WALL E to be made into comic series
Disney•Pixar’s 2008 hit animation WALL•E was a huge success thanks to the cute Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class. And now award-winning comic book writer J. Torres is going to be taking the adorable robot from the big screen to the small page in a four part comic. To learn all he could about the unusual automaton the writer said he has lost count of how many times he’s watched the DVD to learn “how he moved, how he expressed himself, what noises he made instead of using words, etc. I made screen grabs of different “expressions” and poses for reference. I poured over books like The Art of Wall-E and the model sheets and other material we were given. I bought some of the more detailed WALL•E toys to also study.” Torres will be collaborating with comic book writer and illustrator Morgan Luthi to bring the story to life.
Torres has previously worked on hit DC comics like Teen Titans Go and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, so he found working on his latest project “was like another day at the office” for him. Over the four comics Torres will answer many of the films unanswered questions, like what he was like when other WALL•E’s were around, when did he start collecting junk and why. Torres said he didn’t have too much trouble transferring the largely silent robot to the page: “I actually made a list of “words” he said in the movie and tried to “translate” certain sound effects on the page. Didn’t always work out or read as well as I thought it should, so I added a few things to WALL•E’s vocabulary.” He says he’s not too concerned with tackling the wider environmental issues tackled in the movie, saying: “I just want to tell a good story, and hope readers get something good out of it.”
After working on television adaptations Torres says movies are not that different, stating: “Both are very visual, it is comics after all, but WALL•E requires more “acting”. There is no narration or monologueing to help tell our story. It’s very much show and not tell. And that’s where Morgan’s [Luthi] skill comes in and saves my butt.” He says his favourite part of working on the project was showing “throughout the four issues where some of WALL•E’s treasures came from and build towards that awesome collection we see in the movie. I’ve really enjoyed watching the movie for those details and then putting them into the comic in the hopes that readers will have fun making some connections.”
It’s becoming increasingly popular to make comic and graphic novel adaptations of films, such as the successful 28 Days Later one created to bridge the gap between the original film and 28 Weeks Later. We want to know if there are any other films you’d like to see turned into comics. We’d love to see some of Quentin Tarantino’s movies in comic book form as we think the chapter layout would work brilliantly.