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WALL·E (2008) Poster

(2008)

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Continuity 

Eve is up and awake when the Captain pushes the green button that starts the tape of Shelby Forthright's briefing. But as Wall-E creeps away from the screen toward Eve, we glimpse Eve still strapped to the cart that brought her to the bridge.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the Kiosk bot finds paint on the floor that the paint bot hiding in a storage closet left, it stops, and when it stops you hear the sound of tires screeching, yet the Kiosk bot hovers above the ground.
When the shuttle approaches the Axiom, we hear sounds characteristic of jet engines (regardless of the fact there's no sound in space anyway), but the shuttle has rocket-style engines.
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Character error 

BNL's president claims that people on board the Axiom are suffering from "bone loss" due to the effects of "microgravity". Numerous scenes establish that the (artificial) gravity on board is comparable to that on Earth, and certainly can't be called "microgravity", which is a near weightlessness. Also, no bone loss (let alone a "slight" one) can explain the change in physical appearance of humans shown in the movie, and "a few laps around a jogging track" wouldn't be enough to reverse such effects, not by a long shot. Of course, most of those mistakes, if not all, are probably intentional, to show the president's incompetence.

Continuity 

WALL-E records part of the the song "It Only Takes A Moment" from "Hello, Dolly!" and then plays it when he goes outside to look at the night sky. When he replays the song, it starts from an earlier point than when he hit the record button.
The waste cube that Wall-E produces during his introduction to EVE is gone in the following shots.
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After Wall*E is electrocuted by Auto, he moves very sluggishly. But when he frees the hyperactive massage-bot to take out the steward-bots, his movements are back to normal.
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As WALL-E is emptying his cooler, the red laser lights distract him and he leaves his "door" open to chase it. When he returns later with Eve, the door is closed.
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Auto rolls the Axiom to the right by spinning to the right. After the Captain switches to manual, he levels the ship by also spinning the wheel to the right, not the left.
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EVE's facial dirt markings disappear and re-appear. EVE gets several dirty markings on her otherwise pristine white exterior while in the garbage hold. A long dark stain runs down the right side (her left) of her "eye screen". When she flies WALL-E and M-O out of the garbage hold into the corridor, and is photographed aiming her weapon at the steward robot, and in shot when locking the steward away, the marking is clearly gone. Immediately after, as she is flying down the corridor, followed by a growing group of faulty robots, the mark reappears. During the battle with the large contingent of steward robots, in the beginning when she shoots a steward, the mark is gone, but as she shields herself when the 'massage' robot is let loose, the mark reappears.
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In the Axiom's bay WALL-E repeatedly stains the floor with his tires when he moves, but occasionally he moves without leaving any marks behind.
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When WALL·E first adds the Zippo lighter to his collection, he very carefully places it in the lighter bin facing out. When he first rotates the junk bin after he meets EVE, the lighter is gone. It returns again when EVE goes to pick it up.
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After the vacuum robot sneezes on WALL-E, blowing off most of the makeup on his face, we see WALL-E's point of view as he looks at the other robots and for EVE. The next shot we see of WALL-E's face is after EVE goes into Diagnostics and it is clean of makeup. The vacuum bot didn't get a chance to clean WALL-E's face, yet the makeup is gone.
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During the liftoff of the Axiom Return Vehicle with Wall-E clinging to the side, we look down and see that the rocket is rolling to the right. A medium shot from behind shows the rocket is rolling to the left. Then a wide shot from above shows the rocket finishing a roll to the right.
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When WALL-E escapes the shuttle engines blasts, he's shown digging himself in directly beneath the ship, in a centered position surrounded by the three backblasts. When he comes out again, he bumps his head against one of the engine pods which is now directly above him, with the nozzle in very short distance.
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Factual errors 

