It took more than 2 and a half years, while working 25 hours per week, to give life to Wall-E, the famous Pixar robot.
Mike Senna, an engineer from California, began crafting famous movie robots in 2003, when he built Luke Skywalker’s loyal droid R2-D2. Senna’s creation is a full-scale robot that mimics all the movements of the famous Star Wars character, from the owl-like rotation of its head to the flashing lights and various sounds.
Recently, Mike Senna decided to hit the workshop again, this time focusing on a more modern silver screen sensation. With its tracks, its revolving head and protruding eyes, Senna’s Wall-E looks just like the character in the 2008 film.
Now you might be asking, ‘what does one do with a full-scale robot modeled after a famous TV character?’ Well, Senna doesn’t just keep his robots hidden in his garage. He visits children’s hospitals all around the US and goes to conventions and events to show his creations. In June, Senna took Wall-E to a picnic in Griffith Park, Los Angeles where he met up with the City of Hope’s Pediatric Center. Seeing him was a dream-come-true for kids fighting cancer at the park. He also took Wall-E to Irvine, California for a Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp a month later.
“Wall-E appeared before thousands of fans, and lots of people fell in love with him! Especially the little kids. It was great to see the joy on the faces of so many people of all ages.” he said. Senna has graciously turned his passion for robots into an opportunity to bring happiness to groups of children who need it most.
Which famous movie robot is he planning to re-create next? You can find more information about the Wall-E story on the official Mike Sennas blog: sennaswalle.blogspot.com.