Disney Pixar have once again out done themselves by raising the bar in this out-of-this-world CG animation masterpiece. WALL-E is the follow up to the studio's hugely successful production, Ratatouille, which won Best Animated Feature at the 2007 Oscars.
Directed by Andrew Stanton, who has worked on Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo, WALL-E initially appears to be ticking all the boxes of a comedy, but it soon becomes clear that a love story is unravelling.
WALL-E, a cross between E.T. and Johnny 5, is the only robot left on earth, after humankind's mass exodus due to a mounting rubbish disposal problem. A team of robots (WALL-Es - Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) are left to clean up Earth so that the humans can return from their space cruise on board the Axiom (a huge spaceship housing the entire population of Earth).
Hundreds of years pass and WALL-E is the only robot that is still operating. He continues to compact rubbish from the never-ending pile.
There isn't any need for dialogue in the opening twenty minutes, as the stunning terrain WALL-E inhabits is enough of a stimulant to suffice, with Disney Pixar's masterful interpretation of a future world.
Throughout his extended lifetime, WALL-E has gone far beyond his initial programmed capabilities, as he has developed a personality. He retrieves items from the hordes of rubbish that catch his eye, and adds them to his everexpanding collection.
WALL-E is not all alone, as he has company in the form as a cockroach, a sign that he needs and thrives off interaction.
On a routine day, his monotonous daily exertions lead him to be in the firing line from a landing spaceship. After digging a hole and hiding, WALL-E reappears to discover a robot (EVE - Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) scanning the earth for anything living.
After a frosty reception, the two robots begin to spark up a friendship and WALL-E gives EVE a guided tour of his home. He shows Eve a Rubix Cube, light bulb and his copy of Hello Dolly on VHS, which is played through an iPod. But it's not until WALL-E brings out a plant that EVE's scanning device receives a positive hit and instantly takes the plant, locking it inside of her and shutting down.
When the spaceship returns for EVE, WALL-E cannot face life without her, so becomes a stowaway, as he hangs on the outside of the ship as it travels back to the Axiom.
Little does WALL-E know, that he will have to try and save the Earth.
WALL-E's attachment to EVE is strong, but his refusal to give up proves to be an attractive quality. This is by no means a conventional romcom, and in theory, the film shouldn't work, but from the water-tight narrative to the phenomenal aesthetics, WALL-E is an all-round triumph.