That’s the intriguing and whimsical premise posed by Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary new computer-animated comedy set in space, “WALL•E.” Filled with humor, heart, fantasy, and emotion, “WALL•E” takes moviegoers on a remarkable journey across the galaxy, and once again demonstrates Pixar’s ability to create entire worlds and set new standards for storytelling, character development, out-of-this-world music composition and state-of-the-art CG animation.
Set in a galaxy not so very far away, “WALL•E” is an original and exciting comedy about a determined robot. After hundreds of lonely years doing what he was built for, WALL•E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). EVE comes to realize that WALL•E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet’s future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans who have been eagerly waiting on board the luxury spaceship Axiom for news that it is safe to return home. Meanwhile, WALL•E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most incredible comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen.
Joining WALL•E on his fantastic journey across the universe 800 years into the future is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
The ninth feature from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, “WALL•E” follows the Studio’s most recent triumph, “Ratatouille,” which won an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature, garnered the best reviews for any 2007 release, and was a box office hit all over the globe. The combined worldwide box office gross for Pixar’s first eight releases is an astounding $4.3 billion.
“WALL•E” is the latest film from Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton, who joined Pixar in 1990 as its second animator and the fledgling studio’s ninth employee. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story” and was credited as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination as co-writer. Additionally, he co-directed “A Bug’s Life,” executive produced “Monsters, Inc.” and the 2007 Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille,” and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature for “Finding Nemo.”
Disney•Pixar’s “WALL•E,” directed by Andrew Stanton, from an original story by Stanton and Pete Docter, and screenplay by Stanton and Jim Reardon, is executive produced by John Lasseter and produced by Jim Morris (“Star Wars, Episodes I and II,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Abyss,” and three of the “Harry Potter” films), who helped create some of the industry’s ground breaking visual effects during his 18-year association with ILM as president of Lucas Digital. Lindsey Collins, an 11- year Pixar veteran, serves as co-producer; Tom Porter is associate producer. Oscar®-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins serves as visual consultant.
The voice cast includes funny man Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Pixar veteran John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” “Ratatouille,” “Toy Story”), award-winning actress Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act,” “King of the Hill”), stage and film star Sigourney Weaver (“Alien,” “Gorillas In The Mist,” “Baby Mama”), and acclaimed four-time Oscar®-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”). Comedian Fred Willard (“Best In Show,” “Back to You”) also appears in the film.
WALL•E’s expressive range of robotic voices was created by Burtt, whose memorable work includes creating the “voice” of such other legendary robots as R2-D2 (from the “Star Wars” films). Drawing on 30 years of experience as one of the industry’s top sound experts, Burtt was involved from the film’s earliest stages in creating an entire world of sound for all of the robotic characters and the space craft, as well as all environments.
The original score for “WALL•E” is composed by eight-time Oscar® nominee Thomas Newman, who had previously worked with Stanton on “Finding Nemo.” Rock-and-roll legend Peter Gabriel collaborated with Newman on an original song called “Down to Earth.” Gabriel wrote the lyrics for this captivating and clever musical epilogue, and performs the song as well.