“One of the great things about art, including popular art, is that it can hit audiences at a profound level beyond words. That includes children. The kids at “Wall-E” were never restless, despite the movie’s often melancholy mood and few belly laughs. They seemed to instinctually understand what “Wall-E” was saying; they didn’t pepper their chaperones with questions along the way. At the end they clapped their small hands. What they applauded was not some banal cartoonish triumph of good over evil but a gentle, if unmistakable, summons to remake the world before time runs out.”—Frank Rich, The New York Times (via designinfo)
KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell interviewsWall·E director Andrew Stanton for The Treatment.
Stanton talks about how the classics of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton became the influence for Wall·E, how the film’s initial ideas developed after Toy Story in 1994, and cinematographer Roger Deakins’ influence on the film’s visual style. Stanton also reflects on working with legendary sound designer and voice of R2D2, Ben Burtt, collaborating with composer Thomas Newman, and Pixar’s “safe environment” for filmmaking.