WALL-E turns 10: Andrew Stanton explains the film’s Hello, Dolly connection

“Out there! There’s a world outside of Yonkers…”

Ten years ago, the rousing first notes of Hello, Dolly’s Put On Your Sunday Clothes” burst back onto the big screen juxtaposed against starry animations of our galaxy, creating an unforgettable cinema moment.

WALL-E, the Pixar film about a trash-compacting robot left behind on a post-apocalyptic Earth, introduced one of the more unlikely pairings in film history by making the lovable title character a fan of the golden-age musical (specifically, the 1969 film adaptation).