For a movie with very few words, WALL-E certainly has a lot to say. With sly references, hidden biblical messages, and major environmental themes, the 2008 Pixar movie stood out from the animated Disney films that came before it. Unsurprisingly, the sci-fi comedy was critically praised and commercially successful, ending up regarded as one of the best Pixar movies.
There are plenty of interesting things about WALL-E that will make you look at the movie in a whole new light, whether it's one of those hard-to-spot Pixar Easter eggs or just a fun little bit of trivia. Let's take a look at some of the most fascinating things about the animated classic.
WALL-E Was Voiced By The Guy Who Played R2-D2Video: YouTube
Sound designer Ben Burtt was given the massive task of creating the voice for the movie's main character - which consisted of lots of beeps and whistle sounds. It wasn't a new task for Burtt, who's known for voicing R2-D2 in the Star Wars films. He explained how he got involved in the project in an interview.
"I had just finished my 29-year, 10-month tour of duty with 'Star Wars,' and I thought, 'Well, at least I don't have to do any more robots.' But when Pixar called, I could see this was something more like a Frank Capra romance with Buster Keaton thrown in. And you had the challenge of not only creating the sound for this fantasy world, but the even bigger task of creating principal characters built out of sound," he said.Love it or trash it?
The Movie's Composer Is Related To The Composer Of WALL-E's Favorite Movie
One of the coolest bits of WALL-E trivia comes from its music composer. Thomas Newman's last name should ring a bell - he's in the Newman family film score dynasty. His cousin is songwriter Randy Newman, and several other of his family members are successful film composers.
In WALL-E, the titular character's favorite film is Hello Dolly! - which just so happened to have been composed by Newman's uncle Lionel Newman.Love it or trash it?
The Character Of EVE Comes From The BibleVideo: YouTube
The film's connection to the Bible and religion has been examined and interpreted numerous times in the 10 years since its release. Fans point out that Wall-E represents Adam, lonely in the Garden of Eden, until God creates Eve, who in the film arrives as a robot named EVE. The two are "banished" after EVE finds the plant that Wall-E has scavenged.
There are other biblical references throughout the film, but the EVE connection is the most glaringly obvious.Love it or trash it?
The Design For WALL-E Was Conceived At A Baseball Game
Director Andrew Stanton came up with the design for the titular character while at a baseball game. He'd been using binoculars, and at one point realized that he all he needed to create a memorable character was in his hands.
"You don't need a mouth, you don't need a nose, you get a whole personality just from [the binoculars]," Stanton said of the design development that led to the creation of the WALL-E character.Love it or trash it?