Disneycember! Wall-E

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  • superneku
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    One of my favourite animated movies of all time! I do see your point regarding the second half but I can't help it, Wall-e is amazing.
  • Circuitsoft
    I kind of think the second half is intentionally boring. The ship is boring because it's all the same. The people are boring because they're all the same; they've become all the same over years of being pampered, and even more-so when children are cared for by the robots. They've been pampered with, really, only the necessities, and have not had chance/reason to discover Earth's historical culture.

    When Eve first arrived, she had no personality. She gained one by discovering earth's old culture through Wall-E.

    So, yes, the second half is boring. It's an intentional statement of how sterile the world can be if you forget what it means to live.
  • KTKomedy2813
    Heh. Doug must be letting the Disneycember CG series be a day and must've finished his Bummy Christmas Reviews.
  • Pigquet
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    I'm one who loves the entire movie from beginning to end. No, I don't LOOOOOVE the last act as much as the beginning, I don't see how that's possible, but as a whole, I love the entire movie. It never ceases to bring tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. The music, the robots, the scenes on Earth, the scenes in space, the theme, everything! Its...in my opinion, the best animated film ever created. Oh yeah, I said it! I'm sorry, I love Toy Story, but it can suck it compared to WALL*E! ;)

    I do see your point about the human part of it being a bit tiresome and preachy, but it in no way kills the movie for me. Its still spectacular.
  • BigMac90
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    I'll be honest... WALL-E isn’t really my thing.

    I’ve only seen it twice, and I’ve never felt any desire to do so again. I do think it’s a good movie. It’s just not for me.

    I’d put it above A Bug’s Life, because I actually did kinda like some of the characters – namely WALL-E, the captain, and M-O.

    Honestly, I’m probably not the best person to talk about this movie, so I’ll shut up.
  • lycanfan
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    I actually really dislike Wall-E in it's entirety. It felt hollow and empty to me, relying on it's cuteness and nothing else to support its' thin characters and nearly nonexistent narrative. Cute is all the film had in my opinion. That's why I hate movies like Despicable Me: predictable, empty cute factories with nothing more to them than their 'aaaawwww' factor. As for the themes and messages of Wall-E, I picked up on them (and agreed with most of them) within the first few minutes and I cannot imagine it taking much longer for children given how unsubtle it is.
  • Lotus Prince
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    "I actually really dislike Wall-E in it's entirety. It felt hollow and empty to me, relying on it's cuteness and nothing else to support its' thin characters and nearly nonexistent narrative. Cute is all the film had in my opinion."

    Cuteness wasn't even a major factor of the movie.
  • eworm
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    I'm with you, lycanfan. I don't like Wall-E. It bores me, first half or second, no matter.

    Atmosphere? Slow moments? I'm usually all over those, but this is just a weird exception. I don't care one bit for Wall-E, I don't care one bit for Eve or other unmemorable robots. The one and only character I found myself liking is the ship's captain. I just wanted to see the coming back to Earth subplot not the "romance" thing. The characters are robots, robots don't have feelings, therefore I don't give a sh*t. Frankly, I don't give a sh*t about romance in movies in general (give me a family-themed story though and I'm bawling my eyes out), so making them robots probably just killed the injured.

    Easily my least favorite of Pixar. I don't see myself watching it ever again.
  • Extreme-Madness  - re:eworm But in this movie robots HAVE feelings
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    "The characters are robots, robots don't have feelings, therefore I don't give a sh*t."

    In this movie, the robots apparently have artificial intelligence and obviously have emotions.
    And so it is in most movies, TV shows and video games with robots and artificial intelligence: Transformers, A.I., Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Portal, ...

    You are basing your position on the fact that, in reality, the actual artificial intelligence and machines with emotions, (still) do not exist.
  • Cursedbythedicegods
    Honestly, the robot characters possess SO much more heart and character than any of the disgusting blobs that humanity has become in this portrayal of the future. The entire movie should have been just as Doug put it: only on earth with humanity being the great mystery, and the film as a whole would have been so much stronger. But instead, we basically get an ending that shows that these gluttonous troglodytes, who obviously have learned NOTHING about the mistakes of the past, will return to Earth and finish the job of destroying its environment, just as it is trying to re-emerge amongst all the toxic, radioactive waste. I LOVED the first half of this movie, but the second half just depressed me.
  • PlayMp1
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    I think that was the point. Whether you like this point is not the concern of the filmmakers.
  • LikaLaruku
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    I dislike Pixar in general, but this movie is at the top of my hate list.
  • CarolC
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    I disagree strongly Iycanfan. WALL-E isn't a movie that boils down to cuteness, rather, it is about the development of a relationship and how love is the true directive.

