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WALL-E's design inspirations

The iPod and E.T. inspired WALL-E and pals in the hit Pixar film

WALL-E’s design inspirations

Did you notice anything familiar about WALL-E’s robot stars? Here’s a primer on trace elements in their DNA.

Apple and EVE
WALL-E’s sleek, curvaceous gal pal EVE has an eggshell exterior and sexy, subcutaneous indicator lights — nods to the chic look of Apple products like the Mac cordless mouse and the iPod.

Red-Eye Redux
Remember HAL, the villainous computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey? As an homage, the WALL-E team gave the chilly navigational ‘bot Auto (as in autopilot) a single spooky peeper.

Eyes Wide, Shuttered
What sort of face should a sentient trash compactor have? Writer-director Andrew Stanton found inspiration holding binoculars at a baseball game. If you ask us, WALL-E also recalls E.T. (retractable neck) and Short Circuit’s Johnny Five (triangular tire treads, aperture irises, metal eyebrows).