For 700 years, WALL-E a Waste Allocation Load Lifter robot, Earth Class has been doing the job he was programmed to do. Left behind on an earth no longer inhabitable by humans, the solar-powered WALL-E gathers and compacts garbage, stacking the cubes in skyscraper-sized towers, over and over, all day long. But hes not so single-minded that hes unable to find wonder in the mountains of trash surrounding him. In WALL-E, director Andrew Stanton recognizes that his little robot has developed a soul because of what he does thats not part of his mundane routine. Being human, he reminds us, is about the ability to recognize beauty the kind of beauty you find in a work of art like this breathtaking little miracle of a movie. It seems almost absurd in the presence of such lyrical filmmaking to draw attention to Pixars ongoing pushing of the computer-animation envelope, except that those advances become part of the storytelling. As impressive as it may be to watch the flicker of a flame grow ever more realistic, its even more wonderful when the reflection of that flickering flame in WALL-Es eyes represents the spark of love. The details in this universe matter, because this universe itself comes to matter. WALL-E holds out a hope that we can find the best in ourselves. CWRU Strosacker Auditorium. At 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. HHHH
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