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BURN-E poster
Directed byAngus MacLane
Written byAndrew Stanton
Angus MacLane
Derek Thompson
Produced byGalyn Susman
StarringAngus MacLane
Tessa Swigart
Ben Burtt
Elissa Knight
Jeff Garlin
Music byJ. A. C. Redford
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18) (with WALL-E Blu-ray and DVD)
Running time
CountryUnited States

BURN-E is a 2008 American computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It is tied into and included with the DVD and Blu-ray of WALL-E.[1][2][3] The titular repair robot is a minor character from the movie, and this short is intercut with scenes from WALL-E, which takes place concurrently.[4][5] WALL-E's director Andrew Stanton co-wrote and executive produced the short.

BURN-E was produced at the same time as WALL-E and directed by the feature film's lead animator, Angus MacLane.[6] It features music composed and conducted by J. A. C. Redford, who was also an orchestrator on WALL-E.[7][8]

The BURN-E robot appears briefly in WALL-E during the scene in which WALL-E and EVE dance in space. When they re-enter the Axiom, they accidentally lock him out, and he is last seen banging his fists against the door.[9][10]


As WALL-E travels through space clinging to the ship carrying EVE back to the Axiom starliner,[a] he runs his hand through the Rings of Saturn in passing, and dislodges a tiny rock. It gains enough momentum to become a meteor and crashes into and destroys one of the running lights (known as "spires") on the Axiom's hull.

The Axiom's computer alerts the ship's autopilot, AUTO, that repairs are needed. AUTO activates SUPPLY-R, who in turn activates BURN-E. Given his welding torch and an intact spire, he shuts down the broken spire, and travels via a special track onto the ship's hull to complete the repair. However, he gets distracted by WALL-E's arrival, and inadvertently lets the spire float away into space. SUPPLY-R gives him a second one, but he accidentally cuts it in half when an exploding escape pod (which WALL-E was inside of) startles him.

Irritated by this second failure, SUPPLY-R drops the third and final spare light on the floor, leaving BURN-E to pick it up. He successfully repairs the light, but before he can bring it online, he is accidentally locked out by WALL-E and EVE, who fly inside after their dance in space around the Axiom and close the door behind them.

BURN-E tries to find another way in, including through the open garbage airlock, but all attempts fail. Finally, he realizes he can use his welding torch to cut a new entrance in the hull of the Axiom, and does so. However, he is flung back outside when a fight between the Captain and AUTO causes the ship to list violently to starboard. He catches hold of the spire, and is able to get back on his track as the ship turns upright again, but the Captain sends the Axiom into a hyperjump, pinning BURN-E against the hull before he can reenter the ship.

When the Axiom lands on Earth, BURN-E goes to find SUPPLY-R so he can hit the button to bring the spire back online, but everyone is gone. He hunts through the deserted Axiom, and finds the humans and robots are all outside when he looks through the window of an escape pod. He accidentally jettisons the pod, and crashes to Earth; flinging the pod door open so hard that it flies into the air, he runs to SUPPLY-R and finally brings the spire back online, only for the door to crash into the spire and destroy it, much to BURN-E’s frustration, as he collapses to the ground. SUPPLY-R pats BURN-E on the head and attempts to comfort him.



  1. ^ As depicted in WALL-E (2008)


  1. ^ Telsch, Rafe (2008-06-23). "Wall-E Joined By Burn-E On DVD". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  2. ^ Sciretta, Peter (2008-06-20). "Pixar's BURN-E". SlashFilm. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  3. ^ McMillan, Graeme (2008-06-23). "Who Is Wall-E's Secret Robot Friend?". io9. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  4. ^ Telsch, Rafe (2008-11-12). "Interview: BURN-E Director Agnus MacLane". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  5. ^ "BURN-E". Pixar Official Site. Archived from the original on 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  6. ^ "BURN-E director: Angus MacLane". The Pixar Blog. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  7. ^ "Next Pixar Short: BURN•E". Pixar Planet. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  8. ^ "Credits - Music by J.A.C. Redford". Live Say Music. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  9. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 25, 2008). "BURN-E Details Revealed?". /Film. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008.
  10. ^ Miller, Neil (June 23, 2008). "WALL-E Gets a Companion on DVD and Some Pretty New Posters". Film School Rejects. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008.

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