As much as I am excited to see Ratatouille this summer, I am really looking forward to WALL-E, which is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2008. Pixar has shared very little about the film so far except a small plot summary and two pictures of the title character, WALL-E the robot (pictured at right). We can expect to see a trailer when Ratatouille hits theaters.
The movie excites me because its plot ties into sustainability. It is set in the future, in a time where wasteful consumerism has covered the Earth with so much trash that it is uninhabitable. The human population has to evacuate, but before they do so, they build an army of robots to clean up the planet. The plan fails, and WALL-E is the last robot left on a dead Earth.
I hope that Andrew Stanton and his team of animators stress the possible environmental consequences that could result from our current overuse of energy and willingness to cover our beautiful natural landscapes with trash. A future where humans need to evacuate the planet is a dramatic notion, but it is a realistic projection of what could happen should the human population continue to be indifferent about sustainability.