Why were we, along with the rest of the country, rooting for our new favorite animated love story in the 2009 Oscars® race? Because while watching Wall-E, we forgot that this post-apocalyptic world was in fact animated. Because it incorporates Hello, Dolly! without getting trapped in hokey old musical territory. And because it's a beautiful, sweet, funny robot love story with a cultural and social undertone (commentary on modern-day relationships and the fate of our environment abound) that's not heavy-handed but clearly makes a point.