It is a beautiful movie. It is very well made, I'm not sure how I feel it stacks up to the other pixar Movies... INcredibles and Ratatouille are far and away my favorites. This one is darker so it will never be my favorite, but after several viewings, I may determine that it is better then those two, it certainly has the potential.
It is a beautiful and captivating movie. I like that it is not talky. It is a little less subversive in it's message then the other films. However, it makes up for that with innovative camera angles and techniques. The emulation of I am Legend in the beginning was startling and impressive.
The thing that stands out to me about this movie is its sincere sense of wonder, from Wall-e's unique perspective of the world and his ability to make others empathize with him to the thrill the few humans who are turned away from their scheduled lives feel in looking out the port windows or the excitement they feel in diving in a swimming pool.
While I say it is dark (and it is, the Earth has been covered in trash and the government has established a rather exhustive fantasy world to keep people from remembering their home enforced by a vicious and Hal2000 like Autopilot), it is the end uplifting in it's message of hope and the idea of wonder itself. It is a unique achievement in animated film making. It will probably be seen as a touchstone of the art form going forward.
I am extremely happy in its success and hope that it does have some legs as I have a feeling that unlike other pixar films, this one will play infinitely better on the big screen.
The short "Presto" was a comedic delight surpassing all of Pixar's previous shorts in tone and structure. It was honestly hilarious and owed as much to Looney Tunes as any other cartoon short ever made has to. It's homage and innovation on those techniques made it very enjoyable.
Of all the movies I have seen this summer, this one gets my highest recommendation.