Comic-Con 2012: Alan Tudyk Joins Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' & More!
by Ethan Anderton
July 12, 2012
Disney brought Wreck-It Ralph to Hall H at Comic-Con this year, and as the film ventures into the world of video games, there was much more than 8-bits of fun. Director Rich Moore brought about 10-minutes of footage of the film, and despite the fact that the animation wasn't done, it was a hilarious and exciting journey into the world of video games, complete with charming fictional video game characters like the titular bad guy in the middle of a mid-life crisis (voiced by John C. Reilly), an outcast, candy sweet little girl (Sarah Silverman) and a hard-ass futuristic military leader (Jane Lynch). But we got new info too!
In addition to those three cast members, and Jack McBrayer playing Wreck-It Ralph's heroic nemesis Fix-It Felix Jr., it was revealed that Alan Tudyk , of such pop culture fame in "Firefly" and films like Dodgeball and A Knight's Tale, will be voicing King Candy, likely one of rulers in the candy racing world that Sarah Silverman's character inhabits. Silverman talks a bit about her character for the crowd in Hall H:
"My character is Vanellope von Schweetz. She's kind of on the outskirts of the game. She's a glitch. When she meets Ralph they're kind of at odds and they realize they're not so different. They're the same, only different sizes. The thing I love about it is I think it kind of teaches you her glitch, her greatest kind of shame, her fault kind of becomes her greatest asset."
But the sweet candy racing game that Ms. Von Schweetz resides in isn't the only place Wreck-It Ralph ventures. He also ends up in the more contemporary first-person shooter game Hero's Duty, which is led by a hardcore female hero voice by Jane Lynch. You can see Ralph in the world of the game in this new still right here, dealing with some kind of holographic military superiors (click for a much larger version):
In addition, director Rich Moore revealed that dubstep musician Skrillex will be providing the soundtrack for the Hero's Duty portion of the film so that should make for some intense bass bumping, electronic smashing sounds. Of course, this is only for a fictional game, but as we've seen in the trailer, there are plenty of real video game characters who appear in the film. Some great clips showed us how the characters move in and out of the games (Ralph even takes some of Pac-Man's cherries) and how they're affected by the advancement of newer games. Q*Bert for example is homeless, or rather, his game is unplugged, and he's begging for help in Grand Central Terminal, the place between video games. Moore talked about getting real video game characters:
"If we're making a movie about video games we should have the actual characters from the games in the movie. We melded a lot of the people from the various video game companies together and little by little they said yes."
This looks like a game that pays tribute to a lot of the old games, and for the first time on the big screen, maybe even looks upon them with great fondness, and treats these characters as if they're real, and continue to exist after we turn off our game systems or run out of quarters. There's some great comedy here, and the voices of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer fit their characters perfectly.
Alan Tudyk is such a good character actor. His British "self" is good enough to fool some Brits! And his German character in TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON was one of the better parts of that film.
DAVIDPD on Jul 12, 2012
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