Video game and documentary fans should know the name Steve Wiebe. He’s the star of The King of Kong, Seth Gordon’s awesome 2007 documentary about how Wiebe battled master gamer Billy Mitchell for the world record high score at Donkey Kong. The film made Wiebe a household name in those circles and now Disney has brought him in for another challenge.
Wiebe went to Gameworks in Seattle, WA during the Penny Arcade Expo (better known as PAX) to play Fix-It Felix Jr., the game at the center of Disney’s November 2 release Wreck-It Ralph. There he played the game for the first time and set the high score on the machine. Check out a video of Wiebe’s achievement, as well as an interview with the master gamer himself, after the jump. Read More »
If you’re reading this story, you’re probably interested in Disney’s upcoming video game-inspired film Wreck-It Ralph. And you should be. The film, directed by Rich Moore, follows a video game bad guy named Ralph (John C. Reilly) who leaves his home game, Fix-It Felix Jr., and ventures out into the arcade to try and prove himself as a hero. He heads into a first person shooter called Hero’s Duty, a sweet racing gamed called Sugar Rush and meets a bunch of your favorite video game characters along the way.
Recently, I ran a massive article on the film that included 50 things you didn’t know about the movie. One thing I didn’t know about the movie after writing that article was that Disney has several pieces of concept art from the film currently on display in the Magic of Animation exhibit at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL. After the jump, check out a bunch of images which serve as an almost visual companion to that previous article. Read More »
When Disney first unveiled Wreck-It Ralph to the world, it almost seemed too good to be true. The most storied animation studio in the world was making a wholly original, video game inspired film, chock full of your favorite characters. Directed by Rich Moore and featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, the film won’t be out until November 2. Despite presentations at D23 Expo, CinemaCon, Comic-Con, an awesome trailer and more, there’s still much to discover about the world of Wreck-It Ralph.
Earlier this week, Disney invited several journalists to their Animation Studios in Burbank, CA to learn all about this film and watch about 25 minutes of footage. The footage was very rough and unfinished, but extremely promising and exciting. We also spoke to people from all facets of the production and have come up with 50 things you may not know about Wreck-It Ralph.
How do Mentos, the Microsoft Kinect and the Royal Wedding fit in? What percentage of their work has each department completed? Which records has the film already set? Was there a full game that got cut from the film? And what new story tidbits were revealed in the footage? It’s all after the jump, complete with brand new images. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
At Comic-Con, we learned that geek favorite Alan Tudyk would lend his voice to the video game-inspired animated adventure Wreck-It Ralph, but it turns out he’s not the only late-breaking addition to the cast. Walt Disney Studios sent out a press release today revealing several other stars that had just boarded the project, including Ed O’Neill, Mindy Kaling, Adam Carolla, Horatio Sanz, Dennis Haysbert, and many more. Hit the jump to get all the names, as well as descriptions of the characters they’ll be playing.
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On the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2012, Walt Disney Pictures presented a panel which included footage from their upcoming video game animated feature Wreck It Ralph, Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel OZ: The Great and Powerful, and the first production teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp. After the presentation, I took to the outside of Hall H and recorded a video blog reaction alongside Russ, Angie and Germain. Watch it now embedded after the jump and find out what we thought.
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There are some potentially stunning movies coming out for the rest of 2012 but I’m not sure any will make me squeal in my seat twice in a minute like Wreck-It Ralph just did at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. During the Disney panel, which also featured Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger, Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore came into Hall H – along with co-stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, made a few announcements and showed 10 minutes of the film. A good portion of it had already screened at more specialized events – the D23 Expo and CinemaCon 2012 – but this was its true coming out party. There was more footage, more finished footage and pure joy to be had with both. After the jump, read about the footage screened from the November 5th release. Read More »
Briefly: Disney’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 just let out and we’ll have reactions to all the films Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lone Ranger, and more a little later this evening. Two pieces of news broke out of the Wreck-It Ralph section though. First up, Firefly fan-favorite actor Alan Tudyk has been announced as the voice of King Candy, likely an important character in the game Sugar Rush. Another in-movie game, Hero’s Duty, is a first person shooter starring Jane Lynch and director Rich Moore announced popular dubstep musician Skrillex will be writing all the music for that part of the game. Bangarang.
We’ll have more on Wreck-It Ralph and all the rest of Disney panel soon.
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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Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.
But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.
But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »
The painful five month wait until Disney unleashes its awesome looking film Wreck-It Ralph can now be filled by entering the world of the movie yourself. In the film, directed by Rich Moore, the title character (voiced by John C. Reilly) is the bad guy in a Donkey Kong/Rampage game called Fix-It Felix, with the title hero voiced by 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer. Eventually, Ralph gets fed up with his villainous role and flees the game looking for a new home in one of dozens of other recognizable, and not-so-recognizable, video games.
Disney has just released a playable, online version of Fix-It Felix for your time-wasting pleasure. Several new international one sheets have also come online showing new images of several of the main characters. Check it all out below. Read More »