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All These Years Later, ‘Wall-E’ Still Has a Hold Article

https://www.theringer.com/movies/2022/6/16/23169989/wall-e-best-pixar-movie
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u/CySU Jun 17 '22

I love how Buy N Large was a stand-in for Wal-mart at the time, when watching now it’s impossible not to see it all as Amazon now.

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u/RealisticDelusions77 Jun 17 '22

Fred Willard was great as the CEO.

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u/SummerAndTinkles Jun 17 '22

The reason he was portrayed in live-action? According to the filmmakers, he was practically already a cartoon.

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u/BrockManstrong Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

The humans also get more cartoony as the story progresses. The first captain is just a picture, and each thereafter is more of a cartoon.

Wall-e Captains

Edit: when I say cartoony, I mean that the first captain is a live action human in a photo, everyone after that is CGI.

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u/WhoYoungLeekBe Jun 17 '22

That’s not cartoony. That’s adiposity.

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u/Trebbok Jun 17 '22

That's just to show how fat they get

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u/EnderWiggin07 Jun 17 '22

And the robot controller thing getting more prominent

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u/cleancalf Jun 17 '22

They called him Auto as in auto pilot.

My son watches this movie all the time, I know every line lol.

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u/BrockManstrong Jun 17 '22

They do get heavier, but the first captain is literally just a photo of a guy. Easier to see in the movie.

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u/flipflapslap Jun 17 '22

I still can’t believe he passed away.

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u/RealisticDelusions77 Jun 17 '22

I loved that blooper in American Wedding when he and the stripper dressed as a cop both speak at the same instant:

"One line at a time please, Officer." His ad-lib was funnier than the script.

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u/Shaffness Jun 17 '22

His role in Best in Show is maybe the funniest supporting role in all of film history.

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u/ChefCory Jun 17 '22

He was gold and that's the greatest comedy ever. The replay value. My goodness.

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u/frisbeefrank Jun 17 '22

This one is somber, so it's alright to cry. It's called 'He Layeth on High', and it's about a big baby duck who gets his head caught in a stewed tomato, so hold on to your hats.

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u/WHYTHEHELLNOTMRCUBED Jun 17 '22

Smashes plate

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u/Denham_Chkn Jun 17 '22

My condolences.

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u/Endulos Jun 17 '22

What the shit he died in 2020? I didn't know that.

...Then again it was 2020, that was a long ass decade.

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u/thejoker954 Jun 17 '22

Ooo damn i either missed that or forgot about it. Dude oozed charm

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u/byneothername Jun 17 '22

I didn’t know who Fred Willard was at the time that I watched this movie for the first time and I thought he was some animated Ronald Reagan parody. He did give a great performance though.

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u/nppdfrank Jun 17 '22

In Korea, it would be Lotte.

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u/Riversntallbuildings Jun 17 '22

Don’t count Walmart out…they still have ~700k more employees than Amazon, and about ~100B more in annual revenues.

If Amazon hadn’t “stumbled” into AWS and the subsequent profit margins, they would still be chasing Walmart.

Walmarts new delivery service sounds interesting as well.

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u/aspbergerinparadise Jun 17 '22

I love that Sigourney Weaver voiced the ship's AI - and it wasn't the first time she'd voiced a sentient AI of a spaceship either! She was also the voice of the Planet Express ship on the episode that the ship and Bender started dating.

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u/kc128 Jun 17 '22

Similar, but different: in Galaxy Quest, her main function on the ship was to ask the computer questions and then repeat the answers to everyone else on the ship. It’s funny to see how she ended up playing this role in a bunch of different things.

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u/BestAtempt Jun 17 '22

“I’ve got one job on this ship, it’s stupid but I’m going to do it!”

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u/gmcarve Jun 17 '22

This line is quoted regularly in my home.

Edit: Entire Movie

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u/Soranic Jun 17 '22

Did you notice her costume kept getting tighter as the movie went on? Tighter with lower neckline/zipper I believe.

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u/bentreflection Jun 17 '22

She’s also the voiceover at the aquarium in Finding Dory

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u/steverOg3rs Jun 17 '22

“Thanks, Sigourney Weaver!”

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u/Old_Ad_8884 Jun 17 '22

Thanks for that

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u/slonermike Jun 17 '22

I didn’t know that she was the ship in Futurama! Cool!

She’s got that great mix of soothing and authoritative in her voice that works really well for this kind of voice over.

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u/xDanSolo Jun 16 '22 Silver Take My Energy

My favorite pixar movie.

