‘Xander and I were lucky enough today to sneak away and watch WALL·E and I have to say that I was amazed. I was amazed when I saw Ratatouille, too, but this is even light years ahead of that film in terms of visual style, radically innovative story-telling (the fact that this movie got made at all, much less was #1 at the box office this past weekend, is a miracle), and just sheer scope. This is the film that anyone who’s ever played with or appreciates animation wishes they could make. If over 100 years of making movies (telling stories, taking us to new worlds, broadening our horizons) culminates in anything, it culminates in this film. It really is, chiefly, a really sweet love story in which the survival of the human race is at stake. So, anyway, go see this film. One word of warning, though: this is not “Kung Fu Panda” or even “Cars” – this movie asks something of you, the viewer, and will make you think.

Oh, yeah: and it’s got Fred Willard – non computer-generated Fred Willard (!) – in it.