Nov. 19, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST
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
Ive seen footage but this pic makes him look just like #5.
Nov. 19, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST
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
These shut down breaks are getting shorter and shorter...
Nov. 19, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST
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
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:06 a.m. CST
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
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!
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
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
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
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST
..cheese moon in Wallace and Gromits A Grand Day Out..into the mix too!!
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST
Remember that gem?
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST
What a ripoff! oh wait
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST
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
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
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST
Does Wall-E go through a punk rock makeover? Because that would rule.
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST
Can't take the droopy sad cliche anymore, but I'll see the frickin' thing anyway.
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Nov. 19, 2007, 8 a.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
the binoculars from Toy Story on a robot body.
Nov. 19, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST
_____ 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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
when will American animation grow up?? Hopefully with Beowulf which I haven't seen yet.
Nov. 19, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST
C'mon Pixar there's no need for that.
Nov. 19, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
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
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
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
my 17month old loved Glengary Glennross. his first words were "COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS"
Nov. 19, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST
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
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
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST
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
TO POOP ON!
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST
haha sorry had to say it...is 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
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST
Stupid lack of review before posting....
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST
shark tales was a pooper of a movie
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST
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
we can throw at you anything we want and we will empty your "wall-et".
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST
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
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
disney/pixar will own Wall Street and everyone else.
Nov. 19, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST
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
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
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Whoa, looks a lot like Johnny 5 and ET had a baby.
Nov. 19, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST
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
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
Now, that's what i call animation.
Nov. 20, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST
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
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
...this almost infringes copyright!!!!!
Nov. 20, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST
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
Is Wall-E is a kiddie version of Zelazny's "For a Breath I Tarry" ? http://tinyurl.com/2yubcd
Nov. 20, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST
I meant to write.
Nov. 20, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST
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
isn't that the formula for "X-Men"? and "Napoleon Dynamite"? and "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?
Nov. 20, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 20, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST
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
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
erin, my sincerest apologies!