WALL-E Director Upset By Future Predictions In Pixar Movie Coming True

WALL-E director Andrew Stanton discusses the Pixar film’s future predictions and how he’s upset by some of them coming true. Released in 2008, WALL-E is one of Pixar’s most critically acclaimed and beloved films, telling the story of a small, waste-collecting robot in the distant future who slowly works to clean up an abandoned, garbage-ridden Earth. WALL-E eventually encounters EVE, a sleek new probe, and the two embark on an adventure across the galaxy. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and ended up winning Best Animated Feature.


As part of the special feature in WALL-E’s recent Criterion Collection release, shared courtesy of SlashFilm, director Andrew Stanton reveals that the film’s accurate predictions for the future actually leave him feeling somewhat upset. He explains that much of his vision of the Earth’s future is mostly designed to serve WALL-E’s character arc and to create empathy for the film’s lonely little robot while still feeling believable to audiences. Check out Stanton’s full comment below:

„I said it in the doc: I don’t like being right on so many of those issues. I wasn’t trying to predict the future. It’s science fiction, not science fact. I was just trying to predict a believable future that you would buy so that we could accept that maybe humanity left and this character was alone. It was very selfishly just for character investment, but you want to go with things that don’t distract you, like, ‚I don’t buy that,‘ because if the audience goes like that, they’re not investing in the main character. You go with as much logic as you could possibly stretch it.“

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How WALL-E Also Provides Hope For The Future

Much of WALL-E’s first act sets up Stanton’s post-apocalyptic Earth, which was long ago abandoned by humans after environmental neglect and unfettered consumerism left the planet uninhabitable. The film then later introduces future humans who have become so overweight that they rely on floating gravity chairs in order to traverse their new spaceship homes. Despite the Pixar film’s dark vision for the future, the film does end on a hopeful note, seeing humans return to Earth to take their first unaided steps. Jeff Garlin’s Captain character even starts discussing what types of plants they should start to grow in Earth’s soil.

Although the movie doesn’t go into specifics regarding what is next for humanity and Earth in the world of the story, the ending to WALL-E suggests that it isn’t too late to turn things around when it comes to environmental issues and humanity’s attitudes toward the natural world. Like all other Pixar films, including Inside Out, Soul, Finding Nemo, Coco, Turning Red, and most recently, Lightyear, WALL-E is an adventure meant for all ages, meaning an upbeat, positive ending is something of a requirement. Real-world climate change and environmental neglect have certainly had some permanent consequences but, as the movie suggests, it’s never too late to work toward building a better world.

Of course, Stanton’s film takes place far in the future, presenting a vision of Earth that has not yet come to pass. While the specific plot points and world-building in WALL-E may seem farfetched now, it’s really the movie’s underlying themes that continue to resonate so powerfully. Pixar is known for tapping into universal emotions of audiences of all ages, and WALL-E remains one of the best examples of this, with the movie’s themes only becoming more relevant with each passing day.

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Source: SlashFilm