WALL·E End Credits

Wall-E Credits

The Art of the Title Sequence interviews director Jim Capobianco and animator Alex Woo about the thoughtful end credit sequence of WALL·E. From the article intro:

Jim Capobianco’s end credits to Andrew Stanton’s “WALL·E” are essential; they are the actual ending of the film, a perfect and fantastically optimistic conclusion to a grand, if imperfect idea. Humanity’s past and future evolution viewed through unspooling schools of art. Frame after frame sinks in as you smile self-consciously. It isn’t supposed to be this good but there it is. This is art in its own right. Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman’s song, “Down to Earth” indulges you with some incredibly thoughtful lyrics and, from the Stone Age to the Impressionists to the wonderful 8-bit pixel sprites, you are in the midst of something special


  • Skeptical

    Wow, I had exactly the opposite reaction. After the amazing traditional animation opening and end credits in Kung Fu Panda, I was shocked at how amateurish the Wall-E end credit animation was in comparison. It was easily the worst Pixar end credits in memory.

    Doing bad copies of great art doesn’t make something art. It really looked like a mediocre student film. And the attempt to give the film an ending that made sense only highlighted the anticlimactic, forced ending of the actual film.

  • Gobo

    I can’t disagree more, Skeptical. The end credits were used in an inventive way: to give the story a satisfying end by placing it in context with the evolution of art, and it did so in a sophisticated, beautiful way without being heavy-handed. Amateurish? Yikes, not at all. But it sounds like you disliked the film itself, anyhow, so that may flavor your impression of the end credits.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    JEEZE Skeptical! Harsh!

    I personally loved the end credits of Wall-e and thought the treatment was not only appropriate but cleverly executed and best of all, in support of the story.

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    I might well agree with Skeptical if I hadn’t watched the credits in the context they were meant to be seen – following and ending that particular movie. And context makes all the difference.

    I found the end credits to be really touching and a special touch at the end of the movie.

    Really interesting interview. A yearning for 2D comes through but what I really enjoyed was the contrast between Capobianco and Woo – they seem so different and yet both views strike a chord with me in my own world of animation even though it’s not a drop in the giant CG ocean that they’re in.

    And I’m a sucker for 8-bit artwork.

  • Roger Whittaker

    I’m glad they chose to end it prior to the advent of abstraction, because it would have eventually led to Thomas Kinkade.

  • http://thingsicomeupwith.blogspot.com/ Jim Gisriel

    I liked the animation and the story it was telling but that song was really bad. it sounded like well bad end credits music. I mean sure if it was Peter Gabriel maybe 20 years ago. but now he just makes new age stuff for old hippies.
    I actually have to say that song was my least favorite part of Wall e

  • Sara

    Love these end credits. So good on so many levels. The history of art animated beautifully and simply.

    And frankly, I don’t think the Kung Fu Panda 2D work could have been less creative. Who cares if it looks good if the content leaves a lot too be desired.

  • http://timdrage.blogspot.com Tim Drage

    Really nice example of the Nausicaa/Wings of Honneamise school of end title sequences.

  • http://ryanmcculloch.com Ryan McCulloch

    I LOVED the end credits to this film, maybe my favorite Pixar end credits. Very thoughtful and creative.