Re-watching “WALL-E”

WALL-E is one of the most imaginative stories I’ve ever seen and it gets better with repeated viewings because there is so much to see, it’s unlikely you’ll notice everything the first or even second time around. For the longest time, Finding Nemo was my favourite Pixar movie, but Wall-E may have jumped to #1.

Wall-E is also proof to me that if Pixar wanted to, they could make an excellent adult science fiction film. They have conceptual artists who can create creatures and landscapes as impressive as anything put on film. They have writers and directors who know how to develop strong characters and a good story. They know what they’re doing. Everybody loves them. They can’t do wrong. They’ve found a winning formula making CGI family films, but I’d still love to see them take a crack on at some hard science fiction. Instead they give us WALL-E, a touching, entertaining and engaging story of a little robot left behind on a post-apocalyptic earth where everything is so polluted that humans can’t live there anymore. He eventually meets up with another robot that sort of looks like an iPod, and things take off from there. It’s a nice, harmless kids movie with an environmental message: don’t pollute. And it’s pretty damn spectacular.