Disney Releasing Animated Movie About Video Game Characters In 2012

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Disney have both announced and showed off a little bit of the concept behind an upcoming CG animated film called Wreck-It Ralph, and the idea is looking pretty neat.

Wreck-It Ralph is basically the equivalent of 8-bit Donkey Kong and starts getting really upset and tired with always being shunned as the villain by everyone, even though he is just doing his job. He starts sneaking into other games in the arcade to see if he can make a good name for himself.

And then… a new First Person Shooter arrives.

The movie will have lots of throwbacks to games, including some blatant rips/spoofs of current games, like a direct Halo rip-off called Space Bug. Here’s an idea of what to expect, as reported by SlashFilm:

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.

Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack 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 Jane 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 accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah 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?

“Wreck-It Ralph,” an action-packed, visually stunning CG comedy set in contrasting worlds that are like nothing ever before seen on the big screen, is produced by Clark Spencer (“Lilo & Stitch,” “Bolt”). Taking fun and games to a whole new level, the film smashes into theaters Nov. 2, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D® in select theaters.

Sounds like a lot of fun and a great love letter to fans of old school games as well as a way to keep their spirit alive in the minds of our new young generation that never played those games.

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Looks like it could be awesome to me. Let’s hope for some pics and maybe even some animation soon, as the project is still very early and the release date is only set for end of 2012.

Source: SlashFilm

Last Updated: August 22, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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