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).
WALL·E stands for: Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for: Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.
Elissa Knight, who provides the voice of EVE is not an actress, but an employee of Pixar.
To explore the possibilities of pure visual storytelling, Andrew Stanton and the Pixar team watched every single Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton movie, both short films and features, every day during lunch for about 18 months.
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.
(at around 33 mins) 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.
The survival of both the Twinkie and the cockroach perpetuates the urban myth that even should the world end, both will survive indefinitely.
(at around 21 mins) 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 claimed that the film's central theme was that irrational love can defeat everything, including programming.
(at around 1h 6 mins) 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 average number of storyboards used on a Pixar film is 75,000. For this movie, it was 125,000.
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 from Bulgaria and knew the problems its capital had in storing garbage.
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!"
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 this film, which he found to be fresh and exciting.
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.
The film is dedicated to Justin Wright, a 27-year-old Pixar animator who died of a heart attack.
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.
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.
(at around 20 mins) One of the trucks that EVE searches is the Pizza Planet delivery truck from Toy Story (1995), that also appears in most Pixar movies. Also, the mentions of "pizza plants" is a joke referring to the company which appears in most Pixar films.
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.
(at around 1h 29 mins) The end-credit montage traces artwork from the past, in historical order, starting with cave paintings, then progressing through Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Renaissance, then mimicking certain Impressionists (such as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, and Auguste Renoir ). It finishes with depictions of the main robots in the style of early computer games.
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).
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: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and shot some imagery to get an idea of what it should look like.
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 was that they would become 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.
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.
(at around 19 mins) 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.
EVE was co-designed by Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive, the man responsible for the design of Apple devices.
The concept for the film 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, A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003). Stanton and Docter outlined the film before Toy Story was completed, but production would not resume until after Stanton completed Finding Nemo.
The film contains numerous references to Apple computers: (at around 9 mins) 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. (at around 6 mins) 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.
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 was permitted to take the original film element and go in a little tighter on it.
Coincidentally, composer Thomas Newman's uncle Lionel Newman worked on the film Hello, Dolly! (1969).
The year the movie takes place is not specifically mentioned. Burn-E (2008), a DVD extra about another robot, which takes place at the same time as the events of this movie, takes place in A.D. 2805.
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.
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. A scooter is 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).
(at around 1h 11 mins) 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".
HIDDEN MICKEY: (at around 10 mins) When WALL·E is using the paddleball, among the items in the background a Mickey Mouse shape is visible.
The AXIOM was part inspired by the Disney Cruise Line and several of the resort hotels in Las Vegas.
(at around 1h 3 mins) 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.
Ground paths in the Axiom are color-coded; light blue for humans, white for robot workers, red for stewards.
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.
In the opening scene there are wind turbines and nuclear plants built on top of trash mounds, implying that mankind didn't convert to clean energy until it was too late.
(at around 44 mins) When the Captain first appears on the bridge of the "Axiom", Johann Strauss's "The Blue Danube" can be heard on the soundtrack. This is a parallel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). 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.
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.
(at around 20 mins) WALL·E uses the Pixar trademark lamp from Luxo Jr. (1986) as one of his EVE sculpture's arms.
(at around 24 mins) EVE takes around 4 seconds to solve a scrambled Rubik's Cube. Although that's about the same as the human record (4.22 seconds by Feliks Zemdegs in May 2018), as of March 2018 the fastest robot time is 0.38 seconds.
(at around 43 mins) The captain is physically incapable of wearing the original captain's uniform, so he just wears it around his neck with the top button.
(at around 28 mins) 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.
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 (1999) episode Futurama: Love and Rocket (2002).
Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo (2003)/Finding Dory (2016) appear on the end credits.
The People Mover transportation system is an homage to the old Disneyland attraction WEDway PeopleMover, which was located in Tomorrowland from 1967 to 1997.
(at around 42 mins) When 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.
Story supervisor Jim Reardon describes the film as "like if Buster Keaton made a movie with Sigourney Weaver."
There was much debate during the production on whether or not a fire extinguisher would propel you through space. PIXAR brought real-life scientists in on it and everything. Some argued the lack of atmosphere would cause nothing to happen, while others said the pressure was actually contained in the extinguisher. "To solve the argument, we went to space and completely blew the budget," joked Angus MacLane.
(at around 3 mins) 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.
WALL·E characters are inspired by Charles Chaplin films. Charlie Chaplin always portrayed a poor, but good guy. Then he would meet a nice, smart girl. The same happens to WALL·E.
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.
(at around 26 mins) 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.
WALL·E's shelves contain several figurines of gnomes, designed by Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet.
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.
(at around 1h 2 mins) As in most space movies following Stanley 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.
