Here is a delightful, visually stunning and thought-provoking PIXAR animation effort from writer-director Andrew Stanton, the maker of “Finding Nemo” (2003). This time, our unlikely hero is a robotic trash compactor who is cleaning the Earth in the future while humans all over the world live on a pleasure ship in orbit. Meanwhile, EVE (pronounced “Eva”) is his love interest of sorts – a robot designed to find the last plant life on the planet. A Wal-Mart-esque corporation, having taken over the world, has helped to cheapen life on our planet, strangling it to death with our littering and carelessness. Meanwhile, the fat/lazy nature of all of the living humans aboard the ship is the subject of some pointed satire, and it’s thought-provoking. Why is it that even our best animators are considering the global ecological crisis, but the U.S. government does nothing?!? This mostly a just plain lovely and entertaing animated piece of art! One of the year’s finest films!
<br/>NOTE: If you saw this theatrically, there was a nice short film called “Presto” about a magician and his bunny, and it is preserved as a special feature on the DVD, alongside the new companion short “Burn-E.” The film was nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Animated Film and Original Screenplay.