A few weeks ago, I attended Disney’s D23 Expo. The highlight for me was easily the Walt Disney Studios panel where we got a look into what’s on the horizon for the studio. We saw clips from a lot of movies, but one movie stood out the most for me: Disney Animation’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. We got to see four minutes of footage from the movie, which was the entire beginning of it, and I’ll talk a little bit about it after the break.
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ stars John C. Reilly as our hero, Ralph, who is also the narrator. The thing about Ralph is, he isn’t your normal hero. In fact, he’s the bad guy in an 8-bit arcade game, known as ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, that has survived the changing times with new games and consoles. Ralph is misunderstood, and he’s tired of being the villain in the game. He watches as his nemesis, Fix-It Felix gets all the attention after he defeats Ralph time and time again. We see Ralph and Felix dueling out in the 8-Bit game, only to have Felix fix everything Ralph has broken and knocks him off the roof. The citizens of the game bring Felix food and throw him parties while Ralph is left to go out into the dump every night and sleep in the garbage. He assures us it’s comfy, but he wants to do more for himself then that. We are then shown that he is in a villains self help group, and we see various characters from other arcade games such as the ghost from Pac-Man and many, many more. They don’t understand why Ralph wants to be a hero, and tell him that his calling will always be as a villain. Ralph doesn’t agree, but he lets it go.
That is where the footage we saw stopped. The rest of the movie will have Ralph on an adventure to become the hero of his own game. He goes into different games, trying to find his true calling. One of the games, a first person shooter, bears a striking resemblance to a very popular series, ‘Halo.’ There is even a rumor that we may see a cameo of Tron in the film, which I’m sure hoping pans out. The footage was really, really funny and showed that this could be the surprise hit of next November. It had a lot of charm to it, and John C. Reilly is the perfect voice for our hero, who is just not satisfied with how his life has turned out. The thing that stood out for me was how well written the movie is. I mean, even with the footage in an incomplete state, I was laughing really hard. And it had heart as well. A lot of that credit goes to the director, Rick Moore, who I’ve been a fan of since he worked on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’. It was just so charming, it was hard not to fall in love with it right away. I was honestly very impressed with what we saw, and I can’t wait to see more from the movie. The rest of the cast includes the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer.
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ will be bursting into theaters November 2, 2012. Keep an eye out for it.
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