Andrew Stanton is not an unknown name – and the reason is quite simple: the director, screenwriter and producer is one of the geniuses behind Pixar animation and among his main projects is the impeccable ‘Finding Nemo ‘, the sequel’ Finding Dory ‘and finally’ WALL-E ‘, who just turned thirteen.
This latest production hit theaters in 2008, following in the footsteps of the beloved ‘Ratatouille’, promising to rebuild the cinematic pantheon in the most unexpected way possible and focusing on a lonely little robot who lives in an Earth tainted by pollution and total abandonment. When he thought that his daily life could not change, he meets the robot EVA and goes on a space adventure to save humanity.
Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, “WALL-E” is to this day considered one of the best films of the decade and has won dozens of awards including the Oscar for Best Animation – in addition to having makes a huge bang at the Office world box.
To celebrate the feature film, CinePOP has separated a short list with eight behind-the-scenes curiosities, which you can check out below:
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“WALL-E” became the first Pixar film to be nominated for six Oscar statuettes: Best Original Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mix and Best Animation, winning in the latter category . Until today, it is the animation with the most nominations, tied with “A Bela ea Fera”, from 1991.
IN REFERENCE TO CLASSICS
To explore the possibilities of the purest visual storytelling, the creative team at Stanton and Pixar watched Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton every day, both short and feature film, for no less than 18 months.
The name of the spacecraft that carries the last humans is called Axiom, which translates to axiom. In philosophy and mathematics, an axiom is an indisputable and immutable statement that is understood by everyone – in this case, the fact that the Earth is no longer a sustainable planet and that everyone must isolate themselves in it. ‘space.
Most robots are “voiced” by editor, screenwriter and director Ben Burtt through mechanical sounds of his own creation. He recorded around 2,500 sounds for the feature film (by comparison, double the average created for a film in the ‘Star Wars’ saga). His involvement in the production lasted two years.
WALL-E IN CHERNOBYL
Concept artists studied images of Pripyat, Ukraine (the city where the Chernobyl power plant exploded) and the city of Sofia, Bulgaria, to build a destroyed planet. Artistic director Anthony Christov, even, is originally from Bulgaria and knew about the problems of the capital of the European country when it comes to garbage storage.
Stanton did his best to create a “filmed” look, simulating the use of different lenses for the feature film. One example is the “out of focus” scene in the supermarket scene, where WALL-E is run over by shopping carts: the image becomes momentarily blurry, then the lens zooms in on the character.
The production was forced to “cheat” in the sequence in which WALL-E watches the classic musical “Hello, Dolly!” », From 1969, in which lovers hold hands. In the original film, there is no close-up from that point on; in this way, Pixar got permission to change that element in the musical and relate it to robot loneliness.
The original script would show EVE kidnapped by little green aliens, prompting WALL-E to go on a mission to save her. The idea was scrapped when it didn’t appeal to everyone who heard the story, forcing the animators to literally return to the creative table.
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