As you can see from this DVD insert (describing the various robots and their primary focus) EVE is an Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator. Her main focus is to review organic, read plant organic, life on the planets that she surveys.
As such, a life-form other than a plant wouldn't register on her scanners.
WALL-E’s visitor is a probe-bot who has been ...
Unlike a plant, a cockroach does not show that the planet has started to recover, just that it has not yet run out of food waste yet.
More importantly: "EVE" stands for "Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator" - as the name suggests, she is specifically designed to search for Flora, not Fauna, (i.e. to search for Plant Life, not Animal Life).
Children are taught English (of a sort) by Nanny-bots
And the Captain is clearly reading aloud (albeit with some difficulty) from his display screen
and directly from Manuel, this time with more confidence
The script notes that the Captain isn't simply working out the text from contextual clues (e.g. the pictures)
The transmission ends. The Captain ...
Within the script the plant is simply referred to as ...
...a SMALL PLANT
This image from the film's concept art archive states that it is indeed a pea plant
That being said, if the animation at the end of the film is anything to go by, it's actually some kind of mutant pea sapling since peas don't usually grow into trees.
Out of universe
The Wall•E we know is "faulty", the fault being personality, (like that of Johnny 5, short circuit).
This being the case, instead of just compacting trash, he shows interest in other things; objects, his existence, and eventually his survival, causing him to scavenge parts to keep him self going, to feed his curiosity for the solitary world he inhabits.
In the Director's commentary, Andrew Stanton described Eve as being the "porsche" of robots, containing every possible feature, regardless of the cost or potential for use. This would logically include the most advanced weaponry available.
"She's the highest, most expensive, no-expense-spared kind of project
that the Buy'n'Large corporation ...
My guess is that it was intended to be an apple seedling. I regret, however, I have no strong evidence for this - just lots of suggestive hints.
For a start, the sapling looks like a CG apple seedling (but note my edit at the bottom about this):
The Wall•E sapling.
A CG Apple sapling.
Even the EVE project logo, which I feel is a foreshadowing/echo of the ...
Earth is not being used as a Garbage Dump. Earth has BECOME a garbage heap due to decades of mass consumerism facilitated by the megacorporation Buy 'n' Large and is finally evacuated by the same company. That is why Wall E and other units are employed in the Operation Cleanup.
I can’t find any interviews explaining why he has the audio recorder, so here are two of my guesses:
Having some canned messages he can play to any friendly humans he encounters.
Being able to carry messages between people (probably supervisors).
I’ve seen some theories that WALL·E wired it in himself, but I can’t find a high-enough resolution shot of one ...
The movie doesn't say, so we are left to speculate. Two obvious possibilities are
Luck. Some unit had to be last.
Wall-E's peculiar personality traits lead to a more efficient self-care and repair regime. Or possibly the cockroach helped.
I prefer the latter idea.
At the start of the movie, we see three (possibly four) other BNL Starliners in the advert that WALL•E accidentally triggers on his way back home. The ultimate fate of these ships (e.g. whether they survived the next 700+ years) remains unclear and they aren't seen in the movie, or any of the supplementary materials:
You can see the extended version here:
In the official production notes and interviews, writer/director Andrew Stanton has consistently said that the essential concept behind the character of WALL•E is, "what if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn off the last robot?" The Buy N Large corporation initially had a plan to return to Earth. Based on Stanton's concept, it is likely ...
The short answer is that the ship is quite literally cannibalising itself, along with the passengers.
We know from the "All Aboard the Axiom" special feature that the ship's population was originally around 600,000 however by the time of the Wall•E film, there appears to be dramatically fewer passengers on board the ship.
This is confirmed in a couple of ...
In the trivia notes for the Axiom Pixar Wiki it says:
When WALL-E first sees the Axiom, it is located behind the Horsehead Nebula.
A large Nebula which is starting to form star clusters would have gravity. It is possible the artifical gravity in the Axiom has adjusted itself to deal with the nearby nebula. So when the Pilot yanks the wheel ...
