WALL·E (partially found original treatments of Pixar animated film; 1994-2008)

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WALL·E poster.

Status: Partially Found

WALL·E is a 2008 animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton that stars Ben Burtt as a trash compactor robot, named WALL·E, in a deserted Earth that's full of trash left to clean the planet. When he falls in love with a probe named EVE, he ends up in an adventure and ends up saving the human race.

Director Andrew Stanton conceived the idea of the film during a lunch at in 1994 with other Pixar alumni (as shown in the teaser for the film). He and Pete Docter (who later directed Monsters, Inc. and Up) started working on the film with the rough title Trash Planet starting in 1995 after Toy Story, but they did not know how to develop the story and both moved on with other projects. Stanton later decided to revisit the idea after finishing work on Finding Nemo.[1] In late 2003 after the film premiered, Stanton along with a small crew created a rough story reel of the first act under the title W.A.L.-E..

Production officially started around 2004 to 2005, and while the first act stayed basically unchanged through the production, he had a different idea for the other acts of the movie. The story was a Spartacus-inspired plot about a rebellion against boneless, green, see-through aliens, nick-named Gels, that spoke in complete gibberish.[2] They were going to be revealed as deformed humans at the end of the film. The idea of the Gels, along with the rebellion plot, was scrapped because Andrew Stanton thought the idea was too complicated, and they were changed to humans so that the audience could easily see themselves in the characters. This eventually lead to the plot we are familiar with in the final movie.

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Neither Pixar or Andrew Stanton have shared the full original treatments of the film, but they have given some inside looks into the original ideas through the book The Art of WALL·E and the bonus features on the Blu-ray release of the film. This includes a full eight-minute documentary called "Captain's Log" that details the scrapped idea of the Gels.

Crew members of the film who worked on the storyboards including Chris O’Dowd, Douglass Carney and Rob Gibbs have also uploaded scenes and small clips of the original treatments, in completed storyreel form, on their Vimeo accounts.

It is currently unknown if a full script or workprint of any of the original treatments will ever be released.

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"Captain's Log" bonus feature.
A slightly different early version of the film's opening.
"Gel" deleted scene (1/3).
"Gel" deleted scene (2/3).
"Gel" deleted scene (3/3).
A storyreel compilation including several short clips from early versions of the film.

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