WRECK-IT RALPH Director Rich Moore Talks about More Ideas for the Sequel

     March 1, 2013


Earlier this month, Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore talked about his ideas for his sequels.  His ideas included trying to bring in Dirk the Daring from Dragon’s Lair, and weaving in aspects of mobile/casual gaming because it’s becomes so prevalent.  Moore is out promoting the film’s upcoming 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD release, and he talked about more ideas he had regarding the sequel.

Hit the jump for what might be in store for Wreck-It Ralph 2.

wreck-it-ralph-blu-ray-box-artSpeaking to Hypable, Moore said he and lead voice actor John C. Reilly had been batting ideas back and forth about what they’d like to see in a sequel:

“That is so funny that you ask that,” Moore said with a laugh, “because I was just talking to John C. Reilly [the voice of Ralph] and we were talking about exactly that. Are there other Ralphs? What would happen if another Fix It Felix, Jr. game was plugged in? Are there other Ralphs that are more contemporary? Is there another version of the game that was made for mobile? Are there those kind of Super Smash Brothers types games where all the characters are gathered in a fighting game? What would that be like for Ralph to come face to face with those different iterations of himself? And it’s created some really cool conversations, so I think that that is so funny you bring up because it’s something we’re playing around with right now.”

wreck-it-ralph-movie-imageThis is similar to a plot point in Toy Story 2 when Buzz Lightyear discovers his other figures, but it sounds like if Moore went with this idea, then Wreck-It Ralph 2 would use the concept to power an entire film.  It’s a fun idea when you start playing it out like what if Super Mario started running into Tennis Mario, Baseball Mario, Board Game Mario, etc.  Then again, Mario could just be a crazy workaholic who curses Nintendo for failing to ever come up with new franchises.  “Whatever happened to Pikmin, you assholes?” Mario would cry. “It was supposed to give me a goddamn break!”  Then he would look over the graves of Bubsy, Crash Bandicoot, and other failed mascots, count his lucky stars, sigh, and go referee Punch Out.

It’s worth noting that Disney hasn’t green-lit a Wreck-It Ralph sequel yet, but Ralph seems like a good place to start a franchise.  However, if it does get a green-light, it will be Disney Animation Studios’ first sequel since The Rescuers Down Under (this is excluding the direct-to-video releases).


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  • Sam

    As a 25 year old gamer, I found the movie to be pretty juvenile and didn’t see much value in it past the great animation and the really funny cameos that the movie kicks off with. The humor was not especially great.

    • Justin Kemp

      Dang. Well, you must be really hard to get a laugh out of. I found this film to be really funny. I can’t wait for the next one.

      • Bb

        Thank you! I feel like this movie was so overrated. It had the ever predictable plot, they focused the humor on jokes (like 15 of them) referencing “duty”… Sorry pixar has spoiled me and I expect better. This movie was over hyped because it resonated with older viewers, not because it is sophisticated enough, but because it had nostalgia of childhood arcade and video games.

      • ナタリー

        I highly doubt this is the reason for it’s success, Bb, seeing as how I’m a 14-year-old who had never heard of the game [Fix-It Felix, Jr.], and I absolutely adore Wreck-It Ralph. People loved it because of the familial warmth and typical humor found in real homes and among real kids. Come on, when you were in 2nd grade, anything referencing feces was funny. And of course the plot is overused! Dream, struggle, victory; it’s the basic structure of any good movie!

        The Toy Story-ish expansion of video game characters in arcades is quite genius, and was a huge success. Honestly, did you ever consider that your video games had lives? :P So, if you don’t like it, then don’t give a rat’s behind. ;)

      • Steven

        Remember Vanellope is 9, she isn’t responcible, when i was 9 i thought duty ment that way too

    • kurisu7885

      You come off as one of those that expected the licensed characters to take center stage.

      I’m mostly hoping that Disney can eventually do more game related stuff. We might finally get the Mario movies that acrobatic plumber deserves.

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    • Gary

      Tell my 10 year old son and his friends that.

      It’s a kids movie for goodness sakes, with some retro fun thrown in for adults like me who grew up with these types of games. It was fun, sweet movie, and had a good moral message for kids.

      It irks me when ‘adult’s critic a movie for kids without looking at it through their eyes.