While WALL·E is traveling in outer space, the stars in the background are blinking as we would see them do on a starry night. In reality, the apparent blinking is due to the atmosphere between the star and the observer, so in space this phenomenon would not occur.
The first time we see the Axiom, it emerges from what appears to be a nebula. Although nebulae can appear as dense as shown from a very large distance (and after some heavy image processing), they are in fact much, much less dense than the Earth's atmosphere (otherwise they would quickly collapse under their own gravity), and utterly incapable of obscuring a ship as shown.
When the Axiom goes into a roll, the passengers and a considerable amount of heavy equipment are thrown off balance, rolling and piling up against one side of the common area. This should not happen as the gravity originates within the ship, not from an exterior source "beneath" it. Its artificial gravity should hold everyone and everything right side up no matter what position it assumes. It is possible that Auto intentionally or inadvertently shifted the angle of the artificial gravity during the "roll" maneuver, but it was still presented as being directly caused by the roll, and there is no reason for such an effect to have been designed into the ship originally.
The satellites over Earth appear to be standing still when the scout ship smashes through them (if they were moving at orbital speeds, such impact would have vaporized both them and the ship). However, standing satellites would fall down to Earth in a matter of minutes. But even if they were moving properly, such low orbits would've decayed in a matter of decades (let alone 700 years) due to atmospheric friction, solar wind, and interaction between satellites themselves. The only explanation is that all the satellites constantly support their positions with engines, but they appear to be defunct, and it's not likely that so many of them could still operate after 700 years.
After Wall-E escapes from the pod he shows EVE the plant. In the cold vacuum of space the plant would have instantly died. Preventing any life sign detection by the holo-detector.
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WALL-E's lighter needs liquid lighter fluid to work properly. It's unlikely that any fuel would be left in it after Earth had been desolate for so long, nor would he know that he needed it.
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Passengers on the Axiom often consume sugary drinks/food, and never seem to brush their teeth (only the Captain is seen having his teeth cleaned and maybe some passengers at the beauty starting). This would lead to tooth decay. However the teeth are perfectly fine. This could be because drinks sold on the Axiom are free of added sugar, or some drinks remove plaque upon drinking.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Wall-E falls and damages his right "eye" he stumbles around as if blind even though his left eye is undamaged. However, with one eye he loses binocular vision which is needed to determine distance to objects, so stumbling and disorientation is to be expected.
For the ship to have survived 700+ years in space, everything would have to be recycled (including the passengers). Dumping huge amounts of trash out in space would eventually deplete the ship of materials needed to maintain operations. This is likely a metaphorical/stylistic decision by the filmmakers, as a reflection of the "Consume and discard" BnL attitude that led to the desolation of Earth in the first place.

