‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Trailer: Ralph Becomes a Real Video Game Hero

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:39 am,

The full trailer for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph brings on more of the 3D animated film’s bright and shiny visuals, as well as innumerable references to popular video games from both the present and past.

Ralph’s quest to become more than just a Donkey Kong-style baddie in an arcade game was introduced in the teaser trailer, but here we get a better taste of his success on that journey. However, as Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) prospers, his absence not only leaves his “rival” Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) without a purpose, it endangers the very existence of his home-game. Can Ralph save the day and fulfill his dreams at the same time? (Spoiler: Yup.)

We also get Jane Lynch reusing her Sue Sylvester vocal mannerisms as Sergeant Calhoun in the Hero’s Duty video game (an obvious riff on Call of Duty) – not to mention, Sarah Silverman cracking “duty” jokes as the shrill-voiced Vanellope von Schweetz. Wreck-It Ralph is more kid-friendly territory than these two female comedians generally travel, but the duo nonetheless fit their respective animated counterparts well.

Wreck-It Ralph features requisite life lessons for young viewers; for anyone who’s ever seen any Disney movie, of course, those themes are familiar (re: cliched); nonetheless, it’s a welcome departure from the studio’s fairy tale princess stories and musical literary adaptations. Moreover, there are plenty of funny classic video game character cameos and homages to entertain those who grew up playing 8-bit games – with several teased during Disney’s Comic-Con panel (without spoiling anything, we’ll just say there’s a hilarious scene in the Pac-Man universe).

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Ralph and Vanellope in ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

It’s clever how Wreck-It Ralph uses video game terminology to revitalize tired ideas about going against the system and not accepting your socially-appointed lot in life. Credit for that belongs to screenwriters Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston – the latter smartly mixed raunch with heart in Cedar Rapids – as well as director Rich Moore, an alum of Futurama and The Simpsons during their first few seasons (by far, their most treasured).

In summation: Wreck-It Ralph looks like a cute animated film that could manage to entertain kids and adults alike (feel free to let us know if you agree/disagree).

Wreck-It Ralph opens in U.S. theaters on November 2nd, 2012.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. This looks great. I’m not even a big gaming fan. Maybe that’s why I think it looks good!?

    • Well, most of the older gamers (re: those who’ve actually played 8-bit games) I’ve encountered so far seem excited.

      I’m not really sure how enthused the current generation is, though.

      • Hey sandy

        I’m current gen an I think this looks amazing. Looks like a lot of fun and I’m actually excited to see it. One of my anticipated films.

        I also love animation and I will say I’ve played 8 bit games and enjoyed them. Like my ps3 better but PAC man is a still a ruling game in my mind. Not a lot beats PAC man. Lol

  2. MEIN JEHAUSE GOIT!
    Why Disney must betray cinema, this movie is a mess confusing plot line…horrible modern music not even 80s retro. Bad guys now kid friendly? Oh what a nightmare oh woe oh sorrow forgive my eyes. Shame on Disney they ruined themselves terribly. This will bomb worse than Cars 2. NEIN HEADRA MANTI!

    • Drama, drama, drama.
      If this movie isn’t your thing, that’s fine, but being all dramatic and saying things that doesn’t make sense is silly.

  3. IMO I think rise of the guardians looks far superior

    • Rise of the guardians looks interesting but for some reason doesn’t interest me. more impressive visuals.. maybe but the overall characters feel incredibly cliche to me. Its easy to make something epic, but to make it original is often a whole lot bigger challenge. Which is what Wreck-it Ralph seems to do, despite its Toy Story style universe.

  4. Wow the Teaser was massively more entertaining than the trailer.
    Really badly cut uninspired mess of a trailer in comparison.

  5. Looks pretty fun. Trailer music’s a bit dire tho.

  6. As an Gamer from the old days and still loving playing 2D Pixel action..this looks just awesome !
    Can’t wait :)

  7. I’m so watching this movie! Probably the next big movie I’m looking forward beside the Summer-spectacle ones…

  8. stoked for this…Sonic’s in it(cameo) which is super awesome but the ultimate cameo would be mario IMO…(but I guess the whole wreck it ralph game is a nod to mario in donkey kong…)

    will see.

    • Mario appears in the trailer as the bar man – 2:06

      • Nah, that was the bartender from “Tapper.”

  9. this is a joke. sure some of the game characters like sonic, dr.eggman, q-bert, and m. bison are pretty good, but it takes more than some well-known and\or cool game characters to make a good game movie. i mean just look at the super mario bros. movie. before it came out everyone thought it was going to be awesome, then it came out and everyone was thinking what was that? that was not super mario bros., that was a joke. it made the mario bros. look like pac-man should take over as nintendo’s mascot. maybe they could have saved wreck it ralph if put a kingdom hearts world, a the world ends with ends you world, and a kid icarus uprising world in it.

    • Toy story did the same thing for kids toys. So I wouldn’t write it off just yet.