Pixar’s futuristic 2008 adventure Wall-E functions largely as an adorable slapstick silent film. Considering that the protagonist doesn’t talk, and that there is no meaningful dialogue in the first half of the film, this isn’t a surprise. All the surprise centered around how well the movie pulled this feat off. Just because there is little talking, and he’s a robot, that doesn’t stop the heroic Wall-E from being an engaging, emotionally evocative character.
People all over the world fell in love with that little guy, including Mike Senna, a California man who spent two years of his life building a life-sized, fully functional replica of the titular robot. Senna full time job, but still devoted 25 hours a week to this labor of love, working primarily from screen grabs, using images from the film and posters for perspective.
That’s dedication right there. But this isn’t Senna’s first robot rodeo. In 2002 the mechanoid hobbyist built a working version of R2-D2 that he takes to an annual picnic for pediatric cancer survivors, much to the delight of the kids. I want to see his rendition of Rosie, the spunky maid from The Jetsons.
Senna is not the only Wall-E fanatic to build his own version of this lovable robot. There is apparently a Wall-E Builders Club, a like-minded group of enthusiasts—an offshoot of the RD-D2 Builders Club—who convene on the internet and craft their a little Wall-E for themselves.