    The scenes don't rely on cuteness, but rather how the robot attempts to reach out to the only friend/love he ever had during his centuries alone.
  • Lone Wolf
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    Wall-E proved two things that Hollywood has yet to grasp. You can make a character endearing with out making it humanoid and you can tell a story with out words.
  • DMaster
    Hell, just look at all of the movies based on old animated shows that throw the title characters into a (closer) facsimile of the real world with brand-new human characters going front and center.
  • mask-and-mirror
    Not only the best Pixar film, but one of the best films ever made. There are very few films I would call perfect, but this has absolutely no faults whatsoever. It's daring, beautiful and as good as children's cinema could ever be.
  • cubs2084
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    I would call it 'incredible'. Adore this film. Both halves of it.
  • CJ-1
    I found out about the flaws the movie had, but I'm surprised Doug didn't point them out! (In this case, I won't speak about them)
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    But, whatever, I LOVE this movie from beginning to end! I sorta forgot that this was a Disney or Pixar film while watching it. Which I guess makes it better since I can't really believe it's brought to us by Disney and Pixar, which makes us remember that they're THAT good!
  • Literate Dead
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    I'm... going to be painfully honest on this one. I don't like Pixar movies (I've even had a film teacher threaten me with bodily harm over that fact!). I get why people love them, but they just never grabbed me. I always watch them, but I never really enjoy them.

    But, there's always rule breakers, and for me, Wall-E is it. I love the film from beginning to end, and I've seen it a dozen or so times. The dissonance between the first and second halves not only dissipated for me on multiple watchings, but seemed all the more appropriate.

    To me, the (controversial) second half is an evolution of the first half; I love the way the film has this quiet, calm mojo throughout, and suddenly we get assaulted by this massive world of massive people, rushing around like sparks in a circuit. I would say that I would have liked more of a sense of the assault on the senses, but after seeing the film a couple times I think I get the idea of the vibe: it's that creepy sort of half-noise you get in a mall during the busy season, the loud rush of people reduced to an uncomfortable shuffling mass-mutter.

    And no, I don't think there should have been a 'greater conspiracy'. I'm a strong believer that having a genuine 'eeeevil' villain drags stories down. I like the computer as a villain, because it's not necessarily evil. It's following directives, having been told that returning is impossible and it should just keep its course. It's not evil, just programmed to believe it is right.

    Plus, it's got Fred Willard in it. I always love seeing him (even if the live action stuff is a bit weird)!
  • Moon Spirit
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    I love this film, beginning to end. I'm surprised my family hasn't bought this DVD while we pretty much have every Pixar film (well, except for Cars 2, thankfully).

    I wouldn't say this film is cute, but definitely charming. You can really taken in the ambiance and atmosphere this movie is going for.
  • oshunanat
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    I'm in between the camps. I absolutely adore the first half and I still enjoy the second half just not quite the same extent as the first.

    I agree with the other commentators that said that the design is repetitive and boring on the ship and that they all look the same because that's the very POINT of it. We've become so reliant on technology that we've lost what it is to be human and therefore are as bland and disposable as the junk that destroyed the earth.

    The thing that surprised me about this film is how the message of it didn't bother me at all, and I normally hate message films of this nature. It made its point exceedingly clear yet didn't feel preachy at all. I still think this is one of Pixar's best and is one of my faves alongside Up.
  • SRanger1071
    What I never really understood is why they chose "Hello Dolly" to show Wall-E's emotional side. It's not that it's a bad show, or even that bad a choice, but why that one over My Fair Lady, or Music Man, or Singing in the Rain? Ah, well; it's got that timeless feel to it because it's an older show, and I did tear up a little when Eve hummed the song when she thought Wall-E was gone. But it still seems like a really weird choice.
  • Hardback247
    If you listen to the audio commentary, director Andrew Stanton explains why he chose "Hello Dolly" as a main theme.
  • Fangheart
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    Eve keeps destroying everything because it shows she's frustrated that she can't find any plants....at least that's what I thought.
  • lilbird
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    If Stanton didn't bring it up himself, people just come to conclusions that it's because EVE is a woman and thus PMS'ing... in a way.

    It's weird, but even if that's not the reason why, it fits the character.
  • DarkVamp001  - Looks like a sweet film!
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    The only times I've ever seen Wall-E have been on TV, so I've never actually seen the whole thing. The only parts of the film I've seen, ironically enough, are all from the first half. But what I've seen of Wall-E, I really enjoyed. I'd love to see the whole thing, and while most people don't seem to like the second half as much as the first, I think it still looks fairly interesting, and I like the designs of the space-station.

    Now I have to add Wall-E and Ratatouille to my list of movies I must watch. Thanks, Doug!
  • lilbird
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    No lie, the humans were supposed to be green blob-like aliens at first.

