The film is out in its home market, the dust has settled, and the word “masterpiece” is being bandied about with a rare amount of confidence by critics and audiences all over the world. Offering a chance for Wall-E‘s key creative talent to reflect, we asked them to share with us their favourite moments in the film. BE WARNED: Spoilers may follow and the uninitiated are advised to steer clear.
I think my favourite moment is when you see EVE destroy that ship. She’s my dream action-woman figure, because she’s so off-handedly emotionally destructive. You don’t really understand EVE until she giggles and her eyes do that funny thing and then you fall in love with EVE too. The fact that he’s not intimidated by this gorgeous, sleek, destructive woman just gives us hope! And look how nice she is when he gets to know her!
There’s this beautiful shot of all of the robots from the repair ward running around the corner into each other that a few people animated that are just amazing.
The Crowds Team on this film was amazing, just so you felt like this world was alive with these background robots and humans.
I really like when they’re out in space together with the fire extinguisher. It’s the lyrical nature of that — the calm in the middle of the storm — there’s something about putting those two characters out there and having them dance around in space that really takes me back to Peter Pan when I was a kid. I loved the animated version — I think I was five years old when I saw it and I made my mother take me two or three times in one week, which was unheard-of in those days.
It’s that wonderful ability to be transported to a magical place that makes you feel warm and completely secure. When it occurs in the movie it feels that way for me. It’s great.
I think my favourite moment is when you see WALL-E go back to the truck he lives in – and he’s still by himself, you haven’t seen any other characters and you don’t really know what’s going on, you’ve had some clues about what may have happened. This robot character goes in and you suddenly learn all these things about his personality from the stuff he’s collected. And the fact that he’s watching Hello Dolly and that he does this a lot so that he’s even dancing a little bit.
It’s such a sad, bittersweet sort of thing. He’s charming but it’s so lonely and desolate at the same time. That scene really captures a lot of different things that the movie is about.
You do try to make every single sequence as good as you can, but I can say the sequence that is special to me — because it was the first one where I went, “That’s what I’ve been trying to get this whole time,” — it’s a very small moment but to me it’s one of the most powerful. It’s when she’s in the truck with him and she discovers what his lighter does. You catch him privately staring at her while she’s looking at the lighter, and to me that was a kind of maturity in using the camera to tell so much emotion that I felt I always got out of great movies but never saw in animation and I felt we’d tapped into it.
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