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Animated robot becomes lovable hero in Pixar's 'Wall-E' sci-fi tale

Published: June 27, 2008

/> When Eve is recalled to the Axiom, Wall-E hitches a ride into space. On the Axiom, Wall-E's discovery, along with his inquisitive charm, changes the lives of everyone aboard the ship and the fate of Earth itself.

"Wall-E,” Pixar's ninth studio film, constitutes a stunning achievement. About the first third of the movie has nearly no dialogue, just a series of electronic oohs, ahhs and beeps from Wall-E and Eve. But the filmmakers still manage to convey the characters' emotions and thoughts through their expressive faces and the tone of their sounds.

Once the film launches into space and aboard the Axiom, "Wall-E” gains more dialogue and characters but doesn't lose its focus on the core story. As Wall-E searches for love, the humans, led by the captain (voice of Jeff Garlin), have to decide whether to leave behind their super-soft existence and try to reclaim their damaged home world.

For the first time, Pixar incorporates live-action footage into one of its films, and the bold move pays big dividends. The lyrics to "It Only Takes a Moment,” along with the accompanying scene from "Hello Dolly!,” add poignant power to Wall-E's obvious desire for companionship.

Fred Willard's live-action flashback sequences as the smarmy Buy n Large CEO Shelby Forthright fit seamlessly into the movie.

Rated G and boasting one of the most charming underdog heroes to appear onscreen in a long while, "Wall-E” is wonderfully original and well-crafted entertainment for all ages.

Brandy McDonnell

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4 stars

Starring: Fred Willard and the voices of Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger and Kathy Najimy.

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