But on a serious note Ratzenberger explains, “They call me. I show up. It’s as simple as that. Because I know … that every single time there is a Pixar movie it’s a part of history somehow. They’ve broken new ground every time. They could have rested on the laurels of their achievement years ago and become a mediocre company that sends out mediocre products. They refuse to do that. They try to outdo themselves with every single project.”

And despite the obligatory humor and quirky characters of the film, transcendent themes make Wall·E more reflective than the average family comedy. Wall·E learns that love means putting the needs of someone else before his own. Humanity decides, as one character puts it in a moment of decision, not just to survive but to “live.”

This tone is obvious in both the art and story of Wall•E, which stands toe-to-toe with Pixar’s earlier celebrated work and is arguably its most thoughtful and mature film to date. Wall•E will surely charm audiences with an endearing robotic protagonist that sets out to find love and ends up, as Co-Producer Lindsey Collins puts it, “teaching humanity how to be human again. It’s that twist and irony combined with real emotion that I think is going to resonate with audiences.”

Featuring the voice talents of  Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Ben Burtt, Wall•E will be released by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios on Friday, June 27, 2008.