With the studio's 13th feature on the way we take stock of the studio's best
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8. "WALL·E" (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
Anyone who frequented In Contention in 2008 is well aware of my status as Satanic evil-doer for not flipping my lid for Pixar’s ninth effort. In any case, "WALL·E" probably features Pixar’s most endearing protagonist and one of the more pertinent messages of the studio’s portfolio. While the narrative begins to unravel for me somewhat in the film’s second half, it is regardless a joyful tale that showed Pixar has guts. It's an important film to have been made, and proved to be an important one that season, flirting with serious Best Picture consideration and wrangling a vote for best-of-the-year from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.