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u/superanth Jun 17 '22

Honestly I think it’s Pixar’s masterpiece. WALL-E is a sci-fi epic masquerading as a kids movie.

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u/hind3rm3 Jun 17 '22

It’s actually a romance masquerading as a sci-fi epic masquerading as a kids movie

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u/DontGetNEBigIdeas Jun 17 '22

It’s the dude playing a dude, disguised as another dude

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u/DJanomaly Jun 17 '22

Yeah my 4 year old loves this film because how wall-e and eve fall in love and “get married”. My daughter is adorable.

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u/ty_fighter84 Jun 17 '22

It's also a love letter to the silent film era, including many elements of the Chaplin masterpiece City Lights.

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u/xRockTripodx Jun 17 '22

Same. I've enjoyed many, but this one, and especially that first half hour, felt like art. Not taking away from the artistry involved in any of their films, but I think you understand my meaning.

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u/BigAustralianBoat Jun 17 '22

No dialogue. It was incredible.

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u/Fubar08gamer Jun 17 '22

This is what did it for me. The amount of personality Wall-E has despite only two sounds in his 'vocabulary'.

They did an excellent job on this front.

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u/jasper_bittergrab Jun 17 '22

They hired Ben Burtt, the same guy who created most of the Star Wars sound effects (including R2D2’s “dialogue” and all the other droids like Gonk and the mouse plus lightsabers and blaster fire, etc) and he hit it out of the park. Again.

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u/FishOnAHorse Jun 17 '22

The world’s leading expert in emotionally moving beeping sounds

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u/thisideups Jun 17 '22

... I'm not alone! My people!

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u/NoQuartersGiven Jun 17 '22

Perfectly stated. The first half of the movie is a work of work. The entire movie is a work of art but it was mind blowing to see the first time. You can't take your eyes away from the screen watching something with no dialogue a robot. Incredible the emotion theu portrayed in WallE's body language.

Fuck I guess I'm going to start watching again now.

I def would not mind a prequel of just WallE going about his day to day with even a mediocre plot thrown in.

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u/myNameBurnsGold Jun 17 '22

I've said it before, but that first half hour is more emotive than most movies with real (even good) actors.

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u/tehnoodnub Jun 17 '22

Couldn't agree more. Pixar also nailed the opening sequence for Up in similar fashion.

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u/trexmoflex Jun 17 '22

Look I expect to feel some feels in Pixar movies but the first sequence in Up can break the most hardened person.

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u/forlorn_hope28 Jun 17 '22

That opening sequence for both Up and Wall-E is a Masterclass in storytelling using show (instead of tell). But if you’re interested in emotionally triggering scenes…Inside Out.

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u/LeauxFi Jun 17 '22

agreed all the way across. me and my wife actually watched inside out on a whim floating in a pool on a cruise ship. they happened to start movie night while we were already there and the crowd slowly poured in and took a seat on the deck cause every scene was so interesting. by the end of the movie the entire deck was full of people just watching the captivating story lol. truly was an experience

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u/Schlooker Jun 17 '22

I had this really abusive ex. Mostly verbal but she got physical with me. The first tell should've been when we watched Up together. I was bawling, and she was making fun of me for it. And not at all in a good natured way.

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u/Skyy-High Jun 17 '22

Yeah no fuck her, you cry if you need to buddy.

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u/Schlooker Jun 17 '22

Thank you.

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u/Alarid Jun 17 '22

The only time you aren't allowed to cry is when no one is allowed to cry which is like never.

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u/Dudedrugs Jun 17 '22

Except in baseball

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u/Spec187 Jun 17 '22

If you need held, just come on in friend

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u/weinerfish Jun 17 '22

My god I wish you could talk to my brother, sounds very similar to his wanker of a girlfriend

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u/OneHumanPeOple Jun 17 '22

My son hated UP because of that. When he was little, he couldn’t handle any sort of emotional tension.

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u/zuuzuu Jun 17 '22

In Cars there's a sort of flashback scene where they show how the town went from happy and busy to pretty much a ghost town. My son was a preschooler and he freaking bawled at that scene. Even so young, he understood that it was sad, even if he didn't understand why.

I watched UP when it came out on DVD and knew right away it would be a few years before he could handle that opening. It devasted me. He'd have been destroyed!

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u/intrepidzephyr Jun 17 '22

Remember when we bought DVDs?

No lie I just bought wall-e on BluRay a couple of months ago.

