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August 14, 2008

WALL- E!!!

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Wall-E was so sweet, so sad and inspired. I wasn't sure I would like it because I find most American animation films to be soullessly simple and sterotypical, insipid and soporific but Zee, who knows my taste , assured me that I would love it. Zee and I watched it, she for the fourth time in the theater, and I for the first and I fell in love. I would see it four times too! An extra bonus was the clearly Japanese design influenced Eve and Mo characters!

The first 40 minutes or so of “Wall-E” — in which barely any dialogue is spoken, and almost no human figures appear on screen — is a cinematic poem of such wit and beauty that its darker implications may take a while to sink in. The scene is an intricately rendered city, bristling with skyscrapers but bereft of any inhabitants apart from a battered, industrious robot and his loyal cockroach sidekick. Hazy, dust-filtered sunlight illuminates a landscape of eerie, post-apocalyptic silence. This is a world without people, you might say without animation, though it teems with evidence of past life.
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