Writer/director/animator and sometimes V.O. talent Stanton previously penned and directed the Oscar-awarded Finding Nemo and had been on the teams of other celebrated animated films like Toy Story, Ratatouille and A Bug's Life. In Wall-E, he presents at once a simple love story and an unpreachy parable that raises important questions about corporate consumer culture and the environment. Unlike Stanton's previous films, Wall-E's protagonists speak not a bit of language, but are more alive than the film's human costars, thanks in large part to the brilliant work of four-time Academy Award-winning sound design vet Ben Burtt. Wall-E, and his significant other Eve spring to life with their lyrical, conversational bleeps and blips—kind of like R2D2, which shouldn't be a surprise since it was Burtt who had given voice to the droid himself (not to mention the heavy breathing of Darth Vader and the light saber SFX too).
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