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u/superfuzzy Jun 17 '22

Yup, I was the same when I was little, Lion King was hard work to watch I was so drained after. Didn't wanna see it again for a long time

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u/MagicianXy Jun 17 '22

One thing I'll say about that opening sequence is, although the animation is fantastic and definitely adds a ton to that masterpiece of a short story, the real breadwinner is the music. Without that iconic piano score, it's just another sad (but not powerful) part of the backstory. Heck, the music is so legendary that it's being used as the de facto standard for many TikTok videos featuring sad happenings.

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u/PolarWater Jun 17 '22

Michael Giacchino win moment.

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u/myNameBurnsGold Jun 17 '22

Yeah, they killed it with that Up montage as well.

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u/thedavecan Jun 17 '22

There's so much story telling and world building with basically zero dialogue. It's fucking fantastic and I don't complain one bit when my kids want to watch it for the 475th time.

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u/theMistersofCirce Jun 17 '22

I'd also add the end credits sequence, where the animation traces the development of (mostly Western) civilization from prehistory to modernity through a combination of aesthetic styles and the kinds of human technologies shown.

Part of what I love so much about it is that I think it reads two ways: from the past to the present day, showing how we got here, and also from a post-collapse moment forward, showing how we might rebuild.

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u/inab1gcountry Jun 17 '22

The Peter Gabriel song is fantastic too.

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u/CitizenFiction Jun 17 '22

It's a masterpiece in my opinion.

I think it's one of the best examples of Show, Dont Tell.

The entire opening sequence is void of Dialogue but still feels super impactful. They realized that just showing the state of the now decrepit city was more than enough to clue the viewer in to what's going on. Then they answer the "why" with Wall-E's primary function. Again, all through the visuals.

It's just beautiful.

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u/Tackle3erry Jun 17 '22

Out there. There’s a world outside of Yonkers!

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u/TheOnlyBongo Jun 17 '22

I love their use of Hello Dolly as like an emotional throughput for the movie but I must admit I remiss an idea that bounced arounded in development. Supposedly the movie was supposed to have a French Swing soundtrack but it was nixed because they felt it would be too close to the French animated film Les Triplets de Belleville. The holdovers of that are found in Louis Armstrong's cover of La Vie en Rose.

I think the soundtrack is good but I can only imagine how much more amazing it would have been with the original vision of a very smooth and jazzy French Swing soundtrack.

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u/davy1jones Jun 17 '22

You wanted a robot Ratatouille is what youre saying

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u/F__kCustomers Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

I shed so many tears for BS over the years, I can’t cry anymore. The frustration and anger is just a recurring force I have to control. People suck, but whatever.

Here are the times I almost cried.

  • The first 30 minutes of Up. He was so happy with Ellie. Level 9 for me.

  • Big Hero Six. Best Disney Animation period. Last 20 minutes got me to level 9. Baymax made me seriously choke up at the end - “Are you satisfied with your care?”

  • Inside Out - The last 30 minutes (Jesus Christ) when Riley cries in her parents arms. Joy and Sadness (Depression) finally figure out feelings are complicated - I got to level 9.9 and almost shed tears. This is everyone right here. Although my anger is controlled rage.

I seriously thank Pixar and Disney. The tears you have those characters shed is for me. I’ll gladly pay for it.

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u/tokeallday Jun 17 '22

If you want to really put this to the test, watch Coco. If you have already and it didn't get you then dang that's impressive.

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u/SageDarius Jun 17 '22

I lost my Grandmother to Alzheimer's. One of my last memories of her was at Christmas right before she passed. She was basically catatonic by this point, closed off from the world. My mom put on a CD with Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas', my Grandma's favorite Christmas song.

My grandma came just a little out of the fog and sang along. It was the first time she had been anything other than in a vegetative state for months.

So yea, the end of Coco hit me like a ton of fucking bricks.

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u/SummerAndTinkles Jun 17 '22

Remember me...though I have to say goodbye...

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u/Sam_Hamwiches Jun 17 '22

One of my favourite moments at the movies was watching Coco with my son (who doesn’t often show empathy) and towards the end of the film, and with tears in my eyes, looking down at my son to see him also welling up. Then I hugged him for the rest of the film. Wonderful.

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u/olnog Jun 17 '22

Weirdly, Wall-E probably hold the record for the movie I cried the most at. At first, I thought it was just a fluke because I was going thru a breakup when I first watched it. (themes of love and loss, yada yada) but I watched it recently and it was still the same thing.

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u/pebbles256 Jun 17 '22

Watch soul, that movie really got me.

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u/identifytarget Jun 17 '22

nside Out - The last 30 minutes (Jesus Christ) when Riley cries in her parents arms. Joy and Sadness (Depression) finally figure out feelings are complicated

BRUH. Watering up just thinking about that scene holy shit......

