When the main character of your film does not say anything other than “WALL-E” and “Eva,” other aspects of the film have to step up to the plate. Even though WALL-E may not say much, many people would tell you that he is still one of Pixar’s greatest characters. With the lack of speech, his other sounds and the other sounds around him become that much more important. For a film that required an expert in sound, who did Pixar bring in? – Ben Burtt, the man who is essentially the father of R2-D2. The sound genius talks about creating sound for a brand new world. Take a trip behind the scenes of WALL-E and watch how the sound for the film came together. [Read more…]
When WALL-E arrived in theaters in 2008, the adorable robot for which the film is named captured the hearts of filmgoers all over. We have seen some great toys created that mimicked the character’s movements, but DJ Sures may have just created one of the cooler models. In a new video, he shows off many of his modified WALL-E’s voice recognition abilities. I assure you, the results are rather hilarious. DJ Sures also shares how he put the cute little thing together. Watch the video here! [Read more…]
Disney Interactive Studios is commemorating the 42nd anniversary of mankind’s first steps on the moon by unveiling the space-set world that is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s WALL•E for their upcoming multiplayer action-adventure game, Disney Universe. Newly unveiled images of the environment and characters give players yet another glimpse into the mischievous world of Disney Universe, the first video game that brings together characters and worlds inspired by both animated and live action films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. [Read more…]
Mash-ups are fairly simple to create. One simply needs to take characters from one property and insert them into another. However, making them creative is another thing entirely. Artist Mike Henderson, a freelance illustrator for Marvel, took a handful of Pixar characters and threw them into the iconic X-Men Days of Future Past cover. Read on and take a look at the fantastic (and hilarious) artwork. [Read more…]
Tapbots has been taking the iOS developer community by storm, as they have become known for the stunning visual aspect and ease of use of their iPhone and iPod Touch apps. Most recently, the company has released Tweetbot, a new Twitter app which in a matter of a few days has already garnered much praise from critics and users. Looking to create “utility robot” apps, the team of Paul and Mark have cited the famous robots of WALL-E as a clear influence. [Read more…]
The Office is no stranger to Pixar humor. Most recently, an hour-long episode centered around a guest-starring appearance by everybody’s favorite sheriff, Woody from the Toy Story franchise. The writing on the show made what could have easily been a mere reference into a creative use of the character. Last night, the NBC show had another Pixar reference, albeit a much smaller one. However, it was still hilarious. If you are an avid watcher of the show and have not seen the episode yet, you are welcome to turn around and come back once you have seen the full episode. Read on for the quote and a link to video.
Remember the song that plays while the credits roll at the end of WALL-E? That really catchy one? The Grammy Award-winning song, “Down to Earth,” performed by Peter Gabriel, had audiences around the world tapping their feet while they enjoyed one of the most creative end credits in recent years. A few days ago, The Disney Blog posted a video of the Amazin’ Blue Man Group from the University of Michigan performing the song a cappella. View the video of the performance below:
Even with passing time, it is clear that the song is still as great as ever.
Toy Story 3 has been getting a ton of recognition lately. Yesterday, Richard Corliss of TIME put together a ‘Best of 2010’ list, naming Toy Story 3 the best movie of the year. TIME is also featuring their ‘best of the decade’ lists from last year and WALL-E is sitting pretty right at the top of the movies list. That’s right. Pixar’s own, WALL-E, was crowned the best movie of the 2000’s!
“A romance and an adventure, like all Pixar movies, director Andrew Stanton’s masterpiece here represents the decade’s full Pixar oeuvre, including Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and Up. It also stands in for all the glories of animation, whether CGI, traditional or stop-motion, that provided the greatest measure of joy in the new cinematic millennium.”
It is amazing to see WALL-E continue to be recognized for the fantastic film that it was. Easily one of the most original ideas to come from Pixar, it was a film that made us believe that robots can fall in love too. Now, I’m tempted to go watch it again!
Note: It is true that this list was actually compiled by TIME last year. With 2010 ending, they are featuring their lists once again, so I thought I would feature it as well. Doesn’t hurt to honor the great WALL-E again, right?
To read Corliss’ full thoughts on Wall-E and to see all the other films that made last year’s list, click here.