I fell asleep in the middle of it – but the movie not to be blamed entirely.  It was just the combination of a terrible headache, drowsiness, really comfortable seats inside a chilly theater (Promenade in Greenhills), and some not-so-compelling bits of the movie.

What I liked is the environmental message.  A lot of animated movies deal with relationships among people and more common themes such as achieving dreams, bravery, triumph over adversity, etc.  Wall-E takes place 700 years into the future, wherein humans seemed to have irreparably trashed the planet and now live in spaceships.  The only one left on Earth is Wall-E, a machine tasked to clean up all the junk.  All he has for company is a cockroach.  One day, a spacecraft lands and he meets Eve, another robot.  This was where Pixar did great.  They were able to make the interactions between Wall-E and Eve interesting and funny even without dialogue – just “robotic” sound effects.

The story is centered on the search for a sign of sustainable life on Earth so all the humans could go back.  This is symbolized by the tiny plant found by Wall-E.  Ok, I should stop narrating the story now since I missed parts of it, leaving a lot to misinterpretation.  However, what I did get to watch struck a chord in me.  This is an animated film and while at first thought, the story may be an exaggerated interpretation of environmental destruction, it may actually happen!  If not exactly as what was shown in the movie, then something very close to it at least.  It’s good that this theme was dealt with in a film primarily for children.  It’s never too early to educate them about taking care of our planet.

On a lighter note, the Mac addict in me thoroughly enjoyed the Mac/Apple references in Wall-E.  First off, there’s Wall-E’s start-up sound, which is also the start-up chime of the Mac.  That chime elicits warm, fuzzy feelings in every Mac geek, hehe.  Then there’s Wall-E’s iPod.  And the clincher – Eve’s design.  Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Industrial Design, is partly responsible for it.  He was loaned to Pixar for a day to help design Eve.  I think Eve looks like a robot counterpart of the eMac.  Well, all these Mac references, including Ive’s participation, come as no surprise.  Steve Jobs is Disney’s biggest shareholder after all, so a lot of Disney/Pixar movies have Apple/Mac references.  Remember the white car with a certain, ahem, logo in Cars? Hehe.

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