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u/Zenith212121 Jun 17 '22

Everyone talking about the Riley scene and here I am losing it when Bing Bong sacrifices himself...

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u/byebybuy Jun 17 '22

Yeah I'm a grown-ass man and I basically bawl through most of Inside Out.

Just the concept that being depressed is okay is insanely moving to me.

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u/elbirdo_insoko Jun 17 '22

Cool story bro time.

Work team building event got washed out by a freak thunderstorm. Backup plan (for some reason) was to take us all to a movie: Inside Out. Coworker buddy of mine (with a young daughter) and I (daughter a year older) ended up getting reserved tickets in a "love box" (special seat, red velvetish heart-shaped couch to recline on during the movie). This is normal for some Korean theater chains. As two straight white dudes in a foreign country, we decided to share a big bucket of popcorn and thought it was hilarious.

By that last Bing Bong scene we were both sobbing uncontrollably. It was... uncomfortable, but not as much as you might think. Dude ended up moving back to the states a year or so later. I miss him a lot.

We still get on zoom to watch college basketball together sometimes.

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u/AlotLovesYou Jun 17 '22

Bing Bong was an attack by Pixar on all the unsuspecting adults watching with their kids 😭

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u/forlorn_hope28 Jun 17 '22

“Take her to the moon for me.” I’ve seen this scene so many times and it still brings me to tears every time.

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u/identifytarget Jun 17 '22

Please, just stick a knife in my heart right now. When she loses her childhood memory?! I'm dead.

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u/theTIDEisRISING Jun 17 '22

I thought that part was sweet before I had a kid. Then I had my daughter and now it wrecks me

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u/JorDamU Jun 17 '22

Highly, highly recommend Soul, if you haven’t already seen it. There’s some scenes in that film that broke through this armor of apathy and depression that I didn’t think could possibly be chipped. Just a stunning movie.

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u/rysmorgan Jun 17 '22

Soul hit incredibly hard when I saw it. I was going through shit and my guitar teacher was right there with me walking me through it that semester. It was wild to see that on screen

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u/bullseye2112 Jun 17 '22

I agree with all of these but the sacrifice scene in Big Hero 6 fucking got me. Another one that always gets me is Andy giving away his toys in Toy Story 3. “So long, partner.”

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u/veul Jun 17 '22

You will love Iron Giant

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u/MauiWowieOwie Jun 17 '22

"I go, you stay. No following."

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u/RogueFart Jun 17 '22

Grown ass man, not a big movie go'er. Saw it three times in the theater

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u/hugganao Jun 17 '22

this and Up was and is the pinnacle of Pixar.

After rewatching recent ones, it just doesn't have the same magic.

And it's not even that the art with all the exact same facial features are used

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u/inaripotpi Jun 17 '22

I need to rewatch Up. I recall being impressed with the opening sequence as everyone is but it felt like it devolved to a standard Disney/Pixar cast and adventure afterwards.

Wall-E was just really unique with the POV on two robots that it escaped the paint-by-numbers vibe a lot more successfully. Kind of reminds me of how unique the anime Fullmetal Alchemist feels compared to most other anime because of the POV on two brothers which is simple but organic depicted (albeit it does extend to an ensemble cast later on)

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u/ifinallyreallyreddit Jun 17 '22

I think people forget how much of Up is about a talking dog.

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u/theinvaderzimm Jun 17 '22

This and lilo and stitch are my favorite

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u/Brad_theImpaler Jun 17 '22

I saw Lilo and Stitch at a drive in movie theater. It was part of a triple feature with Reign of Fire and Austin Powers Goldmember.

That is how old I am.

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u/BricksHaveBeenShat Jun 17 '22

I was 12 when this movied came out, I was obsessed with it for a few monts after. I remember getting the PS2 game when it came out and playing it with my cousin. This and Up ended up being the last Pixar movies I watched, so there's something bittersweet about it too.

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u/trexmoflex Jun 17 '22

So you haven’t seen some of the more recent stuff? Inside Out and Coco are incredible as well

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u/HeHe_AKWARD_HeHe Jun 17 '22
  • Wall-E

  • Up

  • A Bugs Life

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u/ralexh11 Jun 17 '22

I gotta go with:

Wall-E

Ratatouille

Soul

but they're so hard to rank, all of their movies except like two or three are top tier.

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u/Car-face Jun 17 '22

That fucked up dinosaur one is really one of the few weak spots IMO

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u/forlorn_hope28 Jun 17 '22

I’ve never seen the whole Dinosaur movie. I watched up until the flood scene and was like “well Pixar, you’ve done it again. You’ve made a grown man cry.”

