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Walt Disney Studios introduces new CG comedy “Wreck-it Ralph” for Nov. 12, 2012

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. 12, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ 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 accidentally 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?

  • Killskerry

    How thoughtful of Disney to make a Megamind sequel and save Dreamworks the trouble.

    • Steve

      Thats not really fair, since Joe Jump->Reboot Ralph->Wreckt-It Ralph has been in development for quite a long time. Disney isnt attempting a ripoff. It has nothing in common with Megamind other than what you implied.

  • The premise sounds good on paper, it’s the execution that’s going to matter though. I like the concept of video games having roles and asking yourself why does this guy HAVE to be the bad guy! The way disney could make this really cool is if they turn it into a clever parody of tron or any on the older-gen video games; especially since they have the upper hand with this being computer animated!

  • I just worry that this is a chance for Disney to completely screw up and alienate their potential gamer audience. There are few things more annoying than an inaccurate cinematic portrayal of something you love or use on a regular basis, and the description of this screams “We read about video games on Wikipedia and came up with a wacky premise.” How do the games fit together? Why is a “medal” or achievement in one game relevant in another? What the heck is a young troublemaking “glitch”? Why is the industry still hiring actors (talented actors, granted) to do the work of voice actors? Especially ones with distinctive voices that I immediately associate with the actors themselves? Gruh.

    The best I can hope for is something like Jasper Fforde’s Eyre Affair novels, just with jumping between video games instead of books. I’m sure it can be done intelligently, I have trusted gamer friends working at Disney, but it’s hard to see that from the press release alone.


    • I think this is one of the few times when I actually approve of the celebrity-voices thing. Reilly, Lynch, MacBrayer and Silverman all have distinctive, funny voices. None of them are the usual “sexy young star with generic voice” that people complain about with this type of thing. The video game idea sounds like it could be pretty fun if executed well, and it’s being directed by a classic Simpsons veteran?

      This sounds like the most intriguing 3D animated movie since Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

    • Skeptical

      I think your fears are already confirmed by the fact that it’s set in a video arcade. How many of the film’s intended audience even know what an arcade is? Their fathers will, sure, so maybe this is an attempt to cash in on nostalgic adults who miss the days of Donkey Kong. Maybe Vanellope von Schweetz will wear leg warmers and have poofy hair, and there will be a lot of ’80’s jokes.

  • ooooh- I can’t wait for the video game tie-in!

  • Is Disney trying to be cool, hip and edgy again?

    Good luck.

  • Rich Moore rules. I can’t wait.

    • Funkybat

      Glad to see a veteran of The Simpsons & Futurama (not to mention The Critic) working on this film. That kind of humor certainly would be a change of pace for Disney animated features. This is also the first movie Disney’s done in 3D that I feel like really needs to be computer generated, given the subject matter. Could be a lot of fun mixing low-res 2D “sprites” and high-poly 3D characters/worlds.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone confirm or deny whether this used to be called “Joe Jump”?

    • Funkybat

      I’ve been hearing about this project for a while, and this is the latest iteration of what was originally called “Joe Jump.”

      Until now, I had been hearing the name “Reboot Ralph” for a while. Honestly, while this name is kind of awkward-sounding, I personally think it’s better for the premise described than “Reboot Ralph.” Rebooting is more of a computer term than an arcade gaming term, though I kind of miss the name “Joe Jump.” It had a certain sonic simplicity to it, and seems more evocative of old-timey games. (After all, before he was dubbed “Mario,” the guy trying to rescue the girl from Doney Kong was called “Jumpman.”)

      Anyway, enough video game digressions…suffice it to say “Joe Jump” has evolved into “Wreck-it Ralph.”

    • It was Joe Jump. See my comment down below.
      BTW, I read an early script written by Sam Levine and it had a lot of promise.

  • “Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy.”

    Really? Video game villains tend to be the only characters with a personality or pizazz. They have to carry the story after all.

    Heroes on the other hand are typically bland, boring and dull supposedly to target a wider demograph … Oh I get it!

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  • Day Trader

    Never underestimate the comedy stylings of Rich Moore.

    • Sardonic Tuba

      Or the value of being Andrew Stanton’s school chum.

  • I liked this idea better when it was “Joe Jump”, created by the brilliant and talented Sam Levine. This all began as Sam’s idea, folks.

    • The guy who played Neil Schweiber on Freaks and Geeks?

  • greg m.

    Moore and Reardon… …get ready to laugh!!