From Walt Disney Home Entertainment: WALL•E is an out-of-this-world action-adventure filled with heart and humor that follows an extraordinary cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. OscarŽ-winning director Andrew Stanton's (won Best Animated Feature, Finding Nemo 2003) beautiful story of WALL•E is a love letter to the Golden Age of sci-fi films. The film's cast of exciting new characters has thrilled and delighted movie-lovers of all ages while once again showcasing Pixar's amazing abilities to create entire new worlds.
WALL•E's voice cast includes Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Elissa Knight (Cars), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), John Ratzenberger (Toy Story), Kathy Najimy ("King of the Hill") and Fred Willard (Chicken Little). Academy AwardŽ-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises) provides the endearing voice of WALL•E, the little robot who never quits.
In its theatrical release, WALL•E wowed critics everywhere with its adventurous story, combined with cutting-edge animation and an imaginatively detailed vision of the future. Claudia Puig of USA TODAY praises the film's "breathtaking visuals" and gives it "4 out of 4 stars." "WALL•E is a movie you want to discover," enthuses Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern calls it "A stunning tour de force," while Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, dubs the film "A major visionary work, a sci-fi parable of astonishing scope and depth that is anchored by an adorable bucket of bolts."
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL•E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth- Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL•E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL•E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
WALLL•E Voice Cast List
... WALL•E (voice)
... EVE (voice)
... Captain (voice)
... Shelby Forthright - BnL CEO
... AUTO (voice)
... John (voice)
... Marry (voice)
... Ship's Computer (voice)
WALL•E was the Pixar summer 2008 entry. Though there was plenty in the film for kids to enjoy, this probably had one of the more adult storylines of the Pixar films. Because of the lack of dialogue, a lot of the story was developed visually or by referencing elements that would be familiar to many. As a result, younger children probably will have trouble making it through the whole movie in one sitting. That said, the entire family enjoyed this film. The film's many references to classic science fiction only heightened our own enjoyment of the film. We found the film's early scenes set on Earth to be detailed, gritty and surprisinly realistic (we found ourselves comparing it to Will Smith's I Am Legend which is the most recent live-action film to depict an abandoned urban landscape). Once the action moved to space, the film went to more of a hyper-colorized cartoonish style. We constantly found ourselves noticing background details that added depth to the film without distracting from the action taking place in the foreground. Perhaps the film's science fiction theme sways us, but we found WALL•E to be one of our favorite Pixar films to date and are quite happy to be able to add it to our collection.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment came out with four versions (a fifth Canadian French version is also available) to video. The single disc standard definition DVD edition comes with an audio commentary by Director Andrew Stanton as well as another forty minutes worth of extras including both the theatrical short, an all-new short based on a character that is glimpsed for mere seconds in the film. The three-disc standard definition DVD special edition includes a digital copy for transferring the film to portable media players and an entire disc of nearly three hours worth of special features including a documentary on the history of the Pixar studio, as well as several behind the scenes featuretts, fun details about the various robots seen in the film and deleted scenes.
The two disc Blu-ray edition includes all the extras found in the three-disc standard definition DVD special edition as well as the now familiar Cine-Explore and Disney BD-Live Network features. Also includes is a "Geek Track" commentary, 3-D Fly-Throughs of the sets and several WALL•E-themed arcade games. The 3-disc Blu-ray edition also includes a digital copy.
Considering previous Pixar standard definition releases have been light on special features with the bulk of the in-depth extras being reserved for the Blu-ray editions, we are impressed with the volume of special features available on the standard definition DVD editions. Of course, as usual, the Blu-ray editions include several more enticing extras. Buyers will get their money's worth no matter what edition they choose. We'd be satisfied with having just the fllm in our collection, but the wealth of extras on every edition available adds value to whatever edition selected.
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