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Movie Review: WALL-E

Alternate Title: Hello Wally!

Story: Will a post-apocalyptic film geared towards children be appreciated by adults? Without q'wall'ification, yes. It seems to me that adults might even enjoy the film more than kids. The film is charming, sweet, innovative, filled with humor, throws in a love story and even has a message that doesn't clobber you over the head.

It was artfully and lovingly directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) and written by Stanton and Jim Reardon. It is based on a story by Mr. Stanton and Pete Docter.

It is 700 years in the future and because of our shameful care taking of Earth humans have been driven off the planet to a space station far, far away. Earth is now in the care of Waste Allocation Load Lifters: Earth Class (WALL-E). The goal was to have humans return to Earth when the planet was cleaned up and capable of supporting life again. Probes (Extra Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluators: EVE) are launched from the space station to periodically see if plant life has returned to Earth.

How WALL-E meets EVE, how they communicate and how they save humankind, is the meat of the story. For me, however, the joy was in the small things that made me smile, chuckle and at times guffaw. There is a moment solely dedicated to Mac users that cracked me up.

It is not one of those films that you will feel silly going into without a kid on your arm. Take a friend or two. I was with two of the sappiest people I know and we all enjoyed it.

Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwaIrN_qRRQ

Acting: The wonderful voices and sounds of Ben Burtt (Wall-E/M-O), Elissa Knight (Eve), Jeff Garlin (Captain), Fred Willard (Shelby Forthright/BnL C.E.O.), Macintalk (Auto), John Ratzenberger (John), Kathy Najimy (Mary) and Sigourney Weaver (Ship’s Computer).

Predilection: None

Critters: Does a Pixar cockroach count?

Food: Food comes in liquid form now on the space station.

Sex Spectrum: No sex - just some very sweet hand holding

Soundtrack: Delightful

Visual Art: If you like Pixar stuff you will like this

Theater Audience: A small group of people, mostly adults. This film is playing everywhere, all of the time.

Weather: On the space station it is 72 and sunny all of the time. Earth is not as pleasant.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: If you think about the conservation message it will make you squirm.

Drift Factor: It could have been a little shorter.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: I did not use a tissue but one of my sappy friends got all teary on me.

Oscar Worthy: I am sure this will get some nods.

Big Screen or Rental: Either would be fine.

Length: One hour and 40 minutes.