updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2008
Apple inspires Wall-E
As IBM mainframes were the inspiration for one of the most famous digital villains – HAL 9000, of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame – so is Apple an influence upon the upcoming Disney Pixar release, Wall-E. CNN Money writes that when designing the movie's heroine, Eve, director Andrew Stanton described her as "high-end technology – no expense spared" and wanted it "to be seamless and for the technology to be sort of hidden and subcutaneous."
As Stanton described the character's appearance, he self-realized that he was more or less quoting the "Apple playbook for design". Stanton called Steve Jobs, who sent lead industrial designer Jonathan Ive to Pixar's San Francisco Bay office to entertain questions from the design team.
Stanton says that, while helpful, Ive was very silent on exact specifications. " Apple is so proprietary and so secretive that he couldn't even really allude to where the future of technology was going," said Stanton. " The most he could do is nod his head to the things we said we wanted to do."