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article imagePixar's WALL-E The Robot Wins The Hearts Of Young And Old Alike

By Nikki Weingartner     Jul 2, 2008 in Entertainment
What do you get when technology takes over the earth and the human race no longer has to do anything for itself? Well, you'll have to see the movie to find out. However, the reviews are in and WALL-E is topping the charts.
Depleted of all organic life forms, the earth is in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic state with rusted "old" items forming massive trash heaps shaped like high rise buildings. Only one little rusted out trash compacting robot named WALL-E exists.
He says nothing, simply collecting bits of archaic garbage during his methodic and lonely task of compacting trash. Movie goers will find it humorous as WALL-E adds to his collection of junk such as zippo lighters and one very confusing spork. His only companion during his preprogrammed daily work is a cockroach (robot, of course) who sleeps in a twinkie and a VCR tape of Hello, Dolly!
The musical numbers in Hello, Dolly! teach WALL-E about romance. Enter EVE, a high-tech robot programmed in search of organic life on the planet earth. After a few close encounters with EVE's advanced weaponry, the very shy WALL-E manages to befriend the female spybot until she accomplishes her mission and much to WALL-E's amazement, shuts down.
The remainder of the movie goes through WALL-E's loyalty to following EVE in hopes that she will awake and his adventures through space only to discover where all the "humans" have gone. However, the humans have become very overweight, relying solely on technology for all of their needs and consuming all of their calories through a jumbo sized drinking cup and straw.
According to the New York Times, Pixar has returned to the Toy Story style for this movie and yet the believable world of what human life could become in all of its outlet malls and calories in a cup options (taking digs at movie goers as well) really hits home.
Nearing the climax, the movie is like 2001: A Space Odyssey's Hal in animated form, but with fantastic animation and a great story line that actually made sense. I extends beyond mindless fantasy and covers topics such as the earth, emotion, romance, health and yes, even stopping and smelling the roses along the way. A truly balanced movie for all ages.
As far as backing up those claims with cold hard cash, it went straight to number one, selling $62.5 MILLION in US dollars in tickets sales during opening weekend, beating out Angelina Jolie's Wanted, which brought in $51.1 MILLION US dollars in the same time-frame.
From a personal review, the movie theater was still packed on day five and in some parts, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. And there always seems to involve a neurotic individual, in this case an OCD robot good for lots of laughs.
This is definitely a must see for anyone who has children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friend's children, animals, loves our earth, loves robots, loves space, enjoys animation, loves romance or loves going to the movies.
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