14. The concept artists studied images of Chernobyl, Ukraine and the city of Sofia, Bulgaria for ideas for the ruined world. Art director Anthony Christov is actually from Bulgaria and knew only too well the problems its capital had in storing its garbage.
15. Ben Burtt had just completed Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and had told his wife that he never wanted to work on another film that involved robots. He changed his mind when Pixar talked through their ideas for WALL·E (2008), which he found to be fresh and exciting.
16. One of the items in the junkyard is Red from Red's Dream (1987); another is a bottle labeled Leak Less, the brand a race car from Cars (2006) was sponsoring while a scooter seen was Colette's from Ratatouille (2007). Among WALL-E's trinkets is a Rex and a Hamn piggy bank from Toy Story (1995) and a doll based on Mike from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
17. The concept for WALL·E (2008) evolved from a now-famous lunch that took place between John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft in 1994. Toy Story (1995) was nearing completion and the writers sat down to brainstorm ideas for their next projects. Out of this lunch was born WALL·E (2008), A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003). Stanton and Docter outlined the film before Toy Story (1995) was completed, but production would not resume until after Stanton completed Finding Nemo (2003).
18. It took only six weeks for WALL·E (2008) to gross over $200 million in the USA.