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"Look pal, if you think I'm doing my job AND yours, I'm outta here!"
Wally in the duo audio log with Thomas, Chapter 3

Wally Franks was a Brooklyn janitor for Joey Drew Studios in Bendy and the Ink Machine, appearing from Chapter 1 to 4. A man who is willing to go along with Joey Drew's strange practices since he writes the checks, Wally's voice primarily appears in audio logs that explain his views on how the studio runs and his day to day working routine. Shown from the Ink Machine's blueprint, Wally is the attendant of said machine.[1]

Personality

Though Wally has yet to be seen in person, he comes across as an "average Joe", a regular working man whose only real concern at the studio is getting his work done. However, after the introduction of the Ink Machine, he appeared suspicious of the workshop, including Joey's plans. He also seemed to have felt confused and worried about some situations within the company, such as the Ink Machine's abundance of leaks and why most of the staff appeared to be angry when they were making cartoons.

Appearances

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

Wally's first appearance is as a voice from an audio log located on the shelf of the narrowed room.

He talks about Joey Drew's plans and the Ink Machine, claiming he doesn't understand Joey's plans for the workshop. He also claims that the animations are not being finished on time and the Ink Machine's noise and tendency to leak is making things hard to work.

Wally then mentions the bizarre command Joey gave to his staff; for everyone, including Wally himself, to donate things from their work stations and set them on pedestals in the break room in order to "appease the gods". Wally then claims that he will leave the company if any other pipes burst.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

Wally's second diary cassette is located near the entrance to Sammy's office. He complains that he lost the keys to his closet, most likely in one of the garbage cans while making his rounds a week ago, and has a bad feeling about what Sammy would do if he ever found out.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

There is a duo audio log in the trailer room of Level K, where Wally is talking to Thomas. Thomas tries to teach Wally what to do when the ink pressure reaches over 45, but Wally has trouble understanding him. He then states that if Thomas thinks Wally's going to to his job and Thomas', he's leaving.

Wally's third diary cassette is found on Level 11, just outside from the waiting room where the Projectionist is first seen skulking around. In his tapes, he complains about the behavior of the studio's staff members, wandering around in the room while likening their faces to being as if they were angry or grieving when they should be positive given how they make cartoons. Wally threatens that if the attitudes of the people in the studio do not change, he will leave his post. The Ink Machine can be heard running in the background of the tape if Henry listens more carefully.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

Wally's fourth audio log is found in the Storage 9 warehouse, between two closed amusement park game attractions (Bullseye Bonanza and Bottle Wallop), far away from the punch card stand.

He complains about the workers in the warehouse getting involve playing games while he is stuck cleaning up after they leave. One day, he tells them the idea about rigging these games up to knock the door open if they win, so his trip down will be saved every day, and they went for it like "a dog to pot roast". Wally threatens that if anybody don't start realizing who the real genius is (referring to himself), he will leave this area.

Dialogue

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"At this point, I don't get what Joey's plan is for this company. The animations sure aren't being finished on time anymore, and I certainly don't see why we need this machine. It's noisy, it's messy, and who needs that much ink anyway? Also, get this, Joey had each one of us donate something from our work stations. We put them on these little pedestals in the break room. To help appease the gods, Joey says. Keep things going. I think he's lost his mind, but, hey, he writes the checks. But I tell you what, if one more of these pipes burst, I'm out of here."
1st audio tape.

Wally
Prototype version
CassetteTape 01

"So I go to get my dust pan from the hall closet the other day and guess what? I can't find my stupid keys. It's like they disappeared into thin air or something. All I can think of is that they must have fallen into one of the garbage cans as I was making my rounds last week. I just hope nobody tells Sammy. Because if he finds out I lost my keys again, I'm out of here."
2nd audio tape.

Wally2

" Wally: Alright let's go over this again. If the pressure goes over 45, I screw the safety bolt in tighter, right?

Thomas: No! For the last time, you do that, you'll blow every pipe in this place! If it reaches 45, you unhook the safety switch.

Wally: You sure? You know, this sounds harder than comparing ear wax to bee's wax!

Thomas: Look, it's not that difficult! Just keep an eye on the gauge!

Wally: Look pal, if you think I'm doing my job AND yours, I'm outta here!''"
Wally and Thomas' audio log.

CH3 AudioLog Wally Thomas

"I don't get it. Everyone's walking around here like grandma just died. Nothing but angry faces everywhere. These people gotta lighten up. I mean, hello! You make cartoons! Your job is to make people laugh. I'm tellin' ya. If these people don't start crackin' a smile every now and then, I'm outta here."
3rd audio tape.

CH3 AudioLog wally crackasmile

"These guys down in the warehouse get to play games all day while I'm stuck cleaning up after 'em. They kept locking themselves out of their own back room. So I says, look guys, I says, you're smart, right? Here's an idea! Why not rig these games up to knock open the door if ya win? It'll be fun for you guys, and it saves me the trip down here every day. They went for it like a dog to pot roast. I tell ya! If these guys don't start realizing who the real genius is, I'm outta here."
4th audio tape.

Ch4 audiolog wally

Trivia

  • Wally speaks with a Brooklyn accent, which differs from most of the other accents heard in the studio.
  • Wally's line "I'm out of here!" is repeated on every audio log he appears in, acting as his catchphrase.
    • In the transcript of his audio logs in Chapter 3 and above, Wally's line "I'm out of here!" was changed to "I'm outta here!".
    • This was referenced during the Hot Topic Q&A, when Sammy claimed that Wally can never keep things in order as his mind is "way out of here".[2]
    • His line is also used in one of the official images for merchandise.
  • Wally's name could be based on Frank Wells, who was the president of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 1994.

  • In the prototype version of Chapter 1, Wally's recording had no transcript to go along with it, meaning that his name was initially unknown until it was added in from the first remastered update.
    • The quality of his voice recording sounds was also slightly cleaner.
    • Wally is also the only radio speaker from this prototype and the chapter's first remastered update before Thomas Connor's audio log was planned to add.

  • Wally's recording in Chapter 2 implies that him losing his keys has happened before, as he explains that Sammy would probably fire him if he was caught doing so again.
  • According to theMeatly on Twitter, Wally's keys were in the trash bin for 30 years, as he never had a chance to retrieve them. This implies that Wally met a similar fate to his work colleagues.[3]

  • When playing Wally's audio log and walks farther away then come back after his tape ends, a bug will occur to cause Wally's transcript not disappearing after his speech was finished until playing his audio log again.
  • Before the release of Chapter 4, the audio log for both Thomas and Wally to record at the same time was not made due to the trailer room not planned to be implemented.
    • Wally and Thomas are the only workers to use the duo audio log.

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References

  1. Inkmachineplans.png
  2. "That Wally! That man can't ever keep his things in order! If I didn't know better I'd say his mind was wayyyy out of here!" - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  3. "Why would Wally leave his keys in the trash for 30 years? It's almost as if he never got a chance to go back for them..." - theMeatly. June 25, 2017. Twitter.
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