WALL·E ★★★★★

Part of My Autumn Rewatches Challenge
Task #15: Watch an animated Disney film again.

If the 21st century has done nothing else right, it managed to make environmentalism a main stream message of animated features. Films like "Happy Feet" (2002), "Ice Age" (2006), "Rango" (2011) and "The Lorax" (2012) immediately come to mind, and of all of them this is clearly the best, bringing the problems of waste-making and the need for recycling to a youthful audiences as well as to us oldsters who can tend to be neglectful.

Things I had forgotten: That damn cockroach. WALL-E was solar-powered. The acronyms BNL, WALL-E and EVE meant "Buy'N'Large," "Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class" and "Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator." The funny Fred Willard cameo as BNL spokesman Shelby Forthright. WALL-E's "makeover" gone awry. EVE's shoot-from-the-hip style. The John-Mary connection. The role of M-O. The use of Strauss's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" in the soundtrack.

Things I never forgot: The bleak, ugly, massive mountains of trash. The forever non-perishable Twinkies. The sprout. The arrival of EVE. How damn cute WALL-E was. The fire extinguisher scene. AUTO's resemblance to HAL 9000. EVE's beautiful blue eyes. The "boneless" humans. The return to Earth.

Not only did this film win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (Andrew Stanton), it also earned five other Academy Award nominations for Writing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Score and Original Song -- "Down to Earth" by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel.

I almost never upgrade a film to a full five stars, but this one deserves it. I just laughed and laughed, and I loved it once again. It's pretty much perfect. And I predict WALL-E will be thrilling viewers for decades to come.

Ranked #1 among Best Films of 2008
Ranked #1 among Andrew Stanton Ranked
Ranked #33 among My 50 Favorites
Ranked #60 among the IMDb Top 250 (June 2014)

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