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Awwww... WALL-E's so gosh darn cute!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Pixar is the awesome-o. WALL-E looks like a worthy addition to the Pixar Library... and now there's a new poster featuring the cute little bugger which popped up over at (thanks to "LittleBird-E" for the heads up)!

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  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Jonny 5

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Look at that and tell me there isn't a reseblence to the input starved Jonny Five

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Damn he does look alot like Johnny 5.

    by Redfive!

    Ive seen footage but this pic makes him look just like #5.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    That thing is fucking cute

    by jabbayoda

    In fact, I'd drop my pants and bottom for that thing, if he's into that kind of stuff.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Actually the Star Tours line robot, right?

    by InspectorDoppler

    These shut down breaks are getting shorter and shorter...

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Definitely Alive...

    by Kurosawasmellsfunny

    I remember seeing a post for this with a french language trailer. After watching the trailer, I became convinced that this might be the one that reaches legendary status.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:50 a.m. CST

    His head looks like tits

    by Musicballs

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Direct rip-off from E.T.

    by wadi77

    Don't get me wrong, I love all PIXAR movies.<p> Only this design look really familiar.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Need to see this now, damn it!

    by filmcoyote

    From the first glimpses this has looked great. I loved Ratatouille and i've liked to one degree or another all the Pixar films (although Toy Story, Incredibles and Ratatouille are my faves) but this just looks out of the park great. Love the concept, love the reported lack of dialogue in the first half, love the design. Give it up DWA, 2008 belongs to Pixar!

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST

    by Longfellow X

    I have to agree with wadi77 above. He does look like an E.T. rip-off. At the very end of the teaser trailer, you hear someone, presumably him, say "Wall-e". Sounds so much like E.T. Pixar has one of the most inventive teams in the industry. They can do better than clone a classic.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Oops, forgot to give my post a heading

    by Longfellow X

    I agree with wadi77 above. He does look like an E.T. rip-off. At the end of the teaser trailer, you hear someone - presumably him - say "Wall-e." Sounds so much like E.T. Pixar has one of the most inventive teams in the business. Why are they giving us an E.T. clone?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling the ticket sales will bomb


    What kid is gunna wanna watch a silent movie? Glad they are trying to cater for adults but not a very good financial decision in my opinion.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    It's number 5 with an ET makeover..cute, but

    by Jugs

    not original.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST

    ..and you can add the cooking stove robot from the

    by Jugs

    ..cheese moon in Wallace and Gromits A Grand Day Out..into the mix too!!

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Nah, I see the robot from Space Camp.

    by zool43

    Remember that gem?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

    What a ripoff! oh wait

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    "We're gona need a bigger bank..."

    by GreyGeek

    Yes, he looks like E.T. and Number 5. But it is by no means a plot rip-off. This movie is going to make so much money that PIXAR will be able to buy it's own country with just the second-run take. It any of you have kids, start looking for this damn thing on the toy store shelves for Xmas '08.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST

    why does pixar always get a free pass??

    by robamenta

    im sick of you guys gushing over evrything pixar....their last few outings have been visually great, but man, they aint got nothin to say. they are overrated...there i said it

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    "What are you? Punishment from God?"

    by BeeDub

    Does Wall-E go through a punk rock makeover? Because that would rule.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Pathetic puppy eyes

    by aboriginal

    Can't take the droopy sad cliche anymore, but I'll see the frickin' thing anyway.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    "Would you like to be a pepper too?"

    by Osmosis Jones

    "Stephanie...change color!"

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8 a.m. CST


    by DarthBakpao


  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    its so widdle and cute

    by lb

    awwwwwwwww......I want one now. Pixar are marketing geniuses and this will be the most looked for toy of 2008

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    idonotseekabanning, LOL, I forgot all about

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    those dudes. You know what we need, a Short Circuit/Adventures in Babysitting crossover. Los Locos vs. the Lords of Hell.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by underscore_only

    I don't understand your logic. Never once have I ever seen a child complain about a lack of dialogue. Seriously, give a kid a choice between the '90s Batman(which had a lot of almost-dialogue-free episodes) and Glengarry Glenross and see which one they choose.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    Looks exactly like E.T... Am I the only one seeing that? Maybe I see it now because ET was on TV last night..

