A toaster in Wall-E's junk collection resembles the Brave Little Toaster (1987), an animated feature created by Hyperion Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company. The Brave Little Toaster was John Lasseter's last Walt Disney Studios project before being fired. He moved over to Lucasfilm Computer Graphics, which became Pixar Studios in 1986. In 2006, the Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar Studios for approximately $7.4 billion and John Lasseter returned as Chief Creative Officer for the Walt Disney Studios.
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