"WALL-E" Brings Heart to Space

Leave it to Pixar to take a post-apocalyptic theme, a protagonist reminiscent of silent movie comedians, and an environmental message and create a film that is at once humorous, touching, and romantic. Wall-E, directed by Andrew Stanton, is the tale of the little robot who, after 700 years alone, ends up saving our devastated planet, and all because of a pretty girl. Looks like things won't change too much in the future.

When the trash heaps became overpowering and earth was no longer hospitable to humans, the planet was evacuated to a giant space station called the Axiom, and little trash-compacting bots (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class) were left behind to clean up the mess. Over the years, all of these little guys have become defunct, except for WALL-E. WALL-E, a clunky trash compactor, spends his days collecting garbage and stacking it into makeshift skyscrapers. When he finds something he likes (a bra, a bobble-head, a rubik's cube, even a spork), he takes it home and stores it in his trailer. At night, he watches an old recording of the musical "Hello, Dolly!" with his friend, a cockroach. It is through this near-forgotten musical that he realizes what his life is missing: someone to hold hands with.

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