I should probably point out—by way of disclaimer—that I’m one of those people who loves Pixar. I want to have Pixar’s babies, in fact. I know there’s a faction of serious animation types who have issues with Pixar, but for the most part I am delighted by every movie they put out.
And so I, personally, am always excited when there’s another Pixar film on the horizon, but this latest project is causing a lot of other folks to sit up and take notice as well. WALL-E is slated for release this coming summer, and buzz about it has been floating around for a while. I hadn’t paid much attention because, well, I’m not very patient. I knew it was a long way off and I didn’t want to torment myself. Heh. But on Monday a new video trailer was released.
(Go watch it. I’ll wait.)
If that doesn’t make you wish it was being released tomorrow, I suspect you are dead on the inside. The graphics alone are stunning. And the premise of the story is a real departure for a studio known for stories that are touching but hardly controversial.
Way back in February, Jim Hill wrote about the film and warned that his piece contained spoilers… so I skipped it. But after watching the trailer yesterday I had to go back and have a look:
“WALL E” starts out on Earth in the year 2700. Which — due to the horrible way that humans have treated this planet — is now just one massive trash heap floating in space.
Earth in fact has become so toxic that — centuries before our story actually gets underway — mankind has abandoned the planet. We’re now all living aboard the Axiom, this massive spaceship that circles high overhead. Waiting for the day that the planet once again becomes inhabitable.
And wait ’til you see what happens to WALL E once he gets on board the Axiom and finds out what has become of mankind. How — because humans have grown even more lazy in the 700 years that they’ve been off Earth — we’re all now just these enormous fat blobs who can only move about because we travel in huge floating lounge chairs.
Hmmmm. A cautionary tale? After all the backlash following Happy Feet daring to suggest that we humans aren’t caring for the planet properly? And when people are wondering if children’s media can deliver a message about environmentalism without being unwelcome?
That’s new. And potentially risky. Could WALL-E be the beginning of a new era in entertainment? I can’t wait to find out.