As years go by and civilization evolves, things become more efficient, easy, reliable; but we forget who we are, were, what it means to be human. What it means to live. It seems as though centenarian manmade robots depict humanity better than humans. We evolve but we don't improve. We become babies, nurtured only by our consumerist needs, blinded by our own sentient technology. But "WALL-E" sends us a message of hope
Regards technology, rightly, as a problem of philosophy & application rather than a problem of a purely technical nature. A stridently non-Luddite repudiation of modern technological practices - the idea of nature as merely the yet-to-be-mastered is overcome by the spirit of the careful custodian. Would have been perfect if only the degenerated humanoids had been shown to have become incapable of speech.
In Wall-E, Pixar's middlebrow status is justified. It might just be the film you need for that matinee slot on that anthropocene cycle you're working on. The crossgenerational nature of its aims betrays the real aesthetic breakthroughs: why is the main bot so reminiscent of [1980's] Short Circuit? Can we get rid of golden age musicals as ideological code for 'good times'? Just let go of me, dad.
The first and perhaps only Pixar films that is pure art. This had me absolutely transfixed from the beginning, especially the silent sections at the beginning. The film is so poignant, emotional, smart, has such attention to detail and doesn't push its message too hard. The finale gets me every time....