We also don't see enough detail of the ejected garbage to tell whether it actually represents the full variety of waste the ship would have produced (for example, there doesn't seem to be any water in the garbage); it's possible that some things are recycled while others are jettisoned. Furthermore, "outer space" isn't as empty as we imagine it to be; many basic elements could theoretically be harvested from the ship's surroundings, and the ship could have capabilities for using that material that we simply don't see.
WALL·E's cockroach, Hal, sleeps in a "Kremie" (parody of the Hostess Twinkie). Twinkies grow stale and their cream filling evaporates after a few decades, yet Hal's interaction with it betrays it to be the same as a new Twinkie. This is most likely a joke implying that only cockroaches and Twinkies can survive the apocalypse.
In captain's quarters there are only five pictures on the wall of the previous ship captains, even though the ship has been in space for 670 years before the current captain assumed the position, indicating that the previous captains had served for 135 years on average. This is not an error, however - the dates under the pictures confirm that these captains served between 120 and 140 years each. See also the trivia section. Evidently, even despite such an unhealthy lifestyle, the life span of humans in the future is much longer, which does make sense, considering the increasing trend in life span during the 20th century.
In the film, WALL·E collides with Sputnik 1 (the first man-made satellite) during the liftoff of EVE's spacecraft. However, the real Sputnik 1 burned up in Earth's atmosphere in 1958, so WALL·E couldn't have possibly hit it. The filmmakers almost certainly knew this and included it anyway as an incidental visual joke.
The original plan called for a mere five year trip, but the video instructions about the return to Earth show the same level of bone loss as the actual 700 year stay in space. Worse yet, such a short trip doesn't justify sending EVE probes at all, because, as we find out later, some people (including the president) have remained on Earth for these five years (the ship left in 2105 and the last message was sent in 2110). Evidently, the EVE program and the corresponding video were made in case the trip lasts indefinitely, possibly after it became clear that operation "Clean-up" is failing, but before it failed completely (or perhaps even afterward, but they forgot to cancel the previous order of not returning to Earth).
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When the Captain raises the Holo-Detector, oxygen masks deploy over the humans' heads. But after the Axiom rolls to the right and the people slide out of their hoverchairs, the masks are gone. The masks can be seen retracting into the hoverchairs as their occupants slide out.
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Contemporary humans are computer generated cartoons but their ancestors, such as Buy N Large president Shelby Forthright and the actors in the Axiom ad, are all played by live actors. After hiring Fred Willard to play Forthright, the filmmakers made this an intentional stylistic choice to show that humans have greatly changed during 700 years in space.
WALL-E did not find his plant inside a closed refrigerator through which sunlight could not penetrate. Although it was behind a refrigerator door, the door had been removed from its hinges and was propped up against the corner of the fridge. WALL-E cut the door with his laser simply because it was too big for him to move as one piece.
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EVE is sent to find evidence of life on earth, but she shoots at WALL·E and the cockroach before establishing that they are friendly. In one of Shelby Forthright's video messages, he states that the EVE units were looking for evidence of ongoing photosynthesis, i.e. plant life, which WALL·E and the cockroach are not. This is further supported by the meaning of "EVE" as "Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator": EVE's mission is to find not just any life, but specifically plant life, which would show that Earth has a theoretically sustainable ecosystem again. Animal and artificial life are more likely to be a threat to her than evidence of a healthy planet.
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The holographic billboards and advertising sound systems are powered by individual solar panels so they could still function without a working electric grid. Wall-E's truck also has solar panels and he uses a pile of (700 year old) car-type storage batteries at night. (However, the power source for the ship crane electromagnet is unexplained.)
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Even if Wall-E's cutter is a laser (it could be a plasma torch for all we know), it's obviously very different (at least in appearance) from the ship's ranging laser used for landing, because it produces a visible ray and melts any solid it touches. So it's perfectly natural that WALL-E wouldn't recognize the laser ranging dot for what it is, because there is no visible ray (as expected from a real laser), or any damage to the ground.
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In an exterior view of WALL-E's life pod during the ejection scene, the pod's headlights have cones of scattered light. Although these would not appear in a vacuum, it is clear that Axiom is not in a vacuum, but inside a very dense nebula (which is a goof on its own, though), and also probably surrounded by all the air ejected during the frequent garbage removals. Moreover, most of the light scattering effects, if not all, can be produced by the lens of the camera and the air inside it, and it is known that the filmmakers tried to simulate the effects of a real camera (see trivia).
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Wall-E produces his Zippo lighter out of thin air in the Axiom's garbage hold with Eve. He last had it on earth just before racing back to the rocket ship that returns to pick up Eve, but he may have stashed it in his garbage compressing compartment, as he does with many other items.
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EVE is shown as one of many bots to be sent to one of a multitude of possible life sustaining planets. When EVE returns to the Axiom and presents the plant, the ship automatically assumes it is from Earth. If the ship was programmed to return to Earth upon receiving a plant of any origin, sending multiple EVE bots would serve no purpose. However, when the captain analyzes the dirt WALL-E left on him, the computer describes the dirt as "Earth"; the Holo-Detector most likely is able to similarly analyze the dirt the plant is growing in. Also, nothing in the film actually states or shows that the EVE probes are investigating any planets other than Earth; it's more probable that multiple probes are instead being dispatched to a variety of locations on Earth. If you're looking for evidence that plants are again growing on Earth, it doesn't make much sense to send a single probe to investigate the entire planet. It makes even less sense to look for active vegetation on Earth by sending probes to places that are not Earth. EVE units are probably delivered to various locales on Earth periodically to check for plant life. The speed with which the shuttle returns to pick up EVE after she signals it suggests that it didn't go very far away, and it costs a lot of energy for a rocket to "turn around" on a moment's notice when it's heading away, so it's unlikely that it was en route to another star system; it was probably in a holding orbit around Earth, Luna, or Sol, from which it could easily return without excessive energy expenditure, waiting for either the next scheduled probe drop or a signal from a probe indicating that it found something.
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The Axiom's passenger count is said to be "unchanged". The passenger count would increase over time in 700 years as new generations were born from the original passengers. The "unchanged" passenger count is presented to the captain as part of the daily status report, and so is probably referring only to the count since the previous status report, indicating that the passenger count is unchanged since the day before, an entirely reasonable possibility.
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Plot holes 

Earth is shown to be a desert planet with the oceans and such dried up, yet there is a torrential downpour rainfall.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the spacecraft carrying the EVE units docks inside the Axiom, among the robotic arms that attach to the ship is a two-conductor device resembling a heavy-duty power connector. Just after it connects to the ship, several small, black marks appear around it for one or two frames. They appear to be rendering errors.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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