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The success secret behind Wall-E

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 8, 2008
Andrew Stantons <i>Wall.E</i> will always remain a special film for me.

I am not a big fan of sci fi movies. I would rather watch a western any day. This does not mean that I dont enjoy watching sci fi. In the past, I have seen movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, Star Wars, just to name a notable few, with great interest.

But Andrew Stantons Wall.E (Disney-Pixar Production, 2008), which is now playing worldwide and in theatres in Singapore too, will always remain a special film for me.

Not because Wall.E comes from Pixar and is a fantastic film but for a deep personal reason. Like many of you, I have been an ardent watcher of Pixars animation films. In the recent years, I remember getting my eyes moist watching some of the scenes in Cars and jumping with excitement watching the superhero comedy The Incredibles. In plain words, these films have brought great joy to millions, providing catharsis of a pure variety.

Wall-EBut Wall.E will remain special for me because this is the first film I saw with my two and half year old daughter in a movie theatre. This was my second attempt to show my daughter a film in a cinema hall. Before this, I had brought her to the cinema to watch the screening of The Golden Compass but she had got bored only 20 minutes into the film. Instead of watching the film, she had demanded to play hide and seek with the theatres curtains. Hoping to get her interest back in movie, I let her play with the curtains for a while but fearing the wrath of the patrons at choosing this unusual venue for a hide and seek game, I soon beat a retreat from the cinema hall. I told myself that perhaps my daughter was not ready for a live action film in theatres yet.

I was waiting for Ice Age 3 to make her a proper moviegoer but when I saw Wall.E hitting the theatres, I decided to take a chance. And I succeeded.

What had transpired between The Golden Compass and Wall.E?

In between these two movies, of course, my daughter had got greater exposure to a lot of cartoon and animation films (She watched Pixars Finding Nemo and Monster Inc. many times over at home). For all the good or bad reasons, she already spends a lot of time in front of the telly or better still, in front of the laptop screen, enjoying the antics of Goofy or Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse.


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