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Peter Gabriel’s Been Talking About WALL·E!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I love that every cast listing I’ve seen for this film includes Ben Burtt as part of the cast. I assume that refers to his work designing the sounds of WALL·E and EVE, the film’s two main characters. Calling him “cast” seems appropriate, based on what I’ve already seen. I love it when my son Toshi imitates the sounds of WALL·E. He’s robot-crazy already, and he’s seen less than five minutes of the film. I think the ad campaign’s focus so far on the character instead of the story has totally paid off. People are going to know him as a character when they walk into the theater, and that’s what will connect them to it more than anything else. The idea that Peter Gabriel’s involved in the project just turns up my anticipation another few levels. His scores for BIRDY and LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST are brilliant film work, and I think it’s a good sign that he works so infrequently. He picks projects he really cares about and can invest in, and I’m excited to see how Andrew Stanton uses him in the film. Anyway... here’s what got me thinking about that little robot and this particular musician tonight...

Hi there, Haven't seen anything on the site about this, so I thought I'd share. Seems Peter Gabriel (General musical God and soundtrack provocateur) is heavily involved in Pixar's Wall-E. I'm not sure from this if he's doing all the music, some songs or is even more heavily involved, this is a very interesting and great development for this film. He discusses his involvement in the film and spills some details about what we can expect conceptually and visually in Wall-E in this video on his site. Thanks for fighting the good fight. Call me StarFox
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  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by killing joker

    This is a pun, yes? And first

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by Sledge Hammer

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Last Temptation easily one of the best ever...

    by quantize

    a masterpiece thats a fact.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    They owe some money to the Zelazny estate.

    by Dingbatty

    The plot of WALL*E sounds like a cutesy variation on his short story "For a Breath I Tarry."

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    I'll never ever get used to

    by cornponious

    how old peter gabriel looks now. He's forever frozen in my mind as he looked in the sledgehammer video.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    In other news, Cuaron still not talking about Deathly Hallows

    by Vesuvio


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    oh wow

    by Holodigm

    oh wow oh wow oh wow. this makes me more excited for the movie than i thought could have been possible.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I just died

    by Bagheera

    Peter Gabe and Pixar, together. I think I can hear angels singing.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Rabbit-Proof Fence

    by Bagheera

    was also amazing. I am too excited by the possibilities.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Thomas Newman is scoring this

    by Musicballs

    Here's hoping Peter Gabriel's involvement doesn't turn the score into a clusterfuck.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Rabbit-Proof Fence

    by Shawn F.

    Gabriel also did the score for Rabbit-Proof Fence, equally as great as his works for Birdy and Last Temptation. Can't wait to hear his contribution to the score (ditto Thomas Newman, who I think is a terrific composer as well).

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by Shawn F.

    Sorry Bagheera. Didn't see your post above. :)

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I wanna be...your sledgehammer!

    by Mike_D


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Ben Burtt responsible for sound of wall E ??

    by Mr Cairo

    Jesus all he did was play Abe's Odyssey and think "Yeah that sounds great that will do , i will steal that voice and claim it as my own "

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    If Newman is scoring, then it must be a song

    by quantize

    fuck knows we've had a gutful of Randy Newman in Pixar movies!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    You'd better call the sledgehammer

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Put your mind at rest.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    This is the first and only...

    by Mosquito March

    ...aspect of this production that has generated any interest in me. From what I've seen so far, this movie looks like a hideously ugly hybrid of SHORT CIRCUIT and the Skrat scenes from ICE AGE. But, PG is as classy as it gets. Even his song for the RUGRATS movie was top-shelf.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    A Flower?!

    by TheBloop

    Like to see the early Genesis love going on here. Supper's Ready ranks up there with Pink Floyd Echoes and Yes's Close to the Edge as the all time prog rock classic. Plus his solo stuff kicks ass. I wonder how many films used Gabriel's "Rhythm of the Heat" (the heavy drum part) in movie trailers? I count about 5 that I know of. Even dug his song for Babe 2. If you want to check his stuff out, I'd say pass by "So" and check out the CD with his face melting on the cover, no title. Man that CD was like 20 years ahead of its time. Ok, done gushing now....No wait, the Last Temptation soundtrack is one of the most influential scores of the late 80s. Ok done.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Human blobs??

    by kafka07

    If people can come up with all those cool inventions like a car that can drive upside down then they should be able to prevent our bones from disintegrating.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Shock the WALL-E

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Sorry, had to say it.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    WALL-E without Frontiers

    by TheBloop

    New Gabriel song

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    In Your Wall-Eyes

    by TheBloop

    Also new Gabriel Song

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Shock the Monkey

    by redfist

    Shock the Monkey...(Shock the Monkey)......Shock the Monkey............(Shock the Monkey)Shock the Monkey tonight.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The Rhythm Has My Soul!!!

