Disney has sent out a press release announcing that their upcoming animated film, Reboot Ralph, has been re-titled to Wreck-It Ralph and will feature the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama) will direct the story of a video game bad guy who sets out to prove he can be the hero. Sure, it’s a little Megamind, but there’s plenty of room to make inside jokes about video games and the comical devotion bad-guy bosses have to destroying the player.
Hit the jump for the full synopsis and what Moore had to say about the film. Wreck-It Ralph opens in 3D on November 2, 2012.
Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?
I wonder if kids who didn’t grow up with arcades will understand the concept of actually going into a business, pumping quarter into a machine, and that’s how you play video games with other people. Also, it was tougher to get away with shouting racial and homophobic slurs at your opponents.
Here’s what Moore had to say about the film:
“I love the idea of a very simple 8-bit video game character struggling with the complex question: ‘isn’t there more to life than the role I’ve been assigned?’ In his quest for the answer, we journey with our hero through three visually distinct video game worlds. It’s unlike anything anyone’s seen before, and I’m thrilled to be to creating it here at Walt Disney Animation Studios.”