Andrew Stanton and the Pixar team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie (the short films and the features) every day during lunch for about a year and a half. This was to inspire the possibilities of pure visual storytelling.
The first Pixar film to be nominated for 6 Academy Awards. This ties it with the only other animated film to garner this many nominations: Beauty and the Beast (1991).
The sound of insect clicks was made locking handcuffs. The cockroach chirps were sped-up raccoon sounds. The wind sounds were a bag being dragged along carpet. The sound of EVE's laser blasts are partly created by tapping a slinky spring.
The last piece of debris that clears away from WALL-E as he leaves Earth's atmosphere is the Russian satellite Sputnik I, which in 1957 was the first man-made object to be placed in Earth orbit.
Elissa Knight, who provides the voice of EVE is not an actress, but an employee of Pixar.
WALL-E stands for: Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for: Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.
The survival of both the Twinkie and the cockroach perpetuates the urban myth that even should the world end, both will survive indefinitely.
The name of the ship that the humans are living on is "Axiom." In logic and math, an axiom is something unquestionable or taken for granted.
Andrew Stanton claimed that the film's central theme was that irrational love can defeat everything, including programming.
In previews for the movie, and at the end of the DVD, the Pixar intro features WALL-E fixing the broken lightbulb in the bouncing Lamp. He replaces the older-style round incandescent bulb with a newer energy-friendly spiral tube fluorescent light bulb.
The film has a dedication to Justin Wright, a 27-year-old Pixar animator who died from a heart attack.
As described in a special feature on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases, the inhabitants of the Axiom were originally going to be aliens led by a royal family with a penchant for mistreating its robots. Andrew Stanton eventually scrapped the alien idea. One of the early concepts for the evolution of humans in space for 700+ years based on this was that they would be some sort of devolved, gelatinous, boneless, legless, see-through, green creatures that resemble Jell-O. The design of the Axiom's passengers changed from gelatinous green blobs to more-solid gray blobs to the final "big baby" concept.
Most of the robots are voiced by Ben Burtt through mechanical sounds of his creation. He recorded 2500 different sounds for the film, twice the average of a Star Wars movie, and also the most that Burtt had ever recorded for one feature film. His involvement with the film lasted for two years. When Andrew Stanton met with Burtt to pitch the idea of him working on the film, he told him, "I need you to be 80% of my cast!"
WALL.E collects numerous objects from the 1960s-1980s including a Rubik's Cube, and even an Atari 2600 with the game Pong (1972). Despite the film taking place over 800 years after these objects were created, all the objects are still in working condition.
Director Andrew Stanton explained why he used excerpts from Hello, Dolly! (1969) in an interview: "When I got to 'Hello, Dolly!' and I played 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes', and that first phrase 'Out there...' came out, it just fit musically... I finally realized, 'You know what, this song is about two guys that are just so naive, they've never left a small town, and they just wanna go out in the big city for one night and kiss a girl. That's my main character.' And then my co-writer, Jim Reardon, said, 'You know what, he could actually discover an old tape in the trash, and that's how he got inspired by it, and it's a great way to show that he's got a romantic slant.' So we started looking at the movie, and when I found the other song, 'It Only Takes a Moment', and saw the two lovers holding hands, I realized, 'That's a perfect way for my main character to express the phrase 'I love you' without being able to say it.'" The vacuuming robot that follows WALL-E and EVE has a robotic version of the song "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" (from the "Hello, Dolly!" It's the first two lines of the song's chorus in electronic form. Stanton came up with the idea of using 'Put on Your Sunday Clothes' from "Hello, Dolly!" as he had portrayed Barnaby Tucker in a 1980 high school production. Hello, Dolly! (1969) composer Jerry Herman allowed his songs to be used in the film without fully realizing how or why. When he saw how they worked in the film, he claimed it was "genius".
AUTO's secret directive, A113, is an ongoing in-joke in animation. Room A113 was a classroom at Cal Arts where many Disney and Pixar animators learned their craft. The number A113 appears in all of Pixar's animated films, and in many Disney animated films as well. This is the first Pixar film in which A113 is relevant to the plot.
The concept artists studied images of Chernobyl, Ukraine and the city of Sofia, Bulgaria for ideas for the ruined world. Art director Anthony Christov is actually from Bulgaria and knew only too well the problems its capital had in storing its garbage.
Ben Burtt had just completed Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and had told his wife that he never wanted to work on another film that involved robots. He changed his mind when Pixar talked through their ideas for WALL·E (2008), which he found to be fresh and exciting.
