboCode, I agree with you and

    by That 70s Venom

    I am crusading against Pixar in a similar way in the other Wall-E thread. Way to go bro. Finally someone else who sees through Pixar's bullshit. I'm tired of these ostensibly child-aimed intellectual CGI flicks.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Well said, WhinyNegativeBitch

    by That 70s Venom

    but to Disney's credit (and believe me, I give them very little), the people at Disney today aren't really the ones responsible for that Small World child slavery stuff. But aside from that, well said. :)

  • June 27, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    You guys are actually bitching about Pixar?!

    by Gilkuliehe

    That does it, I'm outta here.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch...best not step foot in a Theater again.

    by conspiracy

    Dark lighting and trite attempts at character development do not make me feel threatened, develope a sense of foreboding nor lead me to investigate the meaning of "justice" either. If you are so concerned about "Fucking Child Slavery" etc...Considering ALL film production companies/distributors are in fact owned or controlled by multinational conglomerates..I fail to see how your screed against Disney can be justified.As a corporation Disney, like any large business, has done as much good as they have harm. Besides, Do you really think all those "Dark Knight" toys are assembled by happy little elves who sleep on clouds of candy floss and are fed the sweet secretions from only happy socialist worker bees? Do you not think that film producers/directors don't look for the cost savings at every turn...that they would NEVER hire some $20/day Mexican labor to build Gotham, or cheat the caterer out of a few bucks? Do you really think the actors are in it for some altruistic reason, perhaps donating 95% of their "obscene" salary to Cancer research or Childrens Hospitals? If so your smoking some powerful crack my friend.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Pixar = Israel

    by HoboCode

    It's become untouchable. This is what is scary about it people. Any criticism of Pixar, like criticism of Israeli policies, is now met with jeers and decries of anti-cinemism (read anti-semitism).

  • June 27, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    So Dark Knight has been Previewed for the Press

    by conspiracy

    Where is the Review Quint? Mori? Harry? The first reviews are fantastic...looks like Nolan and Pixar are going to kick the living SHIT out of Dreamworks and Lucas/Speilberg this summer.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Well

    by Series7

    Whineybitch, what do you want? <P> (WhinyNegativeBitch) "I want to sing and dance, I want to sing and dance. I want to be a pirate in the Pirates of Penzance. Wear me silver-buckled slippers and me tight shiny pants. I want to sing and dance!" <P> Ok you are just bitching to bitch, you have no logic in your reasoning. Go back and watch The Marine for the 100 time and think about how hard core you are, and then hit your moms cat to prove it. Then go over to That 70s Venom house and turn on some good ole Octogonial fun.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I THINK These Raves Are Legit....

    by Deandome

    ...but after suffering thru the similarly-touted, humorless turd named "Kung Fu Panda"...I'm a little gun-shy. What on fucking earth did people like about that movie? Rarely have I been so disappointed in something that had been so univerally loved by the critics. My 6y.o. wasn't ga-ga on it, either

  • June 27, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Series7

    by That 70s Venom

    dude that was uncalled for. *cry* jk I still want you to come to my dinner party this weekend. Bring Tia Carrere

  • June 27, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Deandome

    by Series7

    Yeah I have been tempted to sit through Kung Fu Panda in theaters. After Shrek 2 which I paid to see and the Finding Nemo movie with Will Smith that I saw for free, I banished Dreamworks filth to rentals only. But after how funny and crazy the last 30 mintues of Over the Hedge was and how Bee-Movie was better then the reviews said I have been really tempted to see if Kung Fu Panda is any good. But I think that point has passed, I knew if I didn't see it before Wall-E it would end up sucking because Wall-E was going to be so good. And after seeing Wall-E you have nothing to fear about it, its amazing. And now Kung Fu Panda has been regulated to rental status because of it.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Is

    by Series7

    Tia Carrere even still alive?

  • June 27, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch. . .

    by Matrowl

    . . . And what movies, pray, "challenge" you? You're entitled to your opinion, of course. I don't particularly care if yo don't like Pixar's films, but you'd best present some less laughable criteria than "I'm just too intellectual now" if you want people to believe you're as intelligent as you obviously want to sound. I'll tell you this, Pixar's films have more intelligence and clever subtlety than 90% of the garbage that studios release. You want to be challenged? Here's one for you: Is it possible that bias and general close-mindedness are of greater influence than intellectual superiority when it comes to your dislike of Pixar films? Who knows? Just a thought.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    fuck me! We're slaves to Disney!

    by just pillow talk

    Run for your lives people!<p> The end is upon us!

  • June 27, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Christ parallels

    by darthvedder81

    Quint is right to find Jesus in "Wall-e". Here's an interview with Stanton where he actually brings that up: http://www.worldmag.com/articles/14127 Also nice to see the director doesn't view it as a "environmental message" movie. I was really worried about that part. Pixar should never go political.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    NUMBER 5 IS ALIVE! Pixar raped Steve Guttenberg's youth!

    by strongbadmonkey

    Am I the only one that is seeing the uncanny similarity between those two robots? Plagiarism says I!!!!! Pixar raped Steve Guttenberg's youth!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 27, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Matrowl... but that is just the problem...

    by That 70s Venom

    Pixar's flicks are so beyond saturated with clever subtlety and pseudo-intellectualism that they end up coming off as elitist and arrogant. These fucking brainwashed idiots who clamor over the Pixar films come out of the theatre going "You know what? Disney's social commentary is so dead-on because the humor in that movie was so smart and funny!" And the sad thing is that they think they "get it" when one of the characters makes a subtle joke, but they are actually being duped into thinking that what was said is so insightful and clever that it's actually true.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Don't believe me? Go here and be stunned by Johnny 5. Viva Short

    by strongbadmonkey

    http://www.virginmedia.com/microsites/movies/slideshow/top-ten-movie-robots/img_3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.virginmedia.com/movies/movieextras/top10s/top-ten-movie-robots.php%3Fssid%3D3&h=450&w=293&sz=218&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=AHe7KZ3HcjRVrM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=83&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnumber%2B5%2Bshort%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

  • June 27, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Viva Short Circuit! Death to Wall E, the Imposter!

    by strongbadmonkey

  • June 27, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Pixar elitist and arrogant?

    by Matrowl

    Hmm, I don't really see it. Sure, their films usually have a familiar message, but if anything Pixar is noted for NOT being heavy handed in the delivery of said messages. Besides, is that really why anyone goes to see their films anyway? I got far more psuedo-intellectualism and elitism in my average university course than in any Pixar film. Nope, not buying that one.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    strongbadmonkey

    by That 70s Venom

    run that link through tinyurl.com please and then re-post.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    OMG...You guys are losers

    by lopini

    WALL-E....How old are you? Get out of you parents basement...you are all pumped up over a kids movie!

  • June 27, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    lopini

    by That 70s Venom

    you can go suck my mom's cock

  • June 27, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Here you go. I love me some Ally Sheedy!

    by strongbadmonkey

    http://tinyurl.com/5yevnz

  • June 27, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    strongbadmonkey,

    by irrelevntelefant

    are you trying to say that wall-e looks like johnny 5? cause if you are, that is a hugely unique and original observation that no one in any wall-e talkback had ever noticed or posted before. <p> bravo to you're keen eye. <p> keep up the vigilant work.

  • June 27, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch's argument has one real flaw...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...and here it is: The Harvey cut of "Cinema Paradiso" has a very simple and schmaltzy "message" as well, about being touched by regret for the passage of time. Simplest possible emotional message out there. And if you don't think it works precisely because of that simplicity, you have nothing to say to anyone who is looking for advice on what movie to see. Just go listen to your new Coldplay album again and enjoy your faux sophistication some more.

  • June 27, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    WOW I've read some retarded stuff here...

    by Johnno

    But this is the first time I'm actually at a loss for words... I... ...

  • June 27, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    "Monsters Inc." is my favourite Pixar movie, too.

    by a goonie

    Followed closely by "The Incredibles." But "Monsters Inc" occupies a very special place in my heart. I adore Mike and Sully and Boo and the innocent, loving relationship that Sully and Boo share. I also love the creature design, the focused approach to the material, the humour, the scope of the story, and especially that ending. My favourite Pixar moment to date is when Sully pokes his head through that door, hoping to find his pint-sized friend, and their future together (or apart) is left to our own imagination.

  • June 27, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I am jealous of Pixar employees

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and anyone who gets paid well (or better) to do work they love doing. I look forward to seeing this movie. I know what Pixar are capable of.

  • June 27, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Again, I say: the trailer doesn't hint at anything great

    by Zeke25:17

    We get a robot that looks like a cross between a Star Wars power droid and ET...with big puppy dog eyes that guarantee a large number of "AWWWwww"s from the audience. He gets smashed against glass doors by a bunch of shopping carts. After a while another robot shows up, and we get treated to dialogue like "EEEEEvve" and "WALLeeeee" more than a few times. The trailer suggests little more than a robot love story that could be wrapped up in twenty minutes. Why keep all the stupendous greatness under wraps? Why not let folks know that there's more to the story than computer animation and sugary cuteness?

  • June 27, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Ebert's Wall E review

    by Orionsangels

    He gives Wall E 3 1/2 stars. Okay, but now here's the crazy part. He gives Get Smart 3 1/2 stars as well. So apparently Get Smart is just as good as Wall E. According to him anyway. Then he gives the new Hulk 2 stars and says he prefers Ang Lee's version because he liked the whole father and son relationship story. What I hated most about it. So what's Ebert smoking?

  • June 27, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    I Have Visited That Building Twice...

    by grungies

    And it's every bit as awesome as you say.

  • June 27, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Wow, that's not what an animator friend said...

    by nonsensical

  • June 27, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Orionsangels

    by HoboCode

    I can't tell you why Ebert thinks Wall-E and Get Smart are equally good. Maybe because they bove are done well for their respective genres. As far as his preference for Ang Lee's Hulk I think it's a matter of him having impeccable taste. <p> <p> LONG LIVE ANG LEE'S HULK!