    by landrvr1

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    So how many Genesis guys are Disney going to use in the future?

    by Anna Valerious

    You gotta love Phil Collins' music for "Tarzan"...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Can you tell me where my country lies?

    by TheBloop

    Said the unifaun to his true loves eyes. It lies with me! cried the queen of maybe - for her merchandise, he traded in his prize. Paper late! cried a voice in the crowd. Old man dies! the note he left was signed old father thames - it seems hes drowned; Selling england by the pound. Citizens of hope & glory, Time goes by - its the time of your life. Easy now, sit you down. Chewing through your wimpey dreams, They eat without a sound; Digesting england by the pound. Young man says you are what you eat - eat well. Old man says you are what you wear - wear well. You know what you are, you dont give a damn; Bursting your belt that is your homemade sham. The captain leads his dance right on through the night - join the dance... Follow on! till the grail sun sets in the mould. Follow on! till the gold is cold. Dancing out with the moonlit knight, Knights of the green shield stamp and shout. Theres a fat old lady outside the saloon; Laying out the credit cards she plays fortune. The deck is uneven right from the start; And all of their hands are playing apart. The captain leads his dance right on through the night - join the dance... Follow on! a round table-talking down we go. Youre the show! Off we go with - you play the hobbyhorse, Ill play the fool. Well tease the bull Ringing round & loud, loud & round. Follow on! with a twist of the world we go. Follow on! till the gold is cold. Dancing out with the moonlit knight, Knights of the green shield stamp and shout.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I hope Stanton still directs John Carter

    by BirdMcMonster

    Wall*e will rule. Please PIXAR! Do John Carter up right! There's no one who could do it better.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Come Talk to Wall-E

    by SpyGuy

    Peter Gabriel may look older now, but the man still creates brilliant music that you can listen to over and over again. And even better, he finally has another studio album called I/O scheduled for 2009.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    D.I. Y-W.A.L.L.-E

    by TheBloop

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by TheBloop

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I thought Thomas Newman was scoring the movie

    by Osmosis Jones

    His Finding Nemo score was beautiful.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ok, now I am interested in this movie

    by JoeSixPack

    PG is one of the greatest musicians of our time.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Red Rain is Pouring Down All Over Wall-E

    by JoeSixPack

    had to get in on that

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Come Talk to Wall-E

    by kiwicanuck

    Nice to see the Gabriel appreciation society making their love known – I love that guy’s stuff. However, it looks like his participation will be limited to a couple of tracks at most; the Wall-E sessions isn’t on the scope of such great work as “Passion” (soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ) or “Long Walk Home” (soundtrack for Rabbit-Proof Fence). As long as Gabriel’s writing and performing the music though, I’m not complaining. His collaboration with that drip Randy Newman made me cringe – although Newman’s maudlin lyrics never sounded better. I swear, Newman’s nasal baby whine comes from so far back, it sounds like he’s drowning in his own phlegm. Oh, and Gabriel’s cover of “Book of Love” was the only thing decent that came out of that Richard Gere debacle “Shall We Dance.” Most. Beautiful. Song. Ever.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Any know were you get Gabriel's "Germlins" song?

    by TheBloop

    During the bar scene, when the Gremlins are drinking and smoking and raising hell, they are playing a song Gabriel wrote just for the movie, called "Out Out". Can't find it any place. BTW, Gremlins remake announced in 3....2.....1

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Damn, leave Phil Collins alone

    by MacTard420

    Is he really that terrible? The Tarzan soundtrack is really good and his drums were perfect for the jungle theme. I think Peter Gabriel is a good pick for Wall-E, Disney knows how to pick em'!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Tarantinoholic

    Did you hear about the "Gremlins" remake?!?!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Peter Gabriel is better than Randy Newman

    by Wingnut1A

    I dont need to hear Randy Newman for a couple years now, after that weirdness he did in the Apple Keynote Address. Peter Gabriel on the other hand... fantastically great news, that.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    It took a few tries

    by skimn

    but Disney finally picked the right ex-Genesis band member to use. Just Peter, no sappy ballads about living with a mechanical soul....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Anything's better than Randy Newman.

    by jimmay

    I know Family Guy doesn't get much love around this site, but their parody of him was absolutely perfect. He's a one-note hack that strings together sappy, babbling songs that all sound the same.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by Mosquito March

    Email me at, I'll hook you up.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I know MadTV gets even less love around here, but they nailed a Randy Newman parody also.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I've been waiting for you, Starfox...

    by henrydalton

    You know that I control the galaxy!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Relax Tarantinoholic

    by TheBloop

    The Gremlins remake was a joke....I hope.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Randy Newman did some great scores...