The concept for WALL·E (2008) evolved from a now-famous lunch that took place between John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft in 1994. Toy Story (1995) was nearing completion and the writers sat down to brainstorm ideas for their next projects. Out of this lunch was born WALL·E (2008), A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003). Stanton and Docter outlined the film before Toy Story (1995) was completed, but production would not resume until after Stanton completed Finding Nemo (2003).
Within the first 5 minutes there is a monologue via the holographic billboards. The first dialogue between WALL·E and EVE begins 22 minutes into the movie. The first human dialogue begins 39 minutes into the movie.
One of the trucks that EVE searches is the Pizza Planet delivery truck from Toy Story (1995). Also, the mentions of "pizza plants" is a joke referring to the company which appears in most Pixar films.
WALL-E's pet cockroach was nicknamed Hal by the Pixar artists, in reference to silent film producer Hal Roach and HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
The film contains numerous references to Apple computers: -when WALL-E is fully charged by the sun, he makes the same "boot up" sound that most of Apple's Macintosh computers have made since circa 1996. -WALL-E watches his favorite movie every night on the screen of an iPod -The villainous Autopilot's voice is provided by Apple's text-to-speech system, MacinTalk -EVE's sleek design as an evolution of WALL-E's parallels the sleek iMac design having evolved from the boxy, beige Apple IIe. Steve Jobs, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, was CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney in 2005, and as a shareholder and member of the Disney Board of Directors he was still actively involved with the company until his death in 2011.
One of the items in the junkyard is Red from Red's Dream (1987); another is a bottle labeled Leak Less, the brand the number 52 race car from Cars (2006) was sponsoring, while a scooter seen was Colette's from Ratatouille (2007). Among WALL-E's trinkets is a Rex and a Hamn piggy bank from Toy Story (1995) and a doll based on Mike from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
The average number of storyboards used on a Pixar film is 75,000. For WALL·E (2008), it was 125,000.
WALL-E's eyes were inspired by a pair of binoculars that was given to Andrew Stanton when he was watching an Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox game. Seemingly, Stanton missed the entire first inning because he was so distracted by the binoculars.
EVE was co-designed by Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive, the man responsible for the design of Apple devices.
To achieve the filmic look, the Pixar animators brought in some vintage 1970s Panavision cameras - similar to the ones used to shoot the original "Star Wars" (1977) - and shot some imagery to get an idea of what it should look like.
The first three human languages that EVE uses are German, Japanese and Swahili before she finally settles down for English and say "Directive".
Andrew Stanton is a big fan of Peter Gabriel, who was very enthused to write the song "Down to Earth" because he loved Finding Nemo (2003), also by Pixar.
The actual year the movie takes place is not specifically mentioned in the movie itself, but in the animated short movie Burn-E (2008) (about another robot and takes place at the same time as the events of this movie) which was included as a DVD extra, it mentions that this movie takes place in A.D. 2805.
Director Andrew Stanton went to great lengths to create a "filmed" look by simulating various lens artifacts. One example is a "focus-pulling" error in the supermarket scene when WALL·E is crushed by shopping carts; the image goes out of focus momentarily as the lens is zoomed in on WALL·E at the doors. There are also lens flares and numerous focus shifts between foreground and background subjects.
The production had to cheat on the shot from Hello, Dolly! (1969) which features the lovers holding hands. In the 1969 film, there is no close-up of this hand-holding, so Pixar were luckily allowed to take the original film element and go in a little tighter on it.
Ground paths in the Axiom are color-coded; light blue for humans, white for robot workers, red for stewards.
The makers consulted with a live-action director of photography, Roger Deakins, to learn how Deakins would light and shoot a scene if it were a live-action movie. Much of the film's first half bears an atmospheric, sepia-hued look that characterizes much of Deakins' film work.
After working on WALL·E (2008) for two months, Pete Docter decided to concentrate on another project. This turned out to be Monsters, Inc. (2001).
WALL-E uses the Pixar trademark lamp from Luxo Jr. (1986) as one of his EVE sculpture's arms.
HIDDEN MICKEY: When WALL-E is using the paddleball, among the items in the background a Mickey Mouse shape is visible.
Coincidentally, composer Thomas Newman's uncle Lionel Newman worked on the film Hello, Dolly! (1969).
The giant-sized Waste Allocation Load Lifters in the Axiom's waste area are named "WALL-A". Where the "E" in "WALL-E" refers to "earth class", the "A" here refers to "AXIOM".
