2008. USA. Andrew Stanton. 97 min.
Friday, September 11, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2008. USA. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Screenplay by Stanton, Jim Reardon. With the voices of Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger. In the distant future, humans, having abandoned terrestrial living due to pollution and overconsumption, float around in outerspace in giant cruise ships. The only remaining inhabitant on Earth is Wall-E, a clunky, outdated trash-collecting robot who learns about humankind via their detritus. When a sleek new robot Eve comes to the planet to locate signs of life, Wall-E falls in love and joins her in the crusade to repopulate Earth. “There’s never been anything in animation like the first forty minutes of Wall-E, a magical juxtaposition of a joyous song from Hello, Dolly! with a vision of a barren earth whose sole inhabitant—besides a cockroach—is a little trash-compacting robot that can’t stop building skyscrapers of garbage. And the latter section of the film, a satire of rampant consumerism dressed up as genial comedy, redoubles the daring of this Pixar masterpiece” (Joseph Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). NYFCC Best Animated Film, 2008. 97 min.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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