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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The Mega-Corp monopoly Buy n Large. The Spill movie review crew noted: "And I love the irony in this whole anti-overconsumerism message coming to us from, of all people, Disney—"
    • Also, thoughtless consumers. On the other hand, the "thoughtless consumers" of the Axiom are rather decent humans. It's actually Pixar that's showing us, and they didn't mean it. The message just came out like that to some viewers.note 
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  • Accidental Aesop: Director Andrew Stanton claims that this movie was not intended to have an anti-consumerism message, and that the purpose of the over-consumerism theme was to justify WALL•E's existence. The same is true of the film's obvious Green Aesop: WALL•E needed to live on a planet full of garbage, and the story was derived from that.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • AUTO. Is he really a bad guy, or is he just forced to do what he's told by any means necessary? He is right — if humanity stays on the Axiom, they're still safe. The people aren't prisoners, they're just oblivious.
    • The CEO of BnL, for that matter. He's clearly not happy to report that the process of cleaning up Earth has failed, nor does he seem too happy to order the autopilots to keep Humanity in space. But given what we're told, he didn't have any other choice.
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    • There's plenty of moments that hint that the Axiom wasn't intended to make people slovenly. The floating chairs were designed for for the elderly, robots tell people not to splash when in the pool, there's entire decks designed for jogging, etc. Not to mention humanity was only supposed to be out in space for five years until the company could restore Earth.
    • At the other end of the scale, WALL•E himself technically qualifies as a Nominal Hero (albeit a friendly and adorable one). His primary motivation for retrieving and protecting the plant is to impress EVE. Also, he only really takes an interest in bringing the Axiom back to earth after he gets damaged and can only be repaired using parts back at his home.
    • When WALL-E first meets M-O, the meeting ends with WALL-E deliberately spreading muck on M-O's face, making M-O freak out. Was WALL-E getting impatient with M-O's Neat Freak tendencies and decided to troll him a bit, or was it more of an innocently curious "What would he do if I did this?" kind of thing?
  • Anvilicious:
    • We don't know if you noticed, but our increasingly decadent lifestyles and disregard for the environment don't turn out well.
    • If there was something intentionally anvilicious, it's more along the lines of "our decadent lifestyles makes us disconnected from humanity and relationships to the point where we cannot look or touch each other."
    • "Rather than try to fix this problem, it'll just be easier for everyone to remain in space."
  • Award Snub:
    • Despite being a serious contender for best film in 2008, animated or otherwise, the Oscars are still rigged so that a "cartoon" can't even be considered for a Best Picture Oscar anymore. Fortunately, some other awards and critics circles are more accommodating. The LA Film Critics Association and several other prominent regional groups awarded the film Best Picture (this came after Walt Disney got an honorary Oscar for Snow White instead of Best Picture and Beauty and the Beast lost to The Silence of the Lambs). It's theorized that the expansion of the Best Picture category to 10 movies was because of the uproar over snubbing The Dark Knight and WALL•E. In the next year, Pixar's following movie, Up was nominated for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature, as was Toy Story 3 the year after.
    • Didn't win a single award for which it was nominated for the 2008 Annie Awards. In fact, the Annies were swept almost completely by Kung Fu Panda.
    • While it did win Best Animated Feature it was beaten in the Sound Editing category by Slumdog Millionaire, despite the first half being nothing but sound from the guy who "voiced" R2D2 too.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Define Dancing", which plays over the scene where WALL-E and EVE 'dance' together around the AXIOM.
    • Peter Gabriel's "Down To Earth".
    • The movie's use of the first minute of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes".
  • Broken Base: Viewers seem split over:
    • Whether or not the increased amount of dialogue and social commentary once WALL•E and EVE reach the Axiom ruins the movie.
    • Whether having EVE fail to restore WALL•E's memories would have made the ending feel more poignant and less contrived, or if the ending already feels powerful enough with WALL•E and EVE living Happily Ever After.
  • Crazy Awesome: HAN-S (the psychopathic massage robot.)
  • Creepy Awesome: AUTO.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: At the near end, the way GO-4 was thrown out of the window during McCrea's fight with AUTO.
