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First Look: Disney's Animated 'Wreck-It Ralph' Movie Arcade Game

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August 21, 2011

Wreck-It Ralph

One of the big surprises and highlights of Disney's movie presentation at the D23 Expo yesterday was a first look at Wreck-It Ralph, the next Disney Animation movie due out November 2012. As many of us have barely even heard of this project, it needs a proper introduction first, which is why Disney screened the first four minutes - only the storyboard version - to give us an idea of the story and what it was about. Suffice it to say, many of us are now considerably excited for this, and I'll do my best to explain why and give you a first glimpse via photos taken of the arcade game it's inspired by that was out on the D23 showfloor.

Wreck-It Ralph is about an arcade game character (pictured) named, as you guessed, Wreck-It Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly. He's the bad guy in a Rampage-like game where Ralph smashes buildings and a small guy named Fix It Felix Jr., voiced by Jack McBrayer, runs around repairing them and saving people. But Ralph doesn't like being the bad guy and every day when he goes home to his trash dump to sleep with his tree trunk, he wishes for a better life. The concept takes us behind the screens and into the games, and like Toy Story, everything comes to life when their "work" is done at night inside the arcade. Ralph decides to leave his own 8-bit world and goes on an adventure through the arcade and into the various games there.

Here are the photos of the arcade game on the showfloor, courtesy of GeekTyrant and io9 (click for bigger):

Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph

Ralph can be seen in his villain mode in the arcade game directly below. One of the early scenes we were shown went through the screen into the game, like it was a real world behind the screen, which is the world Ralph inhabits. "Futurama" veteran Rich Moore is directing Wreck-It Ralph, and two other voices include Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun, and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz. One of the games Ralph ventures into is "Hero's Duty", which looked very much like Halo and was described as a first-person shooter, where he meets Calhoun. The other is a game called SugarRush, which is basically Candyland meets a racing game, where he meets von Schweetz, an adorable young girl. This sounds like such a crazy fun time.

Wreck-It Ralph

The footage we saw had Ralph introducing himself and his "job" at the beginning and it ended with Ralph attending a "Bad-Anon" bad guys anonymous meeting, with many other classic villain characters from video games there, too. This really seems like such a great concept for an animated movie, and based on what little of it I saw, it looks like it'll have as much heart to the story as character. I think Disney has finally found the magical Pixar mix that makes their movies great, as this truly looked like something Pixar could be making. I hope we have a teaser trailer or something else to show you soon, however it's still early in development, so stay tuned for more. But be sure to keep your eye out for Wreck-It Ralph, coming November 2012.

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  • Craig
    I'm shocked -- Disney hasn't had an idea this original in over a decade.
    • Rockkicker
      "up" wasnt original?
      • peloquin
        Up was Pixar, not Disney.
        • http://twitter.com/keepabreast Keep A Breast
          Pixar is Disney.
          • Dukenukem150
            No, Disney just bought pixar, so now pixar works for Disney. They're still their own company 
    • Anonymous
      Atlantis: The Lost EmpireLilo & Stitch     Treasure Planet     Brother BearHome on the Range     Chicken Little     Meet the Robinsons      The Princess and the Frog TangledThese are Disney Animation's film from the past 10 years. Are you saying you cannot see one film there that isn't original? You need a slap.
  • Anonymous
    This sounds awesome, I just hope they can pull it off. How's the style of the animation? Is it pixelated like that short "Pixels"?
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      No, I think this is actually just regular CGI animation. We only saw storyboards, not much real animation, but it seemed to be the usual computer animation like Tangled. I'm hoping they play with various styles, and maybe only show Ralph pixelated from the game screen, or something like that. But yea, it's not a pixelated movie by any means.
      • http://twitter.com/MichaelJones7 Michael Jones
        they are actually doing different animation styles based on
  • Harry100
    There's a pixel film coming out before that called 'The Hit Squad', http://-the-hit-squad.com Looks better than this though.
    • Tattoofirehornet
      i smell a hit squad plant. "by the way, there is also a film called 'My Great Film coming out as well, and it looks better than whatever this article is about. And I just so happen to have directed it! What a coincidence! And here's a link! Who'd have thought!?"  
  • Trev
    I'm sure it'll be a good, entertaining movie, but I'm saddened to read that it'll be yet another celebrity voiced animated film.  Almost seems that professional voice acting is a dying art.
  • http://www.facebook.com/pennyman Robert Welkner
    hey got some video of the arcade machine for Wreck-It Ralph - you can see it in this clip about 1:15 mins in - enjoy! http://youtu.be/QSLPeNwIQvc
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