  • June 27, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Wall-E, a Pixar failure?

    by nonsensical

    Sorry, I hit the button too soon. A friend of mine went to see the movie last night. Then wrote this on his blog. It's sad. He calls it an "Open Letter to Pixar." -------------- Dear Pixar, I hate to say this, but you have failed us. Wall-E was supposed to be a masterpiece to go along side your other great films, as you once again had to have outdone yourself. Unfortunately for your audiences, it was not. Now before you go getting all defensive and claiming how great the story is and how much effort you put into making us love Wall-E before the film was released, let me explain. Last year you created Ratatouille, a film I now see as the pinnacle of Pixar Animation. At the end of this film you threw down the gauntlet. You came out and said to all other animation studios that you were better than them. You lauded your efforts in Animation by featuring a new quality assurance guarantee in which you claimed, “100% genuine animation. No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film.” Now, with Wall-E you have broken this promise to us as well as my heart. You know what I’m talking about so don’t play dumb. Every time the live action people appeared on screen I was torn from the film. In fact the very first time we see image of Fred Willard I was instantly sent into a state of disbelief and anger. I knew that this was a real person in a Pixar movie, but I gave you the benefit of the doubt. I knew that if any studio in the world could make a CG Character that had fooled me into believing that it was a real person, it was Pixar so I waited. Even when the second time the actors appeared on screen I became angry enough to walk out of the film, I waited. Pixar is the master of storytelling, and surely they had simply fooled me into thinking I was seeing real actors. Sadly, no… you had not fooled me. After the end credits rolled I found myself hoping against all hope that I would not see what I did. Gone is the guarantee you gave us in Ratatouille, and in its place was a “Live Action Unit”. It was true. Pixar, the mark by which ALL 3D-Animation compares itself, the absolute best 3D Animation Studio in the world, has cheated. Wall-E is your Happy Feet. Wall-E has the heart and story we expect in a Pixar film, but by cheating and using real actors, Pixar, you have betrayed us. I think what makes it worse is that there was no reason for the cheat. I can’t see one reason for Pixar to use real actors when the “people of the future” as well as every robot, ship, star, and dust particle is so beautifully animated. I can’t imagine what logic was used to make this terrible mistake when you have your Every Man universal model. That alone should have allowed you to create a reasonable likeness for the real actors you used. I don’t understand why you did this Pixar, when you have consistently shown us that you alone are capable of so much more. When I left that theater I was angry. Pixar had cheated and in the process it had hurt me and betrayed the audience. Later, I felt more sad than angry. Pixar had cheated and in doing so, Pixar has made their first mistake. I consider Wall-E to be a terrible failure for Pixar. I feel as if this is an awful blemish that Pixar must try to correct. The scenes are not long, and I trust that Pixar could replace them with Animated Actors, if they wanted, but will they? I hate to say it, but that answer is, no. However, there is one single ray of hope to come from having gone to Wall-E. That is Presto. Presto is a masterpiece of animation and it stands alone above the work that follows it. However, I fear “Presto” may be a clear sign of your intention to create genuine animation in short format, and only short format. If this is the case, then Wall-E marks the end of the Pixar we knew and loved and the beginning for a new Pixar that is Disney’s whore. -------------- I feel really bad for him and I can kind of see where he is coming from, but I can't really comment until I see the movie this weekend. Anyone who saw this feel the same?

  • June 27, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    Sorry might be spoilers in that post...

    by nonsensical

    the above letter might spoil the movie for you.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    great!

    by mcavity

    I think this is a brilliant movie. The trailer is great because its just enough to wet your appetite without giving you the whole meal. [always hate trailers that give away the entire movie] The movie itself is well done hand has some good social commentary. Hell even the end credits worked on several levels! Realy an amazing pice of work. and anyone who thinks Wall E is the same as johnny 5.. man are you off base.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I hate watching Pixar movies in theaters

    by joe90025

    ...because of the annoying 3 yr olds in the audience who have no clue as to what's going on. Not all of them, just the slow ADD kids who'll eventually grow up to be seat-kickers in their teens and eventually the senior citizens in the theater who ask out loud why John Travolta is still alive at the end of Pulp Fiction. No dialogue for the 1st half of WALL-E? Ha, I guarantee there'll be a running dialogue in the audience. Oh well, fuck it, god bless the little bastards.

  • June 27, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch, you say you don't care... but you do

    by Acappellaman

    WhinyNegativeBitch, you seem to be wasting a lot of time talking about a movie you don't seem to care about. Get off your high horse and stop bitching and whining with all that negativity.

  • June 27, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Damn it

    by OptimusCrime

    I had to stop reading this review halfway through due to the fact that its a plot synopsis. Horrible work, Quint.

  • June 27, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    nonsensical...

    by Nordling

    your friend is as wrong as 2 + 2 = God.

  • June 27, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The Incredibles, Just schmaltz and toy selling action?

    by zooch

    Excuse me? Apparently you didn't get the film at all. In the Incredibles Brad Bird's satire subtly deconstructs superheroes when issues of responsibility and liability are raised. He also makes the hero characters fully human and full of depth. They aren't perfect, they are flawed, they are fat, they make mistakes. It relates superheroes to the human condition. If you can't see any depth in that, I'm sorry.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

    by TheyCallMeMisterBay

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

  • June 27, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Saw It Immediately wanted to see it again.

    by Driver8

    Loved it,wife loved it ,7yr old son loved it. Sfw if there was "barely" a real person in it. The beginning managed to convey more desolation and lonliness then all of "I Am Legend" combined. Pixar is still the Gold Standard. Period.

  • June 27, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    nonsensical...

    by Shaner Jedi

    ...is your buddy a employee of Sony or Animal Logic? Pixar's guarantee at the end of Ratatouille was about using key-frame, not mo-cap in animation Had nothing to do with using live-action. At all. Tell your bud to know the argument before he spouts off.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Nonsensical you fucking moron

    by half vader

    Actually to be fair, it's your friend who's a moron. No wait, you too for posting a spoiler warning AFTER that post. <p> Have either of you ever heard of "tongue in cheek"? Did the fact that Ratatouille was a comedy not tip you off at any point? That "no motion capture" business was a cheeky challenge for the competition to up their game, but it was in a movie with THOUSANDS OF RATS (try motion capturing that!) as well as some humans. And the bigger joke is that the main human was ostensibly 'operated' by A FUCKING RAT!!! Remember that guarantee comes from a guy who's not precious about 'capturing' a bit of live-action or piece of film (I think I recall he said a splash of water but don't quote me there), to get the shot done, whether the purist Pixar method would call it 'cheating' or not. As far as that goes, hopefully the animation competition took it in the way it was intended, not the way your animator friend did. For instance the 'motion capture' they did in this film of the 70s cameras for the technical and lens aberrations counts too. And is appropriate and logical. Gah. Pixar know as much as any GOOD animators that capture is just a tool and the more stylised you are or the more fantastic the subject (Kong for example) the more good old keyframing you need to do to stop it looking like a guy in a capture suit. <p> As for that competition, the one movie that can never be truly criticised for mocap is Happy Feet. If there was ever a movie where mocap was appropriate, that's the one. Animals whose pelvis is under their torsos, tap dancing, and multiplied by thousands. You'd be there 'til doomsday keyframing that - except for the action sequences, which they DID keyframe. And there was NO zombielike facial animation. That was all keyframed too. Point being. mocap was used where it made sense. But Zemeckis' stuff? You're right on that one. <p> Anyway, tell your friend to speak to Brad Bird or dig up one of those interviews where he discussed that dig.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The year's Little Miss *Batteries Not Included

    by Paulseta

    Or Little Miss Silent Running 2: The Revenge. <p> In all fairness though, it was interesting that you can read the entire film as a metaphor for fear of sodomy. Brave move for a kid's film. <P> I'm also sad that they had to cut the scene with Nicholas Cage voicing a gay pimp named Robodong. Guess the test marketing showed that it was too much to take.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Just got back. . .

    by Matrowl

    And yes, Wall-e is a masterpiece. If the academy awards have any credulity left, this will be a serious contender for year's best picture. One of the most unique and entertaining films I've seen in years.

  • June 27, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Cars

    by gringostar

    If you have kids you quickly learn to like this movie as you end up watching it daily or it distracts the kids so you can have a moment to yourself for a change - which is great. It really is not as bad as everyone made it out to be... It certainly beats the shit out of each of the Shrek series, but maybe that isn't saying much...

  • June 27, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Crazy visuals

    by disfigurehead

    It's no Intedibles but I still enjoyed it. The things they can do with Commodore 64's these days.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    HoboCode

    by Whitemouse

    "anti-cinemism" is my new favorite term.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    How much higher can the bar go?

    by Zarles

    If you can't at least appreciate the masterpiece that Wall-E is, you have no soul. Period.<p>The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and now Wall-E. I can't wait for or possibly imagine what's going to be next. Bring it on.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    The way Wall-E lives in isolation...

    by REDD

    and some of the overhead shots of the city reminded me of "I Am Legend"; maybe Legend should have been done by Pixar. It would really be interesting to see what they would do with an "adult" themed, dramatic story.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Complete Idiots.

    by Steve Young

    I'm just kidding. I love all of you, even the continually whiny ones. OK, not you. So "Wall-E" is totally fantastic. Yes, a little didactic and preachy. But it's for children to digest, and a more subtle message might be misread. It EARNS its message. If you don't shed a single tear during the movie, you have no soul. (Don't worry, lots of soulless people live very happy complete lives.) By the way, the "live-action" portions were a VERY small percentage of the movie, and they were there TO REMIND US THAT YES, THESE POOR, MESSED UP HUMANS ARE US, NOT SOME CG FANTASY CREATION. THEY ARE US. The environmental message is just THAT serious to the creative folk at Pixar. But COME ON. What kind of perverted, purist philosophy are you espousing when the appearance of live-action in CGI is enough to make you call artistic foul? Geezus, people. As usual, you've taken your arbitrary likes and pet peeves and blown them way out of proportion. The film is fantastic. Go see it. Who cares how much better or worse than "The Incredibles" (great flick too) it is? Stop making numbered lists and go out and enjoy a movie.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    How to prove that you love movies ...

    by BruceVain

    ... because books are too damn demanding. Step One: Use the word "adversely," which means "in a harmful manner," when what you apparently mean is "CONVERSELY," or "on the other hand." Jesus! I'll start taking the "reviewers" here remotely seriously when they can approximate the vocabulary of the average eighth grader.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    WALL-E

    by Jared

    great film. what is next for PIXAR?

  • June 27, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Liked it a LOT! But one BIG problem.

    by Dogmatic

    This movie is waaaaaaaay too preachy and though I am not entirely sure where Quint got the Christ subtext there is NO subtext whatsoever to the "We are killing the Earth with our commercialism (I mean the leader of Earth is the president of a Wal-Mart clone named Buy and Large??? Really??) and that Earth is gonna kick us off and we are gonna get so fat we cant walk and become completely automated and then after a long enough exodus Mother Earth will sprout life and give us another chance but we gotta start out all primitive again...and preferably stay that way. I mean I am not saying I am against that idea but I am saying that this movie is plenty good and cute and fun and awesomely beautiful animation without getting beat the hell out of with the Green Stick. If they were gonna do it at least it coulda been a LITTLE subtle...anyway...had to say it...but otherwise this one instantly goes behind Incredibles and could go up after repeat viewings.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    OOPS SPOILER for what I posted above!!!!!

    by Dogmatic

  • June 27, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    The Times reviewer makes an interesting observation.

    by FluffyUnbound

    He claims that it's deliberate that the message of the film [against the dangers of the progression of industrial society] is expressed via the character of a robot [which was the ultimate product of that very same industrial society]. He sees a deliberate ambiguity there. So perhaps, by extension, we can consider the possibility that the people at Pixar are well aware of the fact that their anti-commercialism message is delivered via the vehicle of the Disney commercialism juggernaut. In other words, Whiny, it's possible that by your very bitching you are serving their scheme quite well, and that your discomfort with the film is part of the total range of what they wanted the audience to feel.

