(USA, 2008, 98 minutes)
700 years in the future, humanity has left Earth for the stars after the planet has become one big trash dump; only a stoic little trash-compacting robot remains, but things change when he accidentally finds evidence of plant life. Marvellously ingenious, dazzlingly made animation that is part dystopian sci-fi, part biting satire, mostly near-silent Chaplinesque comedy and all remarkable.
Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film. With the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Andrew Stanton; produced by Jim Morris; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, based on a story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter; music by Thomas Newman; directors of photography (DeLuxe/Technicolor, widescreen), Jeremy Lasky, Danielle Feinberg; production designer, Ralph Eggleston; film editor, Stephen Schaffer; sound and voice designer, Ben Burtt; supervising animators, Alan Barillaro, Steven Clay Hunter; effects supervisor, David MacCarthy.