公元二十九世纪，人类文明高度发展，但是环境污染和生活垃圾大量增加却使得地球变成了一个漂浮在太空的大垃圾球。人类被迫乘坐飞船进行一次漫长无边的宇宙之旅。临行前他们委托Buy N Large的公司对地球垃圾进行清理，该公司开发了名为瓦力的机器人担当此重任。这些机器人按照设定的程序辛勤工作。日复一日，年复一年，瓦力们接连损坏，最后只有一个仍在进行这项似乎永无止境的工作。
In the vast regions of outer space (太空), beyond the twinkling (闪烁的) lights of a million stars, a murky (昏暗的), smog-covered Earth floats (漂浮) lonely and silent. The deepest oceans are all but dried and gone. What had once been blue sky is now a dust-choked (充满灰尘) brown that can still look almost golden when sunlight filters (透过) through it.
Beneath (在…下面) the thick atmosphere that surrounds the planet, mountains still rise up through the haze (迷雾), and once-great cities filled with (充满) vacant (空着的), crumbling (坍塌的) buildings share the landscape with towers of trash, neatly cubed (使成立方形) and stacked (堆积) as far as the eye can see. Only one thing moves along this bleak (昏暗的) twenty-ninth-century skyline (地平线).
Day in and day out (日复一日), for more than seven hundred years, he has worked to clean up the mess left by humankind. The scouring (冲刷的) sands that sweep along the avenues seldom deter (阻止) him as he thrusts (猛推) his shovel-like (像铲子的) hands into the heaps of (成堆的) trash and scoops (铲进) it into the compacting unit (压模装置) in his chest. Once full, he closes the squeaky (吱吱响的) doors of his front panel (面板), shakes a little, and produces yet another perfect cube ready to be stacked.
This is his directive (指令).
It is what he has been programmed (设定程序) to do.
His name is WALL•E: Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class (地球垃圾分装员).
He is a robot.
He is dented (破损的), dirty, and rusted (生锈的)...
And he is about to change the entire (整个) world.
“Chirrrp (吱吱声)!” A little cockroach (蟑螂) jumped happily onto WALL•E’s shoulder. As the toxic (有毒的) winds began to pick up speed, WALL•E and his only companion (同伴) motored (行驶) bouncily (生气勃勃地) toward home. WALL•E’s treads (履带) were wearing thin, and the cockroach held on bravely as they crossed the rough terrain (地面).
Over miles of desolate (荒废的) waste, WALL•E saw buildings and highways (公路) and rolled across the remains of broken bridges. Everything was branded with (被贴上商标) the same logo: BUY-N-LARGE. BnL had its stamp (标记) on everything. The megasuperstore (大型超市) had once overseen (监视) almost all operations on the planet.
As WALL•E hurried onward (向前), he rolled over an old newspaper. TOO MUCH TRASH! EARTH COVERED! BNL CEO DECLARES GLOBAL EMERGENCY (紧急情况)! the headline (新闻标题) proclaimed (显示). WALL•E did not notice.
He passed a salvage yard (废品回收场) full of other rusted WALL•E units, shut down (停止运转) long ago. The cockroach watched eagerly (热切地) as WALL•E stopped to examine something of interest on one of the old units—its treads.
The treads were thick bands of rubber (橡胶), built to protect the WALL•E units’ metallic (金属制的) wheels like giant tires. This old unit’s treads were in much better shape than WALL•E’s.
WALL•E quickly switched his old pair for the newer ones as the cockroach chirped (虫鸣) and jumped excitedly. Then, moving on, WALL•E felt the cockroach settling happily on his shoulder, enjoying the new, smoother ride.
WALL•E rolled past a BnL billboard (广告牌), activating (触发) its holo-graphic (全息的) message as he moved. The image buzzed (嗡嗡响) to life. Several loudspeakers (扩音器，喇叭) began broadcasting (广播) the chipper (活泼的) voice of a human announcer, recorded centuries ago.
“Too much garbage in your face?
There’s plenty of space out in space!
BnL star liners (星际邮轮) leaving each day.
We’ll clean up the mess while you’re away!”
WALL•E headed across a bumpy (颠簸的) freeway overpass, activating another ancient billboard. Through the smoggy (烟雾弥漫的) haze, the image of a sparkling BnL star liner flashed onto the screen. Its happy passengers appeared to be (似乎，好像) enjoying all the amenities (便利设施) of a luxury cruise (巡航) ship.
“The jewel (珠宝) of the BnL fleet (舰队): The Axiom! (“真理”号)” the announcer’s voice boomed (低沉而有力地说). “Spend your five-year cruise in style ... .” But the people had been gone from Earth far longer than five years.
“The Axiom!” the voice exclaimed (大声说) proudly. “Putting the ‘star’ in ‘executive (高级的) star liner.’”
The wind was starting to howl (咆哮) now. WALL•E squinted (眯着眼睛) and turned on a set of tiny windshield (挡风玻璃) wipers (雨刷) to clean the lenses (镜头) of his eyes. Looking across a bay that had dried up long ago, he saw a battered (破损的) old BnL truck. WALL•E’s spirits rose.