    by TheBloop

    Avalon is my fav. The guy just can't sing.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Christ, anyone sick of Wall-E as much as I am already?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    As if that pretentious commercial about "the brilliant animators came together and in their genius...." blahblahblah wasn't enough. This Short Circuit robot can get ripped up by a T-888 for all I care.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    And it starts......

    by earl of sandwich

    It's actually already begun. The rat bastards already cutting down the next Pixar movie because: A. "It's a Short Circuit rip-off!" B. " Pixar sucks now because......they suck....and stuff" If you don't get a little excited seeing that trailer, having kids or not, you are a heartless ass (and contrary to half the slugs that post on here, that's actually not cool)

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Newman aint that bad. Give it a rest, haters.

    by Nice Marmot

    But man, have you seen that Mad TV skit where he's doing duets w/ other musicians? Funny as hell. And HELL yeah, Peter Gabriel is more than enough to make me even MORE excited for Wall-E. And the Short Circuit comparison is getting old and was lame from the get go. Drop it. This flick will rule.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Loves me some Gabriel!

    by Kirbymanly

    If this is true, I'm definately there on opening day

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    And as overplayed the "home run overture" is I have always loved The Natural.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    UP was for the most part, a great album

    by superduper3000

    UP was a great return to form. Sky Blue was by itself revolutionary. Definitely check it out. <BR> <BR>

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by lonecow

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Not Randy, THOMAS Newman

    by Musicballs

    Thomas Newman, the composer of American Beauty and Shawshank Redemption. You assholes.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Jeux sans frontieres

    by radio1_mike

    Jane plays with Wall-E Wall-E is happy again

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Is ScoreKeeper dead?

    by Musicballs

    Where is ScoreKeeper? AICN is a website I come to to see that people are excited that Thomas Newman is working on Wall-E. Not Fucking Peter Gabriel.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Krinkle

    And if you guys are basing your opinion of him purely on recent film scores and not on his GREAT 70s albums, you're just a bunch of putzes.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by Musicballs

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Alfred E. Neuman is a genius

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    What, me worry?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by classyfredblassy

    Gabriel has done some kick ass movie soundtracks in the past. Not just songs. Check out Bridy or Last Temp. of Christ, Rabbit Proof Fence, etc.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Excellent news

    by tme2nsb

    Mr. Gabriel is a musical genius. My dad got me into his stuff when I was really young - so this is a plus. And as for the Randy Newman hate - wtf? The man can't sing, I'll give you that, but his scores are fucking fantastic.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Maceox

    Games without Frontiers. War without tears.Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with it

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Don't Give Up...WALL-E

    by classyfredblassy

    Love the song, but boy has it been over used in Movies and TV. But the first time I heard it...good god, goosebumbs. I back up Randy Newman, terrible singer, friggin GREAT composer. His theme from Avalon....haunting.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Paid in donuts or hair transplant?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Sweet Jesus, Petah, how about hopping on the treadmill next time you are musing about your next collaboration with the greatest musicians of Lesotho or Turkmenistan or wherever.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    as long as they keep Phil Collins far away

    by pipergates

    Peter Gabriel is a perfect match for Pixar, specially on this movie.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Some Real Clueless People Here

    by jjgittes

    "all he does is play Al Pacino" - Angels in America and Merchant of Venice were only 4 years ago and were as good a back to back one-two punch as anyone has done in film in recent memory. You people are simply not worthy. Heck even in O13 he was a terrific, witty (and quite sly) addition to the ensemble. Yeah, he does crap but he rarely sucks in anything, he doesn't coast (he's working hard to entertain YOU dammit) - and here's the kicker : he's been flat out great at LEAST 6 times in the last 10 years (Donnie Brasco, The Insider, Chinese Coffee, Insomnia, and the aforementioned AiA, MOV); any other American actor in his age group got 6 great performances in the last 10 years? Yeah, exactly....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by jjgittes

    wrong thread ! but shock the monkey is a a hell of a tune

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Peter Gabriel is awesome.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I was already excited about this movie. Now, I really can't wait.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    2008 is putting 07 to shame left and right. Wall-e is sure to be soooo much better then that last Pixar movie.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty Zelazny rocks!

    by Proman1984

    Great story!

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    You are all short people to me. The guy has done amazing work. And his scores to Avalon and Pixar films are great. Just because you know a couple of his songs don't pretend like you know his body of work.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by JoeSixPack

    Randy Newman sucks

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Pixar uses Gabriel while Disney uses Phil Collins.

    by Rev. Slappy

    One company has great taste, the other . . . not so much.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Randy Newman's score from The Natural:

    by Rev. Slappy

    One of the best ever. It is used and re-used almost constantly.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman, Randy's day who was a film composer yes, named Alfred Newman. And Alfred E. Neuman. Thomas Newman, based on his resume. All genuises. Phil Collins... used to be a pretty hot drummer.<p>If Gabriel is working for animation studios, someone out to make a cartoon adaptation of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". That would be a trip.