NASA and Disney have signed a Space Act Agreement for a series of http://draft.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifeducational and public outreach activities related to Disney-Pixar's new movie, WALL-E, opening in theaters nationwide on June 27, 2008.
This collaboration highlights the similarities between the movie's storyline and NASA's real-life work in robot technology, propulsion systems and astrophysics. Disney-Pixar's WALL-E is set 700 years in the future. The film's main character is the only rover-robot left on Earth. He meets a new robot named Eve, and together they take a journey through the universe.
"Great ideas for future exploration of the universe start with the imagination," said Robert Hopkins, chief of strategic communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We hope that with the help of our new robot friend WALL-E, NASA can encourage young people to learn about science and technology and become the explorers of tomorrow." (link)
Visit WALL-E's web site here, the NASA site here, and the Disney page for the movie here.
There are several posts on the VNOG blog (written by Victor Navone, the animator for WALL-E) about the development of WALL-E)
Wall-E Spotted in LA! from Blink on Vimeo.