Eve takes about 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik's Cube. Although that's slightly better than the human record (4.90 seconds by Lucas Etter in November 2015), as of January 2016 the fastest robot time is 1.047 seconds.
WALL-E only pronounces EVE's name correctly twice throughout the entire film. The first time is when EVE is in the Diagnostic Lab and WALL-E is in a waiting pen waiting for her. The second time is out in space when WALL-E tells EVE to stay where she is and he propels himself to her with the fire extinguisher.
Jim Reardon left his position as supervising director of The Simpsons (1989) television series to do animation on this film. On the DVD audio commentary for The Simpsons: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (1999), Reardon finally confirmed the title of the film he was working on - prior to that he would only say that it was due in 2008. In the film, the name of the first captain of the Axiom is Reardon, who piloted the ship from 2105 to 2248.
When the Captain first appears on the bridge of the "Axiom", 45 minutes into the movie, Johann Strauss's "The Blue Danube" can be heard on the soundtrack. This is a parallel to "2001: A Space Odyssey". The song accompanies a famous space-docking scene in that movie, and over-reliance on computers in extended space flight is a major plot element in both films.
The logo on Eve's chest that appears after she obtains the plant is the same logo used by Disney Epcot's The Land pavilion up until 2005.
In the scene where Wall-E encounters the robot 'pecking' on the keyboard slowly, the only keys shown are '1' and '0', repeated many times on the keyboard. In computer terms this means 'on' and 'off.' These are the only characters used in the common computer code known as binary.
The AXIOM was part inspired by the Disney Cruise Line and several of the resort hotels in Las Vegas.
This is technically the third time Sigourney Weaver has supplied the voice for a spaceship's computer. The first was in Galaxy Quest (1999) where her only job is to repeat what the ship's computer had just said. The second is in the Futurama episode Futurama: Love and Rocket (2002).
While it may appear that the truck WALL·E lived in was at the end of a collapsed bridge over a dried up waterway, it was actually the old access highway to the docked AXIOM spaceship.
In the Captain's cabin, there is a lit curio cabinet with a 1980s-era white NASA Space Shuttle launch helmet with red and blue pin striping.
EASTER EGG: On the 'Main Menu' screen, scroll down to 'BONUS FEATURES'. Once there, press LEFT on your remote, and then press UP. This should highlight the BnL logo at the top of the screen. Press OK to watch a short Documentary title 'Geek-o-Rama' about the people and robots that they had working on this film. In the Blu-Ray edition, the 'Geek-O-Rama' short is accessed from the main menu by starting in the 'PLAY MOVIE' position, and pressing UP on the remote. In the WALL-E logo in the top left corner, the red circle around the E disappears, and the RUNTIME text near the top center disappears; press OK.
The People Mover transportation system is an homage to the old Disneyland attraction WEDway PeopleMover, which was located in Tomorrowland from 1967 to 1997.
Although never stated explicitly in the film, the concept for Earth's purging process was that after the 5 year run of the robot program, all the trash would be in a compact form. Then they would proceed to the second phase and burn the garbage. They never got round to it because the trash was simply too much. That's why WALL E was still doing the same job 700 years later. Basically the rest of the robots were switched off and WALL E was coincidentally left unchecked. Through years of experience he gained sentience and learned how to repair himself with the spare parts he gathered.
The newspaper that's shown at the beginning of the film has a photo of Shelby Forthright, BnL's CEO, doing the infamous Richard Nixon resignation hand sign.
The original script had EVE being kidnapped by little green aliens, motivating WALL-E to give chase and rescue her. This idea was withdrawn when it failed to win support from anyone who saw it, forcing the animators to - literally - return to the drawing boards.
Story supervisor Jim Reardon describes the film as "like if Buster Keaton made a movie with Sigourney Weaver."
WALL-E's shelves contain several figurines of gnomes, designed by Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet.
The seats on WALL-E's earthbound space pod has pull-down restraints just like a Disney ride.
EASTER EGG: On the 'Main Menu' screen, scroll down to 'SET UP'. Once there press RIGHT on your remote control, and then press UP once. This should highlight a circle at the top of the screen with a W inside of it. Press OK to watch the first 'Title Animation Test' for the original 'WALL-E'. In the Blu-Ray edition, from 'SET UP', press LEFT; a small orange circle appears below the menu, press OK.
