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Time called this the best movie of the last decade?
An Inconvenient Truth is more entertaining than this (I'm not joking). Wall-e was just boring, probably the most boring movie I've seen. I thought 2001: A Space Odyssey was pretty boring too but I do understand its significance. It changed an entire genre. Wall-e seems to be aspiring to the same heights that Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke did when they were working on 2001 but it falls short. I'm not saying that 2001 created a barrier that can't be passed. It's not even my favorite movie or anything. Few films have changed a genre the way 2001 did, but many sci-fi movies have been made that presented new ideas in an entertaining way, like Blade Runner, Brazil, Alien, and, of course, Star Wars. You might think its unfair to compare an animated movie to films like these but if the makers of Wall-e had such grand pretensions (and it certainly seemed that way when I watched it) then I say it is fair.
Another thing was the humor. It just wasn't very funny. Every Pixar movie is funny, in my opinion, except for Wall-e.
Wall-e might have received a lot of praise but just remember that it has the fifth-lowest worldwide gross for a Pixar movie (with inflation unadjusted). And considering the fact that the first two Toy Story movies came out long before it did, they probably sold more tickets. A lot of people must have just decided that it looked too pretentious.
The animation was excellent, though. But an animated movie needs more than great animation to be worth watching, like a live-action movie needs more than great art direction and cinematography.