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Though the latest Disney/Pixar film does feature a new song, Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman over the end credits, the two pivotal songs in the film the bouncy Put On Your Sunday Clothes and the uber-romantic It Only Takes a Moment were penned by Jerry Herman for his classic 1964 Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! The versions seen and heard in WALL-E are from the 1969 movie version.
Director Andrew Stanton says he was originally hoping to have 1930s French swing music for the opening scene in the film about a robot left alone on an abandoned Earth who falls in love when a sleek new research robot named EVE is sent to Earth. But when he was coming up with the concept for WALL-E in 2003, the French animated hit The Triplets of Belleville was released with a 30s swing score.
I didnt want them to think I was being derivative, says Stanton. So it made me look a little harder at old-fashioned songs. I got a lot of standards, and standards to led to music and I just went down the list of staple musicals. It was literally like putting a swatch against the wall. I would take the song and put it at the beginning of the movie and just play it and see what happened to me.
When he heard the lyric out there from Put on Your Sunday Clothes it kicked in for Stanton. I was just hooked. I didnt show it to a lot of people for a while because it was an odd choice. But after a while I started to get comfortable with it. The song is about these two naive guys who had never left their small town and are going to go to the big city for one night and hopefully kiss a girl, and thats my main character.