Wreck-It Ralph Reveals The Characters They Couldn't Get At Comic Con Panel

By Katey Rich 2012-07-12 20:11:22discussion comments
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Wreck-It Ralph was probably the lowest profile film that Disney brought to Comic Con today-- it doesn't have a household name director like Tim Burton or Sam Raimi behind it, and it's a totally original idea, which means there's no built-in fan base clamoring for it. But it took about half a second for Wreck-It Ralph win over the audience, and by the time the orange ghost from Pac-Man and Pong made a cameo, you could feel an entire audience marking off their calendars for the movie's release.

Wreck-It Ralph, as you might have learned in the first trailer-- is set in the world of video games, kind of like Tron if it were about actual video game characters you know. John C. Reilly stars as the titular Ralph, the villain in an old-school 8-bit game called Fix-It Felix Jr. Ralph, as we see in a hilarious scene of a Bad Anon meeting between the villains of various games, decides he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore, so he travels through various games, which we saw in one scene brings him to a world entirely made of candy where characters build race cars. Like you do.

There are a staggering amount of video game in-jokes in the movie, from seeing the orange Pac-Man ghost turn blue when he's angry to the very name of the Call of Duty-style shooting game, Hero's Duty (Sarah Silverman's child character makes a lot of doody jokes, don't you worry). And it's kind of stunning how many characters they manage to include-- though in the Q&A, director Rich Moore declined to say exactly who they couldn't get the rights for: "Why would I talk about that certain mustachioed plumber guy. And his brother, who wanted more money." So you can probably cross Mario and Luigi off your wish list of characters to see in this movie.

Near the end of the panel Moore announced that they'd secured electronic musician Skrillex to provide the music for the Hero's Duty section of the film, and the crowd seemed only mildly enthusiastic. But it didn't really matter-- Wreck-It Ralph had already done more than enough to get the crowd on board, selling hard to the genre-loving audience and establishing the foundation of a story that tweaks the hero's quest for self-discovery by making it about the bad guy.

Wreck-It Ralph is set for release November 2. You can read more about it in our Blend Film Database.
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