For me, this weekend means looking to the future and looking to the past:
One thing that’s struck me is how many reviews have compared the title character with Number Five in “Short Circuit” instead of the robot(s) that immediately came to my mind: Huey, Dewey and Louie from 1972’s “Silent Running.” Indeed, in some ways “Wall-E” is “Silent Running” from the other end of the telescope, the view from the polluted Earth instead of from outer space - in the case of “Silent Running,” ships that contain the planet’s forests and greenery.
Of course, “Silent Running” is mostly tragic. I assume the G-rated “Wall-E” has a happier ending. And a better closing song.
Or maybe I’ll rent “Silent Running.” It’s been awhile since I’ve watched it …
– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer
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