  • June 27, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    NegativeBitch...

    by SmarkJobber

    ...it seems like your biggest complaint about Pixar's output is the simplicity and familiarity of the themes they explore. Over the last 100+ years of cinema (and centuries of literature) every theme and story has been told, retold, repackaged, and sold again. Most people who come to this site will not be surprised by a film's story -- in fact I'd wager that a lot of TBers can watch a film and telegraph it all the way through. So what? Plots are a dime a dozen. Pixar makes no bones that children are the primary audience for their work, and as such the themes presented in a more overt fashion than say, a PTA film. If you can make peace with that before you walk into the theater, then you should be able to focus on Pixar's biggest strength -- their storytelling muscle. The fact that you describe Pixar's films as "schmaltzy,""shallow," and "lazy" tells me that you can't (or even worse, can but consciously don't) recognize true, professional filmmaking. It's obvious that no one will ever be able to convince you to look beyond the "kiddie" aspect of animation, and it would be pointless to try given your outlook and attitude, yet you keep posting here like you want someone to help you see what you obviously can't. Why? Just trying to live up to your moniker? Mission accomplished.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    HEY WHITE PPL

    by kgerm

    STOP PUTTING ELECTRIC BOOGALOO AFTER EVERY FAKE SEQUEL TITLE.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Peter Gabriel was a very welcome alternative

    by Dogmatic

    to Randy Newman. I am so done with Randy Newman. Peter Gabriel is great....nice song too.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Biggest laugh:

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The spork.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    No, not a terrorist.

    by SmarkJobber

    But you are (self-admittedly) a whiny, negative bitch. The fact that you thought "Rambo" was a good film tells me a lot as far as how your taste jives (or rather, doesn't) with mine. Different strokes and all that.<br><br>But Pixar, "lazy"?

  • June 27, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    RE: The live-action actors in Wall-E

    by zillabeast

    I too was a little miffed about this when I first heard about it. After seeing the finished product though, I am 100% on-board with that choice. Sure, Pixar could have rendered a beautiful CGI Fred Willard, but I think it would have taken away some of the punch this movie packs in the sense that....this COULD be the future. It's not that far fetched to imagine. Throwing in some "real" people just makes the message hit home a bit harder. Maybe a little direct, but extremely effective.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    great social commentary. i enjoyed it. but Kung Fu Panda

    by future help

    was better.(i know, im surprised to say it.) Panda was more fun and great adventure. To me, the Incredibles, Nemo and Monsters Inc. are still Pixars best.

  • June 27, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    :D

    by AuntieMeat

    Well... he seems to be a Mac for 2 reasons. A, the boot chime, which I'm sure will spark kids to start calling their computers "Wall-E" at home and/or school in some extremely minute sliver of the population. And B, that wee board inside of him. Most of the Macs I've taken apart since the iMacs with Intel chips rolled around (and some PowerMacs before that) tended to have a blue logic board on the inside, instead of the standard PC green. It made my little Apple technician heart warm when she kept bringing him the stinky green ones but he needed a blue. Can be a negative, but I'm a dork that loves that... :)

  • June 28, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Nice Mrs. Incredible Statue

    by ROBRAM89

    Helen DOES have an ass on her.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    This was not an "environmental" movie

    by darthvedder81

    And it really kinda irks me that both liberals AND conservatives are reading that into the movie. The liberals love it because it's some big commentary on us destroying the planet (it's not) and the conservatives say those same elements somehow "ruin" the movie (wow, did they miss the point). Sigh.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Pixar is overrrated

    by Rupee88

    They have done three truly great movies...Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and the Incredibles. The rest are all either just marginally entertaining or downright annoying and bad. They don't have any truly offensively bad films though. But you can still be damn good..or still be great, and be overrated. Pixar deserves props, but people way overstate their quality and artistry.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I fucking loved it!

    by JustSomeDude899

    Saw it earlier tonight. Just posted a review, if you wanna check it out: http://blogs.ign.com/JustSomeDude899

  • June 28, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Darthvedder81

    by JustSomeDude899

    I think you're missing the point. Social commentary was definitely part of the movie.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    nonsensical

    by snitchseeker

    Don't listen to them bro. Whoever wrote that letter is an idiot. The live actor thing is minimal and actually works for the tone. I'd agree with whoever said this was one of the most important movies of this decade, especially to American movie making. And to all the old people complaining about it being a kids movie, its totally not. Or its not stupid like kids movies are, its not sugar-porn. There arent any excited rodents. Its what kids movies should be (and what a lot of kids books are) straight up STORY, through and through. Go see this movie.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I think...

    by AnubisGOJ

    For me, Wall*E was a paint-by-numbers movie that failed to elicit a single emotional response. For my full comments, check out: A_Baran.1up.com

  • June 28, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    ooh, also...

    by snitchseeker

    it's such a human movie. God this movie rocks. I love it.

  • June 28, 2008, 5:05 a.m. CST

    WOW

    by SAVOIR_faire

    Just got back from this flick, still fresh Peter Gabriel ringing in my ears... Incredibles is hereby TIED for best Pixar flick in my book. Nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Wall-E is a shot to the heart, mind and funny bone, with precision aim. LOVE THIS FILM!

  • June 28, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    Can we please have a spoiler moratorium for all the poor

    by half vader

    Aussies who have to wait 'til SEPTEMBER for it? What happened to us getting big movies two days BEFORE everybody?? Our school break is NEXT WEEK - do they NOT want to make money??! Gah! <p> Oh well, see youse guys in a few months fucking Disney shithead distribution sucks to be us etc. etc. grumble grumble. Sniff.

  • June 28, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    OK, I have the ultimate Whiny test:

    by FluffyUnbound

    AI - Did you like it?

  • June 28, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I hope they put in a cameo of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    V.I.N.C.E.N.T. OR OLD B.O.B.

  • June 28, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Let's play..

    by BeatsMe

    rank the PIxar flicks: 1. Ratatouille (to me, it's the most emotionally involving movie they've made) 2. Finding Nemo 3. Toy Story 4. The Incredibles (a little overrated) 5. Cars (better than I expected) 6. Monsters Inc. 7. Toy Story 2 (too frantic, kind of a rehash)

  • June 28, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    saw it last night

    by Lingerdog

    Incredible film that is going to make huge bank this weekend. I live in a small town with a one screen theater that has never been sold out by any movie, tonight it was sold out. And as for weather or not the film truly connects with it's audience, there is a scene very late in the movie where Eve is trying to get wall-e to respond and the whole theater was silent, all the girls, and all the guys, even the 13-15 year old douche's that were sitting in the row behind us and had been talking for part of the movie, that moment sucked everyone in so deep because a character had been created and the story had brought us so far, that we waited with baited breath for the magic to happen, and when it did, the crowd went wild.

  • June 28, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    absolutely.

    by wontyouletmeknow.

    best film of the year so far. absolutely. Great Job, Pixar.

  • June 28, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    And drturing

    by wontyouletmeknow.

    Very well said. I agree with you completely. Transformers indeed.

  • June 28, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    The Twinkie

    by Alientoast

    I laughed at the fact the twinkie looked the same after 700 years, because it's probably true. Do those damn things have ANY organic material in them?

  • June 28, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Pixar is the happiest place on Earth!!!

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Creepy...

  • June 28, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Really good flick

    by TerryMalloy

    I enjoyed it tremendously.

  • June 28, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    For those that think Pixar is lazy

    by TerryMalloy

    ... <p><p><p> I hope some ambitious Pixar animator throttles you in your sleep. <p> Seriously. <p> That film was visually imaginative, fun, poignant, and handled with a verve I haven't seen in an animated movie in quite some time.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Masterpiece?

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Wall-E looks good thus far, but is it a 'masterpiece' in the same regard as Finding Nemo? Everyone goes on and on about that movie...and Ratatouille, and you know, I really didn't find either that new or entertaining.<br> To their credit, both movies are wonderful visually, but they are kids stories, and just running through the same paces that have been set for the last two or three decades.

  • June 28, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Masterpiece.

    by SAVOIR_faire

    Yes.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Pop_aristocrat and Whinynegative...

    by snitchseeker

    I agree with what you say about Finding Nemo, it was doing something that's basically already been done, but doing it very well. You have to admit that Ratatouille was a pretty different scenario, and so French...which really worked. Wall-e is a work of art. It's like when Picasso went from his classical training (which was still brilliant in it's form, just like Finding Nemo) to cubist and surrealist paintings. It's the same medium, but it's broadening the boundaries of cinema and how cinema can effect the viewer. I found myself, more than anything, thinking about what it means to be human. They illicit deep emotion and human value with very simple robot. So that's sort of an answer to your question too, whinynegateive, about why this is an "important" film.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    JustSomeDude

    by darthvedder81

    "Social commentary" yes but it was commentary on the laziness of humans and how we aim way too low. The humans weren't "bad" or "evil" which really surprised me (I was expecting the captain to be a bad guy based on the trailers). This was no environmental polemic ala "Ferngully" or "Happy Feet." To reduce the films message to a cliched "save the earth" statement is to miss the point. Pixar is too smart for that.

  • June 28, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Just saw it...

    by MJAYACE

    I thought it was good, but not as good as some others here. I still like incredibles and both Toy Story movies the best. My four year old got a bit distracted in the middle as well which is not a good sign considering he didn't blink during Kung Fu Panda. I KNOW ITS A KID MOVIE but from an adult's perspective, I also felt a bit uncomfortable to the obvious preaching it was doing. I wonder how overweight people will take to this movie? I wonder what Harry's take will be in how it reduces obesity to pure laziness and overindulgence? I am not a fat person, but I wonder how they will feel about this movie? Do we have so little hope for humanity? Will we really take the earth to the point where garbage will crowd us off the planet? I have a little more faith in our plight. Good points above about consumerism as well, which was not at all veiled, yet the movie and toy products, McDona/lds cups and everything else "Wall-E" are all part of the problem it not so elegantly tries to raise. The visuals were unbelievable though, if you look at the first Toy Story movie you can see how far they have come.

  • June 28, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    WallE blows every othe Pixar movie away. incredible movie.

    by BMacSmith

    how can anyone possibly not like this movie? you have no soul if you dont like it.

  • June 28, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Just Saw The Movie....

    by CCSO1449

    ....and man was I disappointed. I've been a huge fan of Pixar's work in the past and was looking forward to this movie but it just fell flat. Great animation and the story between Wall-E and Eve is cute, at least it has that going for it. The problem is that it tries to hard to cram an enviromental message down your throat for two hours. I felt like the movie was directed by Al Gore. I go to the movies to be entertained, not to have political and eviromental messages pushed on me. I can get that at home on CNN for free. Pixar really let me down with this one.

