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2008-06-27 15:02:39

By Michael Janusonis BOSTON -- Bringing to the screen the charming story of a robot that was forgotten on an ecologically decimated Earth was a 14-year process according to Andrew Stanton, director and co-writer of WALL- E. Stanton, who grew up in Rockport, Mass., and went on to become the second animator hired by the new Pixar Studios in the early 1990s, said the idea for the script popped up during a lunch in 1994 with the fledgling Pixar staff while they were in the middle of making...

2008-06-27 15:01:45

By Robert Butler, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 27--The most ambitious film yet from the House of Pixar, "WALL-E" is an intergalactic epic about robot romance, furious physical comedy and the fate of humanity. If that's a lot of ground to cover, if the film's reach exceeds its grasp, if it can't decide if it's an art film or one for the kiddies ... well, this critic is in a forgiving mood. You can't make advances without taking risks and making a few missteps. "WALL-E" bravely charges...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 27--When I heard that St. Louis native Jeremy Lasky was the director of photography for the new movie "WALL-E, " my second question -- after "Where did he go to high school?" -- was: "How could there be a director of photography on a movie that's animated inside a computer?" On the phone from his office in northern California, Lasky explained that his job is roughly the same as a cinematographer on a live-action movie: to advise the director on...

2008-06-27 09:02:45

By Jeff Vice Deseret News WALL*E -- **** -- Animated feature, starring the voices of Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin and others; rated G (animated violence) Technological advances make "WALL*E" the best-looking of all the Pixar animated features to date. There are a few sequences in the digitally animated cartoon that look astonishingly real. And some bits of live-action footage have been spliced in, and it doesn't look ridiculous when juxtaposed with the animation. Fortunately, "WALL*E" is...

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2008-06-27 06:00:00

No, no, no, says "WALL-E," creator Andrew Stanton -- Pixar's new movie is not sending an environmental message. Yes, the movie's set in the future, and the world's been pretty much ruined by us. Yes, the planet is a big, uninhabitable pile of garbage, and it's our garbage. But no, he says, there is no eco-warrior agenda, and Pixar is not sending invisible waves of green activism into the vulnerable minds of our unsuspecting children. "We wanted to make an interesting science fiction movie....

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2008-06-27 03:00:00

There is so little wrong with WALL-E, the latest film from the animation geniuses at Pixar, that I should get the bad stuff out of the way first. So: You will probably get tired of the two songs from Hello, Dolly! that are a recurring element of the movie. And it goes a little slow when the action moves from Earth to the spaceship Axiom. Anything else? Checking, checking, going through notes, searching memory. . . . No, that's it. Other than those relatively modest flaws, WALL-E is an...

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2008-06-26 09:00:00

It doesn't matter if the characters in his films are toys, insects, monsters, fish or robots. Andrew Stanton wants all of them to be as "human" as possible. Take, for example, the main character in his latest, the digitally animated, science-fiction/comedy "WALL-- E." He's a trash- compacting robot that's been left to fend for himself on a deserted, futuristic Earth. "After spending all that time alone on the planet, WALL-- E has become very lonely, which is obviously a very human trait,...

2008-06-26 06:02:44

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jun. 26--In the 29th century, the lone residents of Earth are a solar-powered trash-compacting robot and his cockroach sidekick. Humans have flown away and pollution has choked vegetation and animal life. What's also just about died off is entertainment value. In the bleak yet beautiful world of Pixar's "WALL-E," there are just a couple endless resources: preachiness and pretense. The film's environmentalist and anti-corporation...

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2008-06-24 02:25:00

The late, great Stanley Kubrick ("2001:A Space Odyssey") used to say that if you can turn off the sound and still follow the story, you've made a film, but if you black out the picture and can still follow the story with only the sound, you haven't. "WALL-E," a savvy sci-fi Pixar comedy, has almost no dialogue. But with images and sound effects alone, it touches, it teaches and it tickles. It's the best Pixar film since "Finding Nemo." If "Kung Fu Panda," which riffed on martial-arts movie...

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2008-06-22 06:00:00

Even for Pixar, a company that thrives on new frontiers, WALL-E is a gutsy next move. It's the first dystopian parable that's actually ecstatic fun. It's also the closest Pixar has come to making a full-length silent movie. The choice of hero is audacious: a beeping, whirring Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class, or WALL-E. For long, unbroken, startlingly seductive stretches, we see him navigate an abandoned American city all by himself. (He does have a pet cockroach.) Thanks to him,...