A deleted scene has been released from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. In my review, I expressed my disappointment that Ralph didn’t go to more gaming worlds. This scene hints at a game called Extreme EZ Livin’ 2, but it doesn’t actually go there. In the scene, a Matthew McConaughey-esque character tries to persuade Ralph to break out of prison and take the both of them to the gaming paradise, but director Rich Moore says it would have added an extra half-hour to the movie, and done so late in the picture. That also wouldn’t have solved my problem, which was spending too much time in Sugar Rush. Still, Moore hasn’t given up on EZ Livin (which he sees as “The Sims meets Grand Theft Auto“), and might bring it back for the sequel.
Hit the jump to check out the scene, and hear what else Moore would like to see in Wreck-It Ralph 2. Wreck-It Ralph hits 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 5th.
There’s definitely a lot of interest from a lot of people: myself, the actors — Sarah [Silverman] and John [C. Reilly] especially — and all the artists and technicians at Disney. We’re just kind of waiting for an official word at this point, but it definitely seems like something could happen. We’re really keeping our fingers crossed. We had a great time, all of us working on the film, from top to bottom. I think it would be just awesome to work with that team again and return to that world.
Wreck-It Ralph was a modest success ($391 million worldwide off a $165 million budget), and racking up an Academy Award nomination probably didn’t hurt, but I’m betting that Disney is keeping a close eye on the home video sales when it comes to greenlighting a sequel.
It was so different from other video games that had 2D animation in it. It was just very unique at that time, and it had things that I loved about both animation and video games within it. It really rekindled my love of 2D animation at just the right time, as a teenager. I really wanted that character in Wreck-It Ralph, but the legal red tape made it pretty impossible to get the rights to him. But it would be great to try and get that character freed up for a sequel, should there be one.
How much legal red tape can there be for fucking Dragon’s Lair? Mario I get, and I’m surprised Wreck-It Ralph was able to get Bowser. But Dragon’s Lair? The game where you die about three seconds after starting it? I can see why an animator would have an affinity for it, but I don’t know who would want to withhold the character from a wider audience.
Moore also says he would like to tap in a bit to mobile/casual/social gaming:
I don’t exactly know how we could work it in, you know, things like Angry Birds and the With Friends games — only because I love playing them. It just seems like it would be great to work in a story about those types of games that are so prevalent and contemporary and part of today’s culture. I would love to somehow work that into a sequel.