Against the backdrop of environmental catastrophe, Wall-E manages to achieve a lot. It’s both political and romantic, funny but also devastatingly sad. Some even call its bold ecological message daring for an animation. Here’s why the film remains brilliant to this day.
It Speaks Without Dialogue
For starters, there’s no dialogue for the first 45 minutes. The movie completely flips storytelling on its head. This lets animation, sound effects, music, and setting do the talking. Lovable WALL-E and Eve’s story wouldn’t be quite the same if they could speak. As we follow WALL-E’s incredible journey through space, we see it all without dialogue and barely notice the difference. It’s Pixar storytelling at its finest.
WALL-E and EVE are trailblazers in animation history. WALL-E is a gentleman robot with a heart of gold. He’s smitten with EVE, risks his life to save her, and truly watches out for her. Never has a robotic love story captured so many hearts.
Effective Character Design
What makes WALL-E so brilliant is the simple, almost minimalist character design. There’s enough detail without distracting us from the story’s depth. WALL-E is clunky, while EVE is oval-shaped and sleek. AUTO could be a steering wheel if he weren’t so menacing a character! And yet, each character effortlessly conveys who they are and their part in the world around them.
A Striking Environmental Message
WALL-E touches upon environmental concerns that remain forever relevant, especially in the world we live in today. It’s a bold stance to take since nobody watches animation movies that kill the vibe. But WALL-E manages to make it the center of the story without making the movie feel too educational.
Music and Sound Effects
In a movie with little dialogue, everything else needs to be hyper expressive. The movie’s score not only fills the gap but elevates it. What’s more, the robots’ whistles, clicks, and tones perfectly convey their character and emotions. WALL-E is a universal love story. It’s clever and ambitious in its premise, something we’ve never seen in animation history. For that, and so much more – WALL-E has our hearts.