What if mankind evacuated Earth and forgot to turn off the last remaining robot?
This is the premise of Pixar Studio's latest film, Wall-E, to be relased this coming summer.
Even though Lem beat me to it, I've been meaning to post about Wall-E ever since my wife and I saw the trailer in front of another Pixar film, Ratatouille. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of Pixar's earlier smash hit, Finding Nemo, and features, as its main character, a robot named Wall-E.
Wall-E is a robot designed to clean up the trash caused by humans, but when the humans leave earth to find a better planet, Wall-E is left behind - for 700 years. When the humans (and robots) finally return, Wall-E falls in love with a robot named Eve, who is sent on a probe to check on the status of Earth. Not surprisingly, Eve doesn't return his feelings.
In designing the robots, director Stanton told his designers to model them after appliances. Also interesting is that this movie will not feature voice actors, but instead have sound effects that sound like voices. This should be interesting to see if it can still capture the audience's imagination. The sound design will be done by Ben Burtt, who created many of the sounds for droids in the Star Wars movie.
Of all the recent films about robots, this one might have me the most excited. Pixar does good work and I'm anxious to see what comes of it. Besides, you just can't beat Wall-E in the cuteness department, and because of this, there's even a Wall-E builder's group for the serious fans. If you build one, how about sending us your pictures?
Check out the trailer after the jump.