Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing andseeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late?
We got some face-in-book time with The Art of Wreck-It Ralph and brought back the following extra details...
When it came to designing Ralph, Director Rich Moore explains, "We were always calling Ralph a brutish lout. The challenge was figuring out what this brutish lout looked like. That proved no easy task. The creative team started with what they knew about him. Until he was uprooted by the development of the Niceland Apartments, Ralph lived a simple mountain life and slept under a tree stump in the woods. There were some early versions where Ralph was a troll. Then he was a monster, then an ogre, then a shambling caveman. He had wrecking balls for hands, then a horn on his head, then bunny ears. He was a Sasquatch, a gorilla, and for about a week he was even a bulldozer. Screenwriter Phil Johnston imagined Ralph as; "part cat, part baboon, part dog, part skunk, part weasel, tapir, pig, wild boar, 1/43rd ape."
Rich met with John Lasseter to discuss which animal would make the most sense for a middle-aged, down-on-his-luck, angst-ridden character such as Ralph. Only one animal really fit; Human.