Trailer Tuesday: WALL-E

Not much time to talk about Trailer Tuesday today, seeing as I've just got into the office. However, given that Dreamworks' latest animated film, Kung Fu Panda was profiled last week, it seems only fair to give some blog time to Pixar's upcoming release WALL-E.

Here's the plot synopsis:

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL•E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL•E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.

What I'm most impressed about with the WALL-E trailer is just how much of a refreshing throwback it is. For once we're not being subjected to celebrities voicing assorted smart mouth, supposedly hip characters - as we were with the mediocre Robots a few years back.

Instead, WALL-E seems to rely largely on the same style of clever visual, mute comedy that Pixar has already perfected in their animated short movies. Think Knick Knack, For the Birds, One Man Band and Lifted. It's the same style that made Scrat such a popular character in Fox's Ice Age movies.

So, yeah, I can't wait for 27 June, when WALL-E opens in South Africa.


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