WALL·E ★★★★★

It's been interesting seeing Pixar's computer animation improve through the years, from the simple lighting and texturing of "Luxo Jr" to their modern, increasingly photo-realistic feature films ... but what has always remained constant is their interest in telling a good story. They don't always succeed but I would argue they are more consistent than most and I don't think I've ever left a Pixar film feeling that I'd wasted my time. So count me as a fan.

That said, we all have favorites and this one's mine. "Wall-E" is a wonderful blend of deft storytelling and beautifully-realized characters and surroundings. Mixing serious environmental themes with a humorous and heart-tugging look at loneliness and love as experienced by a little abandoned robot, "Wall-E' is a satisfying experience on multiple levels for just about any age group.

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