Director(s): Rich Moore
Writer(s): Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee
Release Date(s)Nov 2, 2012 - Wide
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Walt Disney Animation Studios achieves a high score with Wreck-It Ralph, an arcade-based adventure with a heart of gold.
Ralph is the bad guy in a thirty-year-old arcade game and he’s tired of being treated badly for just doing his job in the game Fix-It Felix, Jr. “Ralph is the bad guy in an old 1980s arcade game who’s wondering — after 30 years of playing his assigned role — ‘Is this it?’” says director Rich Moore. “So, like a lot of us, he tries to solve an internal problem with an external solution: he’s going to try to win a medal — if he could win just one, he thinks he’ll earn the kind of love and respect Felix gets.”
One of the reason’s Wreck-It Ralph works is because it takes the world of the arcade and gives it some real-world issues. “Wreck-It Ralph is a road movie,” says screenwriter Phil Johnston. “It’s just a little more complicated with four different worlds. But whether your character’s stuck in a small town or in a land made of candy, someone has left home in search of something bigger. Ralph may go to these fantastic, diverse places, but he’s always true to himself — even as his character evolves.”
Many animated films record each performer in isolation, but Rich Moore decided to let the actors interact with each other. “In animation, we typically record the actors by themselves—it’s a good process, it works,” says Moore. “But a big part of my job is making the movie feel like it’s happening before the audience’s eyes, as if it’s just been captured on film and not worked on — frame by frame — for years. So to get a certain spontaneity in the performances of the actors by allowing them to work together — to look each other in the eye and act and react while recording their voice tracks — worked really well. It became a very collaborative room—me, the writers, the actors. It got crazy at times, but that’s when we knew we were getting close to finding gold.”
Will you find gold in Wreck-It Ralph after spending your quarters? Will you be inspired to head to the cinema’s arcade after watching it? Find out when Wreck-It Ralph opens in North America on November 2nd, 2012.
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