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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


If your not a football family, or if you've got part of your party that doesn't watch the game, I highly reccommend setting your crew up to watch the new DVD release from Disney Pixar "Wall-E" while the turkey or hotdogs are cooking. Cross-generational animated features that make us laugh and cry come along every once in a while think "Finding Nemo" and "Ratatouille," among a handful of others.) Even rarer is that cartoon that really grips the viewer no matter what the age and leaves them as speechless as an adorable, big-eyed trash robot left all alone and still trying to clean up the Earth long after it's been declared a lost cause by its former human inhabitants. "Wall-E" has managed that feat: Without words for the first 30 minutes, he kept my 5 year old son spellbound in his seats, and crinkled the brows of their adult companions. And since there's plenty left to think about, and since sometimes a lesson takes a few times heard to sink in, it's a good idea to invest in the DVD.

There's some fun new online features to get you psyched for the at-home version release—and iPod download, and extend the fun once you've cracked open the plastic wrapping, too. The Web site has no less than 11 cute games, including one called "Pop" that let you use Eve's lasers to make mincemeat of Wall-E's bubble wrap. It's surprisingly relaxing when you're trying to clear your head of clutter; Wall-E would be proud!--think Tetris, only way easier. Plus, it's a great way to get a little friendly trash-talking going with the family!

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