Wall-E. Both these films were exceptional demonstrations of Pixar's artistic ability and their ability to tell a memorable story.
Yet infused within this story is an incredible amount of pathos and meaning, as we watch Carl literally carry his burden on his back, as he physically drags that floating house through the jungle, determined to bring it to the place he and Ellie dreamed about.
This is an extremely powerful image I found, as it shows Carl escaping from his life via the balloons and holding onto the past. Furthermore, from an artistic and animation point of view, it is truly beautiful and exquisite.
Another aspect which appealed to me with WALL-E, was the way it explored numerous complex themes, without shying away from them.
WALL-E has undeniable technical and conceptual merits, but it's its emotional core that makes the difference between just another animated film and what this one uniquely offers. It doesn't matter if you think about the movie, only if you feel something while watching it. Ultimately, WALL-E serves its potential audience, that is, everyone, extremely well because it offers older viewers the opportunity to examine its deeper themes while it thrills younger ones with colourful imagery and a fun, simple and most of all beautiful story.