(at around 5 mins) WALL·E stores his video tape of Hello, Dolly! (1969) inside a toaster. This is a pun on "Video Toaster" which was an early video hardware/software combo for the Amiga computer and used for 3D animation on both consumer and professional levels, including a few episodes of The Simpsons (1989). Video Toaster won a Technical Achievement Emmy in 1993.
In 2021, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
The commentators argue about how the plant could survive even for a second in deep space. They all come to the agreement that EVE can generate some kind of air bubble and instantly latches onto the plant when WALL·E pulls it out of his chest. They never debate whether WALL·E is hermetically sealed or not.
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 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.
(at around 56 mins) The seats on WALL·E's earthbound space pod has pull-down restraints just like a Disney ride.
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.
After working on the film for two months, Pete Docter decided to concentrate on another project. This turned out to be Monsters, Inc. (2001).
AUTO, the autopilot who is piloting, and in effect commanding, the Axiom is almost identical in both looks and movement to Max from Flight of the Navigator (1986) who performed the same role.
An earlier idea for the WALL·As was for there to be three of them with one of them being fascinated by daytime television. There were also earlier drafts of scenes where they recognized WALL·E as a smaller version of themselves and befriended him. This sequence was animated but not used.
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.
(at around 24 mins) 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.
Fred Willard's appearance in the film marks Andrew Stanton's very first live action shoot.
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 and WALL·E are by the same director, Andrew Stanton and composed by the same composer, Thomas Newman. Additionally, The Incredibles and Ratatouille are both directed by Brad Bird and composed by Michael Giacchino.
The name of the film changed halfway through production. It was originally called 'WAL·E', but, according to Co-Producer Lindsey Collins, they were worried people would pronounce the film "whale",
The dystopian/utopian debate begins early with story artist Derek Thompson defining them each for everyone. He describes a dystopia as a "bleak vision of the future" and a utopia as an "optimistic vision of the future," and the best sci-fi stories have elements of both.
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.
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.
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 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 was then aired on Indonesia's local television.
(at around 55 mins) 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.
Humanity as shown in the film is, as Derek Thompson describes, like a big, Vegas cruise ship. In fact, he went on a friend's wedding cruise during the making of the film to take mental notes. "It's a weird, captive audience, Vegas, floating thing. It's really hard to describe," he says. He does mention he was unable to write the trip off.
Angus MacLane points out AUTO's scar, the etch in the robots surface it has across the top. None of the other commentators ever saw it as a scar, but MacLane mentions all great villains have a scar over their eye. "It's a classic, bad guy thing," says Wise. "He's been through it. This robot has seen it all." Derek Thompson does joke about a dropped idea for AUTO to have a telescopic mustache that it could twirl.
"Every time I hear the autopilot talk, all I can think of is Stephen Hawking," says Bill Wise. Derek Thompson points out there is no voice actor for AUTO. It was generated using a computer program.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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 was contacted after the release of Ratatouille (2007), reminding them that the new logo was to be used in every Disney film, including Pixar's.
Sigourney Weaver has voiced a ship's 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).
(at around 19 mins) In the abandoned store, EVE scans a pinwheel, indicating that it looks like what she's really looking for.
(at around 43 mins) The AUTOpilot has been getting bigger and bigger in the picture, indicating its increase in power and control in the ship.
Hello, Dolly! (1969) was always the choice for what movie WALL·E is obsessed with. Lindsey Collins also notes they backed themselves into a corner when they decided to show the film, since it's live action in an animated film. The scenes with Hello Dolly are the reason humans are live action in WALL·E. The team also debates whether Hello Dolly has two or three good songs.
Angus MacLane is convinced every piece of technology in WALL·E is alive and conscious, particularly the elevator. He notes how he thinks the blue light is watching everything and how it's the ringleader behind everything going on.
WALL·E was heavily compared to the Robot No. 5 (aka Johnny 5) in Short Circuit (1986) upon release. However, director Andrew Stanton insisted that it was more coincidence than influence.
Pixar's first film to simply use the name of a character since Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004).
The production named WALL·E's cockroach friend Hal after Hal Roach, producer on many of the Our Gang or Little Rascals shorts of the 1930s. Story artist Derek Thompson mentions the name could work on a 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) level, as well. "It was a double nerd reference, which is important for any of our jokes," says Angus MacLane.
Bill Wise questions whether or not WALL·E has a soul and what part that soul resides in, since the robot can switch out his parts one right after the other. Derek Thompson says the soul could be in WALL·E's chest, but there's not definitive answers given.
Only one person from the Buy N Large corporation in real life has been a space passenger.
Although first-mate AUTO is a state-of-the-art robot, he is slyly shaped like an 18th century helms wheel.
(at around 10 mins) 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).
Only 8 unique textures were made for the trash cubes. Clever set dressing and color variations give the illusion that there way more than 8 textures.
