In WALL-E, the Axiom entered hyperspace incredibly fast, and it looked identical to Star Wars. If I didn't know, I would assume the Axiom was very far from Earth and entered the solar system within seconds. Can someone correct me on this?
It's funny that you ask this question because I was literally watching the special features disc for Wall-E about 2 hours ago. It's one of my son's favorite movies.
They specifically mention that the Axiom is in orbit in the Kuiper Belt in the BnL extras section of the special features disc on the BluRay.
According to NASA, the Kuiper Belt is located "beyond Neptune" and extends to encompass Pluto's eccentric orbit. Since the Kuiper Belt is made up of individual objects, it's difficult to say exactly where it "begins" per se, but it seems to exist between 30-50 AU from the sun. In case you aren't aware, because I was not, 1 AU is the mean distance between the Earth and the sun which is about 93 million miles.
So...if you do the math on that you get a distance of roughly 2,790,000,000 miles if you assume that the Axiom was orbiting at the innermost edge of the Kuiper Belt.
Since we know that it takes sunlight an average of 500 seconds to travel 1 AU, this thing is traveling crazy fast. In a matter of seconds on film, the Axiom manages to travel 30 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. Let's assume this whole scene takes 15 seconds of film, this thing is moving something like 1000 times faster than light.
Of course, this assumes A LOT like the Axiom is actually right at the internal edge of the Kuiper Belt, the Earth happens to be optimally located in relation to the Axiom, and nothing like a large planet or the sun happens to be standing between them. I will mention, though, that the animators incorrectly placed the Kuiper Belt immediately beyond Saturn rather than Neptune in the BluRay's special features, so the intention may never have been for the Axiom to be orbiting as far from Earth as it actually would be.
If the Axiom were only traveling at the speed of light, and assuming that I've done my math correctly, it would take 4.16 hours for it to reach Earth from the Kuiper Belt. Not going to lie, though, math is not my strongest subject. If someone wants to check it, please feel free.