  • June 28, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    It's not obesity

    by ScotFree

    The people were large, but it wasn't about them being fat at all. Quint mentioned what it was - a nascent state. They'd de-volved, as it were. They were babies. They lacked physical and emotional development because nothing had ever been expected of them - they never matured. As someone who is 1) incredibly overweight and 2) easily offended, I really think that if anyone would be offended by the message (had it been a slam on fat people), it would be me. Instead, its about the power of human contact - each time a resident of the Axiom is touched, it changes them. The guy who falls off his chair, the woman who has her screen turned off...the captain. Pixar knew what it was doing. This movie is an hour and 43 minute master class of film making. Masterpiece? Oh hell yes.

  • June 28, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Perhaps you are in the wrong forum negativebitch

    by zooch

    We are all geeks here. we grew up worshiping film by George Lucas and Steven Speilberg. Pixar films may not be the depth of say Citizen Kane. But they are well crafted, beautiful, inventive, entertaining, and fun like no other films. And I'm not saying shut your brain off when you go to one, they aren't stupid films. They are just classic inspiring little tales that achieve exactly what they are supposed to, and do it well.

  • June 28, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    i finally understand the hate for this now!

    by BMacSmith

    i finally understand the hate now. If you worship at the altar of Walmart and think that any movie that doesnt conform to your strict belief that pollution is a myth (not just global warming, but all pollution!) you will not like Wall-E. too bad, i thought it was a work of art, myself, and most people would consider me a conservative. I never felt like i was preached to at all, and believe me i hate that shit too!

  • June 28, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    i finally understand the hate for this now!

    by BMacSmith

    i finally understand the hate now. If you worship at the altar of Walmart and have a strict belief that pollution is a myth (not just global warming, but all pollution!) you will not like Wall-E. too bad, i thought it was a work of art, myself, and most people would consider me a conservative. I never felt like i was preached to at all, and believe me i hate that shit too!

  • June 28, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    people

    by cesaria

    the only people who think this movie is preachy or trying to ram things down your throat are just looking for something to hate about it. it never once felt forced on me.

  • June 28, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    This was a masterpiece

    by Maxer

    The ability to convey such an engaging romance with no actual lines.. just wow. And seriously, they weren't cramming anything. Consumerism sucks, but they weren't preaching.

  • June 28, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Masterpiece? Absolutely

    by Beard of Zeus

    Trust your instincts. It's Pixar. No more need be said.

  • June 28, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    the twinkie is an old carlin joke

    by bacci40

    both pixar and carlin will last forever

  • June 28, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    We liked it

    by d-bob8

    Took my 4.5 year old today for his !st movie theater movie and we both liked it. I'm curious if anyone noticed any "easter egg" like references to older pixar movies, presumably in all that junk. Also felt like it stirred up a little of the whole "1984" feeling of the future too.(ie apple as creativeness and soul (WallE) vs corporate controled/sheeplike (PC)) But I'm a mac-man so its cool with me. Definitely one of the better movies I've seen.

  • June 28, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Pixar "Easter Eggs"...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I caught a quick glimpse of Rex from Toy Story when Wall*E first opened up his domicile. Don't blink or you'll miss him.

  • June 28, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by Dataset

    Just wonderful. The only complaint is that bone density loss coupled with obesity and micro gravity would have prevented a return to earth. The diaphragm would weaken and prohibit normal lung function and everyone would die of cardiac arrest within weeks. Other than that, it was wonderful!

  • June 28, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    George Lucas needs to take a lesson...

    by depalma25

    from Pixar. This great technology is absolutely useless if it plays second fiddle to good storytelling. The genius of these projects begin with the screenplay. Like the saying goes, "if it aint on the page, it aint on the stage." Lucas still believes it was raised expectations that led such negative reaction to his prequels. Bullshit. Pixar has not only raised the bar of CGI rendered filmmaking, but, really since Toy Story 2, have been expected to hit it out of the ballpark each time up to the plate. And they do.

  • June 28, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    JUST SAW IT...

    by BurgerTime

    It really is one of Pixar's finest creations. It doesn't clobber you like The Incredibles, or tickle the funny bone like Toy Story or Monsters Inc. It doesn't even look as slickly rendered as Cars. <p> But what it does do is weave a quiet, gentle love story among the stars. And be the time the final scenes roll, you're captured. Truly and completely.

  • June 28, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Saw it tonight (POTENTIAL SPOILERS) ...

    by BruceVain

    ... and really, really liked it, although more so the scenes on Earth than the ones in space. Either way, Pixar deserves big kudos for remembering that movies are supposed to tell a story visually, not through dialogue alone (or, worse yet, distract you with disconnected spectacle that's untethered to any sort of narrative). This is a movie that tastes good and is good for you, and anybody who thinks that its message is too partisan is confusing the political with the POLITICIZED. Oh, and spare me from the affected world-weariness of 27-year-old "sophisticates." If you can't see how movies like Monsters Inc. and Nemo use seemingly familiar family-movie tropes to address extremely adult anxieties in a revolutionary way ... well, that only proves that Pixar is waiting for YOU to catch up, not the other way around.

  • June 29, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    you heard it here. One of the best Sci Fi movies EVER

    by T 1000 xp professional

    JUST SAW IT guys and WOWWWWWWWWWWWW. what a beeeaaaautiful movie....one of the best pixar flicks(there are so many great ones) and i'd even say it's one of the best scifi flicks i've seen in a longg time..sorry about hyping it up, but it ain't without reason.

  • June 29, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Pure cinema, pure magic.

    by FarSky

    Absolute brilliance.

  • June 29, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    another reason why it's so good.

    by disfigurehead

    Freakin pet cockroach!

  • June 29, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    OK i asked this on another thread

    by Series7

    But who thought "Nuke the fridge" when they saw the fridge? Also who stayed till the very very end (after the NES graphics of Wall-E) and saw the BNL logo come up after the Disney logo, sort of implying that Disney IS BNL? Its really hard, because I know Stanton and Lasseter and Co are making this magical wonderful movie but they are making it for the company that IS BnL? But man I can't wait to see it again.

  • June 29, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    big f'n surprise - you were invited to Pixar...

    by JimCurry

    and then it turns out you liked the flick.. wow, i'm shocked... good thing for you it really is quite good.

  • June 29, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    I loved this movie

    by Saracen1

    Quite simply, it was adorable.

  • June 29, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    tom bodet

    by The InSneider

    is a cock knocker.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I doubt they'll credit Zelazny for ripping off part of his

    by Dingbatty

    "For a Breath I Tarry"<br> http://www.rcub.bg.ac.yu/~alexp/books/forbreat.html

  • June 29, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    To Whiny ...

    by BruceVain

    Since I'm the "dude" from whom you wanted an explanation of adult themes in Monsters Inc. ... glad you asked! The entire movie is a metaphor for how parents deal with their children's fears. When Sully says in the climax, "She's not afraid of you anymore," he's embodying an experience every parent has at one time or another: realizing that the child has (abruptly, to our grown-up eyes) outgrown an emotional reaction that was largely impenetrable to us in the first place. Were Monsters just a kids' movie, Boo would be the audience-identification character, and would have tons of dialogue ... instead, Sully (the surrogate parent) is the one through whose eyes we see the action, and Boo is a largely nonverbal mystery. What's great about this movie and Nemo (which I think of as companion pieces) is how they speak directly to parents and regard them as more than just babysitters stuck in a theater for a couple of hours.

  • June 29, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Easily The Greatest PIXAR Film Ever, A Must-See Classic...

    by LaserPants

    and one of the greatest animated films ever made. Can't wait to hear how offended the morbidly obese community (and just fat lazy useless people in general which seems to be just about everybody on Earth these days) is by the truth that Wall-E brilliantly, humorously, emotionally, and finally transcendent redemptionly pumps into their clogged up brain cells.<br><br> WALL-E is a must see all time classic.

  • June 29, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    It's good, but COME ON-- HERE'S MY REVIEW

    by corplhicks

    ** MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD ** 5 4 3 2 1 "PIxar comes through again with another display of their superb visual talents, although this time at the expense of an A+ execution and story. WAll E is the last of his kind on a long abandoned, hopelessly polluted Earth, seemingly incapable of supporting plant life. He is forever performing his original function-- clean up garbage. All of his counterparts ceased working long ago. Why his creators instilled a sense of self into an automated garbage machine is unclear. He eventually finds evidence another robotic being and a small plant. This triggers the second half of the film which takes place in space on an Ark, for lack of a better term-- a massive ship where humans exist, but do not "live"-- it was supposed to be in space for 5 years for people to take a cruise while the Earth got cleaned up. We learn later on that the 5 year goal to clean up Earth was deemed impossible and the auto-pilot who really runs the ship, has been programmed to never permit humans to return to their polluted, trashed world. Also, the fate of the other mega-ships holding humans is never discussion, although it is shown in the film that many such ships exist. On it humans are mindless, fat slobs who are fixated on a computer screen brainwashing them into consumerism and eating themselves into gigantism The outer space shots and images of the spaceship are crisp and cool, the images on Earth are dreary and blurry-- we trashed Earth the movie reminds us over and over and over and OVER again. The message of the movie is anti-pollution, save the environment, anti-consumerism (an example of a Mega-Mega Store is shown (guess who they are knocking there?)), and anti-globalization. Also that we are lazy, gluttonous, fat slobs as a species (guess they are right). The story of WAll E himself in terms of his character development is flawed in that he is simply lonely, finds a companion and is interested in her. You never really see that he understands the mission of his companion although maybe that was the idea-- you see him helping her, but it is never clean he "gets it". Naturally, like in every Pixar movie, this is a brief, stressed moment at the end when all seems lost, but is quickly transformed into a feel-good tearjerker of an ending. Overall, its entertaining and the little ones seeing it will never see the gaping holes. Adults will enjoy the cuteness, but they hit-you-over-the-head with the anti- pollution message (and this comes from a "Green" Sierra Club member who believes in this stuff)-- even Earth's orbit is shown to be a disaster. Personally, I found the most entertaining part of the movie the Pixar short film they graced us with at the introduction. I give this 3 *** out of 5."

  • June 29, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Here's the crazy, liberal political message of Wall-E that I too

    by The Wolf at the Door

    Stop being a total lard butt and get off your duff. Learn to take care of yourself, get regular exercise and clean up after yourself. <p> Yeah, I know. It's like FREAKIN AL GORE directed this film! And, um, the script was by Louis Farrakhan, with edits by FDR and Huey Long ... and Abbie Hoffman, and Stalin were the Executive Producers. It's THAT liberal, people! No movie tells me I can't lay around all day watching TV and drinking Super Big Gulps without repurcussions. THIS IS AMERICA, PEOPLE!

