'Wreck-It Ralph': Disney's animate homage to video games
What happens to video-game characters after people stop playing with them? That’s the enchanting notion behind Walt Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, about the villain of a Donkey Kong-esque video game (voiced by John C. Reilly) who longs to prove that he’s actually a good guy.
To do that, he must escape his own game and travel through his arcade to other games to prove his worth, and EW has an exclusive first look at the concept art for three of the faux video games in the computer-animated film. Check them out below:
In Ralph’s own game, Fix-It Felix Jr., the 643-pound tough guy is tasked with destroying buildings that the game’s title hero (voiced by 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer) then rebuilds. Here, Ralph looks plaintively upon one of the building’s he will eventually have to demolish, sitting on what appears to be the rubble of a building he’s already destroyed. Ironic, no?
Like Halo meets Metroid, Hero’s Duty is a first-person shooter featuring Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch) who enlists Ralph in her constant battle against the marauding horde of Cy-Bugs. Ralph is able to jump from game to game using the electrical plugs in the arcade. But when he moves between games, does he move alone?
In Sugar Rush, players race through a confectionary landscape on go-karts made of sweets. Here, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman), who discovers that her game is menaced by a mysterious evil accidentally released by Ralph himself. The game looks like Candy Land meets Mario Kart;I’m personally excited by and wary of what looks like a teleportation highway made of donuts. Anyone who’s played the Rainbow Road levels in the Mario Kart games knows what I’m talking about.