Disney Going Inside The Game Grid For Real This Time With Wreck-It Ralph

By Katey Rich 2011-06-13 12:11:18discussion comments
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Disney seemed to miss a lot of opportunities with Tron: Legacy, making a movie about getting sucked into a computer world that didn't really do anything to reflect modern computer life, whether the Internet or video games or anything else. Just imagine if they had done with Grand Theft Auto what the original Tron did with early video games like Pong, or played with the notion of being sucked inside of a computer now that a lot of us pretty much do live attached to our laptops (not that I would know anything about that…)

But Disney seems pretty committed to making the revamped Tron franchise too serious for all of that, so they're leaving the video game playtime to a smaller, fully animated film. In a press release today the studio announced that they're working on Wreck-It Ralph, a "hilarious, video-game hopping journey" about an arcade game Bad Guy who dreams of becoming a hero. It boasts the voice of John C. Reilly as the lead character, plus Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch in supporting roles, so that's at least a solid start. Here's the plot description:
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?
The vague descriptions make it sound like they're not actually getting the rights to any of the video games they'll be sending up-- Call of Duty, Mario Kart, et. al.-- which could make for some visual weirdness. But director Rich Moore knows from parody thanks to his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, so he probably has a lot of tricks up his sleeve to get around it. The movie hits theaters on November 2 next year, filling that "kick off the holiday season" animated film release spot held last year by Tangled and this year by Puss in Boots. Plan your weekend outings with children accordingly.
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