Another thing was seeing Wall-E (how DO you spell that?) after having worked on the film way back in 2004, when I did vis dev for a few months. Not enough to get a credit on it, apparently. Here's a couple of very first passes on the Axiom...the brief from Ralph Eggleston over the phone was - spaceship, huge, has some kind of space salvage, a city on top with "castle" above that, a docking area for satellite ships, make it cartoony! No Star Wars! But think John Berkey! So I did these and that was that. The story obviously evolved and so did the Axiom. The cruise ship idea came later.