Wall-E To Feature Live Action Element?

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In a revelation from Disney’s Comic-Con panel that came close to making me physically ill, Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton has announced that there will be a live action element to next year’s Pixar flick Wall-E. Now, it’s entirely possible – likely, even – that dry reaching could be a little premature. After all, Pixar have never disappointed me thus far. However, I can’t help but get flashbacks to Happy Feet – a film I was thoroughly enjoying as a fun animated ride until it switched suddenly into a ludicrous public service announcement without an inkling of subtlety. Much of that had to do with the completely left-field addition of real people.

If you ask me, there’s just something really off about being taken into a magical world of animation, only to be taken out of it by real-life footage. Sure, there was Who Framed Roger Rabbit – which I loved – but the contrast of 2D ‘toons and 3D reality was central to the plot. When you’re talking about quality Pixar 3D animation, adding live action may simply be too jarring.

Take the Star Wars prequels, for example, or Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express. In my opinion, the more photorealistic animation becomes, the less believable it becomes. When you place real life objects within the frame, the flaws of the animation – what I like to call a “vaporous” quality – become far too noticeable. What was otherwise stunningly detailed suddenly becomes oddly “fake”.

Hey, I could be overreacting. Like I said – Pixar have never failed to impress in over a decade. And, besides, people on the whole seem to have like Happy Feet… so who am I to judge?

Overall, though, the film’s plot does sound like another imaginitive home run for the studio. Following rampant consumerism on Earth, Humans have been gone for 700 years and have become helpless blobs, served by robots and living on large space liners. The title character of Wall-E is a robot with the task of cleaning up Earth and – over time – gains a personality and takes a cockroach as his pet. Eventually finding a way off the planet, he comes across a tribe of humans and falls in love with a robot named Eve.

The Comic-Con audience was treated to an early scene from the film, showing Wall-E going about his daily business, cleaning up and taking objects that interest him such as a bra and a rubber ducky.

Now, that stuff I do like.

In other news, Ben Burtt was on hand to discuss his work as sound designer on the upcoming film – announcing that it may prevent him working on Indiana Jones IV – and it was announced Thomas Newman will be doing the score. An advertisement for fictional company “BuyNLarge” – which promotes domestic-use robots to consumers – was also shown at the convention. A website for the company is also online now – view it here.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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  1. It is said here…: http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2007/02/26/toon-tuesday-again.aspx
    …that WALL-E’s “proudest possession is an old VCR. On which he plays — over and over again — a VHS copy of “Hello, Dolly !”

    Hello, Dolly is live-action, so I bet that will be the live-action. Glad I could help. :)

  2. Oh, man… I hope that’s all it is!

    You’ve given hope to a sad, sad man. ;o)

  3. Say, doesn’t Wally have a lot in common with Johnny Five of SHORT CIRCUIT?

  4. He sure does…

    He looks like his baby brother or something.

  5. Nuova immagine e gossip su Wall.E, il film Pixar del 2008

    Di Wall.E vi abbiamo già parlato. Vi abbiamo detto che è il film che la Pixar ha messo in cantiere per il 2008. E vi abbiamo mostrato il trailer in anteprima. Qualche giorno fa in Rete è apparsa una…

  6. I saw that footage and it was fantastic. It must have been more than 5 minutes long, and despite the fact that there was no dialog, the story within that segment was conveyed perfectly.

    It looks very different from the Disney-esque type of stuff they’ve done in the past and I’m really looking forward to yet another brilliant Pixar movie.


  7. Glad you and Vic got to see this to fill the rest of us in.

    I am a little concerned upon reading today that Ratatouille is suffering a 10% drop in revenue from last year’s “Cars”, despite the big upturn in critical and public response (from those who ventured to see it) over “Cars”. Analysts are saying that it’s due to the glut of CGI animated movies, but I surmise it’s rather the fault of whoever decided to pick the weekend between Die Hard and Transformers to release the movie.

    In any case, Wall-E on the surface is a riskier gamble for Pixar given the lack of dialog (lucky for me, I like it when studios take risks like this, instead of merely pretending to be so by injecting a few more f-bombs and sexual gratuity).

    Even if a risk turns out not to pay off, I give points for trying something unexpected and new, and as long as Pixar continues to take risks, I will continue to be a fan of the studio.

  8. Vic saw it. I didn’t.

    I’m in Brisbane, Australia. ;o)

  9. Wow! SO jealous you guys saw all the WALL-E stuff at Comic-Con, it sounds amazing. I love the idea of limited dialog as the story is illustrated through spectacular animation and sound affects. (compliments of the guy who did the sounds for Star Wars) What’s his name??

  10. I don’t recall off the top of my head…


  11. Ben Burtt.

    And, again, only Vic saw the footage. *Sigh* ;o)

  12. Just dug it up, his name is Brett Burtt. Clearly hes a master of his craft. Really like those promotional Wall-E postcards they handed out at Comic Con. Anyone want to mail me some? :)

  13. Ben Burtt.

    Ben. ;o)

  14. Um, that “vaporous” quality is not just your opinion or invention…it’s an already existing theory called the Uncanny Valley.