Disney-Pixar do it again with Wall-E!
The wait is over! Disney Pixar's latest movie Wall-e is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The Wall-e movie promises to be another great Disney Pixar hit. The storyline is that humans have messed up the earth so much they have to leave the planet and wait for the robots to clean it up. But the robots all break down. Except for Wall-e. (Waste Allocation Load Lifter -- Earth-Class).
The character seems almost child-like. Wall-E spends all day compacting trash, and in the mean time he discovers treasures which he keeps in his Playmate cooler, for transfer to his collection shelf inside his "home".
Wall-e is all alone on Earth. That is until Eve arrives. She was sent by the humans to find out whether or not it is safe for them to return to the Earth.
Wall-e is a love story like nothing that we have seen before. The pre release reviews have all been very positive. Although Wall-e uses very little dialogue it manages to touch the heart of the audience.
Wall-e falls in love with Eve and so will you. Her full name is Extra Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator. She is a sleek, sophisticated probe droid who is far more advanced than Wall-e. She can fly and has her own very destructive laser gun.
The Wall-e movie is a love story with a powerful message. The relationship between Eve and Wall-e seems very real, even if they are both robots.
Wall-e is directed by Andrew Stanton who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for his movie Finding Nemo. Andrew Stanton thought of the idea for the Wall-e movie before Toy Story was made.
Ben Burtt designed most of the voices, which are mostly electronic sounds. To make the sounds he took mechanical sounds and combined them to resemble dialogue. Burtt is known for his work on the Star Wars movies.
Wall-e had to wait a while from the original concept to arriving on the screen. After Andrew Stanton had completed Finding Nemo he felt that the technology was ready to create the effects that he needed for the movie. His feeling was that if they could create the effect of the sea, the the air was the next step.
The movie has something for everyone. The animation is perfect, and while there is little dialog throughout the movie, it is still engaging in a way which demonstrated that communication is often independent of words. This is a big movie which will keep you engaged for 90 minutes. See it on the big screen!
WALL-E is a 2008 computer animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film, which follows the romance between two robots in the future, will be released on June 27, 2008. The film is being directed by Andrew Stanton, whose previous film, Finding Nemo, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Jim Morris, who previously worked for Lucasfilm, will be the producer. Most of the characters are not voiced by actors, but by sound design by Ben Burtt which resembles voices. Thomas Newman, who composed Finding Nemo, will reunite with Stanton to compose the film's score.
According to John Lasseter in a presentation to Disney corporate investors:
WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it's set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.
Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he's left on Earth doing his duty all alone. But it's not a story about science fiction. It's a love story, because, you see, WALL∑E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to check on Earth, and she's left there to check on and see how things are going and he absolutely falls in love with her.
WALL-E is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth-class.
Creating the Movie
Andrew Stanton conceived WALL-E
before Toy Story
was made: the idea was, "What if mankind evacuated Earth and forgot to turn off the last remaining robot?" Pete Docter developed the film for two months in 1995, after Stanton explained the story to him, but he decided to make Monsters, Inc.
(2001) instead. The idea continued to preoccupy Stanton, because of his love of space opera and personifying inanimate objects. In his vision of the future, "WALL-E is the only one still truly living. And what is the ultimate purpose of living? To love. And WALL-E falls head over heels with a robot named EVE. Now, WALL-Eís feelings arenít reciprocated because EVE has no feelings. Sheís a robot, cold and clinical. WALL-E is the one who has evolved over time and achieved the ability to feel. So in the end, itís gonna be WALL-Eís pursuit to win EVEís heart, and his unique appreciation of life to become mankindís last hope to rediscover its roots. In short, itís going to take a robot's love to help make the world go round."
After directing Finding Nemo
, Stanton felt they "had really achieved the physics of believing you were really under water, so I said 'Hey, letís do that with air.' Letís fix our lenses, letís get the depth of field looking exactly how anamorphic lenses work and do all these tricks that make us have the same kind of dimensionality that we got on Nemo
with an object out in the air and on the ground.'" Producer Jim Morris added that the film was animated so that it would feel "as if there really was a cameraman". Dennis Muren was hired to advise Pixar on replicating science fiction films from the 1960s and 1970s, including elements such as 70 mm frames, barrel distortion and lens flare. Scale models were made for Muren, which he used to teach Pixar.
The design of the robots came about by Stanton telling his designers, "See it as an appliance first, and then read character into it.". In creating the title character, the animators were inspired by a pair of binoculars and Luxo Jr., the lamp featured in the Pixar logo. Stanton was playing with a pair of binoculars, which looked happy or sad depending on whether they were upside down or not. Stanton felt "you don't need a mouth, you don't need a nose, you get a whole personality just from the eyes", which meant the audience would feel "he is not just a human in a robot shell". WALL-E's body came from the logic of having his body curl up like a turtle and tank treads that would allow him to overcome any terrain. The director also acknowledged he may have been subconsciously influenced by the film Short Circuit (which he has only seen once).
Stanton pitched the story to Ben Burtt who signed on to do the sound design. There is little traditional dialogue in the film; Stanton joked, "Iím basically making R2-D2: The Movie", in reference to Burtt's work on Star Wars. To create dialogue, Burtt took various mechanical sounds, and combined them to resemble dialogue. For a character named AUTO, Burtt used old Maritime military sounds to express the character's emotions. Jeff Garlin is voicing a Captain, who is the only animated character who speaks. Fred Willard will have a live action role as the CEO of Buy n Large. John Ratzenberger, who has voiced characters in every Pixar film, cameos as a character called John, while Sigourney Weaver and Kathy Najimy have roles. Weaver voices an onboard computer: her casting was a nod to the Alien films. Executive producer John Lasseter said about the film's lack of dialogue that "the art of animation is about what the character does, not what it says. It all depends on how you tell the story, whether it has a lot of dialogue or not."
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