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February 22, 2009

'WALL-E' gets its due


Never bet against Pixar. Isn't that the rule? Isn't that what Jack Black just said?

One of our absolute favorite films of 2008, "WALL-E" just took the animated feature Oscar (with director and co-writer Andrew Stanton picking it up), as most everyone expected, but the Pixar-created short "Presto" has messed up our perfect batting average.

What did win in the animated short category? "La Maison en Petits Cubes," with its adorable director, Kunio Kato, making a Mr. Roboto reference in his acceptance speech. In this case, we learned that we should've bet against Pixar and that we really want to party with Mr. Kato.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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