Pixar’s Latest Wall-E Trailer Hits The Web

Although my faith in Pixar was restored by Brad Bird’s Ratatouille, I am finding that uncertainty is slowly starting to creep back into my mind whenever people mention their next animated feature Wall-E. I’m all for cute robots in outer space (Johnny 5 lookalikes or not), but so far we’ve been shown almost nothing about this movie other than the main character and the outer space setting. I realize that the movie’s still a good 8 months away from being released, but come on… throw us a bone here!

Once again, Pixar have released a new trailer for the film and it gives us nothing new, aside from a quick shot of the titular robot accidentally squishing a bug. The first half of the trailer is just a slightly modified version of the Pixar logo intro — more filler, in other words. I’m fine with keeping the movie under wraps until closer to the release date, but if you’re going to put together a new trailer, at least make it worth watching! The story is said to take place after Earth had become completely overrun by trash, and Wall-E is the last remaining lifeform on the planet. He doesn’t really talk (according to director Andrew Stanton, “I’m basically making R2-D2: The Movie”) , which makes me wonder if we’re potentially looking at an animated version of Castaway. Can this really hold the attention of the kiddies for 90 minutes? I’m still waiting for something to get excited about. Wall-E hits theatres on June 27th, 2008; check out the new trailer over at Yahoo! now.

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  • “Can this really hold the attention of the kiddies for 90 minutes?”

    If rats walking down the street pointing a people riding their bikes into cars can, why not this? Looks like another sure-fire hit from the geniuses at Pixar, the one studio that’s batting 100.

  • I don’t know how serious I really was with that comment. All I’m saying is that so far is that the movie seems very… sparse. But I’m pretty sure Pixar will do everything they need to make it a huge hit… they’ve got it down to a science now.

  • “I’m still waiting for something to get excited about.”


    From John Lasseter:

    “WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot [and was programmed] to help clean up. You see, it’s set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

    Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he’s left on Earth doing his duty all alone. But it’s not a story about science fiction. It’s a love story, because, you see, WALL-E falls in love with [Eve], a robot from a probe that comes down to check on Earth, and she’s left there to check and see how things are going and he absolutely falls in love with her.”

    Definitely some strong, direct Miyazaki influence here (we know they love the guy, but daaamn). And if that premise isn’t exciting, especially for a mainstream, _animated_, American film… well I don’t know what is.

    Also, check out the dummy website for the “Buy n Large”, the futuristic box store that typifies the direction America is heading in their vision of the future….


  • Who am I kidding, it’s pretty much the direction America is heading in actuality.

  • Yeah, it sounds a bit like Idiocracy I suppose. The premise definitely seems high concept for a Pixar movie, which I’m okay with. I’m just unclear on what will actually happen in the movie. So far we have two characters in space, one of which doesn’t really talk, and they fall in love. BORING! But okay, you’re right, it’s not the typical mainstream animated film, so I’m keeping an open mind.

  • You have to keep in mind that we’re only seeing teasers so far. Seeing about 60 seconds of a presumably 90 minute movie can’t really give away much. Really all the trailer lets us know is that there’s a robot who’s cute and is nice to bugs. Based on what we know right now, this plot could go anywhere. Remember the teaser for Cars? It was just a bunch of…well, cars riding around a track. This is the same basic idea. Feed our imaginations as to what the movie could be, then dazzle us later with what it is. I can’t wait.

  • “Remember the teaser for Cars? It was just a bunch of…well, cars riding around a track.”

    Sounds like the trailer in that case perfectly represented the movie. I gotta go with Sean on this one: BORING!

  • paulie

    does walle look like a babbie jhonny 5 to any one?

  • Primal

    Derek, sounds like Pixar has the post-apocalyptic bug too! I’m hooked based on Lasseter comment. The trailer, however, wasn’t very impressive except to show that Wall-E is harmless.

  • Henrik, I hope you’re joking. Even if you don’t like Cars (and I know that a good number of people don’t), you have to admit that that movie is not just a bunch of races around a track. In fact, there are only really race tracks at the very beginning and very end of that movie. Even if Cars didn’t reach the same level of quality as the other Pixar films, it still had a story with sentiment and comedy just like all the others.

    As far as the Wall-E teaser is concerned, it’s a movie about a robot, so we see the robot. The original teaser for Cars, as I said, just showed a bunch of cars. The original teaser for Ratatouille just showed a rat running around. We’re not looking at anything terribly different from any previous Pixar ad campaign here.

  • Alexis

    I hope you don’t expect them to release a full-length trailer right NOW, I mean the movie’s coming out in June 2008, obviously they’re going to be teasing us right now. I don’t even want the full trailer yet, I’d be tired of it by the time June ’08 rolls around! I’ve loved what I’ve seen so far of Wall-E and I do have a lot of faith in Pixar that this is going to be a good one. And when you ask whether this will “hold the attention of the kiddies,” I say why not AND that it seems like the audience here is not just kids…it sounds like a serious and kind of adult premise to me. I read somewhere that Lasseter said he doesn’t make his movies for a demo, he makes them because he wants to make movies. I love that sentiment.

  • “Even if Cars didn’t reach the same level of quality as the other Pixar films, it still had a story with sentiment and comedy just like all the others.”

    See, I thought it reached exactly the same level of quality as all the other Pixar movies I have seen.

    This movie will be huge though. I’m sure Leonardo DiCaprio will tell parents they have to see it, as will Al Gore, based on how CLEVERLY it treats such a serious subject matter.

  • Primal

    The more I see the trailer at the theaters, the more pumped up I am to see this. It seems like this movie is going to play out like a silent film in a way, which I think would be cool. Probably wrong though :/