WALL-E

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(2008) ★★★★★

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In a futuristic cityscape of neatly stacked, compacted garbage, Wall-E diligently goes about his business. Wall-E? It stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifters, Earth Class. He’s the invention of those geniuses at Pixar, the animation studio responsible for the best Toy Story ’toons ever made. Wall-E’s not funny, not like Monsters Inc and The Incredibles. It’s sweet and sad. It is also a graphic art masterpiece that’s fit to grace the walls of the Louvre. Like the android drones in Douglas Trumbull’s cult 70s sci-fi Silent Running, this rusty little box with binocular eyes has bags of personality. More, maybe, than the pristine supersonic automaton Eve (Extra-Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), purring with gentle buzzes and beeps. Smitten with this Eve of destruction, the clumsy, clunky Wall-E hitches a ride on Eve’s mothership. Automated anarchy follows in an air-conditioned garden of earthly delights dedicated to conspicuous consumption. Pixar has seen the future. It’s fat and it’s fabulous.

Certificate: U
Duration: 98min