    WALL-E is my favorite Pixar movie. The visuals are beautiful, WALL-E is adorable, EVE has a great personality that makes her feel like a woman in a robot body, AUTO, though he's just doing his job, is creepy, the robots are cute (some of them)... there's a lot I like about this movie. (I didn't mind the humans too much, though the captain is awesome.)

    I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic, so naturally I'd fall in love with this movie as WALL-E tries to win EVE's heart--which is what I got out of this movie. It's a Sci-Fi/Romance between robots, robots who have personalities and have human-like qualities to them despite being machines. It's almost as though they have a real soul amongst all that circuitry.

    I can see where people get the environmental message, but it just bugs me how that's all people seem to get from it (next to the anti-corporation vibe). That wasn't what the director was going for, he wanted to tell a love story between two robots. But whatever... though also looking at Wikipedia, it mentions how there are religious undertones to the movie. I hadn't noticed it before, honestly, despite being religious myself, but it gave good examples, and I think there was a small moment in the commentary where Andrew Stanton pointed it out. I'll have to listen to it again.

    So yeah. I don't want to gush too much over the movie, as I don't want to come off as annoying/fangirly/ whatever (and Literate Dead already gave a great response that reflects how I feel about the movie). I honestly believe that prior to the program being updated (thus bumping it down to the number-two spot), this is the most beautiful-looking Pixar movie ever. It's very captivating, and I admire every single frame in this movie because of it.
  • Gaiash
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    My favourite film (tied with the Korean film Leafie a Hen Into The Wild). The romance is beautiful and Wall-E's motivation is simple and innocent. Most criticism people have is of the human storyline and the message but I like it, and really it shouldn't ruin your stance on the film because it isn't their story it's Wall-E and EVE's and their story is romance.

    Also it's a romance that doesn't have the third act misunderstanding/break- up. Instead we see EVE fall for Wall-E and when they're together it's the human's story that gets in their way.

    The thing I find most powerful about the romance is that all Wall-E wants is to hold EVE's hand.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Pixar is a subsidiary of Disney.
  • OniQ
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    Question, are you watching these movies before you critic on them? or do you critic on them based on your memory of the last time you watched them? Because I've caught a few errors and mistakes on the movies that you have reviewed recently, which should have made more sense if you had recently watched the movie.
  • locuas
    I love Wall-e, it is my favorite pixar film. and, really, i don't know why people would have problems with the second act. yeah, it has more dialogue. yeah, it can be boring at times. but it has some REALLY GREAT moments. like the captain. oh my god, the captain. he is one of the best pixar characters in my opinion. and has some of the best moments in the movie. like when he discovers the truth about auto, or when he shuts auto off. he feels like a captain.
    And the romance. i think it is one of the better animated romances. it doesn't get in the way of the story. it has character development, not only for wall-e, but for eve too. the kiss are some of the most emotives scenes in the movie.
    i LOVE the animation. it's just SO GOOD. and the way they do the info dump.
  • Dacilriel
    I love Wall-E. I think the first half is a fantastic homage to the old Charlie Chaplin films and other early silent pictures. Like you said, there's just so much atmosphere.

    The second half is weaker, but I think it works. The first half establishes Wall-E and Eve as characters and makes us love the little robots. The second half shows how their relationship grows. Like the Nostalgia Chick said in her Lorax review, we don't care about the climax because of the plant or the people returning to Earth; we care about it because we fell in love with this little robot and we want to know he's going to be all right.
  • Sylphide
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    Wall-e is my favorite Pixar film. It's one of the best. I was surprised you didn't like the second half as much. I didn't see anything wrong with the second half. I thought it was amazing from beginning to end. Also, the ending always makes me cry, just like the ending of Toy Story 3 and certain scenes from Up.
  • PaladinDemo
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    I like it beginning to end. While the message is very heavy handed, it's still enjoyable.
  • ObviousAlias
    Sorry, but am I missing something here?? Doug said he was going to review Disney's CG animated movies right? What about the other Disney CG movies like Chicken Little or Meet the Robinsons? Those came out before Wall-E..
    This is DISNEYcember after all. All he's reviewed so far are strictly Pixar films..
  • TheBechtloff
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    I think this one was Pixar's best. To get that much emotion and character out of a little goofy robot that didn't even talk. Wow.
  • penpaninu
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    actually John Lasseter is such a Miyazaki fan, they had alot of environmental themes leak over into this one. The robot was cute, hell hsi huge eyes are adorable, and there were good tones, especially when it was silent. But I could feel Miyazaki's stamp all over Lasseter's work :P
  • Blackdrazon
    Here's a link I wanted to share on this topic: a series of magazine covers by Mel Hunter from 1955-71 depicting one last robot wandering amongst the trash of society, picking out the few remaining bits of beauty. One of Wall-E's distant inspirations?

    http://davidszondy.com/ future/robot/ lastrobot.htm
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