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    ROB 5!

    by Anna Valerious

    That's the Ninendo bot...and he does look like he's from "The Black Hole", which Disney tried to serialize in their "Comics Zone" magazine. (I have no idea if that one will go on as they've canceled "Disney Adventures".) But, I can't wait to meet the Living Character of it while on vacation next year. :)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I just saw Ratatouille

    by Spandau Belly

    Good flick, way better than these Shrek movies that just shoot out stale references and double entendres for 90 minutes.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Pixar is saving money by putting

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    the binoculars from Toy Story on a robot body.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    CG Animated Movie Plot...

    by ZeroCorpse

    _____ is a member of a group/species/community of similar things/beings that longs to be more than just another member of that group. <p> Through some sort of unexpected adventure, ______ (and the audience) discovers that there's more to themself than meets the eye, and realizes they are special or different in some way that makes them not like the group they belong to. <p> A bad guy seeks to hurt _____'s chance at breaking out/new friends/family, and so ______ must use special talents (because none of the friends have these special talents) and innovation (because few of the friends can even innovate) to rescue them from the villain's evil plans. <p> Along the way, _______ makes some new friends in strange places, and these new friends DO have special talents and are each unique in their own way. With the help of the new friends, ________ defeats the villain, and then tells his/her original family/clan that he/she is different and special and introduces the new, sometimes scary friends to the family/clan. <p> Then Smashmouth's "Rock Star" starts playing (or some sickly Randy Neuman song) and everybody lives happily ever after in their new life (until the TV series starts and blows off the film's ending). <p> This applies to Bugs, Ants, Toy Story, Ratatouille, or just about ANY CG animated film in the past decade or so. <p> Summary: "I'm unique", "I'm outcast", "I've got new friends", "I've got to rescue my clan", "What makes me unique also makes me special", "awww."

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Form, Now Function

    by HyphenatedWords

    While the little chap may be derivative of old favorites, let us understand that Johnny 5 and E.T. were in different leagues, as could Wall-E be. The way Pixar as consistently surprised me, even with the films I'm not "crazy" about, is they way they exceed our expectations and offer something that we haven't seen before -- no matter how jaded we are, no matter how fiercely we enter the theater with the resolve to not enjoy it. "Cars" shouldn't have worked for me. I don't *like* cars. I don't *like* racing. But I'll be damned. I went and had a great time at the movies. With a template character like Wall-E (he's supposed to look cookie-cutter, after all), I think the Pixar team has the opportunity to pour their all into it, like a master with a blank canvas. Let's forgive the form and wait for the function. How will this film *work*? Then we can cast dem stones.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by Movietool

    "Quality will Out." <p>That's why Pixar gets a free pass - because their stuff is so heads and tails better than anybody else. If you think that the last few outings have been "nothing great," then fine, but you've got to concede that Pixar's "nothing great" is 1000% better than ANYTHING Dreamworks, Warner's, Fox, etc., is doing. <p>We gush over Pixar because they're almost single handedly keeping animation alive in the public eye - as an art form, anyway. <p>Without Pixar, people would think that Shrek and Bee Movie are as good as animated movies could be. What a horrible thought.<p>To sum up: <p>PIXAR!

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by grievenom

    Could be good. But I don't know what everyone is so jazzed about judging by this image and the teaser trailer. So far, I have very little to go by. So I'm reserving judgment.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Will Pixar ever get a free pass with you guys

    by Lovecraftfan

    Seriously the negativity on this board or any board that concerns Pixar astounds me. Did you guys not see the masterpiece that was Ratatouille. Pixar is one of the most consistent brands out there. Accept it.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Ratatouille? Masterpiece?!?!

    by ZeroCorpse

    Rat is different from other rats. He's separated from them (variation on outcast). Has adventures. Makes new friend. Discovers he's "special". Defeat villain to save his new friend. <p> All that was missing from the formula is "Rock Star" playing at the end. <p> Oh, and I forgot part of the CG animated formula: The ego-trip. At one point, the main character gets an ego-trip and turns on his friend(s) only to realize later that he was being a jerk, thus learning a lesson about his "specialness" having limits. <p> I swear, all these movies are like proletariat propaganda.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Ratatouille was stunning animation.

    by Snookeroo

    And Pixar is consistently genius in a bottle. But Wall-E is so calculatedly cute that it's nauseating.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by herr_howard

