In the 22nd century, the megacorporation Buy n Large (BnL) assumed every economic service on Earth, including the government. Overrun by un-recycled waste, the planet eventually became so polluted that it could no longer support life. In an attempt to keep humanity alive, BnL CEO Shelby Forthright (Fred Willard) sponsored a five-year exodus to outer space aboard massive executive starliners, the most famous of which was the Axiom, which left Earth in 2105. These starliners were giant cruise ships in space that supported every need for the humans with a fully-automated robot crew. Hundreds of thousands of robots, known as WALL-E were left behind to clean up the planet by compacting the trash into cubes and stacking them into skyscraper-like towers for easy disposal. However, this plan was rejected when Shelby Forthright determined that Earth was too toxic for return to be feasible in 2110. By 2805, seven hundred years later, only one WALL-E (voice created by Ben Burtt) remains operational.