  • June 29, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Reality Has A Liberal Bias

    by LaserPants

    Hence the message of this film resonating, deeply, with more or less everyone who sees it. People realize, finally, that we're seeing the world become the place we've been warned about for years, but the right wing stubbornly refuses to acknowledge (something to do with ability to make huge fistfulls of cash off of the things that are killing us, natch. The cash flow trumping EVERYTHING else in the mind of the ultra right winger -- which is one of the reasons the whole right wing Jeebus-freak axis is so weird. Could the teachings of Christ be any farther removed from the agenda of the ultra right wing? They're like polar opposites, Maybe they figure if they pretend to follow Jesus, God won't notice or something?). <br><br>This movie is an exaggeration (hello, its a cartoon after all) and simplification of the core issues, true, but the core issues resonate, are sincere, and hit the core underlying tragedy of this slow-motion train-wreck of a world we've created for ourselves. <br><br>*SPOILER*SPOILER*<br><br>HOWEVER, note that, in the end, the humans change their ways and repair the damage they've done to the Earth (as shown in the brilliant credits sequence with the animated cave paintings / evolution of art montage). So it's hardly that humans are irredeemable slobs, but that they've been led astray by sinister forces of rampant consumerism, the captains of industry, who's waste, neglect, and gross systemic incompetence have led us to the very precipice of a self-inflicted apocalyptic collapse. Don't worry though, if this truth is too hard for you to swallow, there is also a very sweet love story at the core of the film that will also entertain you. It really is a beautifully done film. I can't wait for the DVD.

  • June 29, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Well-said, LaserPants!

    by SAVOIR_faire

    Seconded.

  • June 29, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    i'm a fat, lazy fuck and i wasnt offended by this movie!

    by BMacSmith

    some of you are so sensitive! bunch of fucking pussies! oh no they made fun of Wal-mart! oh no they point out that if you sit on your ass all day and eat you will get fat! HOW DARE THEY!!!!

  • June 29, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else remember ...

    by The Wolf at the Door

    Those commercials they'd show on TV during the after-school cartoons that told kids they should get outside more and watch less TV? I think they were produced by the Mormon Church, and I keep thinking back to those while reading the negative feedback this movie is getting from some corners. <p> I could understand this reaction more if the film was hackneyed, but can you say you weren't still entertained? Moreover, I don't think BNL is ever made out to be "evil" or "greedy," or whatever, just problematic for humanity when taken to an extreme. I mean, really, it's hardly a diatribe or a controversial statement to say you shouldn't let yourself atrophy to the point that you can't support yourself on your own two legs. (Is that what counts for "liberal" these days? Geez!)

  • June 29, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Wall-E Best movie of 2008

    by jesusne0

    Sorry for trying to fit in

  • June 29, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Where are your other Wall*E reviews

    by Larry of Arabia

    I believe a while ago Harry and Mori were talking about how they were dying to write this up but couldn't say anything yet. Well..?

  • June 29, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    It's space, not politics

    by TheSecondQuest

    I think people taking the whole "fat and lazy" thing a bit too seriously as a political statement. It's fact that even relatively short stays in space/zero-to-low-G can have drastic effects on bone mass and other aspects. And since most people wouldn't be willing to endure the rigorous exercise regiment needed to slow those effects (it still wouldn't stop them), after 700 years most people probably would be fat and unable to sustain their own weight. Is there a message there with it in relation to the consumerism? Sure, but only so far as it's an exageration or extrapolation of fact, injected into a larger message. Anyone taking it a direct element of a message should really reconsider their analysis as it just strikes me as not being aware of environmental effects (no pun intended) in space.

  • June 29, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    To paraphrase Kurtwood Smith:

    by Christopher3

    Bitchers leave. Wall-E pwns.

  • June 29, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I kind-of hated this movie...

    by JackIsLost

    And I have loved everything else Pixar has ever done, so I'm not a hater. And I am not offended by the film's "message" and actually think it's good to be environmentally conscious. That is not the problem. The problem is the completely perfunctory and dull plotting that kicks in once Wall-E leaves Earth. There is some nonsense set up so that a plant must not be destroyed and some robot with a HAL-9000 complex is assigned as villain and wants to destroy it. But it all feels so labored... This is not a film where the character's passion drives the plot and that is my big problem. In RATATOUILLE, it's Remi's desire to cook, in TOY STORY, the dolls desire to be loved, in FINDING NEMO the desire for father-son reunion... In Wall-E, there is a desire for connection with another being (by Wall-E, for Eve) but it gets MINIMAL screen-time...maybe 30 minutes total. The rest is focused on this worthless story about the stupid, fat human babies and I grew restless. If only it focused primarily on the robots, this could have been great. It could also made its message with less preachy lectures but whatever... This isn't a terrible movie, I suppose, but compared to most other Pixar work, it is a HUGE disappointment...

  • June 29, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Wall E #1 and Indy 4 with $299,936,000 !!!

    by Orionsangels

    Indy 4 has just about reached 300 million. Okay asshole talkbacker. Where are you? The one who told me Indy 4 would never hit 300 million. Well well look who was right and who was wrong.

  • June 29, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    so so film

    by robamenta

    the first half was fantastic, but once they get to the axiom it falls apart. it becomes very chaotic and a mess. its obvious they had a great set up but didnt know what to do with it. and they also needed to tack on a happy ending, its too bad, becasue it was really touching and had great ideas... in the first half anyway. its the same shit the pulled on the incredibles. they gotta make people feeling good at the end. they need those big busks

  • June 29, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    well, Fark said

    by Stevie Grant

    that the Washington Times said that WallE was a godless commie. Where's Massa's coverage on this flick?

  • June 29, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    But The Movie WAS Primarily Focused on the Robots, Jack

    by LaserPants

    Very nearly it was ALL focused on the robots -- Wall*E and Eve specifically and their developing relationship -- most of the 'message' is background until they get to the ship, so thats kind of a crazy statement to make, Jack, and way off. I do think that the later half of the film is more conventional in a broad sense (chase scene, happy ending), but its still good, nay, GREAT, and one of the most unique animated films ever made. Certainly the most unique Pixar has ever made which is saying a lot. <br><br> Truly I agree that the real brilliance / genius is in the first half, which is really most of the movie -- Wall*E and later EVE on Earth -- told almost completely without dialogue, just sound efx and the robots adorably limited dialogue (mostly just saying each other's name in different inflections, as well as one word phrases like "Directive!" and "Plant!' and so on and so forth in addition to funny referential sound efx, clicks, whirrs, and beeps). I thought it was brilliant, and touching, and more than a little adorable while also being quite dark and clever.<br><br>You're entitled to your opinion, of course, but personally I found Ratatouille kinda 'meh' and WALL*E to be absolutely brilliant, I totally loved it.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Bitch...

    by SmarkJobber

    ...if you're getting sick of hearing the praise, why the hell do you keep coming back to this TB? What is your objective in repeating your dislike of Pixar films? We get it. You hate Pixar. Why bring "Grave of the Fireflies" into this? No one made a comparison to that or any of the other films you mentioned. Why can't they co-exist?<br><br>Wait, have you even seen "Wall-e" yet? If not, I have to ask...why are you in this TB whining (and bitching, negatively) about being exposed to the praise? Who are you trying to convince and what are you trying to convince them of?

  • June 29, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute

    by corplhicks

    "Hey kids, give a hoot, buy my stuff". I think people need to eat less, exercise more, and care about our planet a greater amount. My issue isn't with the message of the movie, it is with the development of the story and characters. There was brilliance, such as the unspoken emotions and communication between the two main characters, but a lot of the rest of the movie was lacking. Seeing humans reduced to mindless drones was idiotic, despite the premise of the movie. And the couple of humans we do meet or have a name have an unclear role. The captain is initially retarded, then grows a brain in 10 minutes???? Puh-Leez. Images of a spoiled Earth were well done. Returning to Earth, someone wrote above that humans learned. There was nothing to "learn" -- the humans who returned were mindless morons incapable of running a culture or planet, let alone figuring out what to do with the garbage can of a planet they have just landed on, i.e., Earth. Only seeing that there was a lot of vegetation near the landing sight gave any hope that they would not all be dead within 30 days. Oh and where is the drinking water? Anyone think of that? Not much to be had, was there?! Come on, admit it, this movie was mediocre at best, despite its sledge hammer message. The Magician short at the beginning was a LOT better.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    "Until they get to the ship"...

    by JackIsLost

    They arrive at the ship at the half-hour mark... I maintain that this film's priorities are ass-backwards and the fact that everyone if focusing on the human subplot and now the bot-love is a sign of the problem.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    KurtLockwood, about those Randy Newman songs...

    by jarjarsjockstrap

    Pretty sure the song playing during the end credits is, in fact, a Randy Newman joint. but don't hold me to that.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    And about the ACTUAL movie...

    by jarjarsjockstrap

    Not bad. I'm probably among the minority, here, in that I thought the first half sucked, as it was the same ol' post-apocalyptic crap we've seen time and again. except, this time, it starred a Johnny 5/ET hybrid. Oh, cool -- WALL-E developed a personality! Never seen that before -- short circuit (cough, cough short circuit. And when WALL-E screams -- totally didn't sound like ET. Nope, not at all. Brief history lesson, guys: Johnny 5 was a complete rip off of ET and the CHARACTER of WALL-E is a complete rip off of them both. That being said, the film's plot, once it kicks into space (literally), is damn-fine sci-fi. damn fine. so, kudos to Pixar for putting together another original plot. Didn't reach the brilliance of Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, the incredibles, (and my personal favorite) Ratatouille -- but it still killed the hell out of all the other animated drivel on the market. And, cars STILL sucks.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Well, for one thing...

    by SmarkJobber

    ...you haven't even seen the movie that you're trying to convince people to avoid! You don't have to click on the "Wall-E" articles. Do you seriously not have have the ounce of self-control it takes to resist discussion of this movie? Don't play the victim, please, it's a fucking movie.<br><br>By the way, I agree that people who like "Wall-E" and are thus excited about animation should check out Miyazaki if they have not already done so, but I don't give a shit if they don't. Personally, I love Miyazaki and Pixar -- why do they have to be compared? You take elitism to a whole new stratosphere -- Pixar fanboys are one thing, you are on a whole other level of snobbery (one where "Rambo" is somehow considered a good movie).

  • June 29, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Its Closer To An Hour Before They Reach The Ship

    by LaserPants

    EVE doesn't even show up until 25-30 minutes in. And most of the time is spent on Earth. At least half, closer to 3/4s of it.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Ok, LaserPants, you obviously didn't see the movie...

    by JackIsLost

    3/4 takes place on the Axiom, not Earth. Either you were high, have very bad memory or are just a liar but the VAST majority takes place on the spaceship with about 20-25 minutes on Earth at the beginning and 5 minutes at the end.

  • June 29, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Of Course Miyazaki Has Explored The Same Themes

    by LaserPants

    in a more emotionally complex manner... buuuut, how does that make Pixar's effort invalid or unworthy? Thats kind of, well, close minded and, dare I say it, retarded. Also, Miyazaki doesn't have the same reach as Pixar does in the States, sad as that may be, more people here have access to Pixar's output than Studio Ghibli's. Although the wonder of internets and Netflix allows your average morbidly obese american slob to have access to Miyazaki's films. Just don't confuse your love of one artists work to mean you have to revile the work of others, especially when they're both good. Open thine mindhole and experience the joy of deep knowings and wisdom havings!

