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After 700 years of doing what he was built for – he'll discover what he's meant for.  

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Andrew Stanton  
Starring: Ben Burtt (voice), Elissa Knight (voice), Sigourney Weaver (voice)  

Even if you haven’t seen the film yet, you must have been hiding under the world’s biggest rock to have avoided Pixar’s adorable rust-bucket robot. This little fellow has been hailed as their greatest creation to date, and thankfully, you can go ahead and believe the hype.

Set in a distant future, WALL-E is a garbage disposal robot, designed to clear up the giant mess left by humans and the global consumer corporation ‘Buy N Large’. The situation is so dire (and thus the socio-environmental message is so abundantly clear) that humans have deserted the planet in favour of a space cruise ship whilst they wait for robots to sort it all out.

Despite being the last robot left, WALL-E spends his days happily compacting rubbish and collecting nick-nacks he finds interesting. They include a Rubik's cube, iPod and the frustratingly category-evading Spork. One day his routine is interrupted by the arrival of Eve, a sleek-looking lady robot. WALL-E immediately falls for her, but his newfound love leads to a much bigger adventure...

WALL-E will capture your heart within the first 20 minutes, and he’ll do it without any dialogue whatsoever. The ensuing romance will have you awwwww-ing audibly and the quality of the animation will have you gaping in awestruck wonder for the entire duration. This is absolutely a big screen event not to be missed. Not only is WALL-E a completely mesmerising, heart-warming character, he is part and parcel of one of the most beautifully crafted animated films you are ever likely to see.

Steph Janes

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)