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Will Disney's WRECK-IT RALPH Do For Video Games What TOY STORY Did For Toys?

Nordling here.

Now this sounds like a fun concept.  Rich Moore (TVs THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA) is making a feature-length CG animated film for Disney Studios called WRECK-IT RALPH.  The concept is an 8-bit video game villain, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is getting tired of being the Bad Guy all the time, fighting against Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), so he tries to rehabilitate his image and become a Good Guy at the arcade. He jumps into a first-person shooter featuring Sergeant Callahan (Jane Lynch), but something happens in the game that releases a powerful nemesis that threatens all the games in the arcade.

I love the idea of different video game characters interacting with each other.  What's unclear from the press release is if other franchised characters would appear in the film.  I'd love to see Mario and Pac-Man take on the Berzerk robots.  But I really like the cast, which includes Sarah Silverman as the voice of a "glitch" character from a kiddie racing game that helps Wreck-It Ralph on his quest to become a hero.  WRECK-IT RALPH will be released by Disney on November 2, 2012.  Here's the press release:


Directed by Emmy® Winner Rich Moore, Hilarious and Wildly Imaginative Animated Movie to Feature the Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch

BURBANK, Calif. (June 13, 2011) – Some of us are born to be bad, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, video-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph,” the story of an arcade game Bad Guy determined to prove he can be a Good Guy. Produced by Clark Spencer (“Lilo & Stitch,” “Bolt”) and featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, the CG comedy adventure will hit theaters on Nov. 2, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. 

Says Moore, “I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: ‘isn't there more to life than the role I've been assigned?’ In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It's unlike anything anyone's seen before, and I'm thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”

Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?

I really like the story behind this one.  Nordling, out.

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