WALL-E gets big points for distinguishing itself in the horrific wasteland that is children’s animation with two great strengths; it’s strong, culturally relevant (and well communicated) message and it’s departure from this type of fare’s typical safety zone (although it’s not a huge leap). I couldn’t shake the feeling however, that there were some missed opportunities; the grandeur of space seemed lacking, they could’ve taken the designs of the future human race a bit further and the optimistic ending kind of sells it’s grim warning of a premise a bit short. But these are relatively minor complaints; the scenes of WALL -E, the last personality on Earth bigger than a breadbox, quietly (futilely) sorting through our skyscrapers of waste 700 years after our departure from the planet are crushing in both their scope and implications. 3.5/5

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