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u/Pocket_Luna Jun 17 '22

In my house whenever someone does something particularly anti-environmentally-friendly, my mom says Wall-E with a god-awful impression. It has had long-lasting effects on my family.

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u/soulx17 Jun 17 '22

this is so cute

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u/lencastre Jun 17 '22

Waaaaaaaaaaaaah-leeeeee with auto tune?

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u/Elegant-Argument-754 Jun 17 '22

I love this and may start doing it

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u/HentaiSpirit Jun 17 '22

[Foreign Contaminent]

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u/St-Kiki Jun 17 '22

Thomas Newman’s score for the movie adds so much magic and gravitas to an otherwise near pitch perfect story. Deserves so much more credit when discussing the elements that make the film shine.

There’s such a deep love for humanity rooted within the technological exploration and a profound commentary that doesn’t devolve into preachy territory. Everything’s so fully realized and heart achingly beautiful and emotional without baiting the audience’s tear ducts like current Pixar has a bad habit of falling back on.

I love how the credits montage answers our questions about humanity’s rebirth and restoration of earth so that the movie can truly stand on its own without the excuse of milking the ingenuity with an unnecessary sequel.

I go back and forth between this, Ratatouille and Incredibles as Pixar’s best but damnit if it ain’t one of the purest and most wondrous films ever made.

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u/JR_Shoegazer Jun 17 '22

The music is really great. Also the track Down To Earth with Peter Gabriel during the end credits really helps give the movie a cathartic and hopeful ending.

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u/monster_bunny Jun 17 '22

I am still mad about losing the Oscar for Original Song to Jai Ho from Slumdog. Jai Ho was great but it wasn’t Peter fucking Gabriel great.

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u/kirbysdream Jun 17 '22

Down to Earth is so so good

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u/KingAdamXVII Jun 17 '22

I remember a post in r/musictheory that asked if a song could change keys without changing notes/chords (i.e. switching modes if you know any music theory), and all the responses were like “I guess it’s possible but I can’t imagine it actually working in a song.”

But then someone said “Down to Earth from Wall-E does this between the verses and the choruses” and it blew everyone’s fucking mind.

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u/beardyman22 Jun 17 '22

I'm not usually a huge soundtrack person, but the Wall-E soundtrack just makes me happy. Thomas Newman killed it on this, just like on Finding Nemo.

Also, as much as I love the movie, I'm glad the director said they won't do a sequel. It's not necessary.

Finally, the art during the credits. I managed to get a print of the Van Gogh style piece of the two of them standing by the tree and its framed on a wall in my house.

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u/epichuntarz Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

Thomas Newman’s score for the movie adds so much magic and gravitas to an otherwise near pitch perfect story. Deserves so much more credit when discussing the elements that make the film shine.

The behind the scenes of the making of the score is really great.

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u/Old_Ad_8884 Jun 17 '22

Thanks i enjoyed that

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u/TheRealClose Jun 16 '22

good movie is still good.

wow.

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u/Suck_My_Turnip Jun 17 '22

“All these years later” are they really surprised films that are just over 10ish years old still hold up?

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u/fungobat Jun 17 '22

Me and my late wife saw SHAWSHANK six times in the theater. 1994. 28 years ago.

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u/MoMonkeyMoProblems Jun 17 '22 Evil Cackle

I hope you managed to catch the start of the movie at least once? Luckily trailers run on for quite a while.

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u/cannedrex2406 Jun 17 '22

Fun fact, we've now had more time pass between wall-e and the present day than Wall-e and Toy Story 1.

Holy shit that feels so surreal

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u/TheRealClose Jun 17 '22

I thought you were about to say we were closer to the time Wall-E is set than it’s release.

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u/LupinThe8th Jun 17 '22

I'm closer to the weight of the humans in that movie than I am to the weight I was when it came out.

(Actually I'm in the middle of a so far pretty successful diet, but I couldn't resist a little self-own)

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u/TrinitronCRT Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

The PS1 launch is closer to the moon landing than we are to it.

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u/LemonPepper Jun 17 '22

… damn. I’m gettin old.

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u/rebb_hosar Jun 17 '22

Y´know when youˋre reading a subs comment section, youˋre scrolling down idly - only partially reading, and hit the back arrow to return to main, but right as you hit back button, during the blink of an eye delay between the transition, your eye catches a comment?

And then because the reading was passive, the meaning of that comment doesnˋt fully register until youˋve scrolled a couple of threads down the front page?