      • Candy

        Thankyou! I could not agree more, Gary! I don’t see what people are slating the movie for, I personally loved it (I am a 15 year old girl) and so did all my friends!
        “they focused the humor on jokes, refernceing ‘duty”
        If you look deeper into the film, I don’t think the actual joke was supposed to be what was funny, it was Venelope’s reaction to the joke, contrasting her youthful and childish personality with that of Ralph’s.
        I also think the movie is a great family movie, suitable for all age groups! As I said, I am 15 and I loved it, my 9 year old cousin loved it, my 40 year old Uncle loved it, my 18 year old sister loved it and when we were in the movies, there were lots of people over the age of 50 watching too!
        The movie is clearly aimed at kids, but it also caters for the needs of older, more stubborn viewers, so stop moaning for goodness sake! If the film had the same concept but was full of gripping action and emotion, you’d be complaining that it wasn’t suitable for children, so therefore please don’t complain about how much you disliked a movie, when it wasn’t aimed at you in the first place, and in fact people about 10 years younger than you!!

        I loved the movie, it had a great moral for the kids, just the right amount of emotion, action and humor, plus surprise element (SPOILER: when King Candy turned out to be Turbo, I was surprised, maybe I’m just naeve…..) I don’t think there is any reason for people to complain. The people who the movie was aimed at enjoyed it, and as a bonus, so did many other people, that’s all that matters!!

    • Lucie

      Excuse me, but I think you’re missing the point of the film. It wasn’t the actual ‘duty’ jokes that were supposed to be humorus, but in-fact how young Venelope reacted to the joke, and as has been previously stated, compare her differing personality with that of Ralph’s!
      Also, you’re…25? And you’re spending your time slating a kid’s movie?! Get a grip on yourself! I am 15 years old and I loved it, but the movie is aimed at youngsters about 10 years younger than you! I know plenty of adults who loved the movie and admired the odd bit of humour, action and emotion. What do you expect from a kid’s movie?! Honestly.

    • Hamza

      25 year old gamer??? PSSHTTT, I’m a 27 year old gamer and I loved the movie! (inb4 30 year old who hater the movie)

      The theme of rejection really resonated with me. The final message of the movie was essentially that sometimes your greatest flaw can be your greatest asset. I’m not sure if I remember another movie that dealt with that message. Shrek came the closest, but that was primarily a love story.

      In any case, I found the humor to be secondary, but quite adorable. I also loved how they gave the 2 leads (Venellope and Ralph) the center stage in the movie. They could have easily gone the lazy route and made the entire movie a constant stream of nostalgia cameos – which would probably entertain Sam quite well (and me too). But that would have really limited the audience and made the story suffer. I think they found the perfect balance.

    • VoudeauxChild

      Here’s some advice Sam. Bend over, reach around your backside, get a firm grip on that stick up your tush and pull. You’ll find it so much easier to enjoy life that way.

  • Bob

    Fantasia 2000 was the last sequel from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

    • FigmentJedi

      The last sequel done in-house at Feature Animation was 2011′s Winnie the Pooh.

  • regular guy

    It wasnt the greatest no , but its still better than what Pixar has had to offer in the past 2 years.

    for what it was worth I could watch “Disney studios- Wreck it Ralph /Paperman ” 10 times over than ” Pixars “Brave”/ La Luna ” -one and done, seriously Princess Merida Deserved better. Another addition to expanding Disney’s billion dollar Disney Princess girl licensing regardless,
    heres hoping Pixar gets their rear in gear and deliver a better effort for 2013.

  • Avid Elf

    As for a suggestion concerning the next movie. What if Shadow the Hedgehog was to have a role in the movie? That would be AWESOME!!! He would be really cool with his vehicles and weapons and kick-butt personality. If the video game world was threatened and some big bad dude showed up, all the major characters from the video games would be required to take up the gauntlet and fight alongside Ralph and co. Shadow would be amazing alongside Ralph, Felix and as I’ve even heard Mario is to be in it too. Please put Shadow the Hedgehog in the next movie.

  • Avid Elf

    As for a new idea, what if the video game world was in jeopardy and Video game characters from all over the place were required to take up the gauntlet and fight alongside Ralph and co.
    Most importantly, What if Shadow the Hedgehog was included? He’d be amazing with his vehicles, weapons, and –somewhat unique– personality.

    More than anything, I would DIE to see Shadow have a well-deserved role in this film. But not ending up like Sonic, who was only on a sign for the entire first movie. Instead make Shadow a REAL character!!!

    He’d be AWESOME fighting alongside Ralph, Felix –and as I’v even heard– Mario.

    Please put Shadow the Hedgehog in the next movie… Wreck it Ralph 2.

    • Chris

      No. Just no. That would be a terrible idea.

  • Andre M.

    What I hope to see in Wreck-It Ralph 2:
    -Beat, Corn, Gum, and some, if not all, of the other characters from SEGA’s Jet Set Radio (even a brief cameo with them spraying graffiti all over Game Central Station)
    -Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day (maybe he’d appear at Tapper’s?)
    -The Prince from Katamari Damacy (I could picture him in Game Central Station rolling a katamari around, and Ralph yelling “Hey, watch where you’re rolling that thing!”)
    -Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet (Like the game implies: “Endless Possibilities!”)
    -TRON! ‘Nuff said!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    They should put Doom guy in the sequel.