    The same folks who don't want Rambo or John McClane to do anything but kick some a** are lamenting that Pixar is using a formula for telling its stories that dates back to, well, the beginning of story telling. Even if they follow that format, they are head and shoulders above a)the refinement of the story and b)the presentation of the story. That alone is enough to catapult them to the top of the heap for their genre. Gotta give them props for what they provide. Without Toy Story, Dreamworks Animation, Sony Animation, et. al. wouldn't even be here (I know, maybe that would be a blessing!)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    of for craps sake

    by kafka07

    when will American animation grow up?? Hopefully with Beowulf which I haven't seen yet.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    E.T. The Extra Ter... SAY WHAT???

    by Proman1984

    C'mon Pixar there's no need for that.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by manzoniman

    All mediocre crap. My five year old and I didn't like "Cars". Give me more outstanding work like "Shark Tale" and "Chicken Little". Oye. Meh. Whatever. Worst Studio Ever. Suck it Pixar.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Shark Tale was horrid

    by just pillow talk

    Not sure how Pixar could be the worse studio ever, because you didn't like Cars? (which I didn't either)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    do you really believe that

    by irrelevntelefant

    no one at pixar sees the similarity to ET and johnny 5? <p>what in hollywood isn't a ripoff of something else?<p> ripoff all you want, as long as the end product is enjoyable, I could care less

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    oh, and underscore...

    by irrelevntelefant

    my 17month old loved Glengary Glennross. his first words were "COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS"

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    talkback ripoffs

    by irrelevntelefant

    blah-blah-blah... pixar sucks blah blah blah... ET... Johnny 5... blah blah blah... R2D2 raped johnny 5... blah blah blah... hate disney/pixar, never made one good movie... blah blah blah<p> "one ticket for Wall-E please" (notice how the haters of pixar can quote everything about every pixar movie, yet they "hate pixar")<p> bunch of "pixarphobia" going on here...

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    i wanna cry buahhhhhh!!!! ....TOO CUTE!!! .... mehhh

    by ludmir88

    If Wall-e dies at some point in the movie and then back to life again... jeeess your kids gonna cry bad.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Sharks Tales Masterpiece??!!

    by Lovecraftfan

    Umm riiiight.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    who cares if he resembles johnny 5

    by JackGraham

    if the movie is quality then what the robot looks like aint worth a hill of beans, u guys criticising wall e for looking like johnny 5 are obviously natural born complainers, i see this movie being very succesful, and very good, and i can see the potential for a very emotional movie

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    my kid liked sharks tale...

    by irrelevntelefant


  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    His Momma was a snowblower!

    by FSJGuy

    haha sorry had to say Steve Guttenberg in this one too? he needs to eat i'm sure. Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? WE DO!!

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    If you get shark tale in vhs, it makes a great door stooper..

    by pelos_locos


  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I meant stopper.....

    by pelos_locos

    Stupid lack of review before posting....

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    stooper rhymes with pooper, as in

    by irrelevntelefant

    shark tales was a pooper of a movie

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    So is it already set in stone that all the good animation..

    by pelos_locos

    coming up will be CGI? Are there any good traditional animation coming up soon? Or is it definitely over? No more Iron Giant or Emperor's New groove (TV shows don't count)? I guess we can only wait for whatever Japan throws at us. By the way, how is Paprika? I did not get a chance to catch that on the theater.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Wall-e is suspiciously close to "wall-et" as in

    by pelos_locos

    we can throw at you anything we want and we will empty your "wall-et".

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Kinda looks a little like...

    by Kid Z

    ... that vending machine robot on the (made from cheese, of course) moon in one of those old Wallace and Gromit shorts.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by JonQuixote

    Records will fall. Everybody will want to see this movie. This will be as big as TITANIC. Bank-it. When PlaySkool-esque CARS and foodie Rats can earn hundreds of millions of dollars, what will something with legitimate mass appeal AND what appears to be geek-cred do?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    The sequel will be calles Wall-street-E as in

    by pelos_locos

    disney/pixar will own Wall Street and everyone else.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    plot desciption by ZeroCorpse is perfect

    by robamenta

    if you dont mind i will be saving that...totally awesome and compleety acurate. thank you for descibing what ive been feeling every time go to the movies, and i get that sick disturbing feeling about the stupid message being shoved down our throats...bravo

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    trailer breaks my heart

    by drewlicious

    And it's not because it is emotionally manipulative as some out there imply. It's because so far everything pixar does bursts with personality and this looks like no exception.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    where's the Twiki love?