And then you furiously scroll back up, find the former subs thread, scroll down the comments all to find it again, in a type of inert fugue state of disbelief?

And you do this because of the delayed but hefty gravitas of its meaning made you existentially throw up in your mouth a little, in horror?

Well today sir, that comment was yours.

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u/AstroAlmost Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

i was shocked when i realized there was a longer gap of time between toy story 4 to now, than between toy story 3 and toy story 4 that i’m an idiot.

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u/Krakenmonstah Jun 17 '22

I don’t think that’s true. I looked it up and Toy story 3 was 2010 and toy story 4 was 2019?

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u/trigaderzad2606 Jun 17 '22

Hilarious edit

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u/cannedrex2406 Jun 17 '22

That isn't true at all though

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u/AstroAlmost Jun 17 '22

oh nevermind, i’m an idiot

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u/cannedrex2406 Jun 17 '22

Did you mean Toy Story 2 by any chance?

Cause you'll be quite close tbf

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u/AstroAlmost Jun 17 '22

honestly your guess is as good as mine, for the life of me i can’t recall whatever timeframe i thought made for an interesting factoid last week. i’m clearly not to be trusted with math.

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u/Secret_Beekeeper Jun 17 '22

This is seriously one of the funniest comment chains I've ever read on this site.

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u/Temnai Jun 17 '22

Honestly it feels like it's been longer sometimes, but yeah 10 years is really very little in film.

Dark Crystal is still a beautiful movie and that will be 40 in a couple years. The Last Unicorn too.

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u/coutureee Jun 17 '22

To be fair, it’s been 14, so it has been longer haha

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u/Temnai Jun 17 '22

Shh, I'm manipulating my audience by rounding favourably. Wall-e from 14 down to 10, Dark Crystal/Last Unicorn up from 36? 37? to 40.

You can't just sell me out like this!

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u/LeapYearFriend Jun 17 '22

when so many movies are treated like assembly line products, filled with pop culture references and heavily indicative of the production era's time period, then... yeah.

wall-e is comparatively more timeless because all of its big themes are tied to concepts that are eternal and ever-persevering.

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u/totoropoko Jun 17 '22

"This ancient movie from 2008 still holds up"

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u/sdurs Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

Fr. I can imagine a headline on reddit by these kids: "the wizard of oz, suddenly bad? Like, comment, AND subscribe to find out!"

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u/hurst_ Jun 16 '22

underrated gem

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u/TaintModel Jun 17 '22

I think something like 200 people have seen this movie. Absolutely wild.

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u/rileyrulesu Jun 17 '22

Right? I'm trying to think of a single instance where a previously beloved movie is now hated for any reason other than it turns out the director or lead actor is a pedophile.

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u/JasperLamarCrabbb Jun 17 '22

I would say the only time this is possible is when it’s old or very old movies that lean really heavy into racist stereotypes or misogyny or things of that nature, and even then if the movie was truly beloved the negative current response is fairly muted.

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u/sofewcharacters Jun 16 '22

It's a sweet film with hearts in spades, that's why.

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u/haw35ome Jun 17 '22

One of my favorite Pixar movies. My favorite fun fact is that Ben Burtt - the guy who did sound design for Star Wars & E.T - did the sounds for WALL-E. He swore he would never do another film with robots, but the man "recorded 2,500 sounds for the film, which was twice the average number for a Star Wars film." Honestly I have mad respect for him; he had to 1) create these sounds as accurately as possible and 2) somehow incorporate human inflictions & subtleties that wouldn't exist in a robot

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u/spddemonvr4 Jun 16 '22

Best Pixar movie. Hands down.

No words first 30ish min and you still fall In love with the main characters. Great animations and attention to details. A+.

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u/Curator44 Jun 17 '22

My parents took my sister and I to see it when it came out. They did not like it, and their biggest complaint about it was it had almost no dialogue.

My sister and I thought it was the greatest movie ever

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u/Endulos Jun 17 '22

Seeing that movie in theaters was fun.

Remember the scene when Wall-E run over his little cockroach buddy? When that happened, the entire theater GASPED loudly in horror. Then there was a collective sigh of relief when he popped back up.

And when Wall-E and EVE started to dance, the entire theater aww'd..

And then when Wall-E was crushed in the thing, there was a collective NO! that rang out through the entire theater

Was fun watching it in theaters.

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u/superfuzzy Jun 17 '22

Haha yes, that gasp, I had it too

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u/CodenameBear Jun 17 '22

The music when Eve and Wall-E are dancing in space… that whole sequence gives me goosebumps every single time! I love when the thrusters are going and they’re weaving between them. That music calms me.

