Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton tops himself with this adorably loopy Pixar animation that sends up consumerism, musicals, Apple computers, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the 29th century, human beings have long since abandoned earth for another galaxy, leaving behind WALL-E, a solitary robot janitor, to clean up a planet so trashed that heaps of compacted garbage tower as high as skyscrapers. When a spaceship arrives and deposits EVE, a trigger-happy probe, to assess the environment, the lonely caretaker falls hard. The movie's first half is largely free of dialogue, playing like silent comedy, while the second act offers a breathtaking tour of the cosmos (97 min.).
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton and Jim Capobianco
Producer: Jim Morris
Cast: Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger and Kathy Najimy