Pixar - Disney · 2008 · United States - Andrew Stanton
The film is set in 2805, with Earth an abandoned planet covered in trash, the result of decades of mass consumerism facilitated by the megacorporation Buy-n-Large (BnL). Giving up on restoring the ecosystem, BnL evacuated Earth's population in fully automated starliners in 2105, leaving behind an army of trash compactor robots called "WALL-E" (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class) to clean up for an intended five-year period. By 2110, however, the air on Earth became too toxic to sustain life, forcing humanity to remain in space. At the start of the film, one WALL-E unit has managed to remain active for six hundred years beyond its designed operational lifespan, by learning how to salvage and repair itself using parts from other WALL-E units that broke down. After seven hundred years of life-experience it has developed sentience, displaying curiosity about the artifacts of human civilization by collecting various items salvaged from the trash in addition to his regular duties, and it has befriended a cockroach.