Pixar’s Wall-E enters the Criterion Collection

Pixar’s Oscar-winning WALL E (2008) is coming to The Criterion Collection this November, marking an unexpected but welcome collaboration between the animation giant and the home video company. WALL E will be spine #1161.

According to the Collection of Criteria:

We’re proud to announce our first collaboration with Disney and Pixar: WALL•E (2008), directed by Andrew Stanton, enters the Criterion Collection on 4K UHD this November! A high-water mark of digital animation, Stanton’s prescient vision of a rapidly approaching dystopian future, wrapped in a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story, is an urgent fable for our troubled millennium.”

Criterion typically announces their new releases for the collection in the middle of the month, with the November 2022 releases having been revealed on August 17. Picking on September 8 for WALL E the announcement was most likely made to coincide with Disney+ day.

The special features:

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays featuring the film and special features
  • Alternative 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtrack
  • Two audio commentaries: one with Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, co-producer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson and lead animator Angus MacLane
  • New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
  • Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
  • Go behind the scenes of the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
  • The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
  • More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
  • “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program with Stanton and co-writer Jim Reardon
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Stanton
  • A story (1987), a student film by Stanton
  • BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English descriptive audio
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, manuscript notes and drawings; and works of art from WICK team

Interestingly, The Criterion Collection only has five other animated films in their collection, the first of which was Wes Anderson’s The amazing Mr. Fox (spine #700).

WALL E hits the shelves courtesy of The Criterion Collection on November 22.

What are your thoughts on WALL E into the Criteria collection? What other Pixar movie would you like to see included?

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