  • June 29, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Jack, I'm Lying, High, And Have Poor Memory

    by LaserPants

    I never saw the movie. Wait, what did I just say? Oh yeah. I never saw the movie. In fact, it took my all weekend to make up this elaborate lie that I saw the film, and that most of it, at least half of it, if not more, was on Earth. You see, I needed an elaborate alibi to cover up the fact that I was shooting speedballs at this dive hotel with your mother for the entire weekend. She still owes me $150 bucks btw, and you can bet your morbidly obese (I assume) behind that I won't forget that! Ha ha! No, wait, what was I.... Oh yeah, seriously, tell the bitch she better pay up or next time she will pay in flesh. Thanks, man. *Kisses*

  • June 29, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Nobody Is Saying Themes Have Never Been Successfully Explored

    by LaserPants

    Unless its the voices in your head that keep telling you this? Maybe you should lay down, take a stress pill, and think things over? I'm not entirely sure what or whom you seem to think you're arguing against. Its okay, they're not out to get you, these... people with their... opinions. They're just people like you and me really, maybe they just don't have access to the same things. Its okay now, shh, rest easy... there you go. Nighty night!

  • June 29, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Fine...

    by JackIsLost

    Go take a stop-watch to record the Earth/Space time lapses of the film and report back, we'll see who's right. And learn how to be funny.

  • June 29, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Short Circuit is a prequel to Wall-E

    by Orionsangels

    How do you know Johnny 5 isn't Wall-E's ancestor? That lighting strike that brought Johnny 5 to life. Was the beginning of scientist understanding how artifical intelligence works.

  • June 29, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Yes, You Should Learn How To Be Funny

    by LaserPants

    I could teach you, but I'd have to charge.

  • June 29, 2008, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I am starting to feel sorry for you Laser...

    by JackIsLost

    That's all.

  • June 29, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Whiny...

    by DoctorWho?

    When you compare Miyazaki to Pixar (Spirited away is one of my ALL time faves) your comparing Shakespeare to JK Rowling...John Coltrane to The Beatles. Most everyday people aren't going to have the attention, vocabulary (literary or musical), or curiosity to take the time to unravel Hamlet or A Love Supreme when they can get much more 'simple' expressions of the human experience. And by 'simple' I do not mean dumbed down or 'not as good'. Simplicity is difficult. That's why poetry is so hard...it takes most shlubs 1500 words to get a point across whereas a great poet cuts right to the bone in 2 lines. You find this to be inherent in the simplest of love songs or silent films. I love to go deep with challenging art too but something like Monsters Inc illustrates the concept of true love as well as any story I've seen...albeit done in a simpler way.

  • June 29, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Your Pity Is Wasted, Jack

    by LaserPants

    But I'm flattered by your concern. It's touching, albeit creepy, and more than a little ironic. BUT, I do think your adoration of me is sincere, and therefore, not without a certain charm. Like when a friendly person with down's syndrome gets all excited, and wants to talk, but is limited by severe cognitive distortions? I would pat you on the head and/or offer you milk and cookies, but I'm unsure if thats the politically correct way to treat retards, I mean, special people, like yourself.

  • June 29, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by 2dope

    Who thinks that Wall-E was just 'okay'? I mean, it was well made, no doubt, but the story was...well, lacking. I mean, if you compare this story to almost any of Pixar's other efforts, it just seemed so light on story. Again, beautifully made, but just not much to the story. Plus, it really took me (and my kids, who asked why they did it after the film) every time they had the President on in Live Action. WTF?? Why do that and have EVERY other human CG?? Made no sense. This is the first Pixar film that my kids have seen that they DIDN'T promptly ask me to take them to Target and get the toys from the film, and that says a LOT. When I asked them about this later, as it was kind of getting me curious, they all said the same thing: None of the robots talked other than to say either each others names and the word 'directive', and how can they play if the "people don't talk daddy?" From the mouths of babes...

  • June 29, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Yes, We're All Corporate Shills, Whiny

    by LaserPants

    But you? You walk on the razors edge of the indie underground D.I.Y. aesthetic. How can you sit in the same room as yourself and not be in, like, total awe of yourself? It must be tough being such an independent maverick soul who surely doesn't like any mainstream movies at all. None at all. But I guess you make up for it in feeling... cool. Or what passes for cool these days. For you. And you alone.

  • June 29, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Ben Burtt

    by heyscot

    I had no idea going in to see the movie today that Ben Burtt was the sound designer on this flick. All I can say is, "Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow." Ben Burtt did such a great job. I know it was more than just him, but he did an absolutely incredible job on the sound in this movie. I will be first in line to get this movie on DVD and if there's any justice in the world, WALL-E is going to win big at the Oscars this year. What a summer for movies! And all this before The Dark Knight!

  • June 29, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Ben Burtt

    by heyscot

    I had no idea going in to see the movie today that Ben Burtt was the sound designer on this flick. All I can say is, "Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow." Ben Burtt did such a great job. I know it was more than just him, but he did an absolutely incredible job on the sound in this movie. I will be first in line to get this movie on DVD and if there's any justice in the world, WALL-E is going to win big at the Oscars this year. What a summer for movies! And all this before The Dark Knight!

  • June 29, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I like this movie...

    by Anton Chigurh

    ...Eva was cool, but Johnny 5 was cooler. Oh snap, that wasn....

  • June 29, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but I FELL ASLEEP during this film.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It looked boring in the previews and what I saw when I was pretty much dragged to see it did nothing to improve my impressions.<p>Mildly cute, Wall-E was simply an annoying ham-handed parable about (SHOCK!) pollution... AGAIN. Sheesh... I saw The Lorax back in the 70s and that was tons more interesting, inventive and instructive than this film.<p>I just CAN'T get excited about a film concerning a boring, lonely robot version of Woody Allen, with a two word vocabulary, who spends half of the film compacting trash into cubes.<p>I LOVE cartoons and love Pixar, but to call this dud of a movie a "masterpiece" is, quite frankly, A JOKE.<p>The preview cartoon, however, was a TREAT. A pity the energy, cleverness and fun of THAT short couldn't be injected into Wall-E.<p>Strictly for kids under 10 and adults suffering from insomnia who have nothing better to do. BLECH! >:P

  • June 29, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    But really...

    by snitchseeker

    Where were all the explosions? Why wasn't there more action!? It was SO BORING... Same people will complain about Michael Bay in the coming months.

  • June 29, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Beautiful Movie

    by flickchick85

    Why can't love stories in movie with actual human beings be that affecting? I think this ties with The Incredibles as my favorite Pixar movies. Just so well done.

  • June 30, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    also...

    by snitchseeker

    are people seriously saying: my kid didn't want to buy the toy and using that as an example for how the movie is no good!? Maybe the kid (unlike the parent) was paying attention to the film and realized he didn't need the toy. The whole point of this film is not that we shouldn't be able to eat fast food, it's that blind consummerism (apathy, seeking after stuff like an animal seeks after food or a mate) is dehumanizing. This movie was an exploration of what it means to be human. That's why it's genius and brilliant and something that Western culture needs to hear.

  • June 30, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Just saw it and it was pretty good

    by Rupee88

    It seems overrated like Finding Nemo, but not as overrated because FN was lame. This was a decent little diversion of a movie but no transcendant masterpiece.

  • June 30, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    SK229

    by Rupee88

    yes Pixar is overrated by the media and so is Wall*E. It's just an Emperor's New Clothes thing at this point. But just from skimming this talkback, you can see that the movie wasn't that good. Pixar has made great films before (TS, TS2, Incredibles), but this is just a solidly good one.

  • June 30, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Bitch...

    by SmarkJobber

    ...you can be dissatisfied with whatever you want (film, music, your life) -- I really don't care. What I want to understand, though, is why you keep bitching about Pixar, over and over and over, like you want to either convince someone that they should not like Pixar films, or that someone needs to convince you to see them the way those who enjoy them do. To add insult to idiocy, you keep saying things like, "...I'm unable to understand why I cant be dissatisfied with mediocrity in story telling, without being regarded as a poseur." The "mediocrity" of Pixar's storytelling is an opinion, but you often state the opinion as fact, which only damages your credibility since you can only back up those statements with adjectives ("lazy," "shallow") instead of actual points. Your one argument -- that Pixar presents simple themes and stories, thus they are mediocre storytellers -- is flawed and extremely shortsighted. Story and theme are obviously important (and I believe Pixar are exceptionally savvy at both), but they are not the only two aspects of storytelling (what about direction, editing, incorporation of sound and score?), yet you still imply story (when you probably mean plot) and theme are the only components of storytelling. As I (and Doctor Who, more recently -- and eloquently) stated before, a story can be simple and familiar and still be good, and it all comes down to the TELLING of that story. <br><br>It's been obvious for quite awhile that Pixar films are not your cup of tea. You've expressed your negativity toward the previous releases and your skepticism with "Wall-E." Do you have anything new to add? No? Then talk to me after you've seen the picture.

  • June 30, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Spaz

    by BruceVain

    Were you checking your watch because you had an appointment to gulp down some more corporate-funded pseudoscience? KIDS: Don't listen to this man. Global warming is irrefutably real, and the only dissenting opinion you will hear is from shills and the people who fund them. (The same applies to evolution.) Now will people stop clogging up the boards with this crap?

  • June 30, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Wall-E promotes DATE RAPE!!!!

    by StrokerX

    Anyone else get that wierd vibe when EVE was on stand-by and Wall-E's dressin her up and rubbin on her an opening her panels n shit. Got the same feeling when Shia was making out on Bumblebee......WIERD

  • June 30, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Best Picture... Period!

    by BeyondStatic

    Obvious choice for Best Sound Design Oscar this year. Definately Best Animated Feature. And absolutely the BEST PICTURE in a very long time. It's beautiful! Everything is photo-realistic. The models are simple, yet effective. The characters perform with such emotion you'd swear they were live-action human. The story works virtually without any dialogue (and never gets boring!): it has a message without being preachy, it is as cautionary as it is heart-warming. This was spot-on filmmaking at its finest! Congratulations, PIXAR! You've outdone yourselves!

  • June 30, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Global Warming Is A Fraud?

    by LaserPants

    So, let me get this straight. You're skeptical of the painstaking research and mountains of documented evidence which proves the theory of global warming to be correct (evidence and research carried out by thousands of scientists around the world), but you have the utmost confidence in the gut feelings of Jeebus-freak billionaire oil-barons like George "Monkey HItler" Bush (gut feelings being based primarily on making sure their cash flow continues no matter what the cost, even our very extinction), you have the utmost confidence in? Gosh, are you sure you're not retarded? I mean, really, are you retarded or just an asshole? Wait, I bet you believe in Intelligent Design too don't you? So, again, documented evidence you don't believe, but the illusion of a magical man who lives in the sky you have no problem believing? Really? So, just because you don't understand something, then the Giant Flying Spaghetti monster must have done it? Wow. I'm sure you don't accept evolution, but clearly, de-evolution is very real. <br><br> Oh no, wait, thats right, all the worlds top scientists are really a part of the insidious liberal conspiracy to make everyone into homosexual socialist abortionists. Why do they hate america so much?

