|Andrew Stanton Director||previously directed Finding Nemo|
A lonely worker robot spends his days doing his job of cleaning Earth after humanity leaves, while collecting things from the old world that facinate him. His life takes a drastic turn when EVE, a beautiful scout robot, arrives in search of something precious.
The first Pixar film to include the use of live action footage.4 More Trivia
The character design and voice of WALL-E from WALL-E is very clearly inspired by Johnny 5 from SHORT CIRCUIT.9 More Movie References
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Wait, that doesn't look like Earth. Where's the blue sky? Where's th-the grass?
|Jeff Garlin||Captain McCrea|
|Fred Willard||Shelby Forthright - BnL CEO|
|Sigourney Weaver||Ship's Computer|
|Lori Alan||Additional voices|
|Bob Bergen||Additional voices|
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Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland covered in garbage. Toxic sandstorms ravage the land and there isn't a plant in site. One lonely little robot called WALL-E walks the Earth, doing what it was programmed to do--clean up trash. There are remains of other WALL-E robots, but they have died out. WALL-E has probably never met another robot; he is one of the very last of his kind.
Billboards and holograms show that the WALL-E robots were meant to clean up the trash on Earth while the humans went in to space to live on a massive interstellar city known as the Axiom. It is obvious that the robots have failed, as there are few if any left functioning.
But something unexpected has happened. Since it has been years since WALL-E was rebooted, he (it is clearly a he) has become sentient. He talks to himself and collects items he finds that he doesn't deem "trash" (everything else he squashes into cubes and leaves in orderly piles. He has an old VCR of Hello, Dolly that he plays again and again; he has memorized all the lyrics to the songs in that picture.
WALL-E's one friend is a cockroach, which he feeds with Twinkies. However, the cockroach is more of a pet, and WALL-E yearns for a true companion.
One day, out of the sky comes a shuttle that deposits a sleek, white robot that smoothly flies around like an angel (WALL-E can only slide along on treads). EVE is a probe, scanning the Earth on a search for something. EVE is freshly assembled and has little to no emotion or personality, but is advanced enough to communicate with things it encounters (her voice is distinctly feminine).
WALL-E tries to befriend EVE, but EVE is preoccupied with her mission. However, some of WALL-E's personality may have rubbed off on her--she begins to show signs of curiosity and compassion, though that may simply be part of her programming.
EVE searches desperately for the thing she is looking for, but cannot find it. She then begins using a bazooka in her arm to blast everything around her to bits, which terrifies WALL-E. After she calms down, WALL-E takes her to his home, saving her from one of the violent dust storms.
In WALL-E's home, he shows EVE his things. She expresses interest, pleasing WALL-E greatly, until she sees something WALL-E fished out of a refrigerator only a few days ago--a shoe filled with dirt and a live plant.
EVE instantly grabs the shoe with the plant and puts it inside of her. She then folds up into an egg form and becomes uncommunicative. It turns out her mission is to find evidence of life on Earth, and she has just achieved that.
After the dust storm subsides, WALL-E brings EVE outside (the robots are aided by solar energy, and he thinks she might need it). He tries to make her become active again, but this fails. He stands by her when rain and lightning threatens her, but ends up getting zapped instead.
Then, suddenly, a spacecraft similar to the one that dropped EVE off lands and sucks EVE back up. WALL-E grasps onto it and is carried into space to the Axiom, where the people are.
The people on the Axiom are engrossed in virtual adventures such as computer games and don't communicate with each other very often. They sit in a chair all day and are no longer able to walk.
EVE is taken away, and WALL-E rushes after her. His filthy tracks leave dirt stains that attract a vacuum robot named MOE. While riding past other robots on the car that has EVE, WALL-E communicates with other robots, causing them to show signs of personality.
EVE is brought to the Axiom's captain, who isn't really in much of a position since the ship is completely run on autopilot. He is fascinated by the plant, and reads up on it and EVE's mission. He discovers that EVE robots have been sent out of the Axiom since its launch to see when Earth is sustaining life again and people can return. EVE is taken by some robots, who say they are going to clean her off and watch her video footage.
The captain meets WALL-E, who interacts with him and charms him. He sends WALL-E off to be cleaned.
WALL-E goes off to find EVE. In his journeys, he befriends MOE and breaks several of the hoverchairs, causing two people to meet each other face to face. During these adventures, WALL-E is put on an ejector pod, and accidentally causes it to self destruct. EVE pursues him there and believes he dies, but then discovers he is okay. They dance together in space, using a fire extinguisher to propel themselves.
WALL-E and EVE discover that the ships autopilot robot, AUTO, is trying to destroy the plant and pretend EVE was defective because there isn't really a healthy, life-like planet to return to. The captain comes to the same conclusion, and sees a video with the original owner of the Axiom saying that they shouldn't say it, but Earth can no longer sustain life and people should just live on the Axiom. AUTO the locks the captain up so he can't help save the plant, taking over the ship.
EVE sees the video footage of WALL-E helping her when she was waiting for the spacecraft and is touched. WALL-E, meanwhile, rushes into a trash compactor to save the plant. He succeeds, but is badly damaged. EVE tosses away the plant and tries to hold his hand (which WALL-E wanted very much), but WALL-E insists the plant is what is important than.
MOE helps WALL-E get repaired, and then the trio team up with a group of defective robots to try and rescue the plant. WALL-E and EVE believe that the plant shows that while life will be hard to bring back to Earth, it is not impossible. AUTO's security bots try to stop them, but the Captain manages to give a brief announcement to all the Axiom's passengers telling them to help WALL-E. A battle ensues and WALL-E manages to save the plant; the captain then shuts AUTO down. Unfortunately, WALL-E is severely injured in the process and turns into a normal WALL-E bot without any emotions or memories.
EVE brings him to his old home and tries to reason with him. At first he ignores her, but eventually she grabs his hand and tries to dance, reminding him of who he is. The two kiss.
While the Axiom is still a functioning home for the passengers, it does not return to space. The passengers spend each day planting life and return to the ship in evening. Life on Earth begins to return.
Wall-E was universally acclaimed by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, a whopping 96% of reviews were positive (to be considered "Fresh," a film needs only 60%). On Metacritic, the movie got a 94. The scale says "Universal Acclaim" is earned with an 80. Of the Metacritic reviews, all 39 were positive and over 20 were the highest score possible.
Wall-E was a box office hit. In the United States, it opened to an awesome $63 million and held well, finishing with over $223 million. Overseas, it was successful as well (though not as impressively as in the US), making almost $300 million.
Wall-E received sixeveral nominations for the 81st Academy Awards, including one in a major category. It was nominated for:
Best Original Screenplay--Andrew Standon; Jim Reardon; Pete Doctor
Best Original Score--Thomas Newman
Best Animated Feature WON!!
Best Sound Editing--Ben Burtt; Matthew Wood
Best Sound Mixing--Ben Burtt; Tom Myers; Michael Semanik
Best Original Song--"Down to Earth"
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