Sunday, July 29, 2007
Posted by Bobby Beck at 8:27 PM
Comic Con Aftermath and WALL-E
I'm back home from Comic Con and it was an awesome experience. So many cool movie "sneak peeks," toys and amazing artists. It's such a nice way to get a JOLT to the creative nervous system. I'm back in the Bay Area for a week before heading down to Siggraph for an amazing week of cool technology, lots of meetings with studios and several super fun Animation Mentor events. I'm hoping to see you there! Now for Wall-E!

The Wall-E presentation was great! Some spoilers ahead so don’t read unless you’d like to know more. Andrew was awesome and full of passion for his new film. I could tell he was a bit nervous. I guess presenting your film for the first time to 6,700 people can be a bit scary. :)

Andrew also explained that the film will largely NOT have dialogue and will have some component of live action to it (related to the humans, I think he said). They also showed and talked about the overall concept of the movie, but I don’t want to spoil it too much for the die hard fans other than to say it sounds like the most original film in a LONG time!

They showed 8 minutes of the film as well as a lot of cool stuff regarding the sound design for the film. Ben Burtt, the guy who did the sound FX in the old Star Wars films is doing the sound for Wall-E (Sweet!). I guess if you’re going to have little dialogue in the film then Ben is the guy to get. From watching the 8 minutes it’s hard to tell where the film may go as it was 8 minutes of Wall-E cleaning up trash and exploring the overtly wasteful Earth. It seems like an animated political statement, but I’m curious to see how it turns out. No doubt it will be a fun adventure and something very new for Pixar to explore in this way.

There is also a “mock” website for the company that makes the Wall-E unit which can be found here: http://www.buynlarge.com/

They showed this too: http://youtube.com/watch?v=slnR1GjoDRk
For some reason I’m REALLY excited about this film to see how it comes off. At the very least it will be a bold move for animation and film making. Nice!

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