The highly acclaimed director of Finding Nemo and the creative storytellers in the back of Cars and Ratatouille transport you to a galaxy not so far away for a new cosmic comedy adventure about a decided robot named Wall-E. Experience the exciting animated hit film with theater-quality sound and the most pristine picture available on Disney Blu-ray Disc. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable Wall-Ediscovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve. Sign up for them and a hilarious cast of characters on an implausible journey across the universe. Transport yourself to a fascinating new world with Disney-Pixar’s latest adventure — unsurpassed on Blu-ray Hi-Def. Loaded with bonus features, including the animated short “Burn-E,” this 3-disc set overflows with fun for all of the family.
Pixar genius reigns in this funny romantic comedy, which stars a robot who says absolutely nothing for a full 25 minutes yet in some way completely transfixes and endears himself to the audience within the first few minutes of the film. As the last robot left on earth, Wall-E (voiced by Ben Burtt) is one small robot–with a big, big heart–who holds the future of earth and mankind squarely in the palm of his metal hand. He’s outlasted all the “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class” robots that were assigned some 700 years ago to clean up the environmental mess that man made of earth whilst man vacationed aboard the luxury spaceship Axiom. Wall-E has dutifully gone about his job compacting trash, the extreme solitude broken only by his pet cockroach, but he’s developed some oddly human habits and ideas. When the Axiom sends its continuously scheduled robotic EVE probe (Elissa Knight) to earth, Wall-E is instantly smitten and proceeds to take a look at to impress EVE with his collection of human memorabilia. EVE’s directive compels her to bring Wall-E’s newly collected plant sprout to the captain of the Axiom and Wall-E follows in hot pursuit. Suddenly, the human world is turned upside down and the Captain (Jeff Garlin) joins forces with Wall-E and a cast of other misfit robots to lead the now lethargic people back home to earth. Wall-E is a great family film with the most impressive aspect being the depth of emotion conveyed by a simple robot–a machine typically considered devoid of emotion, but made so absolutely touching by the magic of Pixar animation. Also well-worth admiring are the sweeping views from space, the creative yet disturbing vision of what bizarre luxuries a future space vacation might offer, and the innovative use of trash in a future cityscape. Underneath the slapstick comedy and touching love story is a poignant message about the folly of human greed and its potential effects on earth and all of the human race. Wall-E is preceded in theaters by the comical short Presto in which a magician’s rabbit, unfed one too many times takes his revenge against the egotistical magician. (Ages 3 and older) –Tami Horiuchi