Wreck-It-Ralph Comic-Con Panel Offers Ten Minutes of Footage
07.13.12 by Ryan
The third and final part of Disney's presentation Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con focused on the upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, which had it's first trailer released in June. If you missed it, and the panel, director Rich Moore, the former animation director on The Simpsons and Futurama, explained the movie's plot.
Wreck-It-Ralph is the story of a 1980s video game bad guy, who, after 30 years of doing the same job, he's decided maybe there's more to life than wrecking things. So he's having something of an existential crisis, a mid-life crisis. So he sets out on a journey to prove that he more than just a bad guy in a video game.
Moore announced he was going to reveal 10 minutes of the movie to the audience, starting with what looked like the opening moments where Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) explains the Fix-It Felix, Jr., a Rampage-Donkey Kong hybrid leaves him feeling alienated, even after the arcade has closed for the night. The second scene sees Ralph reveal to a group therapy session of other video game villains like Kano from Mortal Kombat and Zangief from Street Fighter that he's no longer interested in "being the bad guy." Wreck-It-Ralph is filled with video game character cameos, particularly in Grand Central Terminal, which connects all video games, and Moore admitted that getting permission for the cameos wasn't as hard as he thought it would be.
At first it seemed like it was going to be very difficult, but we figured, you know what, if we're making a movie about video games we should have the actual game characters from the games in the movie. So we just went for it. We met a lot of the people from the various video game companies together and started relationships with them and little by little they said yes.
Of course, not every company was as willing to release its character, and Moore insinuated that a certain "mustachioed plumber guy" and his brother wouldn't be appearing in the game. Moore did reveal what he called a "big Comic-Con bombshell moment" in announcing that Alan Tudyk (Serenity, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil) would be providing the voice of King Candy, who presumably rules over the game Sugar Rush, the home of Vanellope von Schweetz, the character voiced by Sarah Silverman. Depicted in the footage as Ralph's annoying partner in crime, Silverman revealed that Vanellope is a "glitch."
My character is a nine-year old girl named Vanellope von Schweetz who, much like Ralph, is kind of on the outskirts of this game. She's not accepted in the world of the game. She's a glitch. When she meets Ralph I think 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 that I feel like it kind of teaches you her glitch, her greatest kind of shame — guilt — fault kind of becomes her greatest asset.
Another fictional game in Wreck-It-Ralph is Hero's Duty, which represents the first-person shooter contingency of video games. Moore also revealed that electronic music artist Skrillex would provide the soundtrack for the game.
Reilly, also in attendance, revealed that he did "a lot of improvisation" during the voice-over sessions and found working on an animated movie to be "a really engaging process." When asked by an audience member whether he preferred voice acting to "real" acting, Reilly smartly replied, "I prefer being employed."
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