Looks like Pixar and Disney have another huge hit on their hands with WALL-E, which opens today.
USA Today gives the movie a four-star review (click the post title above), while the L.A. Times says the film is "Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental..." and the print edition headline says "sweetly wonderful and full of wonder."
The New York Times: "The first 40 minutes or so of WALL-E...is a cinematic poem of such wit and beauty that its darker implications may take a while to sink in... We’ve grown accustomed to expecting surprises from Pixar, but WALL-E surely breaks new ground... a disarmingly sweet and simple love story, Chaplinesque in its emotional purity."
WALL-E is "voiced" by Ben Burtt, who created the sound effects behind R2-D2. John Ratzenberger, who has appeared in every Pixar film to date, plays a character named John.
I hadn't been sure about how interested I was in seeing a "robot movie," but then I wasn't quite sure about seeing a cooking rat, either (grin). Somehow Pixar always manages to pull it off.