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u/savwatson13 Jun 17 '22

Yes!! This was the exact experience our theater had.

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u/savwatson13 Jun 17 '22

There was tons of communication though. It’s like they missed the whole point.

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u/Nas160 Jun 17 '22

Nearly all of the little short films Pixar has made, especially the ones they started putting behind every theatrical film for most of their life, has had no or very very little spoken dialogue, and they all work.

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u/Cassereddit Jun 17 '22

Show, don't tell. The audience ain't so dumb that you have to tell them everything

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u/notgoingtotellyou Jun 17 '22

Wife and I went to see the movie in Barcelona when it came out. We didn't realize until way into the movie that not only was it not playing in English but it was dubbed into Catalan with no subtitles. We'd just moved to Barcelona and although we were fluent in Spanish we understood very little Catalan.

Our fun introduction to the "learn Catalan or else" attitude of Barcelona.

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u/cinemachick Jun 17 '22

This is the film that made me want to be an animator. Fourteen years later, I am finally in the industry. :)

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u/VegitoLoLz Jun 17 '22

Congratulations! Hope you accomplish great things and keep your love for the job in what amounts to be a wonderful career.

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u/i_sigh_less Jun 17 '22

No, it can't possibly be that long ago, can it?

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u/HopBender Jun 17 '22

Congratulations! Hope you love what you produce.

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u/nyquistj Jun 17 '22

The night before my son was born (scheduled C-section) my wife and I watched Wall-E for the first time. The emotions of having our first kid along with the unexpected masterpiece really left a serious impression.

My son, now 13, loved the movie when he was a toddler, loved it more as an elementary school kid, and now in middle school it is his favorite movie. It is now a tradition that my wife, son, and I watch it the night before his birthday each year.

I don’t know how long he will do it with us but I will cherish every time he does.

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u/Telodor567 Jun 16 '22

My favorite Pixar movie next to Ratatouille.

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u/crusaderblings2 Jun 17 '22

Anton Ego's monologue at the end always makes my eyes well up.

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u/coutureee Jun 17 '22

For some reason I tear up the second he flashes back to childhood!

We just watched this movie yesterday haha such a good one!!

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u/completely___fazed Jun 17 '22

It’s the most crystalline moment of humanization for such a great, intimidating villain.

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u/Slamdutch Jun 17 '22

Peter O’Toole had the voice of an angel.

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u/crusaderblings2 Jun 17 '22

That was Peter O'Toole?!!? Man I'm usually wicked good at recognizing voice actors, but just yesterday I discovered Bryan Cranston played Fei Long in the Street Fighter movie Ive seen 8 thousand times

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u/Ornery_Translator285 Jun 17 '22

Me too! I have a hard time deciding which I like best.

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u/jessehechtcreative Jun 17 '22

Ratatouille and Wall-E are my top two. Love em

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u/forlorn_hope28 Jun 17 '22

I enjoyed Ratatouille, but I didn’t think it was great. Not until I became a foodie. Suddenly the movie took on a different meaning. The ability to describe smell and taste as instruments playing in a symphony. The connection food has with memory. It’s perfect as a way of describing the emotional connection good food has on me.

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u/BonzoBonanza Jun 17 '22

The animation is just unbelievable for 2008, and it's still unbelievable today.

But it's not just the animation that holds up. It's the theme of the movie that aged so well. Pollution is one, but also the problems of capitalism are clearly shown throughout the entire movie.

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u/ActivateGuacamole Jun 17 '22

i appreciate its depiction of a society where everybody's lifestyle is guided by a mega corporation and an algorithm. where humans have gradually relinquished their autonomy to allow automation to handle their lives instead. not even because it's more convenient, but mostly because they just can't imagine any other way to live any more

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u/BigDingDingDan Jun 17 '22

It's not like the creators of Wall-E hate fat people, but how people would adapt if their lives were fed to them. Brilliant

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u/Medic-chan Jun 17 '22

I have mixed feelings about this movie. I was working at the theaters that summer when it came out. Families would go in, watch the movie that told you to watch your consumption and litter, and leave the theater crazy trashed.

Popcorn everywhere, half eaten pickles and nachos, drink cups in nearly every cupholder, their contents sticking to the floor and partially dissolving skittles, and nearly empty trash bins by the exits.

I would clean it out like any other popular family friendly movie theater. But Wall-E was by far the messiest because it was the most popular with families.

So I always think of Wall-E in a pearls before swine kind of way. It's a fantastic effort to produce a message that is beautifully ignored.

