3800 Hours Later, Man Builds Functional WALL-E Robot

It's not every day you see a functioning robot from a CG animated film come to life. Yet, this is precisely what hobbyist robot builder Mike Senna did with the iconic WALL-E droid from Pixar's critically-acclaimed film of the same name.

According to an interview by The Yo Show, Senna started the project in 2010 and spent an average of 25 hours a week on it, funded completely from his own pocket. In total, Senna believes somewhere between 3200-3800 man-hours went into his remote-controlled WALL-E.

Not only is the attention to detail in the paint job amazing, but the effort that went into making it move, from the working tracks and waving arms, to its turning head and "eyebrows", Senna thought of just about everything:

To take it from the screen and put it into a real world object... it's a very long process. You watch a particular part of the movie over and over again, it's really stressful because somebody can build something perfectly, but if you don't weather the thing or give it the paint job it's supposed to have, then you totally blow it.

Senna has a blog, where you can check out high resolution photos of the WALL-E replica, and his YouTube channel features a couple of videos of the robot during various stages of its construction.

[The Yo Show]

Video: Yahoo Image: Mike Senna


    3,800 - not 38,000 hours. Though it has been almost 34,000 hours since the release of Wall-E, so you almost became correct again ;)

    Didn't the video say 3200-3800 hours? :)
    And that's so friggin awesome!

    really awesome.
    I feel he should carry his lunchbox

    25 hours per week x 135 weeks (if he started on 1 January 2010 and finished this week) = 3375 hours. I'm not getting 38,000 hours here.

      Yikes. Should be thousands, not ten thousands. Fixed.

    Couldn't watch the video, as soon as that bitch said "OMG NOW" in the ad before the story I had to stop the video and run bleach through my ears.

    Beautiful work for a beautiful reason.


    FYI: It's weather, not whether.

    Now do Eva

    if you do it for the right reasons, if you think you can help people, if you think it can change the world in some way, a good way ... it is a good thing regardless of what other people think. Kudos to you!

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