Wall-E in stores now

Things could get uncomfortable for some of the old codgers in the Academy when this CGI kids movie walks away with an Oscar for Best Picture, but don’t count out this little robot that could. Looking like the son of Short Circuit, Pixar’s Wall-E is a kind of high-tech janitor who gets left behind to clean up Earth when humanity departs to colonize the cosmos. But when a comely female probe is sent back to inspect the planet, Wall-E falls hard and hitches a ride on her rocket for a fish-out-of-water outer space adventure. It’s a smart, surprisingly emotional tale, and the animation is a sight to behold. Rated PG.