First off, as shown by WALL-E's behavior in the final scenes of the movie, most WALL-Es were not self-aware, and were relentlessly single-minded, managed by human teams as part of Operation Cleanup. The idea, laid out by Andrew Stanton in the commentary, was to set them loose over a wide area, and they'd divide and conquer, gathering up the trash and ...
Modern rechargeable batteries have impressive lifespans often being able to be recharged thousands of times before wearing out. Assuming the curve of modern improvement of technology we can expect Wall-E to be the beneficiary of a technology capable of being recharged tens of thousands of times, improving both the efficiency and the capacity to be recharged.
My reading was that Auto was deeply conflicted. On the one hand he was attempting to obey his original programming under Operation Recolonize (sending out probes, monitoring for lifesigns, passing that data onto the ship's Captain) and on the other he had directive A-113 (that the ship shouldn't return to Earth under any circumstances).
For about 600 years ...
It's likely that they were literate, but their luxury life on the Axiom had made them simple. We know that they've at least been taught for the scene where the babies are being read and shown the alphabet by the robotic teacher. They probably just never exercised their literacy as what they seem to be doing the most is simply talking.
According to the officially licenced comic serial "WALL•E: Working to Dig you out", our hero was the last active WALL•E unit out of several dozen working from the loader we see in the film. The others suffered damage, injury or just plain ceased working after decades of activity.
Our hero seems to have survived the past ...
There are a few contextual clues to suggest that the plant was the first life that any EVE probe has returned, period.
The Captain notes that it's the first time in his tenure that a probe has returned positive. AUTO seems compelled to tell him, if only to turn off the warning light.
AUTOPILOT: Probe One has returned positive.
It is commonly thought that cockroaches are uniquely capable of surviving even in a highly radioactive environment.
Therefore the presence of a cockroach is not an indicator of an envoriment being inhabitable, or even safe to be in.
The video short "Captaining the Axiom" describes the Kuiper Belt as the Axiom's destination as a cruise liner.
When the ship moves over to survival mode under Operation Recolonize, they evidently kept to their original outbound itinerary, but just never came back.
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 "...
We don't know, but looking at it objectively leads to some deeply unpleasant conclusions
An extensive review of the film and its additional materials reveals no obvious way that humanity has been able to survive. The demographics are just weird (loads of adults of breeding age but almost no children?) which is great from a story-telling perspective, but ...
At 0:41:12 in the film the console hologram shows that in-ship purchases have the option of "Buy Now, Pay Later".
This image is displayed several times at the food court and in a long-shot over the "shopping district" a few seconds later.
As a generational ship, it makes little sense to maintain the same kind of cash-based economy, especially when ...
Considering the length of time he is active, my theory would be that he uses a fuel cell. As the Wikipedia article states:
Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel
and oxygen to run, but they can produce electricity continually for as long as these
inputs are supplied.
The "recharging" would consist of ...
Richard's soylent green explanation covers everything really well -- I hadn't even noticed that little throwaway frame with the projected population decline, and I'm perfectly happy with this theory in its entirety. That puts the population decline at ~842 every year -- just another century would have dropped the population to nearly 2,000 passengers! (I'm ...
When the ship performs a hyperjump, the passengers are thrown clear off their feet and experience a considerable amount of stress including multiple head impacts.
The script describes the hoods as the space equivalent of "life preservers", basically a wise precaution against any sort of incident that might occur during hyperflight when seated in a mobile ...
In low Earth orbit 2,000 km, orbital debris circle the Earth at speeds of between 7 to 8 km/s, when orbital debris collide with other orbital debris its create more orbital debris.
Eventually debris will fall to Earth and will burn.
How long will orbital debris remain in Earth orbit?
The higher the altitude, the longer the orbital debris will ...
Although I can't answer why Wall-E might have had a recording system (beyond speculative reasoning) I can explain why it would make sense to have mechanical buttons on a robot such as Wall-E-- Wall-E works in a rugged, dirty environment and mechanical equipment is far more durable than sophisticated electronics.
When engineering mechanical devices, ...