The little robot with a big legacy
Pixar fans have gotten a great blessing this year. During the summer, the famous and original Inside Out hit and brought these animators back to their throne. Not only that, Pixar will be giving us another original tale later this month called The Good Dinosaur. With the animating behemoth’s return to grace and a slew of movies scheduled for the coming years, I’ve taken a look at their past successes, and picked out the one we believe rises above all of the rest.
If the title is any indication, you know which one we picked, and you may surprised to find that Toy Story or Up didn’t make this spot. That’s not to say those aren’t fantastic films, I just believe that Wall-E rises above all of them. Here are the reason why this tale about a lonely robot is the best Pixar movie to date.
When Wall-E first hit theaters, Pixar had already established themselves as competent animators who could handle CGI much better than anything that Dreamworks or Blue Sky was capable of at the time. However, it wowed critics and audiences alike when they saw that the quality of animation in Wall-E was so much better than any movie that had come before it. People were surprised to see how Pixar had outdone themselves in spades. In short, the film looks fantastic. Despite it being set partially in a dystopian planet Earth, the creators did such a good job at creating good color palettes and making everything feel so alive. They used the setting to their advantage, and to help the ambiance of the tale.
Pixar is well-known for incorporating heartwarming and true morals to today’s society in their films. Wall-E is obviously no different, but that being said, it also takes a huge risk. Never before had a Pixar movie directly pointed out a fallacy with the human race that rings all too true in our minds. By seeing the humans as 700 pound blobs because of their over reliance on technology, the movie gets us thinking. If we continue to make technological advancements, we too, could get there someday. While every other Pixar movie has these great morals to their stories (excluding Cars 2), none have ever turned their heads toward the human race in that way. Even for a kids’ movie, that’s incredibly bold.
More Than Just a Kids’ Movie
Speaking of kids’ movie, that brings me to my next point. Every Pixar film has been widely known for being primarily for kids but have enough thought there for adults to enjoy as well. Wall-E is a bit different in this aspect. You see, it’s not just a kids’ movie. By dealing with a message widely against humanity and the simple story of a lonely robot, Pixar did a great thing and made the film geared towards everyone and not just kids. There is a lot of heart and feeling that older audiences will pick up on, and plenty of beautiful animation and funny moments to make kids smile. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but Wall-E accomplishes this and more.
No Analysis Necessary
Since movies have become popular, there are many people who will go and break them down. They take the time to figure out at the core what the film is trying to say. There are some movies that handle this very well, but ultimately, it can become a bit of a chore. Wall-E is Pixar’s best movie because nobody needed to analyze it. The story is so simple at the core that you immediately get what the film is trying to tell you from the first watch.
A Common Story with a Soulful Twist
The story. This is one of the best merits of Wall-E. The story at face value isn’t anything to write home about. The little robot falls in love with another robot, follows her to her home, and they go on a crazy adventure to save the human race. Sounds pretty basic. So the merit isn’t in the construct of the story, rather in how the story is handled. Despite being such a simple plot, Pixar adds so much heart and soul to it that it works so well. You genuinely care about these little two robots and love watching them grow throughout the course of the film. Wall-E himself is incredibly likable and goofy, while E.V.E. is strong-headed and confident. Their dynamic on the screen is what makes the story blossom. On top of that, everything that Wall-E does is because of how much he loves her. As the film goes on however, he helps to save the human race for no reason other than it being the right thing to do. He has nothing to gain, but does it anyway, no strings attached.
This is Wall-E’s greatest achievement. Its dialogue, or lack thereof, is what makes the film so groundbreaking. The first act has next to no dialogue whatsoever, and instead we are treated to Wall-E and E.V.E. making little beeps, whirs, and body gestures. It’s handled so well that you forget there isn’t any dialogue there, because there doesn’t need to be any. The director, Andrew Stanton, said this about writing these parts of the film.
There’s dialogue from frame one. Each of those beeps and those squawks and those whirrs mean something and they’re trying to convey a specific thing
When you can captivate an audience and win an Oscar with almost no spoken dialogue in the first thirty minutes, you know you’ve done something right.
To Infinity and Beyond (Sorry, Wrong Movie)
Pixar has had some phenomenal success with their films, and it continually impresses me to see what else they can come up with. However, despite their hits like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Monsters Inc., there’s no doubt that Wall-E is the best of the lot. It had the biggest room to fail and become a typical love story. It took the biggest risks with having nearly no dialogue between its main character. Its cinematography and animation are so gorgeous that it still holds up today. It’s a movie that has a lot of heart, and captures so much emotion with such a little robot.
What are your thoughts? Which Pixar movie do you hold dearest to your heart? Let us know in the comments below!