    • The mentally unstable massage robot, HAN-S, violently obliterating the security drones.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: AUTO. Considering the things he does and his overall demeanor, he's the only viable Self-Insert target.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The Buy n Large jingle.
    • "Put On Your Sunday Clothes".
    • The "Flight Of The Bumblebee"-esque cue for when the probes arrive back on the AXIOM.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • M-O and HAN-S (the massage robot).
    • Captain McCrea, the most badass overweight man ever.
  • Fanon: In humanization art, WALL•E is commonly portrayed as wearing either glasses or steampunk goggles.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: At first it's funny seeing WALL•E at Low-Power, meaning that he is sleepy. But it's not so funny when it means that he is on the brink of death.
    • WALL-E rolling around on damaged treads, finding a deactivated robot with treads intact, next seen rolling along on those same salvaged treads: cute, amusing, sensible. Realizing that WALL-E is sentient, and has been cannibalizing the corpses of his brothers for 700 years by necessity: suddenly a whole lot darker, more tragic, sad, and kinda creepy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At the end, Captain McCrea enthuses over the idea of growing pizza plants. In 2011, Congress called pizza a vegetable. Well, okay, not really, but it sounds funnier that way.
    • WALL•E using all the garbage he collects to construct full-sized buildings one block at a time seems like it would be tedious and annoying — but now that we have Minecraft, a lot more people can probably see the appeal.
    • The cupcake in a cup, a throwaway gag to show what food will be like in the future, is now real.
      • In fact, the concept of a 'mug cake', a cake prepared from a few ingredients then heated up until it rises has actually been around since at least the 1980's, making this 'future invention' actually very old!
    • The movie came out before Disney became a mini-B'nL, buying up Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm, Hulu, and 21st Century Fox Films. Purchasing Fox's movie library would also give Disney full ownership of the Hello, Dolly! movie.
    • A bunch of people with their faces buried in screens, oblivious to the world around them? Nah, it'll never happen.
  • Misaimed Fandom: AUTO. Amusing how a character Andrew Stanton intended to have no character has fan clubs as well as tons of fanfiction and fanart.
  • Moe: Most of the robots including the titular character, EVE, and M-O.
  • Moral Event Horizon: AUTO may have been programmed with good intentions, but the moment he loses all sympathy comes when he crushes WALL-E and the plant seemingly out of sheer cruelty.
  • My Name Is Not Shazam: Many people mistakenly refer to EVE as EVA due to the way WALL•E pronounces it ("Eee-Vuh").
  • One-Scene Wonder: Many of the assorted back-up robots on the ship, but the best is probably HAN-S, the violently unstable massage robot thanks to the scene of him violently massacring AUTO's security drones.
    • Fred Willard only has something like five minutes of screentime as Buy-N-Large CEO Shelby Forthright, but he's still one of the best portrayals of a Corrupt Corporate Executive in recent memory.
  • Robo Ship: WALL•E is head over treads for EVE at first sight, while she warms to him eventually.
  • Signature Line: "I don't want to survive! I want to LIVE!!!"
  • Signature Scene: Computer. Define "Dancing".
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The Nostalgia Chick believes that WALL•E is a far more faithful adaptation of The Lorax than the actual movie.note 
  • Ugly Cute:
    • WALL•E is a trash compactor, and still one of the most adorable movie stars ever made.
    • WALL•E's pet cockroach, dubbed by the producers as Hal.
  • Uncanny Valley: An odd example: while the animation itself is as good as ever, the live-action footage used in TV scenes looks unsettling and extremely out of place against the gorgeous CG backdrops. It’s an odd stylistic choice at best since the animation quality makes its use redundant and unnecessary. This, along with the generally negative reaction towards such scenes, are the most likely reasons why they haven’t tried it again since.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: According to Word of God, no, it's not. The massive amounts of pollution were simply an excuse to get all the humans off the Earth and nothing else.
  • The Woobie: The title characters definitely qualifies as an Iron Woobie. His programming demands that he goes out and cleans the world of all the trash. He is the last WALL•E that is operating. He has to clean up all the trash in the world, on a planet that is essentially MADE OF TRASH, alone, brick by brick, and he has been doing it for hundreds of years. And you thought your life sucked.


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