Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’re looking forward to Wreck-It Ralph because it boasts an entertaining premise, top-notch comic talents, and fun imagery, but no doubt one of the aspects Disney execs are most excited for is the opportunity to sell a whole lot of branded toys this holiday season. While some recent blockbusters have struggled to find appropriate marketing tie-ins (sorry, but in no timeline do the Men in Black have anything to do with Baskin-Robbins), the merchandising opportunities for the video game-themed Wreck-It Ralph are practically built right in.
Disney unveiled its upcoming line of Wreck-It Ralph toys at their Holiday Gifts Preview event, and in the process introduced some more of the secondary figures who fill out Ralph’s universe. Get a glimpse of the new characters (in toy form) after the jump.
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Yesterday we saw some new images from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, the film in which John C. Reilly voices a video game bad guy who decides he doesn’t want to be the villain any longer. So he skips out of the game he’s anchored for 30 years and moves on to new digital pastures.
Now we’ve got the film’s trailer, and you can see Disney really taking cues from Toy Story, and cross-referencing concepts from Tron as it presents this game world. The opening is packed full of classic video game characters, and then we start to see Ralph come into his own as he jumps from game to game. Check it out below. Read More »
Since Disney’s D23 Expo in 2011, Wreck-It Ralph has been one of our most anticipated films. The Disney Animation Studios production is an ode to old school video games as the bad guy in a popular game gets fed up with his lot in life and escapes to other machines in the arcade. That character, Ralph of the title, will encounter all kinds of classic characters you know and be voiced throgh the vocal stylings of John C. Reilly.
Up until now, all we’d seen of the film is some concept art and a teaser poster that showed what Ralph looked like in 8-bit form. Now, one site has found both an image of Ralph from the movie, and another showing his love interest, Vanellope von Schweetz, voiced by Sarah Silverman. Check them out after the jump. Read More »
If even Martin Scorsese can’t convince people to watch Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator, I don’t know what can. But Paramount, of course, continues to try their hardest. Their latest effort is a red-band trailer that offers several fresh jokes, including bits on childbirth and 9/11.
It also finally, helpfully, offers an explanation of exactly how Admiral General Aladeen (Cohen) goes from being the all-powerful ruler of the Republic of Wadiya to being a grubby-looking cashier at a grocery store. Watch the trailer after the jump — and as usual, be warned that red-band means NSFW, in this case mostly for language.
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Disney Animation’s computer animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a bad guy from a Donkey Kong meets Rampage inspired 1980’s arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. The story is set inside the world of video games. Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the remaining classic arcade machines in the back corner of an arcade. When the arcade closes, the characters in the games connect and interact between the worlds of the different machines. Ralph realizes that he no longer wants to be a bad guy, and adventures into other games in effort to become the hero.
This connected world allows the movie to feature interactions between some of your favorite classic video game characters, Roger Rabbit-style. Footage screened at CinemaCon has confirmed appearances from classic video game characters from Nintendo, Midway Games, Sega and more. Details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
This edition of Sequel Bits is brought to you by the letters “L,” “O,” and “L.” Which is just my not terribly clever way of saying it’s all about the comedies. After the jump:
- Will Ferrell confirms that Anchorman 2 is still dead, but Step Brothers 2 could get going soon
- Jay Baruchel briefly talks Cartoon Network’s Dragons and How to Train Your Dragon 2
- Ed Helms offers a very minor status update on The Hangover Part III
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Last year Disney announced the video game-inspired film Wreck-It Ralph, which is the new incarnation of a project called Reboot Ralph that the studio was toying with for a couple years.
Starring John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, the film follows the title character, an 8-bit video game Bad Guy who dreams of being a hero. In order to change peoples’ perception of him, he travels to another video game land to confront the first person shooter character Sergeant Calhoun, voiced by Jane Lynch. But things don’t work out quite as Ralph planned.
The only footage shown for the film so far was unspooled at D23 last year. Now we’ve got a few images that show a bit of what the film has to offer. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
The man who brought us Borat, Ali G, and Brüno heads back into the realm of sociopolitical satire in the first trailer for The Dictator, which hit the Web today. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Middle Eastern despot along the lines of Muammar Gaddafi, who gets sent to the United States in exile and spends his days riding camels down Fifth Avenue, ziplining across Manhattan, and sleeping with Megan Fox. John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Take four of the best actors working today, throw them into a room and let the cameras roll. That seems to be the claustrophobic vibe director Roman Polanski is going for in his film adaptation of the Yasmina Reza play Carnage. The film stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as two sets of parents who meet for an awkward, civil discussion that soon devolves into madness. It’s scheduled to open December 16. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »