Where’s Wall-E?

A charming, clever, well drawn idea for a tribute to sci-fi robots:

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Richard Sargent’s “Where’s Wall-E” poster is available for purchase.

How many robots can you recognize? How many can you name?

H/T: Seth Andrews

Your Thoughts?

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  • The Lorax

    Bender better be more careful… Eve packs heat, and boy howdy, she’s not afraid to use it.

  • Nepenthe

    Daleks are not robots!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

      Neither are the Cybermen.

    • OverlappingMagisteria

      An neither is Henry the vaccuum cleaner. But he’s cool enough to be included anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    The Disney lawyers haven’t been all over this yet?

    • leftwingfox

      At a rough initial count, I figure I know where 60% of them come from, and perhaps about half of those I know the actual name to.

    • leftwingfox

      Not sure why that wound up as a reply. Sorry about any confusion.

  • ericgreen

    “I have the temperment of a peasant, I am melancholy, Harsh and savage in my work, it is only in the long run that I can expect to please, and then only who have a grain of indulgence; but the eye of the passer-by is too hasty and sees only the surface. Whoever is in a hurry will not stop for me.” – Pissarro

    From the mear hand-full of us, Thank you Dan!

  • baal

    Twiki! (well that was embarrassing, I made the bidi-bidi noise and got a funny look from a co-worker)

    I know most of the ‘bots there. I remember loving the tom/jerry robot episodes and not loving that animate vacuum cleaner thingy from tellytubbies.

    FWIW, it’s not infringing IP to make that poster. It’s probably fair use for copyright and not likely to confuse anyone for trademark.

    • jamessweet

      I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Under what criterion does it qualify as fair use? Satire? Since it’s just a depiction of the characters, I don’t think you can get away with that. It’s clearly not a commentary. It’s clearly not educational, either, and the fact that he’s selling it means it’s also not non-profit.

      Don’t get get me wrong; ethically I don’t see a problem here. This is not cutting into anybody’s bottom line, and actually might improve them if it inspires somebody to say, “Oh, I remember that movie/show/etc… I should go back and watch it again!” But from a US copyright law perspective, I’m pretty sure it’s a violation.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      This is not cutting into anybody’s bottom line, and actually might improve them if it inspires somebody to say, “Oh, I remember that movie/show/etc… I should go back and watch it again!” But from a US copyright law perspective, I’m pretty sure it’s a violation.

      I wonder if copyright law should have a designation for fair use where it could be reasonably judged that the appropriation is serving as free and likely effective advertisement for the copyrighted product.

    • baal

      /wave jamessweet, I haven’t seen you post last day or two.

      It’s reasonable to disagree as to what’s fair use or not. Given the way the law is structured, you don’t get an answer until after you spend $50k in federal court. There is probably enough of a case to get through summary judgment.

      Copyright protects expression and while we can clearly identify characters that’s not always enough to get past the threshold issue (copying of a protected expression). Fair use comes in after that. Fair use allows for commentary. This looks like that for me. The author of the poster is, via image juxtaposition, commenting on the color, shapes, sizes and visual impact of the robots (androids, cyborgs etc). Under the 4 factor test; the use is commercial but very limited with regard to any single robot, the potential copying is a static poster with tiny and occluded images, the ‘whole’ is tough in this case as there isn’t a story or drama in the poster, it’s really static so what’s the right compare for the amount or substantiality question?, the poster is unlikely to reduce the holders’ profits by diverting sales, indeed it’s even likely advertising.

      Pile all that up and I’m not sure it’s a slam dunk either way.

    • baal

      Of all of them Gir from Invader Zim scares me the most.

    • leftwingfox

      Copyright is selectively enforceable. A lot of what we consider reasonable activity are violations which simply fly under the radar, and a lot of companies, realizing the power of fan art and remix culture, are trying to navigate those waters in a way which maximized their own profit.

      Which is a longwinded way of saying that this is almost certainly a copyright violation, but it’s unlikely that anyone will actually do anything about it, because it’s such good free advertising.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    No Iron Giant?

    (Like Leftwingfox above – I recognized a bunch of “that’s the robot from [blank]” and much fewer “oh, that’s Bender!”)

    • OverlappingMagisteria

      Yea I thought we’d see his foot in the background.

    • noodlezoop

      Oh, wow, discrepancies! Check out the image of the poster in the studio shop instead of the one that’s up here – look at the lower-right-hand corner. ( :

      On a similar note, I’m a little surprised that Gigantor doesn’t appear to be represented. But, I suppose it would be hard to include an entity who was “bigger than big, taller than tall” and keep the poster size manageable. Tee hee.

  • fileunderaction

    Where’s the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future.

  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    This poster is hanging over at the Software/Firmware department in my company. I wonder if they are planning anything?

  • jnorris

    I’m glad to Marvin made the cut. I don’t see Astroboy. And Robbie should have been in the middle!

  • Phil

    Hmmm. Got the robot from “Big Day Out”, but seems to be missing Preston from “A Close Shave”. Also glad to see the assassin robot from “Wizards”. Probably all up I recognize 30-40%. and I found Wall.E.

    • Stephenk

      Preston’s in there.

  • J Rose

    Number 5! He’s ALIVE!!! I <3 Number 5.


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