Cult and Classic Film Company Criterion Announces Pixar’s “Wall-E” for Historic Release in Criterion Collection
Known for adding films that are considered classics, masterpieces or simply cinematic gems to their collection, Criterion surprised everyone today by announcing their first-ever collaboration with the fan-favorite production company. Pixar. One of the studio’s most famous titles, the animated film Wall-E, was revealed as part of The Criterion Collection’s November 2022 mailing list. The film centers on a trash compactor robot tasked with the thankless task of cleaning up the Earth after humans have made it uninhabitable.
In the announcement post, Criterion referred to Wall-E as “a culmination of digital animation”, and pointed to the fact that the 2008 film pays homage to the silent era of cinema, with almost no dialogue – a rarity for animated films. In keeping with Criterion tradition, Wall-E will be released in a special 4K UHD and Blu-ray edition, with exclusive new bonus material.
Also following Criterion tradition, the film got a new cover art. The cover highlights the gray nature of the post-apocalyptic world Wall-E lives in and has the main character with his signature sad look while forgotten among trash and trash. Wall-E is also broken, with cleverly positioned trash to rebuild his robot body and a trash can behind him that references the super-tech robot EVE who befriends Wall-E in the story. Art by illustrator Jason Raish even features Wall-E’s friend cockroach in its elements.
Wall-E is one of the most acclaimed titles Pixar has ever released – and given the animation studio’s history, that’s saying something. It was nominated in six Oscar categories, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Feature, and won the latter. Criterion’s decision to feature it in its catalog is also linked to the timeless aspect of the story: nearly 15 years after its release, the film still makes a piercing and relevant critique of modern society and the direction we take.
The movie was made by Andrew Stanonwho also helmed other successful Pixar titles such as The world of Nemo and The life of an insect. Recently, the filmmaker directed episodes of stranger things and For all mankindand also collaborated on the screenplay for the Disney+ series Obi Wan Kenobiand recent Pixar blockbusters toy story 4 and Light year.
You can check out the bonus material from the new Wall-E Editing criteria below:
DIRECTOR APPROVED 4K UHD+ BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack;
– One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features;
– Alternate DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo 5.1 surround soundtracks;
– Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other featuring character supervisor Bill Wise, co-producer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson and lead animator Angus MacLane;
– New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts;
– Visit of the living archives of Pixar with Stanton;
– Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from the first animation reels;
– The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks;
– More than a dozen documentaries exploring film production and robots;
– Anatomy of a scene: the plant, a masterclass with Stanton;
– “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program starring Stanton and co-writer Jim Reardon;
– Deleted scenes with comments by Stanton;
– A Story (1987), a Stanton student film;
– BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane;
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing;
– Audio description in English;
MORE: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and illustrations by the WALL•E team