No.029 《WALL·E》 机器人总动员 我们都在追寻一切美好的事物
WALL-E (stylized with an interpunct as WALL·E) is a 2008 American computer-animated romantic science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton.
Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend. The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has been taking out the trash, and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. When highly advanced search robot EVE, who also has a programmed task, makes friends with WALL-E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to let the humans know that there's hope for their home planet after all. But after centuries alone in space, WALL-E falls in love with EVE, he can't stand the thought of losing the only friend he's ever known, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. Along the way, the friendly trash-collecting robot who has always known what he was made for gradually begins to understand what he was meant for.
After directing Finding Nemo, Stanton felt Pixar had created believable simulations of underwater physics and was willing to direct a film largely set in space. Most of the characters do not have actual human voices, but instead communicate with body language and robotic sounds, designed by Ben Burtt, that resemble voices. In addition, it is the first animated feature by Pixar to have segments featuring live-action characters.
Walt Disney Pictures released it in the United States and Canada on June 27, 2008. The film grossed$23.2 million on its opening day, and $63.1 million during its opening weekend in 3,992 theaters, ranking number one at the box office. This ranks as the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend for a Pixar film. Following Pixar tradition, WALL-E was paired with a short film, Presto, for its theatrical release.
WALL-E has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews among critics, scoring an approval rating of 96% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It grossed $521.3 million worldwide, won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, the final Nebula Award for Best Script, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film, and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as well as being nominated for five other Academy Awards at the 81st Academy Awards. WALL-E ranks first in TIME's "Best Movies of the Decade".
WALL-E, besides being entertaining, is also seen as a critique on larger societal issues. This film addresses consumerism, nostalgia, environmental problems, waste management, and the immense impact that humans have on the earth. There is also a rather major overarching theme through this movie, which is issues of human nature, and the direction that the human race is headed. WALL-E is seen as a movie that appeals to both conservative and liberal audiences.
In order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine
Stave off是英语中一个固定搭配，如果你stave off something bad, or if you stave it off, you succeed in stopping it from happening for a while. 也就是“避开，延缓”的意思，比如：He stove off his failure as best he could.（他尽可能延缓他的失败。）另外，stave off还有“（用力）挡开，架开；阻止”的意思，比如：I will do my best to stave off his participation. （我会尽力阻止他的参与。）在文中，stave off是“打退，击败；赶走”的意思，比如：to stave off the attack（打败进攻。）
What he was meant for
文中的meant for是mean for的过去时态，是英语中的一个常用搭配，它是“预定作某种用途；意欲把某物给某人”的意思，比如：Some of the jokes in that play are not meant for children's ears.（那个戏里的笑话不是为讲给孩子们听的。）
newfound[?nju:faund] adj. 新发现的；新得到的
uninhabitable[nin?hæbit?bl] adj. 不适宜居住的
precious[?pres] adj. 宝贵的；珍贵的；矫揉造作的
dreary[?dri?ri] adj. 沉闷的，枯燥的
planet[?plænit] n. 行星
destiny[?destini] n. 命运，定数，天命
simulation[?simju?lein] n. 仿真；模拟；模仿；假装
resemble[ri?zembl] vt. 类似，像
overwhelmingly[uvhwelmi?li] adv. 压倒性地；不可抵抗地
critique[kri?ti:k] n. 批评；评论文章
consumerism[k?n?sju:mriz?m] n. 保护消费者利益运动；用户至上主义
conservative[k?n?s?:v?tiv] adj. 保守的