WALL-E

Joy Fleishhacker — School Library Journal, 6/2/2008 11:35:00 AM

Robot Romance

For film fans who are tired of superheroes and big-action blockbusters, WALL-E (not yet rated), a computer-animated motion picture, promises a breath of fresh air. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Set in the 29th century, this science fiction story stars WALL-E (an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class), one of a cadre of robots left on Earth to clean up after people (humans have decamped onto luxurious space cruisers until the job is done and the planet is once again inhabitable). The last of his kind, WALL-E has been tirelessly collecting and compacting trash for more than 700 years. When EVE, a sleek and sophisticated research probe, arrives on Earth via spaceship, WALL-E is immediately smitten. The love-struck robot embarks on an adventure that takes him into outer space, trawls the depths of his devotion, and ultimately changes his existence.

Blending action, comedy, and romance with an endearing protagonist, this film relies more on visual storytelling than on traditional dialogue. Ben Burtt, who created the “voice” of robot R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” series, did the sound design, combining a mélange of mechanical sounds to replicate dialogue and express the characters’ emotions. The film also features the voice talents of Jeff Garlin, John Ratzenberger, and Sigourney Weaver.

 (Article from School Library Journal)

*Release date of WALL-E in Singapore: 28 August 2008

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