WALL-E characters seems inspired by 'Charlie Chaplin'. Charlie Chaplin always portrayed a poor and good guy, then he meets a girl. Same happens with WALL-E.
Originally Andrew Stanton wanted to use 1930s French swing music for the opening but decided he couldn't after seeing The Triplets of Belleville (2003), which he deemed to be too similar.
One of the ideas tossed around for the evolution of humans in the distant future was that they would all be speaking a new language.
When EVE tries to send WALL-E back to Earth on one of the Life Pods, the deck that she goes to is L912, which can also be viewed as l912, or 1912. The British White Star liner, RMS Titanic sank in April of 1912 and 1,500 passengers lost their lives because there weren't enough lifeboats aboard.
The computer in the space ship named 'AUTO' is inspired by the computer in the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' named 'HAL 9000'. Both have red eye and they both are negative characters of their respective movie.
Wall*E, Eve and Auto all speak in very short sentences. Auto's longest sentence is six words, (On the Axiom, you will survive.) Eve's is three words (repeatedly asking Wall*E 'who are you?') and Wall*E, two words (You pop).
Fred Willard's appearance in the film marks Andrew Stanton's very first live action shoot.
In widescreen format, when WALL-E replaces one of his eyes damaged by EVE inside the WALL-E truck, it is revealed on the right that WALL-E gets the electricity to his home from a stack of yellow BnL car batteries he has amassed.
Producer Jim Morris invited leading special effects artist Dennis Muren and cinematographer Roger Deakins to advise on lighting and atmosphere. Muren actually ended up spending several months working at Pixar, while Deakins - who was only supposed to host one talk - ended up staying for two weeks.
The film takes place 700 years in the future, as Andrew Stanton's belief of what could happen if people don't care for the Environment Properly.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
According to the DVD extras, the Axiom is a "General Dynamics Type Three Hull configuration" which is similar in name and shape to the "General Products Number Three Hull" featured in the classic science fiction novel, "Ringworld", by Larry Niven.
As in most space movies following Kubrick's: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the inception of human life on Earth is a theme here. When the captain plays with the model of the Axiom and the globe as if he is landing them back on Earth, he touches the ship down in East Africa where hominid ancestors first came to existence.
WALL·E (2008) was not only released in English when it began airing in Indonesian cinema on August 13, 2008, but also released in dubbing version in Indonesian. The film became the first Pixar animated film to be released in theaters dubbed in Indonesian. The Indonesian dubbing version of the movie is then aired on Indonesia's local television.
Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo (2003)/Finding Dory (2016) appear on the end credits.
Eve takes about 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik's Cube. A robot called Sub1 solved the cube in 0.887 seconds. With two webcams to capture the arrangement of the sides, then it calculated the solution and an Arduino-compatible micro-controller board applied the 20 steps. Any scramble can be solved in 20 steps or less.
After casting Sigourney Weaver as the voice of the Axiom's main computer Andrew Stanton jokingly asked her "You realize you get to be Mother Now?" In reference to ship computer from Alien (1979) which she also starred in.
The first Pixar Film to use the New Walt Disney Pictures logo that was introduced in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) 2 years prior, since Pixar were contacted after the release of Ratatouille (2007), reminding them that the New Logo was to be used in Every Disney Film, including their's.
Sigourney Weaver has voiced a ships computer once before as the Planet Express ship on Futurama (1999). Both times the ship's computer had a visual representation that resembles HAL (another talking computer) from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Beat out Bolt (2008) and Kung Fu Panda (2008) at the 81st Academy Awards for best animated feature, and became the fourth Pixar movie to win it. The first was Finding Nemo (2003), the second was The Incredibles (2004), and the third was Ratatouille (2007). Coincidentally, Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL·E (2008) are by the same director, Andrew Stanton.
Only Pixar Film directed by Andrew Stanton in a way to not have any characters voiced by Brad Garrett.
When Wall-E is throwing stuff in his backpack, a sign appears in the garbage. And on the sign is the Leak Less logo from Cars (2006).
Much like the spaceship, Axiom, the auto maker, Isuzu, markets an SUV called Axiom.
When Wall-E is riding on the outside of the rocket traveling back to the Axiom, some of the imagery is similar to the opening credits sequence from Star Trek: Voyager. Specifically the sun with the solar flare, and the planet with the rings.
Just like in Toy Story (1995) and Cars (2006), When Wall-E is placing stuff on the shelf in his trailer, a Dinoco sign can be seen on one of the shelves.