Wall-E preview

    At this point, with back-to-back summer releases of “Cars”
    and “Ratatouille,” we’ve come to expect a Pixar movie. It’s easy to overlook
    how special every Pixar release actually is: “We’ve spent the last 15 years
    just trying to get up to speed so that we can get to one movie a year,”
    director and co-writer Andrew Stanton remarks, regarding this year’s offering,
    the sci-fi tinged “Wall-E.” Considering it takes about four years to craft an
    original Pixar movie, we should expect each summer release to be a special
    treat.

    “Wall-E” marks the return to the director’s chair for Stanton.
    In the now legendary Pixar brainstorming lunch, the original visionaries
    created several characters that were responsible for a number of memorable
    movies, such as “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and, of course, the critically
    acclaimed “Finding Nemo.” However, one of the characters that has yet to make
    its silver-screen debut was Wall-E, a robot programmed to collect trash long
    after humans leave Earth.

    “What is the point of living? In my mind, the point of
    living is to love.” Stanton’s words
    are reflected in “Wall-E” — essentially a love story, but specifically about a
    robot’s awareness of the ability to love. Part of what inspired Stanton to
    create “Wall-E” was the exploration of the question that if a robot was left to
    repeat the same menial task over and over again for centuries, would it ever
    question the monotony of its job?

    “I love the idea of this machine coming to that awareness
    and seeing what came of that,” he said.

    While Stanton
    has used non-human characters to convey his stories, Wall-E is, in essence, the
    fruition of Stanton’s true beliefs
    as a storyteller, since the characters themselves don’t even really speak. Stanton
    believes “if you can orchestrate your story right without much dialogue, you
    can really get some powerful responses from your audience.”

    It’s hard not to underplay Stanton’s
    reputation of delivering classic animated movies.

    “It hasn’t been since ‘Toy Story’ that I’ve been this
    excited about the originality of a movie … you knew that it was one of a kind,”
    Stanton said. Considering “Toy
    Story” set a standard for animated movies, perhaps “Wall-E” may set a standard
    for storytelling in animated films. June 27.

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