Chaplin Revisited

Charlie Chaplin lives again in the form of a small robot named WALL-E. Pixar has truly out done itself. This animated movie has touched on some of the most beautiful moments of storytelling from ages gone by and brought them once again shining to the silver screen. I have heard a lot of parents say that their children have not understood this film… it is not understanding they lack, but appreciation for the better things of the past. Now I don’t want to relive the past, I like my modern comforts (mmmm…. air conditioning), but I think every kid should have to learn about some of the film greats of the past. With limited resources directors of the past were able to make us laugh, cry, hate and love all through simple attention to storytelling, screen composition, character juxtaposition and lighting. The effects we have gotten used to were unthinkable as past generations went to the movies. PIxar has put the two together and come up with a masterpiece. The movie is mostly pantomime in a pure Chaplin sense, and believe it or not, the delicate emotions of two machines bring us completely and thoroughly into their world. I will not spoil the whole in case some one who has not seen it chances on this article, but at a certain point in the film I was totally engrossed in the wonder of what was happening and I happened to look down at my 7 year old daughter. She was in tears. She, as well as I, had become a part of the world Pixar had created. This excellence of storytelling was exemplified even more when my 5 year old son crawled into my lap for the same reasons that my daughter was crying. This movie is story telling at its best. As an added bonus, the introductory short that has become s standard feature of PIXAR releases, pays equal homage to some of the great animated shorts of the past, making this such a complete experience I think I won’t need to see another animated film for years… did I say that. Well, the Princess and the Frog will be hitting theatres next year, so at least until then, WALL-E is hands down the best feature length animation to come out of DIsney/PIXAR… ever.

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