Pixar’s 2008 release has been shrouded in mystery. Not much information has been released. In January we got our first glimpse of one of the robotic characters and the official logo (pictured above). We have finally received some new information.
Jim Hill’s source says that Andrew Stanton’s (Finding Nemo) new movie will “shock people. Both for its choice of source material as well as its style of storytelling.” Let’s take a look at the first act.
In the not to distant future, Earth has become so toxic that man was forced to abandon the planet. Year 2700, the remaining human society lives aboard a massive spaceship called Axiom that circles overhead, waiting for the day that the planet once again becomes inhabitable.
Hundreds of thousands of robots were built to clean the trash scattered around earth’s surface. But Waste Allocation Load Lifters – Earth Class units (hence the title WALL-E) really weren’t up to the task, and have begun to break down. And now there is only one WALL-E unit left running. The robot with the help of his pet cockroach Spot, attempts to clean what he can everyday. But over the past few hundred years, the robot has become lonely and self-aware. Curious about the humans that once inhabited the planet, the robot has amassed a collection of human artifacts which includes a Rubik’s Cube, a lightbulb, a Playmate portable ice chest, and an old VCR on which he plays a VHS copy of Hello, Dolly !
One day the spaceship drops a sleek new unit named EVE onto the surface. WALL-E falls instantly in love, and unsuccessfully tries to earn her affection. When EVE is recalled, WALL-E decides to follow her back into outer space.
Jim Hill writes:
Now keep in mind that all I’ve described here is just the first third of “WALL E.” Which plays out with little or no dialogue. By that I mean: The age-old trash-picking robot and the sleek new scanning droid may beep & boop at one another. But — with the exception of the music & the dialogue that we hear coming from that VCR that plays “Hello, Dolly !” — that’s it. The rest of this section of Pixar’s 2008 release is (in effect) a silent movie.
And wait ’til you see what happens to WALL E once he gets on board the Axiom and finds out what has become of mankind. How — because humans have grown even more lazy in the 700 years that they’ve been off Earth — we’re all now just these enormous fat blobs who can only move about because we travel in huge floating lounge chairs.
The rest of this amazing motion picture is set deep out in space, where WALL E runs into some even more mis-begotten creatures … And some 700 years after doing what he was built to do, this robot will finally discover what he was meant to do.
Trust me, folks. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to “WALL E.” There are so many other aspects of this Andrew Stanton that are daring and/or charming. Take — for example — Fred Willard’s involvment with this production. Fred plays the president of the Buynlarge Corporation. And this will be the very first time that a really-for-real human performer will appear in a Pixar production.
This sounds amazingly insane and uniquely interesting. I’m guessing that WALL-E will either be amazing or a total failure on all counts. I can’t wait.