Trailer Blazer: 'Wall*E'

Because, apparently, I need to lighten up when it comes to reviewing trailers—though I will maintain that my take on The Dark Knight was not a negative one—here’s the latest gem from Pixar:


What’s to say? There’s never been a bad Pixar flick, and it doesn’t look like this one—coming next summer—is gonna break that streak. (Okay, if I have to quibble with something, it’s that this cute little ‘bot looks a little too much like Number Five from Short Circuit—but he’s so damned cute I’m gonna pretend that I didn’t notice.) But, man, Pixar succeeds where almost every other CG toon house fails: in creating characters with character.

Next year’s Best CGI Character Oscar race is already heating up.

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  • jack

    He looks like ET meets Johnny 5. But probably their most interesting picture since Incredibles.

  • Elizabeth

    I totally agree with the ET/Johnny 5 mashup. I really need a little more information than what the trailer provided, but I’m more interested in the status of Toy Story 3 – whether its going to happen or not.

  • Tony

    It sounds really cool. From what I hear, there’s going to be very little “dialogue” in the film. The characters will speak, but it’s going to be in bleeps and bloops for the most part. I’m interested.

  • Ceballos

    Dude…the very first sentence of your “Dark Knight” review was “And you know what? I feel a little let down” and in the last sentence you complained about the bat-cycle (which we’ll see if that delivers) I’m sure you can see where people got the idea you didn’t enjoy that trailer…it’s not like it came out of nowhere.
    Nevertheless, you’re absolutely right that Pixar’s hitting 1.000 so far, but this one looks particularly good. Nice catch on the Number Five comparison too…can’t wait for this one to come out.

  • JMC

    I have to say, beyond anything unimportant like character and plot, the films visually looks amazing. Even on this low quality myspace version.

  • Laura

    I love me some Pixar, and that little guy is way too cute not to be intrigued.

  • Lene

    I love the lamp. The movie looks pretty good, too, but the lamp makes me giggle every single time.

  • Sam I Am

    Overall, I agree that Pixar should continue its streak. The animation looks phenomenal. My only concern is that up until now Pixar has always seemed to find the right balance in its storytelling that ultimately appeals to both children and adults. Based on this trailer, the robot looks to be dangerously approaching Ewok space (cutesy bleeps and groans) that may border on annoying. Maybe I am in the minority, and maybe I am wrong- hopefully. Looking forward to it nevertheless.

  • tia

    The pixar name is about the only studio to get me into a theater regardless of the material. I will be there on opening day. What other studio can boast a track record like Pixar?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t hear that music without thinking of Gilliam’s “Brazil.” It’s such a shorthand for “futuristic-mechanical-routine.”

  • V.M.L.

    I’m getting sick and tired of the SHORT CIRCUIT comparisons. Here’s one thing that distinguishes WALL*E from SHORT CIRCUIT: it doesn’t have Steve Guttenberg. Enough said.
    Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with the film ever since I first heard about the plot. Its basically a sci-fi satirical romance. Its kind of dark too.

  • Tony Ginorio

    It certainly looks good. Two things I found interesting: 1) They managed to make a cockroach look cute – that takes great skill, not to mention chutzpah; and 2) the scene with the spaceship going through old satelites and other space junk; the fact that there are tons of hardware orbiting the Earth is rarely acknowledged in modern films, let alone an animated family film. Yes, the subject matter is a bit chalenging, but if any studio can pull it off it’s Pixar.

  • RP

    Aww, that robot’s so cute! I gotta see that movie.
    “But, man, Pixar succeeds where almost every other CG toon house fails: in creating characters with character.”
    I wish the Pixar people would acknowledge that in their commentaries. The Incredibles DVD had two commentaries. The Animator’s commentary talked about the animation. Right. The writer-director and producer’s commentary talked about…the animation! C’mon, there was some excellent writing in that movie and I was really disappointed to find that not even the writer felt it was important enough to talk about.

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