The third part of Walt Disney Studio’s Hall H presentation on Thursday at San Diego Comic Con was for their upcoming animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, which looks to be a whole lot of fun. Honestly, I have been anticipating this film, since I first heard about it back at the Disney D23 Expo last September, so having seen earlier animatics of this film all the way to now, where so much of it has been fully realized, I cannot wait to see the final product. The story seems to be literally catering to me and a whole world of people who grew up with video games of all types and it only helps that the script seems to be very clever and funny. Continue on to view the trailer and to see a new image that debuted for the sake of Comic Con.
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
The panel for this film was very enjoyable. Rather than explaining what the film was, director Rich Moore instead came out and let the audience watch 10 minutes of footage. It was a mix that covered the basic premise, some fun scenes between John C. Reilly and the rest of the cast, and a way to really get across that this film is very aware of how to make fun references to video games many people know and love. Following the footage, both John C. Reilly and Sara Silverman came on stage and sat down to participate in the Q&A. This was a highlight of the day, as the two of them, along with Moore, and moderator Chris Hardwick all had a good time keeping things light and entertaining.
It should be noted that two things not previously noted that were announced are that Alan Tudyk will be among the actors in the voice cast and Skrillex will be scoring some of the scenes of the film. There was also a question from the crowd regarding whether it was hard to get certain video game licenses for certain characters to appear in the film. The main answer (which had Frogger hilariously used as an example by Reilly in his own explanation) was that basically all of the companies or whomever were very willing to let the various characters be used in the film, with the exception of one particular plumber. Regardless, the movie still looks like a lot of fun.
Wreck-It Ralph arrives in theaters on November 2, 2012.
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