Burtt, as most of you know (good filmgeeks that you are) was the sound designer/editor for most of George Lucas' films, the Indiana Jones movies, & Dark Crystal, among many others. He was also picture editor on Star Wars episodes one-three.
Interview samples follow.
Q. And the story about your wife?
Ben Burtt: That was on Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, a long time ago. We went to listen to a sonogram of the child, my daughter Alice, who’s now grown up and has her own child. It was this great, throbbing sound, and at that time I was looking for the sound of an alien pod germinating and it sounded exactly like the alien pod germinating, so I thought why not?
Most recently, and more to the point of this interview, Burtt acted as sound and character voice designer for Wall-E...and as the voice of Wall-E himself.
Q. What’s your favourite moment from the film?
Ben Burtt: I really love the scene where they’re out in space together with the fire extinguisher, I think it’s the lyrical nature of that, the calm in the middle of the storm.