Comic-Con: WRECK-IT-RALPH Panel with Director Rich Moore, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman; Plus a New Image

     July 12, 2012


Director Rich Moore, of the upcoming animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, stopped by Comic-Con today to share ten minutes of the film.  Moore talked a bit about the project, one about a 1980s videogame villain who grows tired of doing the same job and has a midlife crisis.  John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope) were also on hand for the Q&A portion of the panel.  Also starring Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Sarah Silverman, Wreck-It Ralph opens November 2nd of this year.  Hit the jump to read up on the rest of the panel.

Moore introduced a ten-minute clip sequence of Wreck-It Ralph which featured some of the same footage from the trailer.  It started off with Reilly narrating over the videogame “Fix-It Felix,” which features the titular character (voiced by McBrayer) as the heroic repairman that cleans up Wreck-It Ralph’s messes.  We then follow the game over its 30 year span as it’s replaced by newer and more advanced games, yet remains in the arcade.

The camera then takes us into the world of Fix-It Felix as we watch the good guys go home to their nice posh apartments, while Ralph is relegated to a pile of bricks and a stump at the edge of town.  We then find that Ralph is talking about his life to his villains’ support group, “Bad-Anon: One Game at a Time.”  The other villains in the group include Zangief, Dr. Robotnik, Bowser, a zombie, Kano and a ghost from Pac-Man.  Ralph listens to the advice from his group mates but finally confesses his desire to stop being a bad guy, much to the disappointment of his fellow villains.  There’s a great sequence here where we go from the rich, fully textured visual of the characters to an 8-bit version of them as they leave Bad-Anon’s headquarters, that of the center of the Pac-Man game.  Ralph steals a virtual cherry on his way out.

wreck-it-ralph-posterWe then follow Ralph to the central terminal where characters can travel from game to game.  Sonic the Hedgehog is featured on a PSA telling characters to be careful not to die in a game that isn’t their own as there will be no regenerating afterward.  Here, Ralph is accosted by a security check (not once but twice), and shows a bit of heart when he gives one of his cherries to a down-and-out Q*bert, whose game had been unplugged.

The scene then cuts to the first-person shooter, Hero’s Duty, showing Calhoun (Lynch) and her squad as they fire their weapons at an unsuspecting Felix.  Surviving the onslaught, Felix becomes enraptured with Calhoun’s high-definition beauty.

The final clip sequence introduces us to Sugar Crash, a racing game in a world made solely out of candy.  We find a girl being accosted by some of the other pint-sized racers as they dismantle her candy-made car.  Silverman plays Vanellope Von Sweets, a girl who is a glitch and lives on the outskirts of the games.  They won’t let her race as she is a glitch, not an actual character.  Ralph steps in to scare the brats off, a helpful act that goes unappreciated by Vanellope.  The two exchange a lot of vitriol but before long it becomes clear that they’re a lot more alike than either of them want to admit.  The clips look absolutely amazing, the voice acting is great and jokes are spot-on.

Moore also revealed that the musical sequence of Wreck-It Ralph’s in-game first-person shooter, “Hero’s Duty,” will be provided by Skrillex.

To catch up on all of our Comic-Con 2012 coverage, click here.  The new image from Wreck-It Ralph is below, which you can click for high-resolution.


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