  • Buck Kieplo

    They should put Doom guy in the sequel.

  • William R. Cousert

    How about a Wreck It Ralph cameo in the Tron Legacy sequel?

  • FelixFan

    I LOVED this movie so much! The story, the characters, the music.. EVERYTHING! I would love to see a sequel! That’s my biggest wish right now – I wan’t a Wreck-It Ralph 2! Like…right NOW! :)


    What about Wreck It Ralph 2:Going cyber. the arcade gets linked with the internet and all hell brakes, im ean come on just think a gocart gets turned over in bubblegum rush and… MASTER CHIEF FLIPS IT MADAFACA!!!

  • Damon

    I don’t see how Moore and the creators are going to create a sequel. If that is going to happen, why not go all out and make a over 2 hour film for the sequel. Then you make a perspective Trilogy (3rd film) since they want to explore online and console gaming. One thing we need to eliminate for sure is T.M.S.G.O. which basically means Too Much Stuff Going On. First movie barely made a passing grade because those characters like Sonic, Zangief, and lots others were only cameos. Try starting something small like taking place with the 4 main characters of the film (Ralph, Venellope, Felix, and Calhoun). Then expand slowly without so much rush for everyone. That seems to be the big error in most movies is T.M.S.G.O. and adding too many characters and unnecessary plots. Just pointing that out there.

  • Damon

    I Still wouldn’t mind seeing Mario and Sonic with a big scene, Moore promised Mario at least. and introducing Dirk the Daring makes sense. that character has big history. Sonic should have a major and meaningful scene for the sake of the fans. They won’t shut up about wanting Sonic the Hedgehog in the Wreck-it Ralph sequel. Also possibly team up with Dirk the Daring somehow. Make a SMB cameo as well which allows everyone including Link, Samus, Captain Falcon, Fox, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Pickachu, Jigglypuff, Ness, and Kirby to have something hilarious to say. Oh and I almost forgot to point out one more thing, no more annoying twists. Just make a nice fluid and historical plot. Remember Shrek 2 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day? I kinda want the stakes to be that high and no movie references please, its not that funny anymore.

  • Damon

    Somehow I forgot to add Luigi lol.

  • Damon

    Also to point out, if we are to explore two things. Start with either a plot that will open up a possibility for online to access the ARCADE games somehow. like the cyber idea. and slowly step into Console gaming near the end of the 2nd film and introduce console gaming for the 3rd film. Kingdom Hearts-esque for world jumping including a perspective execution plot for a Trilogy. Because I don’t like going pass 3 films for a franchise. Better to end than to see a franchise burn out slowly for 6 films straight. Just saying.

  • Damon

    Also to point out, if we are to explore two things. Start with either a plot that will open up a possibility for online to access the ARCADE games somehow. like the cyber idea. and slowly step into Console gaming near the end of the 2nd film and introduce console gaming for the 3rd film. Kingdom Hearts-esque for world jumping including a perspective execution plot for a Trilogy. Because I don’t like going pass 3 films for a franchise. Better to end than to see a franchise burn out slowly for 6 films straight. Just saying.

  • heather

    i wish turbo could make a return in this movie, i know its kinda impossible seeing that turbo was destroied by boiling soda, but then again, if a character dies inside the game they will respawn, and turbo put his code on to sugar rush so he would be part of the game.

    • Damon

      Omg that might actually happen after all! Turbo’s false code is activated in Sugar Rush, kidnaps Venellope and plans to take over the entire Arcade by spreading the Cy-bug infestation. There seems to be a Playstation/X-box synopsis as well. This might be just a outdated rumor but I still hope Rich Moore and the Wreck-it Ralph team are going for this idea because its way better than first Wreck-it Ralph! Check this website out and see for yourself. I know it might be fake but still a damn good idea for a fake lol.


  • Damon

    Again, I think the idea of bringing back Turbo is a great idea. The creators once said they wanted to explore online gaming and console gaming. I can see a console gaming crossover happening with the Playstation characters at least. Along with Sonic, Tails, Mario and Luigi. That’ll form up a strong crossover. It’ll create some cool moments for everyone. As for online gaming, I just don’t see how Moore can pull that off and if they continue with the online gaming synopsis its going to be a disappointment. The console gaming crossover can still go on for two films maybe. But as for a plot like WRECK-IT RALPH for arcade games, its going to take too many unnecessary risks for a online gaming premise logically.

  • Logan Wayman

    I know! Slenderman has his own video game, right? Than why not include him?

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