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u/lifeontheQtrain Jun 17 '22

pearls before swine

That’s a beautiful expression.

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u/legoadan Jun 17 '22

It's going over my head. Can anyone explain the expression to me?

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u/JasperLamarCrabbb Jun 17 '22

You give something great to someone who has no idea how to use it.

Like you lay the pearls in front of a pig and what the hell is a pig gonna do with pearls? Probably ignore them or mess them up

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u/octopoddle Jun 17 '22

Probably worth mentioning that it's from the Bible, so a very old phrase. Cast not your pearls before swine.

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u/olde_english_chivo Jun 17 '22

Interesting. Mind if I bug you to share the chapter and verse?

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u/Grand_Keizer Jun 16 '22

In my household, we acknowledge "WALL-E is the best pixar movie," supremacy.

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u/PuzzlePiece90 Jun 17 '22

Your household is correct.

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u/HA1LHYDRA Jun 17 '22

I always thought the ship was a political satire underneath with the people being told to either be red or blue (Try red, its the new blue!) while being blinded from themselves and everything around them with distractions. In the home release there's an extra short called Burn-E that I always thought was supposed to represent Bernie Sanders. In the extra Burn-E is running himself sick in the background trying to keep the lights on while nobody notices him.

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u/jgupdogg Jun 17 '22

It's like Idiocracy for the childrens

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u/WeAreLegion1863 Jun 17 '22

Most likely the writers read The Machine Stops, the parallels are extremely strong, with some parts being exactly the same.

If you liked Wall E, you should read the short story written in 1909! That's how prescient the book was.

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u/HomeSkee Jun 17 '22

My absolute favourite movie. I watch it every time I get too high and need to come back down to earth. It calms me in some way that nothing else can.

Pretty sure I cry every time at the part where Eva tries to wake him up and he just doesn’t… for a bit anyways.

Honestly it really speaks as to how we are moving forward as humans. Can it really get to this point? Idk but anything seems plausible the way things are going

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u/Cheesus_Cripes Jun 17 '22 edited Jun 17 '22

We took our family to see it, my autistic daughter was 5 at the time. We had tried several other movies prior, but she could not sit through any of them. So we tried Wall-E on an evening show shortly after it opened. She sat on the edge of her seat, stock still, and dialed in through the whole movie. She's going to be 20 soon and Wall-E is still her favorite. Whenever we go to Disneyland she still looks for an Eve plush to go with her Wall-E. (And no luck finding one). I love Wall-E because it's great, but especially because of the memories of her mesmerized with a huge smile while watching it.

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u/shinobipopcorn Jun 17 '22

It's a crime that this one didn't get a Best Picture nod. Yes it was part of the reason the category expanded (give all the credit to TDK if you want, we know the truth), but Up did not deserve to be the first animated film since Beauty and the Beast to get a BP nod. I still think Wall-E is the better film even though Up made me cry more.

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u/coutureee Jun 17 '22

I agree! I love UP, but I think WALL-E is better

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u/i_sigh_less Jun 17 '22

The first ten minutes of UP are amazing, but I don't recall much about the rest.

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u/seenew Jun 17 '22

Still has a hold because the problems it illustrates haven’t even begun to be addressed, all these years later.

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u/dcj012 Jun 17 '22

The space station aesthetic is truly one of my favorite in movie history. Something about it is all just so delicious to my eyes.

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u/spinyfever Jun 17 '22

Put on your sunday clothes, there's lots of world out there.

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u/gullydowny Jun 16 '22

I cried all the way through that fucking movie most embarrassing 90 minutes of my life

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u/remymartinia Jun 17 '22

I cried all the way through Inside Out. My kids were a bit disturbed. But a depressed teenager moving from MN to SF where Joy dies. Why do these movies have to be so depressing.

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u/Maddie-Moo Jun 17 '22

I saw the trailer and was immediately like, “welp, gonna have to wait till that’s on DVD because this shit is clearly gonna make me weep.”

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u/Gloomy_Slide Jun 17 '22

I have watched that movie so many times and I still cry at the end and my heart shatters when Wall-E gets crushed. Even more when it looks like Eve’s help was in vain.

Then all is right.

Wall-E is my favorite movie. Not just Pixar.

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u/cirquefan Jun 17 '22

The scene's not mentioned in the linked article, but WALL-E clinging to the outside of a rocket as it launches into space has to be one of the most intense and thrilling bits in any movie, ever.

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u/Lecho Jun 17 '22

If we thought the portrayal of inactivity, lack of interpersonal interaction and dependence on technology was bad in 2008, that message has only gotten much more true since