Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great Time to be a Kid

Being polluted and literally trashed by humans, the Earth has been void for 700 years now, and Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is the last operational unit of his kind to clean up all the mess that humans left behind, a task not too big even for a small robot like him. Okay, he is a robot. And a very lonely robot for that. But he isn't like any other robot for Wall-E is one curious robot. He collect things he finds interesting enough, has a cockroach for a friend (yes, even if a million A-bomb hit the earth they'd still live. goshdarn roaches!) and he loves watching the 1969 musical film videotape of Hello Dolly! It teaches him emotion, especially the act of holding hands, which he equates as an act of love.

Along came Eve (Extra-Terrestrial Vegetative Evaluator) or Evaaa as what Wall-E says, a feminine probe-like robot. Of course Wall-E fell in love at her, at first sight pa! And there goes their funny, often sweet robotic love affair or whatever you may call it. And it doesn't help that Wall-e is waaaay too much cute for words. Ü One thing i firmly believe in this film though is that everyone dreams of holding another person's hand, has dreams of becoming lonely no more, and wall-e is not an exception, i guess.

Wall-E, like every other Pixar movies, aren't just films that entertain kids and kids-at-heart as well because more than entertaining I believe each Pixar films that ever came out are here to give us far more important lessons in life. Whether to love your toys, not being afraid of the dark, not bugging the bugs, following your dreams, obeying your parents, being a humble bigshot car, etc..

Director Andrew Stanton summarized everything in here:

WALL-E is the only one still truly living. And what is the ultimate purpose of living? To love. And WALL-E falls head over heels with a robot named EVE. Now, WALL-E's feelings aren't reciprocated because, well, she has no feelings. She's a robot, cold and clinical. WALL-E is the one who has evolved over time and garnered feelings. So in the end, it's gonna be WALL-E's pursuit to win EVE's heart, and his unique appreciation of life to become mankind's last hope to rediscover its roots. In short, it's going to take a robot's love to help make the world go round.

Which led me into remembering the first CGI animated comedy feature film from Pixar Animation Studios. i LOVE Toy Story for everything that it was. Aside kay Woody, ang paborito kong characters ay sina Mr. Potato at Rex. haha.

Some excerpts from the movie:
Buzz: Are you still worried?
Woody: About Andy? Nah. It'll be fun while it lasts.
Buzz: I'm proud of you, cowboy.
Woody: Besides, when it's all over, I'll have my old pal Buzz Lightyear to keep me company, for infinity and beyond.
[The toys are gathered around an Etcha Sketch board with a doodle of Woody on it.]
Hamm: All right. Let's review this one more time. At precisely 8:32-ish, Exhibit 'A,' Woody, was kidnapped. Exhibit 'B'. A composite sketch of the kidnapper.
Bo: He didn't have a beard like that.
Hamm: Fine. Etch, give him a shave.
Slinky: The kidnapper was bigger than that.
Hamm: Oh, picky, picky, picky...
Mr. Potato: Let's just go straight to Exhibit 'F': The kidnapper's vehicle. Now, the vehicle fled the scene in this direction—
Hamm: Are your eyes in backwards? It went the other way.
Mr. Potato: Hey, put a cork in it, pal.
[Rex arrives, demolishing the "crime scene".]
Rex: How do you spell 'FBI'?
Hamm: Oh, why don't you watch where you're going, Godspilla?!
Rex: I didn't know there was a crime scene!
Dahil wala nang matinong trailer para sa Toy Story sa youtube (go straight ahead to pixar.com na lang), Toy Story 2 trailer na lang ang nilagay ko dito. And as what Buzz Lightyear loves to say, To Infinity and Beyond!

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