Mindy Kaling, Horatio Sanz & More Lend Voices to 'Wreck-It Ralph'
by Ben Pearson
July 19, 2012
Even though the Warner Bros. panel at this year's Comic-Con featured some of my favorite reveals of the convention, one of the other highlights was Disney's video game-inspired animated project Wreck-It Ralph. In it, a video game bad guy played by John C. Reilly who escapes from the Fix-It Felix Jr. game he terrorizes and interacts with characters from other fictional games and real video game characters like Bowser and the ghosts from Pac-Man. Now some more great talent has jumped on board, with Mindy Kaling ("The Office"), Horatio Sanz ("SNL"), and some real video game voiceover talents joining as well.
We already knew that "Firefly" and Dodgeball star Alan Tudyk had signed on as King Candy, but now we have more details about the rest of the cast. Kaling will play Taffyta Muttonfudge, a racer in the game Sugar Rush that is Penelope's (Sarah Silverman) nemesis. Sanz will take the role of Duncan, a member of the Sugar Rush security team, alongside fellow new addition Adam Corolla as another security member. Dennis Haysbert (from "24" and those Allstate commercials) will play The General from the first person shooter game Hero's Duty (which also features Jane Lynch as a badass female officer), and Edie McClurg (Grace from Ferris Bueller's Day Off) will play a female inhabitant of the Fix-It Felix, Jr. game world.
Those are all established actors who have done great work in front of the camera, but the coolest part of Wreck-It Ralph is how it pays homage to video games from the past and actually brings in real video game characters that we're familiar with. For a lot of these roles, director Rich Moore was able to lock down voice actors who did real work on those respective games. Reuben Langdon and Kyle Hebert, who voiced the characters of Ken and Ryu in multiple Street Fighter video games, will be providing the voices for those respective characters for the movie, while Roger Craig Smith, who did the voice of Ezio in the Assassin's Creed video game series, will be playing Sonic The Hedgehog here.
I love the respect this film has for the look and feel of these old games, and I can't wait to see the full movie when it comes to theaters on November 2nd in 3D later this year. This has the chance to be the first really great video game film, and I know it's cheating a bit because it's not based on one single game, but still Wreck-It Ralph definitely has the potential to be an instant classic. Thoughts?