Before you start in on what the best movie of our year has been so far, I’ll just declare straight that “Wall E” may not only be the best movie of the year, but also one of the finest PIXAR has ever created. Intelligent and bold without alienating its target audience, “Wall E” is that movie that dwarves talking animals flicks blowing away the likes of chimps in space and a kung fu panda. “Wall E” is a magnificent global conscious adventure about the utterly adorable helper robot who doesn’t know that he doesn’t have to clean up what was once considered our home planet.
Now a haven for garbage, Wall E staves off boredom by collecting trash, mingling with his pet roach, and watching “Hello Dolly!” every chance he gets. “Wall E” is such a visceral animated work of art with a bit of an art house twist with the first half hour consisting of no dialogue but garners an homage to the physical comedy of the twentieth century. While talking bears are… (I want to say sickening) cute and all, “Wall E” braves an extraordinary look thanks to its courage in taking its fans seriously and garnering a potentially iconic hero.
As for the eco-friendly DVD, there are loads of gimmicky sometimes middling specials that are really just there for the adults while tossing some scraps to the child audience. For Disc One we’re given the hilarious opening short toon named “Presto” a nostalgic introduction to the movie that involves a rambunctious rabbit and the difficulties he provides his struggling magician master. At seven and a half minutes “Burn-E” is the look in to the clean militant robot we’re introduced to who inevitably becomes detrimental to the film’s climax. As the film, the animation is incredible while carrying on the spirit of Wall-E’s adventure in space.
“Animation Sound Design” is the eighteen minute look at the wizardry of using sound as a form of communications to audiences who’d never seen a nearly silent computer animated film before. At nine minutes the Deleted Scenes there are three with optional commentary, and I have to say that the loss isn’t very terrible. While they’re cute scenes they just hold up progression of the story with meaningless conflict. There’s also a full feature commentary by director Andrew Stanton and a minute Sneak at the Wall-E Tour of the Universe. It’s a bold movie with Disney once again testing the good faith and maturity of its target audience to bring us a brilliant incredible animated film given a fantastic DVD treatment with Eco- Friendly parts to boot.