Disney and Pixar have done it again… created a movie thoroughly enjoyed by the kiddies all while their parents stay plenty entertained by decent storylines and hidden adult humor. In fact, they took it to a different level this time. Not only was I able to tolerate Wall-E, but I believe I enjoyed it more than my son did.
synopsis from fandango.com:
Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend. The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has been taking out the trash, and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. When highly advanced search robot EVE makes friends with WALL-E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to let the humans know that there’s hope for their home planet after all. But after centuries alone in space, WALL-E can’t stand the thought of losing the only friend he’s ever known, and eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, the friendly trash-collecting robot who has always known what he was made for gradually begins to understand what he was meant for.
With a few elements handled differently, Wall-E could have easily been an adult science fiction movie, or even a mini-series. It provided a unique view on the age-old sci-fi theme of what could happen to the planet and humanity in the distant future. The only knock would be that it could have been too advanced of a concept to be an adequate children’s flick. My 5-year old was asking questions throughout the entire film asking me what was happening and why, but then again, he’s 5… I’m sure children a few years older could grasp and appreciate the plot. He was still kept entertained by Wall-E’s and his co-stars’ actions for the duration of the movie.
When Wall-E hits DVD and Blu-ray, it’s an easy release-date purchase. The movie will look and sound perfect on your home theater… and keep the kids entertained when you need some quiet time at home. Until then, don’t think twice about checking it out in the theaters. It works for everything from a family outing to a date movie, and everything in between. My biggest question is… how many more tricks does Pixar have up it’s sleeve? They just keep knocking out family classic after family classic. We’re getting so spoiled, the first stinker they throw out is going to hurt… if that could ever possibly happen.