2012.11 Preview: WALL•E

The December meeting will (a) not be divided into beginners' and regular sessions, (b) skip the Q&A, and (c) have no presentations about Apple products. Instead, we'll be watching the 2008 animated film WALL•E, so show up at 6:00 if you want to see it. (Running time is 1:38. And it's rated G, so feel free to bring the kidlets.)

The movie is about the last sentient denizen of a future Earth ravaged by environmental neglect. WALL•E is a mobile mechanical trash compactor who has no eyes, arms, or legs and doesn't speak a word of dialog thruout the entire film.

If you think that doesn't sound remotely like a promising premise for a movie, you're absolutely right. But this film is from Pixar, the geniuses who made us care about a rat in a Parisian restaurant and a grumpy old guy who flew away with his entire house in a cloud of balloons. On IMDb.com, it's tied with Toy Story 3 with 8.5 user stars out of 10, and it scores a whopping 96% on the Tomatometer at rottentomatoes.com.

So, yeah, people liked it.

It's of particular interest to Macintosh aficionados because, coming from a company that Steve Jobs was heading at the same time as Apple, it features a number of subtle visual and audio in-jokes. That's part of the reason why we picked it.

That, and also because, as far as we can tell, it's the only movie ever made that has a bullet (• = option-8) in its title.

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