Wall-E director Andrew Stanton told us that he didn't think about the robot Johnny 5 from Short Circuit when his team was designing the look and feel of Wall-E, which seems hard to believe. Instead, he says his inspirations came the from Luxo Jr. lamp in the Pixar logo, a pair of binoculars, R2D2, and the wacky little robot who talks to you when you're waiting in the queue for Disney's Star Tours ride. Also, sexual frustration. Stanton admitted that Wall-E is "the story of a simple, boxy tractor that falls in love with a Porsche. It's how all the nerdy guys of Pixar feel around these women who are far too smart for them." We're not quite sure what that says about the cold and calculating probe droid EVE. Or the guys at Pixar.
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