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A number of reviews have worried that the long, dialogue-free opening might be a bit boring for kids, expecting that they'd be hoping for fast-paced talky mayhem like the second half. I'd hate to extrapolate from my own kids to all children, but for them the reverse was true. They're probably better at coping with dialogue free sections, figuring things out from the visuals alone, than adults are. I'd prefer more children's films to be quieter and more contemplative: it didn't do The Red Balloon any harm.

Yeah, no dialogue is one of those things that adults think children won't like, as if most adults understand children in the slightest. Frankly I think the astonishing sound design on this film is actually better, and more to the point, than dialogue in most films.

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Interesting, though. What were the other four?

Every time Eve said 'Wall-E' or vice-versa I practically jerked forward in my seat and welled up.

Pretty much everytime Wall-E cried for Eva, my heart strings went.

The security cam footage nearly killed me too...

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Because everything is automated. The overriding command was never to return but that doesnt stop the sub systems from following out its other duties. They are machines remember and still have to do what they are told.

Aye and the film made a point of this time and time again, which I thought was excellent :lol:

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I saw this earlier today and I absolutely loved it, it was right up there with the original Toy Story as Pixar's best film for me. It just shows you when you have the wonderful design and music and emotion of Wall-E, after you've seen a trailer for 'Space Chimps lol' before it where the best they can come up with is a character banging into a wall; Pixar really are in a league of their own.

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...after you've seen a trailer for 'Space Chimps lol' before it where the best they can come up with is a character banging into a wall; Pixar really are in a league of their own.

Absolutely thought the same thing watching the trailers, they just looked so awful by comparison. I know kid-pleasing crap has always been churned out but the stuff (Hotel for Dogs!) was just bizarrely terrible. Some CGI effort with 3 flies stowing away on the moon landings (I don't even mind that as a concept) had the most horrible character design - just these blobby unappealing things with huge waxy eyes that managed to look nothing like flies.

Made me appreciate Presto and WALL-E all the more by the time they finally started.

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I don't really have anything insightful to add, beyond echoing what many people have said about wonderful this movie is. Even without the the heart and soul that oozes out of the characterisations - Wall-E and Eve in particular - it would be a work of unbelievable visual beauty.

As it was, though, it made me laugh and cry in equal measure. You can tell it's going to benefit from repeated viewings, as I'm sure there are endless little touches or in jokes that pass you by on the first watch.

Presto was hilarious as well, a modern homage to Tex Avery's Magical Maestro.

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Wonderful film: touching, funny, witty, visually stunning and a family-friendly love story that managed to avoid schmaltz. Quite an achievement, and Pixar's finest alongside the Toy Story movies.

As to the ecological motif, I didn't find it at all preachy despite some warnings that it was. The only things I can really pick fault over were the

rather throwaway characterisations and modelling of the humans, and perhaps wishing the initial Earth portion of the film were a bit longer

, but marking a film like this down for those decisions would be absolutely churlish. This one exceeded my expectations by a long, long way; and if old whatsisface who did Darth Vader's breathing doesn't get an Oscar for his sound work then the concept of justice is dead and buried in this world. There were real man tears at some of those whistles and beeps, I tell you. Astonishingly clever marriage of pixels and audio modulations to achieve a more affecting acting out of human emotion than I see from most human actors with 'proper' scripts and real, functioning eyebrows.

The security camera playback scene was a piece of emotive genius, and the dancing in space section was just absolutely joyous: genuinely moving.

And of course, as an old Mac-head the fact that

the little guy had the Mac startup chime

was a clever, cheeky tribute that stood out among the many lovely little nods the film gave to artefacts of our time.

This is right up there with There Will Be Blood as contender for the best film I've seen this year.

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I really enjoyed this and I don't have a great deal to add to the thread but I thought the bits where

Wall-E was hanging on to the spaceship on the way to the Axiom and, in particular, when Wall-E (with the fire extinguisher) and EVE were flying around in space

reminded me of the joy of playing Super Mario Galaxy. :lol:

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Wonderful film: touching, funny, witty, visually stunning and a family-friendly love story that managed to avoid schmaltz. Quite an achievement, and Pixar's finest alongside the Toy Story movies.

As to the ecological motif, I didn't find it at all preachy despite some warnings that it was. The only things I can really pick fault over were the

rather throwaway characterisations and modelling of the humans, and perhaps wishing the initial Earth portion of the film were a bit longer

, but marking a film like this down for those decisions would be absolutely churlish. This one exceeded my expectations by a long, long way; and if old whatsisface who did Darth Vader's breathing doesn't get an Oscar for his sound work then the concept of justice is dead and buried in this world. There were real man tears at some of those whistles and beeps, I tell you. Astonishingly clever marriage of pixels and audio modulations to achieve a more affecting acting out of human emotion than I see from most human actors with 'proper' scripts and real, functioning eyebrows.

