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Wall*E: the joys of love and garbage

Posted at 8:42 AM on June 27, 2008 by Euan Kerr

The new Pixar movie "Wall*E" is filled with magnificent garbage. Piles and piles of it, some loose and blowing in the wind, and some compressed into tidy little cubes by the garbage robot Wall*E.

He's been doing it for so long he has build huge ziggurats that dwarf the skyscrapers which used to house the people who produced the trash in the first place. They have all left because the garbage has poisoned the earth, and Wall*E is the last of the robots left to clean up which is still running centuries after the last humans dumped and ran.

And he's lonely. He has one pal, a cockroach. He doesn't have a name in the film but it seems likely it's Jiminy.

But, inspired by an aged VHS tape of "Hello Dolly" what Wall*E really wants is someone/thing which a hand it can hold.

At it's most basic this is a story about a cute little robot looking for company. But Pixar has also once again done a great job of working a plot on several levels and for all age groups. When a probe turns up from elsewhere he launches on a desperate, but good-hearted effort to make friends.

It's visually stunning, there are great action scenes, and there's a none-too-subtle poke at the possible consequences of our consumer culture. While some of you may end up seeing this again and again with the kids on DVD, you should make sure you see it at least once on the big screen just to revel in all that garbage.

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