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Inspector Doppler

    by OtisSpofford

    Nice ride quote! Made me wish I was just stepping in to hear the pilot and his Pee Wee Herman laugh.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by Jaws Wayne

    Yes, these are exactly my thoughts as well. Yes, the little fella looks like a cross between ET and 5 but still I think that movie is gonna be exceptionally great.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Pixar haters have no soul

    by SifoDyasJr.

    Ratatouille was a masterpiece. As were both Toy Story films. As was The Incredibles. Even Cars, which I'll admit to being my least favorite, is better than any Dreamworks animated film.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST

    With A 3rd Place Opening For 'Bee Movie'

    by skoobyx

    Maybe they'll think twice about talking mammal/robot/insect digital animation movies. <p> Seinfeld as a talking CGI Apis with Rene Zellweger would have been a license to print money in '98. Hopefully they'll try something new. At least 'Beowulf' is trying.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Incredibles was one huge ripoff, why not another?

    by JoeSixPack

    Whoa, looks a lot like Johnny 5 and ET had a baby.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Looks like R5D4 and Dr. Theopolis got it on...

    by blackshuck

    and produced the snuggliest l'il robit since H.E.R.B.I.E. Hmm any other obscure robits we can reference?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    incredibles ripoff


    it sucks when the so called ripoff gets it more right than 90% of the direct addaptations of the same material

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by wadi77

    Now, that's what i call animation.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Ratatouille looked amazing

    by TallBoy66

    Plot & story wise, not so much (too many shots of the rat rapturously smelling food), but it was probably the best looking flick they've done (next to Incredibles - oh snap, there's Brad Bird again!). And if I can get over Cloverfield monster being Sin from Final Fantasy X, then I can get over Wall-E being Johnny 5/E.T. At least it'll be better than Cars. That was sub-Shark Tale shit there.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Homage vs. Rip-off

    by earthlingdave

    I think The Incredibles was clearly an homage to past superheroes, made by someone obviously loves the genre and grew up with it. Just as Iron Giant was a playful twist on those 50's robot/monster/alien attack movies. And yeah, I too am astounded by people who hate Pixar. There's no modern studio with a better track record. I guess there really is no accounting for taste.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 2:05 a.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock

    ...this almost infringes copyright!!!!!

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Too much soulless, cynical, and/or trope 3D.

    by Dingbatty

    Let's get see some imaginative, stylized, beautiful 2D from Tartakovsky and his cohorts at The Orphanage animation on the big screen.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird's entries were an exception, though.

    by Dingbatty

    Is Wall-E is a kiddie version of Zelazny's "For a Breath I Tarry" ?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Is Wall-E a kiddie version...

    by Dingbatty

    I meant to write.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    "The Formula"

    by Movietool

    I like your formula, Zerocorpse. But if it's that easy, why is it that when studios OTHER than Pixar follow it, the films turn out so mediocre (Antz, Shark Tale, Robots, Shrek 2, 3, . . .)? Pixar must have something going for it beyond being able to play Plotline Mad Libs, otherwise their stuff would be as uninspiring as Dreamworks'and Fox.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    re: "The Formula"

    by leroygrey

    isn't that the formula for "X-Men"? and "Napoleon Dynamite"? and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    This will flop huge.

    by Mosquito March

    Why? Because it's fucking ugly. The original teaser was hideous to look at.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I'm Sure...

    by dogstar69

    now that steve jobs and john lassater have read the negative talkbackers, they will cease production on the film.. especially because they could hire said talkbackers for their future movies as they seem to be totally against movies making money, therefore would want to do it for nothing, so send all correspondence to

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    This will make so much money

    by Harold The Great

    The next year everybody will want to do Robot movies. Time to write a mediocre children's book about robot, you can bet your ass they will buy the rights for it. And as always I don't get the lack of love for Antz. I love that movie.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    speaking of ripoffs...

    by irrelevntelefant

    will the porno be dix-ars"ball-e"?<p>TWIKI RULES !<p> BEEDEE-BEEDEE-DEE-DEE-DEE<p>erin grey in that damn fine jumpsuit!!!

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by irrelevntelefant

    erin, my sincerest apologies!