Monday, July 7, 2008

Saying It Without Words

I saw Wall-E yesterday, and I would highly recommend it. It has a timely message, great animation, and a cute story. But what really makes it fantastic is the fact that the overwhelming majority of the movie takes place without words.

The ability of Wall-E's creators to make you empathize with and care about a robot who utters only a handful of words is an affirmation of the existence of art. We get so caught it up in the words we say to each other that we miss a pretty large part of what gives us humanity. Kudos to Pixar for putting it in plain sight.

(As a side note, I think the short before the film maybe Pixar's best yet. At the very least, it is right up there with the birds on a wire before Monster's Inc.)

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