As much as WALLE can be described, it can be described as follows: "The few moments that aren't Crowning Moments of Heartwarming are Crowning Moments of Awesome."
- Not so much a moment of awesome, given how quiet it is compared to most of these other moments, but it is absolutely the most important scene in the whole film: WALLE finding the plant.
- The music goes completely silent with the exception of strings, to perfectly capture the wonderment and awe of the whole scene.
- WALLE has lived his entire life collecting junk; rusty metal, dirty toys & trinkets, maybe some functioning parts from his fellow units. But the plant is different. Not only is it not covered in rust or dirt, it's completely new, but it's bright, green, and literally full of life. Even though his reaction is subdued curiosity, even that much is enough to make abundantly clear that WALLE has never seen anything like this before.
- EVE gets one a few minutes after her introduction, when she blows up a series of huge ships for no reason other than that she's frustrated. EVE's Arm Cannon could easily give Mega Man a run for his money.
- WALLE doesn't need a crowning moment of awesome. Everybody just loves him anyway. But dude, how many times does he save the plant?
- WALLE taking on AUTO one-on-one, despite the fact that there was only one way it could have ended. And he STILL saved the plant! One part about that scene that often gets overlooked is that WALLE smacked AUTO in the equivalent of his face with his storage compartment lid before shoving the plant inside and giving a small grunt that can only be interpreted as "Screw you."
- WALLE gets another one for keeping the holo detector from going back down... with his body.
- The citizens of the Axiom reaching out to aid others as the Auto tilts the Axiom. That's humanity to you. And then, near the end, EVE is holding the broken WALLE and desperately scanning the crowd for the plant to put in the holo-detector. M-O finds it ("[FOREIGN CONTAMINANT]"), and then we get treated to an absolutely incredible shot of everyone in the crowd helping to pass it along, from the defective robots to the humans to the umbrella robot tossing it to EVE. Humans really are special.
- Mary gets a small one when she flings John across the aisle to save the falling babies. Let us say this again: A woman who has lived her life with little need to make use of any musculature she might have flings a man of roughly equivalent weight across an aisle against gravity to save a group of babies. Although gravity on the Axiom is significantly lower than that on Earth, so John probably didn't weigh as much as we think. Still, to use your muscles to such an effect after a literal lifetime of inactivity is impressive.
- The captain of the Axiom, Captain McCrea, gets his when he gets out of his hover-chair in order to turn off the evil AUTO. This is accompanied by Also Sprach Zarathustra, which has been the musical 'dawn of a new age' leitmotif since at least 2001: A Space Odyssey. Let that sink in for a minute: the directors of WALLE managed to turn a fat guy standing up into a Moment of Awesome.
- His best line in the whole movie: "I don't want to survive, I wanna LIVE!"
- "I am the captain of of the Axiom. We are going home today."
- And the guy gets yet another one in the end, when he steers the Axiom back to Earth at hyperspeed with a look of pure joy on his face. Actually, this one may be a cross between MoA and MoH.
- Basically everything the captain does following his realization that EVE and WALLE are roaming free about the ship with the plant adds up to one long string of Moments of Awesome.
- Tricking Auto into thinking he has the plant."You want it? Come and get it, blinky."
- Earlier on, he gets another awesome moment right as Auto's conspiracy is coming to light by exploiting his programming: when Auto won't tell him the whole story on his own, he directly orders him to tell the truth. You can just imagine Auto quaking with frustration before finally giving in and telling him.
- His true first moment has to be after seeing EVE's memory files of the polluted Earth after spending the night researching about the Earth That Was. He looks so dejected and confused, then he realizes that he the plant needs water:The Captain: There you go little guy, you came all this way for a drink of water. Just need someone to look after you is a- (Stops and looks himself in the reflection of the window and then to a model of the Earth) (Resolved) We have to go back.
- Note this is his first actual decison as Captain of the Axiom and it's to go home and save the Earth.
- When EVE is protecting WALLE near the end of the movie after he's injured, and she threatens the steward bot with her ion cannon? She's just like... the ultimate heroine who protects her man! Woo!
- All the defective robots that WALLE inadvertently "recruits" from the repair ward start using "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from Hello, Dolly! as a rallying cry.
- HAN-S, the defective massage robot, versus about two dozen of AUTO's security drones. HAN-S wins.
- And this counts as still another moment for WALLE, since WALLE is the one who cuts the binding that the repair bots placed on said defective massage robot. That makes three CMoAs for WALLE, and he didn't even need ONE.
- M-O gets one even earlier when he charges into battle against the stewards and tries to clean them into submission, knowing full well that there is nothing more he can do.
- M-O leaving the safety of his line in the pursuit of his duty is one. And just how far he goes in the pursuit of his duty afterwords.
- Oh, and while it was kinda an accident, saving WALLE and EVE from going out the airlock doesn't hurt either.
- EVE desperately trying to fix WALLE at the end of the movie, which consists of her flying him back to his home, frantically scavenging through his collection for the parts necessary, eventually starting to move at supersonic speed to install his new parts, and then tops things off by opening up his solar panels and blasting a hole in his roof so the sun could get in. Because moving him outside just would've been too slow.
- M-O has a crowning moment of awesome when he shoos everybody away at the end of the movie, realizing that WALLE and EVE are having a moment.
Crowning Music of Awesome
- Awesome Music: "Down To Earth."
- "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" and "It Only Takes A Moment" may have been borrowed from Hello, Dolly!, but this film uses both to establish both WALLE's situation and motivation. It helps that both songs are fantastic.
- The opening lines from "Put On Your Sunday Clothes":Out there, there's a world outside of Yonkers
Way out there beyond this hick town, Barnaby
There's a slick town, Barnaby
Out there, full of shine and full of sparkle
Close your eyes and see it glisten, Barnaby
We'll see the shows at Delmonico's
And we'll close the town in a whirl
And we won't come home until we've kissed a girl!
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