  • June 30, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Rageaholic Morbidly Obese Virgins Between The Ages Of 13-25

    by LaserPants

    Will not like WALL*E. But they don't like anything, so who cares?

  • June 30, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch

    by spud mcspud

    I can't get into a "WALL-E is THAT good... or not" discussion, as I'm in the UK (everybody say Yoo-Kay!) and so can't see it yet. But then I read from one of your posts:<P> "...I'm not upset by the movie itself. I've said it a few times now...Its the hyperbole and flat out bullshit that is constantly pushed down my throat about the movie. Its probally a good kids flick. But why do you and your fellows keep insisting that its the second coming of christ, and that those who do not bow before it are...what is it? "Souless"? You know, like, evil. For not worshipping at the altar of a kids cartoon..."<P> And the ultimate irony is that this is EXACTLY what I thought of BATMAN BEGINS, and will probably think of THE DARK KNIGHT (though I'll give it the BOTD)... A so-so diverting movie that's okay but forgettable, yet every fan in the land is hyping to be the Second coming of Very-Intense-Batman. It's a movie about a man who fights crime DRESSED AS A BAT!!! How fucking realistic can a movie with an idea that dumb at its centre actually be?<P> And, just as you look down WALL-E, a movie you see as an average movie hyped beyond its ability to entertain... I think EXACTLY the same about THE DARK KNIGHT. Undoubtedly Ledger will be awesome in it, everyone else is either miscast or wasted (though maybe not Eckhart and Gylenhaal). But BEGINS was a movie in love with its own seriousness and realism, and fundamentally missed the mark because of it - I think TDK will go the same way.<P> WALL-E, on the other hand... Gotta disagree with you, 'Bitch, because everything I've seen about this movie screams Instant Classic to me, and I'm pretty damn sure I won't be disappointed when the UK gets it.<P> And to everyone else: What's with the CARS hate? It's my favourite Pixar movie so far, and I could go on and on about why. It's got real depth in it, for a movie about talking fucking cars.

  • June 30, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    WANTED

    by spud mcspud

    Waaaaaaay over-rated. Though McAvoy was great in it, his character was a whiny bitch that became an arrogant cocksucker, Jolie was absolutely wasted (though great to look at as always) and the only enjoyment in it was seeing Morgan Freeman change from playing Morgan Freeman all the way through it to being like a south Park version of Morgan Freeman in the last couple of scenes. I have not laughed so much at a pronunciation of the word "motherfucker" since a DIE HARD movie. Damn funny. But generally, WANTED was a let-down, bar the action scenes, which were Matrix-Reloaded-freeway spectacular.

  • June 30, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Has Anyone Actually Said WALL*E Is The Second Coming?

    by LaserPants

    I love how people like WhinyBitch damn the perceived hyperbole of the movie (Hyperbole in a cartoon! Say it ain't so! Duh.) and people's reaction to it whilst simultaneously using infinitely more hyperbolic language to describe the film and people's reaction to it. That is the very height of hypocrisy, and reveals a complete lack of self-awareness and critical judgement. I don't think I've heard anyone praise the film as the second coming of anything. The praise WALL*E is getting is apt and well-deserved. If you don't like it, thats fine, but at least do try to make sense and adhere to some kind of logical consistency in your argument.

  • June 30, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Laserpants

    by spud mcspud

    I humbly suggest that if what you're looking for in these online discussions are self-awareness and critical judgment, you may be here a loooooooooooooooooooong time, my friend. Mostly I think people come on here just to piss each other off and use cuss words they've invented. Bollockgobblers.<P> I still think WALL-E looks great, and can't wait to see it in the Yoo-Kay.

  • June 30, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    HOW DO THEY RE-PRODUCE ON THE SHIP

    by g-ride9000

    CAUSE THEY DON'T TOUCH, and that means they don't have sexual intercourse. Are there intercourse robots onboard?

  • June 30, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Spud McSpud

    by LaserPants

    Ain't that the truth! Btw, WALL*E is great. If you liked the trailers, wait 'till you see the movie. I'm sure you will enjoy it once it gets across the pond to the Yoo-Kay!

  • June 30, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    "Will Never Get The Cars Hate"

    by awepittance

    "Will Never Get The Cars Hate" <br><br> - "get r done' stars as one of the cars - owen wilson voices the main characters <br><br> do you need more reasons?

  • June 30, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    re:BruceVain

    by awepittance

    about global warming schills, you may find it interesting that schills come from the pro global warming side of things too. carbon taxing will soon become a very profitable operation. Notice how large oil companies like BP are now making commercials hyping global warming fears? coporations & governments will make a lot of cash playing on these fears in the near future. yes global warming is real, but at the same time there is a growing propaganda based movement that is schilling for the pro global warming movement.

  • June 30, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Adored it... As good as Ratatouille

    by agubie

    I hope it gets a Best Picture nomination, even though I think Ratatouille was a bit better and also deserved one. Peter Gabriel's song during the end credits was great too.

  • June 30, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Best Pic

    by SAVOIR_faire

    Ok, I'm still laughing at the Global-warming denial... . . But Just long enough to submit to youse that if Beauty/Beast was worth a best picture consideration, Wall-E is most definitely worthy of a nomination... Yes, I said it. Best PICTURE. (So far, anyway.)

  • June 30, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by Rupee88

    you retard the title of this article is that Wall E is a "masterpiece"...we are all reacting to that hyperbole. It just wasn't that good...just an OK, pretty good, entertaining movie. That doesn't mean it sucked, but it wasn't much better than Kung Fu Panda and not even in the same league as Incredibles.

  • June 30, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    So ...

    by BruceVain

    ... when do the Holocaust deniers show up?

  • June 30, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    WallE is a masterpiece Beleive the Hype this

    by CrichtonAstronut

    movie is beautiful.

  • June 30, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    WallE and EVE are brilliant. Tug at every heart string.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    so much done with so little speech. Beautiful. This is how you make great film about Robots. And the human allegory is well placed and well worth examining.

  • June 30, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I mean the humans becoming to trapped I they're

    by CrichtonAstronut

    easy pleassures and dependent on the technology that provides them. It took a couple of brave little robots to wake them up.

  • July 1, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    If you didn't like this movie

    by Durendal

    Then I would say, "May God have mercy on your soul", but that would assume you even have a fucking soul. This movie was fan-fucking-tastic.

  • July 1, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Zax

    by Russtavo

    Wall-E looks like the love-child of Zax and Johnny 5 to me.

  • July 1, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    just saw it on Sunday

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    before I read any of this thread. IMHO, it's one of Pixars best. Better than Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars (which I liked)...I rank it with Nemo and Toy Story. Visually perfect, and really a heartwrenching ending. I would like to have a pet cockroach now, living in a Twinkie.

  • July 1, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    The last five minutes wrecked me...that's right

    by drewlicious

    I was so involved in those characters that if it ended unhappily (not a possibility, I know) it would have devastated me. Not bad for a cartoon.

  • July 2, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Spazatronic 2000

    by quantize

    you fuckin dumb spaz. Go watch The Corporation you fuckin tard.

  • July 2, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Spazatronic 2000 scientifially proven to be retarded

    by quantize

    swallowing one-eyed pseudo-science. follow your leader GWB straight to hell tosser.

  • July 2, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    and...

    by quantize

    any cocksucker who blithers on with that drivel about 'elites' is a total moron...tell the Oil Barons you jackoff

  • July 2, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Spamtronic 2000

    by quantize

    circa 17th century flat earth society

  • July 2, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    yeh yeh everyone ELSE is a sheep

    by quantize

    i bet you cry like a baby after you jerk off in the mirror. Take your superior little ween attitude...enough of us have enough common sense to tell something is seriously fucking up. You can burn idiot..nobody will give a shit.

  • July 2, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    My wife took the kids

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and said they were kind of bored by it. But I know my wife's tastes in movies, and I suspect she just didn't "get" it. I haven't seen it yet (and I was jealous of them). She mentioned there isn't much dialogue until the end. Frankly, I didn't see why this would be a problem so long as what you're looking at his compelling and the images tell the story. Take Apocalypto for example. I loved that movie, and it didn't bother me lick that I couldn't understand the dialogue. Or Pan's Labyrinth. Or other classics like Silent Running where there isn't much dialogue. Yeah, I just don't think she "got" it. Rottentomatoes has it at something like 96% fresh, so apparently there are folks out there who think it's the great Pixar flick I expect it to be when I see it.

  • July 2, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    right wing america hates it

    by oscarmike

    apprantly it's liberal poison being fed to kids. which makes me want to slap them and scream "it's a cartoon movie for kids you dope"

  • July 2, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Ties to the game Portal

    by OQuaTanginWann

    I took my 4 year old daughter and she was bored for the last act, but sat through it all. I loved it and think it's one of Pixars best movies. <br><br> My one observation is that the preview cartoon played off the same idea as the brilliant little game Portal. Even the 'antagonist' in the actual film is straight out of Portal (and more obviously Kubrick's 2001.)

  • July 3, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    This one's for the grownups, definitely

    by SAVOIR_faire

    And I love that. It's for humans who know about our flaws - kids aren't hip to all of that yet. They still think their parents are perfect.

  • July 3, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Well I just saw it... nice movie...

    by Johnno

    This is perhaps the one Pixar movie with teh least amount of dialogue ever! I'm surprised by how much character they gave the robos, truly an achievement. But in the grand scheme of things, nothing that great... Still, it's worth the price of admission.

  • July 3, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    "Eva!"

    by Rocklover79

    The mispronunciation of that name still makes me smile uncontrollably.

  • July 4, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    A Different take

    by crgjckhmmr

    Just got back from seeing Wall-E a second time. I noticed in one of the first shots windmills and nuclear power plants. This implies to me perhaps the global warming issue was addressed in Wall-E's future Earth. However, in doing so and not checking the other drawbacks of unchecked consumerism, we became buried in our own junk. The clean power issue is nonexistent as far as I can see. The Axiom has had power for the last 700 years. In the end credits it seems to be a point that technology lives harmoniously with the new earthlings.

  • July 4, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Only Tinfoil-hatters & Douchebags use the word "sheeple"

    by G100

    Surely everyone knows that ?<p> <p>Wall-E however is a beautiful little jewel of a film that rewards multiple viewings.

  • July 4, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Liked it, didn't love it

    by BeatsMe

    Character design was great, character was cute as hell, but as many said, it felt a bit preachy and I didn't really think the story sustained itself for the whole running time. The whole plot with getting the plant just wasn't all that interesting, and when your main villain really seems to be "lethargy," it's hard to maintain much in the way of dramatic tension.

  • July 4, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    It's really good

    by Bricktops hammer

    I just wasn't blown away like all the hype suggested i would be. I still prefer The Incredibles. Brad Bird neeeeeeeeds to make a sequel to that. Itis one of the best superhero movies ever made, animated or not. Long Live The Underminer!!!!