(at around 20 mins) It's not explained in the film, but Angus MacLane explains that EVE's power source is what turns the electromagnet on that grabs a hold of her, since there's no power on the planet.
(at around 29 mins) When lightning strikes WALL·E's umbrella, the electricity from the bolt charges his battery back to full.
(at around 6 mins) 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.
John Cygan's third animated film of 2008 after Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and Kung Fu Panda (2008).
(at around 33 mins) 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 (1995). Specifically the sun with the solar flare, and the planet with the rings.
(at around 5 mins) WALL·E is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class. It's shown on the side of his "home", when he returns there for the night the first time.
The first Pixar film directed by Andrew Stanton in a way to not have any characters voiced by Brad Garrett.
Jeff Garlin's first Theatrically Released Animated Film, after having previously starred in the Animated TV Film The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! (2006). Later he'd go onto voice Buttercup the Toy Unicorn in the last two Toy Story films, Otis in Cars 2 (2011), and Perry Babcock in ParaNorman (2012).
The fifth Pixar film to be produced in 2.35:1, after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006) and Ratatouille (2007).
Out of all the films directed by Andrew Stanton, Disney/Pixar or not, this film along with A Bug's Life (1998) and Finding Nemo (2003) are the only films of his to be rated G. All the rest of Stanton's films will be rated PG or higher.
According to Derek Thompson, one of the languages Ben Burtt has EVE speak is Huttese.
With Joe Ranft having passed away in 2005 this makes WALL·E (2008) Andrew Stanton's first directorial effort to not have any characters voiced by him. Additionally this film of Pixar's is also Stanton's first directorial effort to not star any actors who'd been in The Muppet Movie (1979) or Ice Age (2002).
Pixar's last film of the 2000s to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and the last one for the next two years, the next two Pixar films Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) were shot in the smaller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
There was a lot of debate near the end of the film when WALL·E and EVE are finally together again about whether Hal the cockroach should be crawling all over them in this emotional moment. Angus MacLane does joke that, at the very least, he's just a third wheel in this scene.
The closing credits repeat the technique of having animated character icons interact with the scrolling text as Pixar featured in Finding Nemo (2003).
The eighth animated film to be the winner of the academy award for best animated feature after Shrek (2001), Spirited Away (2001) (with the English dub release being 2002), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Happy Feet (2006), and Ratatouille (2007).
The second Pixar film to have a character's name be in the title after Finding Nemo (2003).
(at around 10 mins) While WALL·E is compressing trash, he finds a bra and puts it on his audio-visual sensors to protect them from the sunlight (he could have possibly mistaken it for a visor and may not have known its real purpose).
Pixar's third film to not include Frank Welker in the cast after The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007).
No mention has been made of the fact that WALL·E bears a striking resemblance to E.T., a shape which by that time had a guaranteed, built-in, cute-factor.
The animation team originally wanted the Slave I mixed in with the satellites the ship blasts through. Derek Thompson asked Lindsey Collins if she knows what the Slave I is. She doesn't.
Pixar's third film to not have a co-director after Toy Story (1995) and The Incredibles (2004).
Much like the spaceship, Axiom, the auto maker, Isuzu, markets an SUV called Axiom.
The commentary track opens with a silhouette of the commentary crew sitting down to WALL·E in a theater, a la Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). The image pushes in so the movie fills the screen before it starts, but couch they're sitting on pops up now and again. To be perfectly honest, this helps tremendously keeping the voices separate from each other.
Bill Wise points out a soft focus shot of EVE referring to it as being shot through a Star Trek lens. "Not everything comes from Star Trek," says Lindsey Collins. "I don't think the Vaseline lens comes from Star Trek." Wise and Angus MacLane argue that that's where they first saw it.
The official Blu-ray release of the film was code-named "Quack", possibly a reference to the Disney character, Donald Duck.
Steve Jobs did not like the film's title when Andrew Stanton showed an early draft of the film to him and John Lasseter back in 2004. As a response, Andrew renamed it from 'W.A.L.-E' to 'WALL·E'.
They point out the only two, slow motion shots in the film, which spirals into a debate on whether the lens flare effect is overused. "Lens flare is worth giving a nod to," says Derek Thompson. "Oh, because it doesn't get enough attention?" asked Bill Wise.
Pixar's third film to release on the same day a Walt Disney Animation Studios film previously released, with this case being this film releasing on June 27th, 11 years apart from Hercules (1997). The first was Toy Story (1995) which released on November 22nd, 4 years apart from Beauty and the Beast (1991) and the second was A Bug's Life (1998) which released on November 25th, 6 years apart from Aladdin (1992).
The twelfth computer-animated film to be produced at 2.35:1 after A Bug's Life (1998), The Polar Express (2004), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Monster House (2006), Happy Feet (2006), TMNT (2007), Battle for Terra (2007), Ratatouille (2007), Beowulf (2007), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).