WALL•E Original and Limited Edition Art (2008)
In 2805, several hundred years after mass consumerism, facilitated by the megacorporation Buy n Large (BnL), Earth is shown to be an abandoned planet covered in trash. Giving up on restoring Earth's ecosystem, BnL instead evacuates Earth's population into space on fully automated starliners leaving behind an army of trash compactor robots called "WALL-E" to clean up. After five years, however, the planet was deemed too toxic to sustain life, forcing humanity to remain in space. By the film's time, only one WALL-E unit remains active and has developed sentience, as he is shown collecting various keepsakes and knickknacks from the trash. One day, WALL-E discovers a seedling growing among the trash and brings it home. Later, a spaceship lands and deploys EVE, an advanced robot sent from the BnL starliner Axiom with a directive to search for signs of life on Earth. WALL-E falls in love with the initially cold and suspicious hostile EVE, who gradually softens and befriends him. When WALL-E brings EVE home to show her the plant, she automatically stores it, goes into standby mode and sends a retrieval signal. EVE's ship returns to collect her, and WALL-E desperately clings to its hull as it returns to the Axiom. (The travel time is undisclosed) On the Axiom, the ship's human passengers have suffered from severe bone loss and become morbidly obese after centuries of living in microgravity and relying on the ship's automated systems. The captain himself does little, leaving control of the ship to its robotic autopilot, Auto. WALL-E follows EVE to the bridge of the ship where the captain learns that by scanning EVE's plant sample with the ship's holo-detector as a sign of Earth being habitable again, the ship will make a hyperjump to Earth and allow its passengers to recolonize. However, Auto secretly has the plant stolen by the Captain's robotic assistant GO-4, as part of a classified final directive given to keep humanity away from Earth as it was wrongly deemed unsustainable 700 years ago. With the plant now missing, EVE is considered defective and taken to the repair ward along with WALL-E for inspection. WALL-E mistakes EVE's inspection for torture and tries to save her, accidentally releasing a horde of malfunctioning robots, getting himself and EVE designated as rogue robots. Angry with WALL-E's disruptive influence, EVE brings him to the escape pod bay to send him back to Earth. There they witness GO-4 place the missing plant inside one of the pods, which is launched and set to self-destruct with WALL-E inside. WALL-E escapes unharmed with the plant and reconciles with EVE, celebrating with a dance outside the Axiom. The plant is brought to the captain, who surveys EVE's recordings of the devastated Earth and realizes humanity must return to restore their home. However, Auto reveals his directive to prevent their return and stages a mutiny, tasering WALL-E while he tries to protect the plant. EVE realizes the only parts capable of repairing WALL-E are in his truck on Earth and helps him bring the plant to the holo-detector to activate the ship's hyperjump back to Earth, rallying the help of the malfunctioning robots on the ship. The captain opens the holo-detector while fighting Auto, who closes the holo-detector on WALL-E, slowly crushing him as he holds it open. The captain deactivates Auto and EVE places the plant in the holo-detector, releasing WALL-E and sending the ship back to Earth. EVE brings WALL-E's body back to his home where she successfully repairs and reactivates him. Unfortunately, WALL-E's memory is erased and he reverts to his original trash compactor programming. Heartbroken, EVE gives WALL-E a farewell "kiss" which causes an electric spark that reboots WALL-E's memory and restores him to his usual self. WALL-E and EVE happily reunite and join the humans and robots in restoring Earth's environment.
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