  • July 4, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    In my 30's

    by Bricktops hammer

    and I saw it alone....woe is me

  • July 5, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Not a chance that this movie gets nominated for Best Picture

    by SnowDogs

    I don't understand the relentless hype for this movie. What is it that all of you geeks are connecting with? There's zero tension in the movie and the emotional beats are weak. There was no sense of awe in the movie and the laughs were mild. I agree with what somebody else said, the emperor has no clothes and all of you are rushing to praise Pixar for one of their weakest efforts. Look, I love Pixar movies too, but Wall-E might be their worst film. Seriously. I don't see how it gets nominated for Best Picture when a lot of people I know don't even think it's the best animated feature this year (Kung Fu Panda). Props to Pixar for trying something new, but please quit hurting yourselves to mindlessly praise Pixar, all right?

  • July 5, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    No mindless praising...

    by snitchseeker

    The majority of people on here have expressed reasons for their love of the film. They aren't mindlessly praising pixar, they're emphatically praising Wall-e because it resonated with them. Quit being a hater. If you didn't think the movie was as strong as everyone else, fine, but quit "hurting yourself" by being a dick.

  • July 5, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Waiting

    by barry convex

    When are Harry and Moriarty going to review WALL-E?

  • July 5, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Count me as a hater

    by Skywise

    Put me in the group as a dislike. [spoilers ahoy] Don't get me wrong, for a normal movie this would be great. But for Pixar I thought it was pretty weak. The first half is great, the problem is that the "B" story all but kills this movie and seems to be nothing more than back filler to stretch out the love story. For instance, if BNL was in total control of the "5 year" mission then why did the ship have robot probes? If BNL had ordered the robots never to come back to earth then why did the robots send out probes to check on Earth's condition?! Then commit mutiny to stop the plant from activating the return feature?! Then they go for a cheap heart string pull ending but don't even give you the emotional satisfaction of that by immediately doing a "just kidding". It didn't drag like Cars did (heh) but after 2 showings I don't have a real desire to want this on DVD. That's a first for me. (Except the short at the beginning... My GOD... we CAN still do olde style Warner Bros. cartoons!!!)

  • July 5, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Wall-E was a nice movie.

    by Orionsangels

    Was it everything they said at AICN? Hell no! Maybe they saw another movie. Maybe I have to watch again? I don't know, but I wasn't blown away. It was slow going. I'll say this, It's a well made film and I do love outerspace and the use of Hubble images was a nice touch. Wall-E himself is instantly likable. The audience seemed to chuckle everytime Wall-E was on screen. Eve is awesome. There was something endearing though about the way says Wall-E. So as you guys know there's romance and It gets sentimental by the end. Yeah pretty predictible, but there is a story involving a plant. Which I guess I shouldn't spoil. So in a nutshell it's a cute movie, but Wall-E isn't for everyone. At times it can be the 2001 A Space Odyssey for children. Long drawn out scenes where nothing really happens. In this fast short attention span world we live in today. It'll be hard to sit through for some, but thankfully I still have a child like sense of wonder and could appreciate this well crafted film. Something that was odd to me. On the space cruise ship. It's CGI humans, but the president of earth 700 hundred years ago (played by Fred Willard) and a quick advertisement. Uses live action humans. Huh? That was odd for a Pixar film and it stuck out like a sore thumb.

  • July 5, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Skywise

    by snitchseeker

    You aren't a hater...hater's are the one's that call people idiots for liking (or disliking) something. You're free to dislike it all you want. The reason the probes kept getting sent out was because it was a secret directive, the humans are supposed to think going back is an option (they just don't because so much time has passed)

  • July 5, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Oh actually Fred Willard was the BnL CEO

    by Orionsangels

    My bad. He looked presidential in that one last scene he had.

  • July 5, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    So yeah

    by Orionsangels

    Wall-E was a nice movie. Was it everything they said at AICN? Hell no! Maybe they saw another movie. Maybe I have to watch again? I don't know, but I wasn't blown away. It was slow going. I'll say this, It's a well made film and I do love outerspace and the use of Hubble images was a nice touch. Wall-E himself is instantly likable. The audience seemed to chuckle everytime Wall-E was on screen. Eve is awesome. There was something endearing though about the way she says, Wall-E. So as you guys know there's romance and It gets sentimental by the end. Yeah pretty predictible, but there is a story involving a plant. Which I guess I shouldn't spoil. So in a nutshell it's a cute movie, but Wall-E isn't for everyone. At times it can be the 2001 A Space Odyssey for children. Long drawn out scenes where nothing really happens. In this fast paced short attention span world we live in today. It'll be hard for some to sit through, but thankfully I still have a child like sense of wonder and could appreciate this well crafted film. Something that was odd to me. On the space cruise ship. It's CGI humans, but the BnL CEO (played by Fred Willard) and a quick BnL advertisement. Uses live action humans. Huh? That was odd for a Pixar film and it stuck out like a sore thumb. Also the voice of AUTO reminded me of the voice from the Lumines Live! menu screen.

  • July 5, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    GIVE ME THE AMULET, YOU BITCH!!!!

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

  • July 6, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Snitchsneeker

    by Skywise

    "The reason the probes kept getting sent out was because it was a secret directive, the humans are supposed to think going back is an option" Well see, that's my point, when did they think that? The robots did ALL the work and it was made (painfully) obvious that the humans didn't think for themselves. Secondly the dialog specifically states that the ships were only designed to take the humans on a 5 year cruise until the Earth could get cleaned up. (Personally I think the script got misedited here and it leads me to wonder what the original story was because I get the distinct feeling this was a last minute "disneyfied" recut for marketing purposes... Consider that the whole story makes more sense if there were probes going EVERYWHERE looking for habitable life to offload the humans. Then when the bots figured out that Eve had been to Earth they had to intervene. The animation indicates that there were many probes and a whole subsystem of the ship was obviously devoted to probe handling. Even the protocol for handling the plant life (the manual scene) indicates that the ship would go to the point of origin of whereever the plant was from. But all the relevant dialogue AFTER that indicates that they only went to Earth. Another consideration... Fred Willard. Why did Pixar use an ACTUAL human as a pretty major character? Dramatic Artistic License? Or did they need to make a "fast edit" which would've taken time to animate but a day or two to film...

  • July 6, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Incredible Animation

    by rickdeckard1

    I have never seen such fluid, seamless animation. PIXAR knocked this one out of the park. The white metal ( Eve ) , reflections, etc, looked incredibly real. BTW, great film, see in the biggest screen you can find.

  • July 6, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Almost Great, but Not Quite imo...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    I think movies best operate on what feels true, and I think Wall E lost that towards the end when it went off on the humans taking care of the earth bit. For me, as long as the movie stuck to Wall E, it was brilliant on a level Pixar hadn't reached before, both from a storytelling perspective and an animation standpoint. Wall E gives the viewer inherently alien but satirical viewpoint to relay the story through. But once it left Wall E and started doing the human storyline about repopulating the earth, it became an mildly entertaining movie children's cartoon with environmental themes, which was good but nowhere near as great or beautiful as the bits that focused on Wall E. But that's not to hate cause it's still one of the handful of movies released this year that I'd even consider revisiting. Very, very good movie with a lot of great sequences in it.

  • July 6, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    WALL - E is not a cartoon...

    by orliplayer

    Is an animated movie. I've had it with people saying that all animated movies are cartoons. Animation is a freaking art form, not a genre. Horror is a genre, comedy is a genre. Since you can do any genre in animated form, animation's not a genre. So all the ignorant people that keep saying that WALL-E is a cartoon and all Pixar movies are for kids, stop it. Learn. Open your minds. Feed your sun-dried, pansy-ass brains. Now, I just saw WALL-E today and I have to agree with Quint. It is a masterpiece!! You ADD people think that a movie has to be funny or have some sort of amazing action every 5 minutes in order to be great don't know jack about pacing or storytelling... You don't look at a painting and say "the painting would've been better if it had more red or black", you just admire it. Beauty is in the eye of beholder so, you're entitled to your opinion, but stop demeaning the people who loved it. Different movies, different tastes. I got a little bit carried away but that's all I wanted to say.

  • July 6, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry chaplinatemyshoe....

    by orliplayer

    You just happened to be the one before my post, I was to you only, but even if you don't mean it as a bad way, you have to be corrected. CG animation works to deliver a story that would be way too hard (and expensive) to do, like japanese animation. It just pisses me off every time that I hear somebody say the movie is for kids just because it's an animated movie. My apologies if I sounded too harsh.

  • July 6, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I meant....

    by orliplayer

    that my comments were not directed only at you, but at all the times I read in the talkbacks that the movie is a children's cartoon.

  • July 7, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    You fucking would!!

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    YEAH

  • July 7, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

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  • July 7, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    saw it...good not great.

    by FleshMachine

    it was better than cars and ratatoille....but below all the others (the toy stories, monster inc, incredibles, nemo and bugs life all made me laugh more and entertained me more than wallE). there's something missing in pixars new films. they have that shallow slightly preachy, 1 dimensional, condecending, disney thing going on maybe.

  • July 7, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    orliplayer

    by FleshMachine

    way to steal that "animation is not a genre" quote. pixar films ARE indeed for kids. just like harry botter books are FOR kids. the fact that all ages can enjoy them is not the point. they are primarily made for, and marketed to, kids. and they ARE cartoons just like simpsons is a cartoon. demanding it be called it "animation" is pretentious semantics.

  • July 7, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Fleshmachine

    by snitchseeker

    Why does it have to be "for" anyone? Why can't the art just stand on its own, why do we need to hedge it into a demographic? That's fucked up that our art now days is subject to our marketing scheme.

  • July 7, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Fleshmachine

    by orliplayer

    You remember the first Pixar shorts? They were made for adults, just to show the technology they had. Tell me if they involved gore, adult themes, swearing or deep storylines... Do you think Luxo Jr was made for kids? Not at all!! Just rent the Incredibles movie and hear Brad Birds commentary on the issue, ok?

  • July 7, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Pretentious semantics?

    by orliplayer

    Definition of "Animated Cartoon": An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). This is distinct from the term "animation" or "animated film", as not all follow the definition. So, "Presto" is an animated cartoon and "WALL E" is an animated film. Get it? Plus, Animated films and cartoons are expressions of art, since you can portray all kinds of emotion, like fear (horror), happiness (comedy) or sadness (drama). So, animation is not a genre. It's just that americans always relate animation with kids, degrading any and all animation as kid's stuff.

  • July 7, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by orliplayer

    Most people go into the Pixar movies or any other animated movies thinking that they are all comedies or musicals!! And when the movie is not, they are quick to say it wasn't good. That's why japanese animation has had such a hard time getting into the states. Make your mind about the movie AFTER seeing it!! Don't just assume the movie is a children's movie just because it is animation.

  • July 7, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    And it's only a children's movie....

    by orliplayer

    If the children are the only people capable of enjoying. This is a family movie, meaning there's something for everyone. Same problem with most Nintendo games; just because they don't feature blood and guts, they're treated like kiddie games, when in fact they are not.