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NY Times and Boston Globe on "WALL•E" and Director Andrew Stanton

The New York Times has taken a look at WALL•E, the upcoming Pixar film (free registration required), noting that the tough sell of a rat chef in last year’s Ratatouille pales in comparison to marketing, “a $180 million post-apocalyptic, near-silent robot love story inspired by Charlie Chaplin.” Director Andrew Stanton is interviewed about the inspirations for the movie, denies that the movie is intended as some kind of political allegory or dig at Pixar’s new parent company Disney, and discusses how to make a silent robot talk with the help of Ben Burtt, sound designer who also gave voice to Star Wars‘ R2-D2.

Elsewhere, the Boston Globe focuses their coverage on Stanton himself, starting with his life in Rockport High School and going on to being employee #9 at Pixar. Stanton goes into the characterization of WALL•E, why he believes the Disney/Pixar merger has gone as well as it has, how he sees WALL•E as pushing boundaries of animated filmmaking, and how the early work on John Carter of Mars is progressing.

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