The security camera playback scene was a piece of emotive genius, and the dancing in space section was just absolutely joyous: genuinely moving.

And of course, as an old Mac-head the fact that

the little guy had the Mac startup chime

was a clever, cheeky tribute that stood out among the many lovely little nods the film gave to artefacts of our time.

This is right up there with There Will Be Blood as contender for the best film I've seen this year.

Great post.

I don't know what kind of genius is at work that can make a bitter old bastard like myself well up watching

2 robots dance through space

, but genius it was. Amazing film.

Oh and the

2001 bits

were great. And the bits over the credits. And the

every single other bit-bit.

I split from work early and went to see this and Batman. Man, I hit the cinema jackpot today.

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Oh and the

2001 bits

were great. And the bits over the credits. And the

every single other bit-bit.

They were great, but especially the credits.

In fact, the credits were on par with the best of the rest of the film. How often can you say that? (Except in cases of films that are so poor that a few scrolling lines of text is as entertaining. Planet Of The Apes Reimagined, I choose you!)

I'm probably going to have to see this again before it closes, along with The Dark Knight. That's pretty odd for me when it comes to family/blockbuster stuff, and when I take this on top of the start of the year 'must have multiple cinema viewings' features (say hello, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, et al) I have to say that 2008 is one of the best recent years for Hollywood that I can remember.

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Amazing film.

Any film that can make you care about a character so much and within seconds of their introduction like this film can is something special.

I think I spent the whole film half terrified that something bad would happen to Wall-E and the other half in sheer awe at what was happening on screen.

Personal highlights:

Wall-E's little house! AWWW! :D

Space Dance

and "FOREIGN CONTAMINANT" which got funnier each time.

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"Foreign contaminant!" cracked me up too!

I love how Wall-E, in saying "Hi, I'm Wall-E!" (in his own special way) to everyone seemed to have such an impact on their lives and brightened up every scene 'cos everyone said, "Oh, bye!" or whatever. The bit with the waving Wall-A just put helped to ease the mood of Wall-E's apparent demise

Thing is too is the more I think about what I saw, the more I realise just how good the film is... and I thought it was brilliant anyway! :D

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A number of reviews have worried that the long, dialogue-free opening might be a bit boring for kids, expecting that they'd be hoping for fast-paced talky mayhem like the second half. I'd hate to extrapolate from my own kids to all children, but for them the reverse was true. They're probably better at coping with dialogue free sections, figuring things out from the visuals alone, than adults are. I'd prefer more children's films to be quieter and more contemplative: it didn't do The Red Balloon any harm.

Agreed, my three-year-old boy and his girl friend (about the same age) sat riveted through the whole movie except for one quick toilet break. That's pretty unusual in my experience, and I think the lack of dialogue, with most things communicated through visual cues, was a big part of that.

And wasn't EVE just amazing?

Beautifully designed, spectacularly realised, soft but with a don't-fuck-with-me hard edge.

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Amazing film.

Any film that can make you care about a character so much and within seconds of their introduction like this film can is something special.

I think I spent the whole film half terrified that something bad would happen to Wall-E and the other half in sheer awe at what was happening on screen.

Personal highlights:

Wall-E's little house! AWWW! ;)

Space Dance

and "FOREIGN CONTAMINANT" which got funnier each time.

The bit at the very start when Wall-E

runs over his little cockroach friend

. How they made me love that little dude so quickly I'll never know. My heart skipped a beat for a second.

:wub:

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The bit at the very start when Wall-E

runs over his little cockroach friend

. How they made me love that little dude so quickly I'll never know. My heart skipped a beat for a second.

:wub:

Oh yeah the cockroach! See only Pixar could make you fall in love with a cockroach.

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I remember reading an Empire report when they went on a tour of Pixar soon after Toy Story I think. They said the visitors passes had the little alien on them and said "A stranger, from outside. Oooooooh" I thought that was ace.

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Just seen it. ^_^

Really moved me. Lovely.

Didn't quite cry, although I came close at the very end

where the big zoom out reveals Eve and Wall-E and all the other robots living together happily in Wall-E's house. :D The bit where you think Wall-E's lost his memory of Eve is heartbreaking as well, even though you know he's gonna get it back because that would be the most depressing end to any film in the history of the world.

Presto was amazing too.

My mum hated it and left halfway through. :wub:

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